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Roman Warship 1:~72 Academy

Roman Warship 1:~72 Academy
Meriadoc Brandybuck
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I completed this Roman warship with a different color scheme; somewhat fanciful but it was a fun build and good practice. 

The box says it’s 1:250 scale but this cannot be true. Most estimates run between 1:72 and 1:100; the shields on the side can’t be much smaller than 1:72. I think it’s a poorly scaled kit with plenty of problems, but it is a fun build open to one’s interpretation. I decided the oar box must be there for a second bank of oars, so I installed all of them on one side. Easier to display that way. 

Dont look too hard or you’ll notice some problems like major seam lines; I assure you these are only an artifact of the photography and not on the real ship ;) 

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Thanks Meriadoc;


That's an interesting model, and looks well made and colourful, however dubious its historical value might be. Thanks for posting this. 


By the way, something tells me that you are an admirer of Tolkien; can't think what!


All the best,


Mark P

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    • No worries Bob....always learning, the best part about all of this....
    • Beautiful model! I have the POB on the shelf for a future build down the road. Thanks for explaining your paint and stain scheme.
    • Hi Mike,
      Thank you for your further explanations!
      I have now a good understanding of the principle of how you made the case. I am looking forward to your additional photos! No hurry from my side, because there is still a lockdown in my country, so I cannot buy materials...
      I intend to make my case 102 cm by 35 cm wide and 75 cm height. I assume that this is close to your dimensions (and weight...).
    • Yes, it took 2 people for the large panels. Most of your statements are correct, the top was done differently. They are only rectangular strips that fit into a shoulder I milled on the outside tops of the verticals deep enough so the strip (when attached) make the outside edge of the glass trough (of the verticals) allowing the panels to slide in and out. Then the cover is screwed to the verticals locking the whole thing together. The total weight of glass would have been ~ 160 lbs so I went with Plexiglass which was only about 75 lbs but more expensive. I under estimated both the weight of material as well as the cost for a case this size. I will try to post (or send to you directly) photos to help explain, however, it is at my sons house so it may be a few days. In the meantime let me know if you have any questions and thanks for your interest.
    • Hi Mike,
      Thank you for taking the time to explain. I understand somewhat better. If you would share additional photos: that would be great!
      I have understood that your horizontal wooden strips have an extenting part at the bottom so that it fits into the base grooves. I assume my milling the excess away.
      Is it the same construction at the top?
      I have seen in your photos that the glass is held in place by clip-skrews. I assume that the horizontal wooden strips at the top are only at the outside, to allow the sliding of the glass?
      Did you need assistance for sliding in the big glass panels, because of the weight?
      Thanks! Andre
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