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  1. Work started on the standing rigging. Nestled against some other waterlined 15mm builds (a junk from an old PYRO War Junk kit and a Nationalist/Chicom patrol boat built salvaged from an old PT109 kit)
  2. Nearing the home stretch. Touch-up painting, lifeboat, anchors & chains, standing & running rigging to be fitted.
  3. Wasn't thrilled with the proportions of the original mast and boom, tore that out and replaced with one about 80%. For those in need of smaller versions, see Shapeways.com http://www.shapeways.com/product/22SG4UU9H/ijn-coastal-freighters-quot-sea-truck-quot-1-1800 http://www.shapeways.com/product/CBHAWXCXH/ijn-coastal-freighters-quot-sea-truck-quot-1-1250 [/quote]
  4. Howdy, folks. First build thread here, something I'd actually done not-so-long ago and since I'm thinking about a follow-up build in the same scale, figured I'd share. The '15mm' notation is a wargaming size, particularly popular for WWII Pacific scenarios. As an example, see https://sfdfsfd.wordpress.com/2013/10/09/wwii-15mm-pacific-theater-of-operations-pto-invasion-07sep2013/ or scroll down to the Battle Of Wake Island 1922 http://lockupyoursheep.blogspot.com/2014/02/vapnartak-2014.html These are the 'inner hulls' of those Robert E Lee riverboat steamer kits, each about 13" long (and easily found on ebay). Tell me the lines don't look oddly familiar and at 15mm scale, are right about in the neighborhood of a Steel Truck. For what it's worth, I'd originally been thinking of something like this - British steel coastal freight KYLERONA (1908) 1/24th scale tractor trailer sidewalls being cannibalized. Finally got around to the irritating task of mating the deck (1/24th scale tractor trailer siding material) to the hull, fixing the mainmast and framing out the deckhouse.
  5. Coming down to the final stretch. Needs lifeboat, detail painting, standing & running rigging and some anchors.
  6. Wasn't thrilled with the proportions of the original mast and boom, tore that out and replaced with one about 80%. Most of the upper wheelhouse was taken from a 1:130th SHELL WELDER kit. http://i.imgur.com/UIXM1GV.jpg Bow plating taken from the 1:72nd Revell Tugboat kit. http://i.imgur.com/HXsqulJ.jpg http://i.imgur.com/RnIUiFF.jpg Priming starts.
  7. Pardon all the shadows, this was a hip-shoot pic. http://i.imgur.com/nHN7hZ0.jpg Slow going of late, as I spend more time staring at references and then the parts box and then the model (rinse/lather/repeat). I might just 'cheat' with the cargo deck hatches and make some trapaulin'd "close enough" squares (remembering, the end state is for wargaming so build durability is a consideration). Logically, I knew at least one ship's boat and the davits need to be on the fantail, along with some railings. There doesn't seem to be any stacks on the 'steel trucks' (unless someone can point out what I'm missing), but there'll need to be ventilators and gangways between the decks. Probably a tarpaulin rigged on the rear of wheelhouse deck.
  8. Finally got around at the end of October to the irritating task of mating the deck (1/24th scale tractor trailer siding material) to the hull, fixing the mainmast and framing out the deckhouse. 1/24th scale tractor trailer sidewalls being cannibalized. http://i.imgur.com/poODkoY.jpg http://i.imgur.com/iAYXbm0.jpg http://i.imgur.com/sljcsHh.jpg
  9. Built up from scrap laying around, probably wind up in someone's 15mm WWII Pacific Wargaming collection. Started this back in June, slowing wrapping it up. These are the 'inner hulls' of those Robert E Lee riverboat steamer kits I mentioned, each about 13" long. Tell me the lines don't look oddly familiar and at 15mm scale, are right about in the neighborhood of a Steel Truck. For what it's worth, I'd originally been thinking of something like this - British steel coastal freight KYLERONA (1908)
  10. How about the USS Repulse, 8 gun xebec originally built in 1775 for the Pennsylvania Navy and loaned to the USN in April 1777? Failed to make the run past Philadelphia in November 1777, scuttled. No Further Information.

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