17th Century Battle Station

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Ted - here is the build log of my actual model.. not just the prototype... hope I didn't confuse anyone... There are actually 4 examples of this model:

1. My prototype based on Staudt drawings heavily modified
2. My final build not yet finished
3. Doc Blake's build - finished and beautiful
4. Don Robinson's - on the shelf

Here is mine
So sorry to hear you haven't been well, Mike. Hope all is cleared up now? Love this project - are you going to go commercial?

Ted
 
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So sorry to hear you haven't been well, Mike. Hope all is cleared up now? Love this project - are you going to go commercial?
All is well now and I am back at the bench. Hope to finish my battle station soon. Doc and I are already discussing our next joint project.
We have no plans to go commercial. I already have a commercial business with my wife laser etching custom cutting boards and glassware
www.wellwrittengifts.com so my modeling work is all pro bono as a way to contribute to the community. One of the things that adds value
to a model is uniqueness. I believe producing "kits" reduces that value. By only having a few examples of this particular battle station means
that Doc's award winning model will continue to retain the high value that it is worthy of... that's just my two cents of course... :) Besides... my SABLE
is far too big to go commercial.... LOL
 
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The kit is available, but is different from what you see here. No etched tree nails in the planking, different wood etc. Still, a nice project! Mike, Don and I had great fun with this (small) group scratch build. Here is a link to the kit . Check out my build log for some photos of a finished model. I’m definitely NOT shaming Mike and Don with my last comment!!

 
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WOW! It is unbelievable how much time and effort you all have put into this build. I have a different opinion now on the cost of the wooden kits available to us modelers. This kit, I know you all don’t want to sell it commercially, is of the highest quality. I only wish the kits available were as accurate as yours. Your time, effort and quality invested, would make this a thousand dollar kit or more. Using mass production could make the kit more affordable, but not by much.

My hat is off to all of you! You should be very proud of this work. I can’t wait to see more.
 
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Thanks, Shane!
This was really a labor of love for the three of us. Incredible fun brainstorming, coming up with ideas, rejecting some and finally settling on a plan. Making the components was fun also. You are right...as built this kit would be cost prohibitive, and automating it wouldn't achieve the same result. For example, all of the planking was cut and randomized for each model so there was no grain continuity from one plank to the next. Who is going to do that in a kit they plan to sell for $150!

Thanks for the kind words!
 
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Thank you for your comments gentlemen, I am a man very diverse in his interests, this has both pros and cons, and now that my sons are grown, I find I have a little spare time after working full time with overtime. Getting back into modeling is great fun, especially with the great stash I have accumulated over the years. I would be honored it you commented on my Arizona Memorial build on this very website.
 
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