model ships, miniature - Ships Nostalgia
03:27

Welcome
Welcome!Welcome to Ships Nostalgia, the world's greatest online community for people worldwide with an interest in ships and shipping. Whether you are crew, ex-crew, ship enthusiasts or cruisers, this is the forum for you. And what's more, it's completely FREE.

Click here to go to the forums home page and find out more.
Click here to join.
Log in
User Name Password

model ships, miniature

Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 26th September 2006, 14:35
pete8 pete8 is offline  
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 78
model ships, miniature

I have modelled ships for a long time but a couple of years ago I became interested in making miniature cargo ships. I have admired many models made to the traditional scale of 1" to 100ft (1:1200) and it is very convenient to work to this when picking off dimensions from a drawing but owing to a bit of stiffness etc. in finger ends I adopted a slightly larger scale of 1: 840. Small enough to be miniature but large enough to hold a lifeboat !! ( Takes as long to make as the real thing though).
I have scaled up dimensions from several drawings in John Bowan's very excellent book and taken dimension from other ship plans. It is a long time since I saw a copy of "Shipbuilding and Shipping Record" or "Motorship" but I seem to recall that in one or the other, miniature ship plans were included in each issue. Can anybody verify that?
It would be very interesting to hear if anyone else is running a miniature shipyard.
Regards
Peter Graham
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 26th September 2006, 20:54
Tony Breach Tony Breach is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 518
Hi Peter,

At the moment I'm trying to put a 1600:1 banana boat in an Armagnac bottle but so far emptying the bottle was the best part. Thereafter it becomes an enormously small project but I am at least still trying! Causes havoc with the eyesight.

Tony
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 27th September 2006, 09:05
nhp651 nhp651 is offline  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 3,524
what does,tony? the modelling OR THE ARMAGNAC? he,he.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 27th September 2006, 09:36
pete8 pete8 is offline  
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 78
Hi Tony,
Ah well, you're truly getting something out of your modelling. That's a pretty diminutive scale to work to...perhaps you are using one of those magnifying contraptions that my wife uses for her embroidery.
Thanks for replying.
Peter
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 27th September 2006, 22:56
Tony Breach Tony Breach is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 518
Hi Peter & 651,

The little ship looks fine right next to my terminal. Perhaps I should buy a 10 litre bottle next time. As regards the optics it's the normal red lace curtains unless I should try catadioptric bottles - what do you think?

Tony with eyes like you-know-whats in the snow!
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 28th September 2006, 08:44
nhp651 nhp651 is offline  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 3,524
well tony,if i knew what catdioptric ment i'd be able to assymilate.is it a new type of waterproof glass that you are using.if so where do you get them from?cheers,hic****neil.will it do for the wind screens in my next lifeboat model?
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 28th September 2006, 11:39
pete8 pete8 is offline  
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 78
Like 651, Tony, I don't know what catadioptic means either but actually sounds as if it is something they use in a hospital!
Good idea to use a 10 litre bottle but if you intend to drink the contents first....well, maybe for a while you wouldn't have much interest in modelling : or anything else for that matter.
Regards
Peter.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 28th September 2006, 14:15
skymaster skymaster is offline  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
My location
Posts: 404
Mirror or a lens?

Mike
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 28th September 2006, 16:21
nhp651 nhp651 is offline  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 3,524
ah! now i get it.it means looking through the bottom of the glass,or empty bottle??everything fits into place so to speek,or does it after 10 litres.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 7th October 2006, 13:46
Shipbuilder Shipbuilder is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 1,761
I build lots of miniature ships. This one, the steam whaler ESQUIMAUX laid alongside an ice shelf, is a bit bigger than my normal scale. Because she was a small ship, I used 20'=1" which makes the model just under 8 inches on the waterline. I airbrushed out the display case etc to give the picture a more realistic look. Most of my models are steam or motor ships, take a look at my DILWARA, further down the page. That built to my favourite scale of 32'=1". SHIPBUILDING & SHIPPING RECORD is full of small plans, also THE MOTOR SHIP and SHIPBUILDER & MARINE ENGINE BUILDER.
http://img247.imageshack.us/img247/2...quimauxwr3.jpg
__________________

Miniature Merchant Ships
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 8th October 2006, 00:45
nhp651 nhp651 is offline  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 3,524
that's beautiful.oh to have fingers as nimble as that.a truely lovely model.
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 8th October 2006, 09:39
Tony Breach Tony Breach is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 518
Hi Bob,

I have admired your work for a long time & I refer often to your excellent advice as given in some magazines some years ago. The ESQUIMAULT is a beauty & a work of great skill: thanks for sharing the photo with us.

Tony
Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
China's Shipbuilding global aims rushie News and Views from the Shipping World 1 30th July 2008 06:43
New Member, Ship and model enthusiast vchiu Say Hello 10 8th October 2006 11:38
The cruise revival of passenger shipping fred henderson Modern Cruise Ships 8 21st November 2005 22:49



Search the net with ask.com
Support SN
Ask.com and get


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.