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  1. Thanks! But I don’t think I’m close to anything like that!
  2. I remember that story. I believe they were boxwood as well. I’m building Seeadler as we speak, but I won’t be documenting it. I’ll be sure to post some photos of it when it’s finished though
  3. Thanks Kurt! Yeah, she has the tools to cut the glass and solder the L brackets etc. Something I could probably do myself, but her lead time is very quick, and she likes doing it, so it’s easier to just have her make it in the end I think. I started scratch building ships a few years ago, I started with Shackleton’s S/Y Endurance. After that I modified and added to some 1/1800 scale 3D printed warship models. These turned out really well, but 3D printing felt a lot like cheating, it isn’t very artistic in my opinion. Letting the computers doing the heavy lifting felt like cheating in the end. I took a break from tiny ships to go back to 1/700 resin kits, heavily modified. However, earlier this year, I decided to build HMS Pandora as she looked on the Bounty hunt in 1790. After that I started bouncing around eras, from napoleonic to WWI and between. In total, I’ve built probably 10 full scratch builds over the past couple years. Each one takes about a month. I posted my Dreadnought in some of my Facebook modeling groups and got a LOT of pushback on it in general and some specificities. Especially the phrase “United British Empire” on the photos. This phrase appeared on post Victoria coronation medals and in some general propaganda from the time. I thought it was appropriate and a bit tongue-in-cheek but boy did people try to take me to task. Oh well, it was used back then, so I used it here. Not to mention the background static about using a coin that is no longer in circulation. Lordy!
  4. Thanks! There is a lady I work with who makes them for me, she’s great, and her prices are extremely reasonable for the effort that goes into them.
  5. Thanks! I’d say something like 150hrs, maybe. It took a little less than a month. I was browsing my collection of warship memorabilia trying to get inspiration. I have a huge collection of stuff from pieces of Tirpitz, HMS Rodney, Titanic, Olympic, Gustloff, Spee to autographs and everything in between. I ran across my Felix von Luckner autograph and decided that SMS Seeadler would be next. I do enjoy the WWI raiders. I considered SS Waratah, perhaps after Seeadler.
  6. Thanks for the kind words, but nothing I toil at is anywhere near the legendary Ough, or Reed, or McNarry, not by half. If I approach even 10% of their abilities I’ll die happy. As for the base, I think you may be confusing what you see here. The ship is attached to its working base, a heavy wood block and 2 needles. This is the stand I use to build the ship so I’m not handling it. It’s not how the ship will be displayed. I’ll recycle the working base for the next ship, so you’ll see it again, or perhaps it’s smaller brother.

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