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Cybergrinder

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Tragically one of my older, favourite plastic models was destroyed when my dad fell on it. Long story, don't ask.

Well ,that the nail in the coffin, thanks to my ex this model was damaged by standing unprotected in the South African sun and the masts in particular lost their shape.

I'm due a bit of money soon, so once that comes in I will return to the origins of my modelling career and be replacing and rebuilding the one, the only HMS Victory! (plastic Airfix kit)
 

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I am glad that you are able to find a replacement for the one that you lost. I look forward to seeing the build.
 
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I'll second Rhaven's statement. would love to see a build thread on one.
 

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Have you considered redoing the masts inn wood. A dowell and sandpaper, and you have masts. If too much else ws melted, but it would look neat having a diorama of a ship under repair, and the fully built model berthed next to it. ;)
 

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It was sun damaged and then my dad fell over it, and sadly destroyed (really, it's in pieces and the rigging is now a mess)

That said I like the idea of doing the masts in wood instead of plastic when I get the kit....
 
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WOW! That is quite a bit of damage! I have faith in your skills and abilities that you can rebuild it and make it stronger.
 
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I fully understand! I look forward to seeing the rebuild!
 

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So I have finally got my hands on the kit and would really appreciate some suggestions regarding the sails.

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They are injection moulded and I'm not happy with how the furled sails appear from behind. So, suggestions on how I can get a nice "full" look?
 
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Some fabric cut to shape and draped should do the trick. You could soak the fabric in sugar water and put it into the plastic mould. The water will evaporate and the sugar should keep the fabric in shape. Maybe there is another way to shape it like using hairspray or such. Pay attention to the scale when choosing a suitable fabric. The waving pattern and thickness should not make it look out of place. ;)