Ship Models

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 …

Continue reading Revell’s Golden Hind

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 …

Continue reading Very Close to the Finish

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 …

Continue reading Walking the Plank

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 …

Continue reading Going for Broke

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 …

Continue reading Rigging Plastic Ships

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 …

Continue reading Fun Stuff

In a world where “truth” and “falsehood” are really difficult to identify, one thing stands clear. I’m not a “ship fan” and this whole episode is about building an old Revell kit that I like. Building a model ship is all about the enthusiasm. If you can maintain it for long enough–it gets built. True ship …

Continue reading Tail Rigging