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About modlerbob

  • Birthday 08/20/1949

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    All model building, slot cars, computer flight simulators

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  1. Monogram 1/132 Bonhomme Richard

    Yes but, in the case of the Bonhomme Richard, there are two beautiful models in the US Naval Academy Museum that are considered to be very close in appearance to the actual ship. If they were used as a pattern a model ship manufacturer, either plastic or wooden, would have a very fine, believable kit of a very important ship in US history.
  2. Frankie, your statement about jackstays is an example of what my point is. For the most part, especially before 1800, there was very little "safety" equipment on board ships. They rigged lifelines during heavy storms but for everyday sailing it was every man for himself.
  3. Monogram 1/132 Bonhomme Richard

    The more I read and research the more things I find grossly wrong with this model, at least as the Bonhomme Richard. I think it can be built as a reasonable looking sailing ship but there are way too many needed changes that would require skills beyond my capabilities to call it the Bonhomme Richard. So far I can't find any aftermarket parts other than the figurehead that would help to make it look closer to the real thing either. I think it can be built into a nice fantasy ship so that is my plan as things stand now. I think it is odd that there are no reasonably priced wooden kits of this famous and historically important ship. Without John Paul Jones's battle with and victory over the much more powerful HMS Serapis the French may not have been influenced to come to the aid of the Americans in time to affect the outcome of the revolution.
  4. I have noticed that several modelers are putting rope safety railings on ladders that descend to a lower deck. From what I remember looking at paintings and in older movies where there were sailing vessels I never saw such railings. It seems to me that things like rope railings and safety nets under the bowsprit are products of the 20th century as a result of laws covering the safety of passengers and crew. So, would it be proper to include these devices on, say, a 17th century man of war or other sailing vessels prior to the 20th century.
  5. Monogram 1/132 Bonhomme Richard

    The model finally arrived today(Wed. Nov. 15) and has been suggested it is most likely an old Aurora mold with a very nice Monogram instruction booklet. The figurehead is a female figure but should be easy to cut away. The stern galleries are another matter and to alter them would take some skills I don't possess. So I will most likely try to work with what is there. The sails are molded onto the spars so my choices there are to use the kit sails and spars or to build new ones from wooden dowels which I believe I could accomplish. The plastic ratlines are way too heavy so I will be rigging my own. Once I get started on the model I will start a build log to continue the dialog.
  6. I have come across this web site several times while searching for ways to accomplish a specific task, this time it was making rope coils. I am curious about whether it is w0rth the $45 to become a lifetime member and I figured someone here would have an answer.
  7. Monogram 1/132 Bonhomme Richard

    I should be getting my model of the Bonhomme Richard later today when the postman makes his rounds. One of the things I am concerned about is the choice of figurehead the mold maker used on this kit. From what I have read and the minimal detail I have been able to glean from images of the model the mold maker picked a human female to sit under the bowsprit whereas from what I have read it should be a pouncing lion. I could try from now until the cows come home to carve one on my own without any luck. So I started looking on the various online model ship hobby shops and wasn't able to find what I am looking for of the right size and price. I have bought several items from the 3D printing service called Shapeways so I decided to check their site and found just what I am looking for at a good price. So, after I have the model in hand, and I verify the unsuitability of the kit figurehead I will be ordering a proper figurehead for my Bonhomme Richard.
  8. Rattlesnake Revisited

    It shows the value of having been in a glass case all those years. Very nice looking model which appears to be in very good shape.
  9. A while back I bought the A.J. Fisher kit of the Baltimore Clipper Lark from one of the admin's here. It is an old issue and didn't include the instruction booklet that is now listed as part of the kit. I wonder if any of the members is familiar with this instruction book or any other from A.J. Fisher and can inform me as to whether I will get any additional guidance from the publication, allowing for my limited experience with building wooden kits. Or, will the plans be enough along with the instructions I already have for other ships of this type. Opinions are welcome.
  10. LST 452

    Good luck with your build. I would have gone with the Lindberg kit. I'm sure I built it a long time ago. It's bigger than 1/350.
  11. USS Albany old and new

    My interest in this ship dates to the time when my older brother was stationed on the guided missile cruiser USS Albany. At that time there was only one model of this ship from Monogram and I built it for him. Later, after he had retired from the Navy he told me the model had disappeared during his family's return to the states from Italy and he wondered if anything better was available. Unfortunately, at that time, the Monogram kit was still the only game in town. Shortly before he died Dragon released a 1/700 scale model of the Albany and even though I tried I was unable to finish it in time to give it to him. The Albany, Columbus and Chicago were all rebuilt Oregon City class WWII cruisers which were a modification of the Baltimore class. I thought it would be interesting to build a Baltimore class cruiser as it appeared in WWII as a comparison. There were minor differences but I felt it would be close enough to suit my purposes. Eventually Trumpeter released a 1/700 scale model of the WWII USS Baltimore. I started it but I got tired of installing all the anti-aircraft armament so it sat on a shelf partially built for a couple of years. Last week I found the kit box and as everything was still there I decided to finish it making just a basic build. So here are the two models.
  12. Monogram 1/132 Bonhomme Richard

    I found this last night https://www.usna.edu/Users/oceano/pguth/website/shipwrecks/sailing_ships/Construction_lecture.htm
  13. I have recently decided that I had obtained sufficient kits of sailing vessels of various types both plastic and wooden construction but Saturday evening while browsing through ebay plastic model listings came across this kit of the Bonhomme Richard. Prior to now I didn't even know the kit existed. I did a little checking through google images and decided the kit might make an interesting build so I made an offer of $30 and it was accepted + $9.95 shipping. from the images I found I doubt that I will be using the plastic shrouds and ratlines but the rest of the kit appears to be acceptable. I wasn't able to find any wooden kits to compare it with but have found a few build logs of some scratch built projects that are in early stages of construction. A little research has revealed that no one really knows exactly what the Bonhomme Richard looked like other than the fact that it was originally an armed French East India merchant ship that was given to John Paul Jones by the King of France to facilitate his raids on English shipping. Before setting out on his raids JPJ fitted and upgraded the cannon armament of the ship. The model seems to be a reasonable representation of a ship of the type and period. Reading about John Paul Jones when I was a teenager probably initiated my interest in sailing warships and the Navy in general. I look forward to receiving this model and discovering what it is that I have bought. I really need to quit browsing in ebay.
  14. Ship in a Bottle

    Very cool. I've always admired those who can engineer a model to open up after insertion into a bottle.