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The Kit-Basher's Guide To The Galaxy

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CaptainSteve

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Arr !!!

 

CaptainSteve 'ere. Recently promoted to Apprentice Wood-Hacker (3rdClass), aboard the USS Constitution (under Cap'n 'ull, 'is ownself, no less).

 

Most all of us as ship-modellers, I suspect, strive to create as much realism as we possibly can with our models. Whether you class yourself as a kit-builder, scratch-builder (seriously, you guys truly are the Jedi-Masters of the model-ship universe!!), or something in-between; surely we look to make our models correct - aesthetically, technically and historically.

 

Myself, I have discovered that I am a kit-basher ... a term I had never heard of prior to my discovering MSW.

I unashamedly accept the title.

 

As such, I often find myself looking at everyday objects through the eyes of a modeller.

 

Fortunately, my job often sees me waiting in stores and various businesses, giving me golden opportunities to browse through their display stocks, whilst considering how some items could be trimmed/chopped/painted to become the perfect capstan/smoke-stack/cannon-ball or whatever.

 

As such, I would like to start a new forum based upon everyday items which could be tailored into ship parts to enhance our models.

 

 

[Please note that, with the recent change of name for this forum, I am familiar with the works of Douglas Adams AND have read his entire, brilliant "HHGTTG: A Trilogy in Four Parts"]


Edited by CaptainSteve, 15 January 2015 - 12:20 PM.

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                     HOUSE RULES

 

To help with following this forum, may I suggest that you:

 

             - CAPITALIZE the name of the object at the very start of your post.

             - Please indicate scale with your suggestion, as various items could be used for different purposes in another scale.

             - Separate posts for each item AND purpose will make it easier for people wishing to search this topic.

             - Photos are actively encouraged !!

 

To get things rolling, here are a few suggestions of my own:


Edited by CaptainSteve, 16 December 2013 - 01:54 PM.

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CHOPSTICKS - To create winches for my whale-boats (1/76 scale), I cut the tips from a pair of take-away chopsticks. Minor sanding and shaping produced the final result. Some holes were drilled through the tips (0.2mm bit). Paint inside of holes black.


Edited by CaptainSteve, 13 December 2013 - 12:10 PM.

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BEADS - There are thousands of different beads available. I strongly recommend spending a few hours browsing through the shelves of a good bead store, if you can find one. Otherwise, settle for a raid on the Admiral's sewing table. Try imagining each bead cut in half/sanded/sliced.

 

This pic shows a whale-boat (1/76th scale) I am currently working on. The central drum is a bead, with the wooden ends being former chopsticks.

 

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Edited by CaptainSteve, 04 December 2014 - 01:43 PM.

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Current Build:   USS Constitution (Model Shipways)

 

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XMAS TREE LIGHTS - Recently, a string of about-to-be-installed Christmas lights caught my eye. These were only a cheap variety, but my immediate thought was: Cut the tips from each globe, drill holes of corresponding size in a strip of wood, insert former Xmas light, and you have a perfectly round porthole with a domed window pane.

 

(Observant viewers may have noticed the complete lack of snow in my part of Australia at Christmas time - it was 38 degrees Celsius today!!)

 

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Edited by CaptainSteve, 08 August 2014 - 06:51 PM.

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WATCH PARTS - Search E-Bay for this phrase: "steam punk". A 30g packet containing hundreds of miniscule cogs, gear-wheels, coils and springs cost me less than A$20.00 (including shipping). Watch-spring coils will, I imagine, make excellent mast-bands!!

 

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Edited by CaptainSteve, 08 August 2014 - 06:52 PM.

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BEADS - There are thousands of different beads available. I strongly recommend spending a few hours browsing through the shelves of a good bead store, if you can find one. Otherwise, settle for a raid on the Admiral's sewing table. Try imagining each bead cut in half/sanded/sliced.

 

This pic shows a whale-boat I am currently working on. The central drum is a bead, with the wooden ends being former chopsticks.

BEADS - another use for beads is as parrel beads for all those gaff rigged schooners out there - or other applications where there are single parrels in use.

 

Steve - great thread - may I suggest you change the title to something that might help people realize what you are trying to do with it?  It will help get more responses, I suspect.

