Ship Models

The very plastic sails in this very plastic model are non-starters as provided in the kit, even though they are probably the best vac-formed sails ever made, they still suck. After studying the problem, I arrived at what I think is a way to make them easier to install and look better after installation. I’m …

Continue reading Sail of the Century

I’ve been agonizing over the sail question for some time. Use the sails, or not? No sails is the way of the old salts who insist that a fine ship resting upon a giant display stand would not have sails BECAUSE THE WIND WOULD BLOW IT OFF THE STAND. I mean, fer cryin’ out loud! …

Continue reading Sail or No Sail

It’s tempting when writing a blog to “massage” the truth so that it’s not quite so truthful. In my case, I’m disinclined to list all my sins and omissions since my birth. I’m funny that way. The art of blogging, I believe, is somewhere in the ability to make it seem as if you are …

Continue reading The Unknown Known

Sorry!  Didn’t mean to bring back any bad memories there! I’m just talking about the old Golden Hind. I’ve been preoccupied with a writing project and haven’t had time to do anything about the model, but today I’ve found some time and so I’m going to do some thread-pulling just for fun. After all–that’s what …

Continue reading It’s Rigged!

Model building is not an easily understood activity for those who don’t engage in it. This wouldn’t be a problem except for the fact that we model builders often expect something like “appreciation” of our work. Fat chance. Even if you create a masterpiece, the viewer, observer, or bystander had to know something about it …

Continue reading Haste, Waste, Etc.

The tricky part of this whole thing was anticipating what Revell wanted me to do, and then trying to cut, trim, file or carve the parts so that they would actually do that. You have to have a conscious commitment to test fitting every part and then thinking about why it doesn’t fit, then trimming …

Continue reading We Have Masts!

There is only about enough real, solid information about English ships from the year 1600 to make up one good model. You can make a Mayflower, or a Golden Hind, or if you really push it, a Revenge. That’s about it. Furthermore, you have to choose from between two versions of the Golden Hind. If …

Continue reading Golden What?

I suppose that building ship models appeals to me for a number of reasons. Seems less “fringe-y” than building airplanes (Kurt Vonnegut won’t accuse you some kind of neurosis.  I might.) It might grow into something that pays (you never know!). It is, ultimately, something that I only barely understand and would like to learn …

Continue reading Happy Accidents