The Origin of Revell’s “Golden Hind”

I think I may have discovered the origin of Revell’s Golden Hind kit. It was a British TV series from about three years before the Revell kit appeared, entitled “Sir Francis Drake.” According to the Wikipedia article, the ship on the TV show was a replica that was built for filming. It was destroyed by
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Finished. At long last. This was the longest project I’ve ever tackled, and it will be a good long time before I take on another one like it. I’m much more interested in aircraft and the history of aviation. Sailing ship models are inherently complex and difficult. Even if you just build the kit out
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A few years ago, I found this oddball sheet of rub-on letters in Ye Olde English style at an antique store. I’ve used it to finish the stand for the Golden Hind. As I explained here I planned to make a plaque for the stand using these press-on letters. First step: the letters were rubbed onto a clear
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I put some Tombo Multi on the bottoms of the feet of the figures and stuck them down here and there to see how they look best. Here are some images. I found this one to be particularly good. If I had a better camera I could rule the world… I also read about this
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A rogue’s gallery. Grippy McGroiney. Known for his powerful grip and hideous facial scars, he once gripped himself into such a fury that he had to spend three days in a Singapore flesh-pot to cool off. Miles Puller. His tireless belaying of previously belayed belaying pins is legendary. Snappy McSukup. Snappy is known for following
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Quite a lot to report today. First, an announcement. The rigging is complete! I’d say it was worth it. Now I’m planning on finishing a few details. The gun-port doors will have to be installed to make the Revell kit complete. I’ve read that they may not be authentic, but I’m building the kit “out
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I’m happy about the way things are going. It’s been a long slog (considering that construction of this model started two and a half years ago). I’m finally beginning to see that this will be finished and put on display. I’m happiest about the sails. They look great, to my eye. They look like they’re
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The rigging of plastic ship kits differs from that of wooden kits. On a wooden kit, you normally set up all the rigging on the various belaying pins or whatever and make the tidy little rope coils and install them, and get everything ready down on the deck before you attach the masts, then you
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I’m sure you’ve heard of the Pareto Principle–that eighty percent of your work is associated with twenty percent of your job (that’s one way of applying it). It’s called the “eighty twenty” rule and it pretty-much applied to everything. Eighty percent of your problems come from twenty percent of your customers, eighty percent of your
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Not much progress–but a little. I painted the oars bright red with a custom mix of Tamiya red and white–and glued them into the boat with Tombo Multi Glue. I put a drop of glue on the paddle of each oar and lowered them into place. I’m aware that the whole layout of the boat
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