Baltimore Schooner 1/96

Discussion in 'Ship & Watercraft Models' started by AlexL, May 23, 2009.

  1. AlexL

    AlexL New Member

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    Hi @all,

    after 24 years without card modeling I rediscovered my hobby and started up with a nice little kit found on a flea market several years ago.

    Originally it's Shipyard's "Armed Schooner Berbice", but I decided to make a few changes for testing my skills. So I called her "Alexa". As it is my very first model, I appreciate any kind of suggestions and critics.

    All right, so let's start with the semi-completed hull. I built it "out of the box", but added a head knee (makes the ship more elegant I think).
    The colours of the kit weren't that good, so I decided to do a little paintwork.

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    I didn't like the printed "wood-structure" of the decks, so I did a little printwork on my own and added planks. This was no fun, believe me ;)

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    The original "Berbice" is fitted with a helm. I replaced it with a wheel, just for testing if I could "scratch" an acceptable result.

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    The guns were a very special challenge to me, but I think I found a simple but efficient solution: wrapped the "muzzle" 'round a toothpick, then took small stripes of tissue and wrapped it 'round the muzzle until the right forms appeared. Then formed a little ball simulating the cascable.
    After adding some colour, this looked nice :)

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    After adding the gunports, I started with the deck fittings. Until now, there are a (nearly scratch built) hatch, 2 tackled guns (my nerves!!!!!) and the pumps (also nearly scratch built).

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    Today I'll complete the starboard pump and start up with another 2 guns.

    Thanks to my fiancée, she made the pics ;)

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    Please feel free to comment,

    Alex