Merchant sailing brig 20 Feet to 1 inch

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Another "damp squib" as far as ship model builders are concerned. No interest displayed in this model at the local ship model society. But a local collector has reserved it, pending visual inspection!
 

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Thanks,
I have stopped doing build logs as they are now reserved for my downloads. But I have nothing planned, as most of my enthusiasm has gone. The local collector will be inspecting the above model tomorrow, but as he already has a number of my models, I am sure he will want this one. It might have been different if I had been building warships, but model shipbuilding forums have very little interest in models of trading ships. My Facebook group now has 1,479 members, many of who are very active building merchant ship models, and I am pleased to encourage them although I have not put any build logs on recently. It is a pleasant change for me to be able to see what others are doing in this field. I did advertise SOS on it a few days ago, but there was no interest shown.
 

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Nothing planned - When I took it to a model meeting today, the buyer who I had arranged to meet there was aboslutely delighted with it, and the man next to him looked very closely at it, but with the rest of them, there was not even a flicker of interest! It is the 277th that I have completed since I started counting in October 1992. But this type of model has long-since been superseded by kits and nothing is ever going to change now. This has created a demand for them from collectors that would overwhelm me if I took them on, and conseqently, I grow weary of it all.
 

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Nothing planned - When I took it to a model meeting today, the buyer who I had arranged to meet there was aboslutely delighted with it, and the man next to him looked very closely at it, but with the rest of them, there was not even a flicker of interest! It is the 277th that I have completed since I started counting in October 1992. But this type of model has long-since been superseded by kits and nothing is ever going to change now. This has created a demand for them from collectors that would overwhelm me if I took them on, and conseqently, I grow weary of it all.
She's a beautiful little brig Robert. As I've said many times before... your work is wonderful and the subjects are IMV the best.
Sometimes I too get discouraged by folks who show no interest...not even, *Oh my gosh you created this*..just a plain faced uninterested look. Now I'm not so hypersensitive that I need folks approval, but it is become very clear that cargo carriers(sail, as far as I'm concerned), just don't excite viewers like war vessels.
I have used many of your techniques from your book & CD...so you are very welcome in my shipyard.

Just love your work.

Rob
 

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Thanks Rob,
It is not exactly that I am disillusioned as much as I feel that I am in the wrong place amongst those who prefer building and reading about warships, mainly of Naopleonic times I just don't find their histories very interesting - drills, drills and more drills, heavy discipline followed by spells of active service where the main aim is to blow each other to pieces, As you will be aware, my Facebook group now has 1,545 members, many of whom are very active, and it gives me great pleasure to see what others are building in the way of merchant ships both sail and steam. The downloads remain very popular, and anything I build is snapped up immediately. This makes the hobby self-financing, but again, I am uncomfortably aware that many consider me to be very mercenary in this respect, classing me as one who "knows the cost of everything, and the value of nothing!" Having just read an ancient novel written in the USA over 100 years ago, by Charles Clark Munn, I think his final comment on life just about sums up my present feelings accurately:
Life at best is but an enigma, and like children pursuing a "Will O' The Wisp,"so do we all pursue the illusive beacon light of a brighter and happier to-morrow - always hoping, never attaining, though striving ever until, wearied of the vain pursuit, at last we fall by the wayside and are forgotten.
Charles Clark Munn (1847 - 1917)
Bob
PS - I went off to sea 58 years ago today, 3rd May, 1961. :)
 
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