Many thanks for your thoughtful response to my post. I wasn't intending to start any sort of argument, I was more interested in posting my observations based on @Heinrich
's excellent review and photos of this much vaunted kit. That being said, I based my remarks on both Jenson's drawings and photos of the original Bluenose. I'm not any kind of pro by any means, I'm just getting back into the hobby after a many
-years' hiatus (life has a way of getting in the way of one's hobbies) and I thought that I would start out with a (Billings) model of the Bluenose II for my daughter (who went for a ride around Lunenburg harbour aboard her last year), and the Model Shipways (MS2130) Bluenose for myself. Before beginning either kit I wanted to research both vessels and I found Jenson's book, the Nova Scotia Archives, etc.
As to the numbers of shrouds: if one can go by the number of chainplates present, then the foremast has 5 per side and the mainmast has 6, but, as I said, I'm no expert. As to their sizes, after comparing photos with Jenson's drawings, I believe he is correct, the smaller deadeye goes second in line.
Thank you for the correction re: the numbers of dories. For some reason I thought there were two "nests" of three boats each, rather than six boats each. My bad.
Thank you also for the information about the 3-D printed ship's wheels that come with kits ordered via Heinrich. That is very
good news of which I was totally unaware. (I haven't quite got through reading all the messages on the boards.) Given that, and the corrected name for the stern (is it a waterslide decal or a sticker?) I will have to put the YQ POF model on my list of must buy/builds. (Is it still available from Heinrich?)
No need for any sort of an apology; to each his own model. If "AL-FI" works for you, then who's to gainsay you. In my modelling I have always been what the model railroaders refer to as a 'rivet counter' inasmuch as I try to be as close to the prototype as possible in my detailing, regardless of scale. In the past I have generally worked in only two scales: 1:87.1 (HO finescale) and 1:48 (O scale) because everything was built for my model railroads (now long gone). Scratchbuilding railroad rolling stock and structures from basswood or styrene is one thing (nearly everything is basically a box with few or no curves), building a boat (where there are very few straight lines - almost everything is curved or tapered) is another kind of fish altogether. My first attempt at scratch-building an HO-scale boat was a 4-½" long pre-1820 Mohawk River bateau (see attached images - the coin is a quarter). I don't think the rigging is accurate but it conforms with the drawings by Hager. I've also scratchbuilt similar-scaled models of "Alligator"-type steam warping tugs, small Lake Muskoka-type steam passenger launches, rowboats, canoes, and so on. The largest model I've yet built was a 1:12 scale yacht tender called the Princess Rebecca,
by Poseidon Museum Studios, which I built for a friend. Luckily, I have another of this kit, as yet unbuilt! I also built the Billings Roar Ege
viking ship, with which I am quite happy. Unfortunately, almost all of my other models have disappeared over the last 15-20 years and 3 moves ... .
I haven't ever done a modeller's (b)log but perhaps when I get started on my Bluenose II I'll let you all in on my progress so you can keep me in line and on the straight and narrow.
Best wishes to all,
Since resuming my modelbuilding career, models currently on the ways include one of those very cheap Chinese POB kits of the 1:70 (?) Naxos
fishing boat (just to see what can be done with it) and the Model Shipways 1:96 MS2021Taurus
Models awaiting construction include:
Billings: 1:100 600 Bluenose II
Model Shipways: 1:64 MS2130 Bluenose
Model Shipways: Phantom
Sylvan 1:160 N-225 Great Lakes Tug (resin)
Cheap Chinese kits: Halcon, Harvey, Newport
Poseidon: 1:12 Princess Rebecca
Glencoe Mini-Kits U.S.S. Constitution
and Gertrude L. Thebaud
Future projects under consideration:
(anyone know where I can find plans for these?)
Joshua Slocum's Spray
William Lyon MacKenzie
(Lake Erie steamer)
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