 

Thanks,

Bob

 

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Edited by bhermann, 16 December 2014 - 12:26 PM.

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OLD COMPUTER PARTS - I have found many of great things inside old computers before throwing them away at work.  Plastic cooling vents, fans, wiring, various thin metal pieces that can be molding into some great ships parts.


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FANS

 

Parts of a cheap fan, bought in a Chinese bazaar, can simulate ornamentation.

 

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Edited by Belco, 16 December 2014 - 02:07 PM.

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ALUMINIUM CANS - Cut strips from a flattened-out can to the scale size of flags for your ship/boat. Using transfers or by painting, glue your flag design to both sides of the aluminium. Remember to reverse the design on one side.

 

Then crumple the aluminium piece slightly. Let the glue dry completely, and then very carefully peel your flag away from the aluminium piece.

 

Hopefully, you will be left with a flag that appears to be permanently flapping in the breeze !!

 

(This idea came to me from fellow USS Constitution builder here on MSW - the eminent modeler12)


Edited by CaptainSteve, 13 October 2015 - 02:02 PM.

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SANDPAPER STRIPS - Cut thin strips of very fine sandpaper to simulate leather strips, such as used for straps.

The texture of the sandpaper is guaranteed to produce a few extra "Ooohs" and "Aaahs" from people who view (and touch) your model.

 

(For these straps on my half-moon hatches, I have used black wet-n-dry sandpaper.)

 

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Edited by CaptainSteve, 08 August 2014 - 06:53 PM.

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WOOD COFFEE STIR STICKS

 

These come in 5.5" and 7.5" and are 1/16" thick.  You can get some at your local coffee shop, or purchase a few thousand on eBay for less than $20.  

 

These are made of birch, very pliable and hold a corner very well.

 

When I build my 18th century long boat, I will replace the basswood planking with coffee stir sticks.  


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I think you could probably use fly mesh for the metal work for windows.


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Crumple the aluminium piece slightly to produce a natural-looking flag that will appear to be flapping in the breeze. 
(This idea comes from a fellow USS Constitution builder here on MSW - the eminent modeller12)

Steve, you present several interesting ideas. Keep it up.

However, the 'crumbled aluminum can' idea was not mine to start with. It was an old one proposed by . . .
I don't remember.
What I suggested was to use very thin cloth and go from there per: http://modelshipworl...=+making +flags

More importantly: I wish all of you people a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
If Christmas is not on your agenda, I hope that your God or believe will allow us to pursue more friendship and common enterprises through this great forum and other venues.

Edited by Modeler12, 14 December 2013 - 03:04 AM.

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Great ideas and the computer parts I do already. 

The Nautical Research Journal had a one page article that showed pieces from frames of glasses.  I have used the hinges from the frames on doors for some of my RC models. Starbuck in my area used to have bamboo stirrers.  I use them for tree nails.

That's it for now.

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JEWELLERY - Cheap lengths of chain are ideal for numerous uses, depending on the size of the links and your model's scale.

Here, I have taken links from the chain on the left, cut them in half using nail-clippers, and used them as oar-locks on my

Captain's Gig (1/76 scale).

 

(Incidentally, be VERY careful not to cut up the Admiral's necklaces without checking with her first - note my eye-patch!!) 

 

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Edited by CaptainSteve, 08 August 2014 - 06:54 PM.

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DemonBorger,

 

I actually used some pieces of fly-mesh, cut into long strips and then rolled-up to simulate the netting on my Apostol Felipe a few years back. Check it out, if you like, from the link in my tag-line. You'll see it hanging from the main flybridge.


Edited by CaptainSteve, 14 December 2013 - 09:07 AM.

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The aluminum can idea for flags was, I think, Harold Hahn's.   I and others open the can, flatten it, bend it into a nice shape and lay the cloth/paper flag on it.  Then starch or dilute PVA the life out of it.  When it dries, it's in the shape desired.


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MOSQUITO MESH AND CLEAR ACETATE: To make windows.

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Ulises,

I think your Vasa build is stunning !!

 

In particular, I was extremely impressed with the doors made from round toothpicks.

Could you please add those pics (with a quick explanation) here ??

That idea is brilliant !!

(And perfect for this thread !!)


Edited by CaptainSteve, 16 December 2013 - 01:24 PM.

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