Iron barque

Uwek

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Hallo Bob,
I think a lot of modelers like these merchant ships and clippers very much, due to their beautiful shapes, their lines etc. I love them. But from a modeler Point of view it is starting to get more complicated to build them. There is much more „metal works“ to do, comparing with the old ship of lines or frigates......my experience in soldering, welding, turning brass are very limited to make in scratch a ship in bigger scale. And there are a very small number of kits available. Look at the barque kit from marisstella.....beautiful.....
 
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When I first started miniatures, I went from 8 feet to 1 inch to 32 feet to 1 inche literally overnight, and the first thing I realised was how much easier it was to rig in wire. As most of the wire is just glued on, there is very littel soldering. Plating a hull with paper plates is a lot easier than laboriously planking a wooden hull. The brass turning is very simple, usually done in a small 12 Volt electric drill, using files to do the shaping. Fortunately, there are no kits for miniature merchant ships these days, and I would not like that to change as I don't like building models where there are thousands of identical ones around! I am quite convinced that anyone who can build a kit can scratchbuild. I am off to the monthly model shipwright society tomorrow, and I will be amazed if anyone takes much notice of my iron barque. Yet, collectors love them.
Bob
 
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They must have dropped it from a great height, because the packing box was undamaged. When it arrived in Belgium, the damage was confined to the fore and mainmasts. When it got back, the mizzen mast had lost its sails and spars as well
 
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OH my gosh Robert...what a tragedy. She was such a beautiful vessel too.

Rob(luv your builds)
 
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I have removed most of the damaged rigging, but there is not much left now, and I really haven't felt like making any efforts to repair it so far
Bob
 
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I know how you feel...kinda got the wind knocked out of your sails to begin the new repairs. You cleaned her up well...when you get ready to rebuild her. Now you know Kinda how Donald McKay felt when he visited the burned wreck of his beloved Great Republic......

More power to you...my friend.
Rob
 
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