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  1. Haha, thanks, it’s all an illusion though. I’ve only finished one model this year, ha!
  2. One thing to keep in mind when it comes to Bounty and her paint scheme is this: The Admiralty wasn’t interested in this project at all. When Bethia was taken in hand she was a relatively new ship, however the RN stepped new masts and changed all of her iron hardware to brass. Other changes were made for the greenhouse equipment etc. of course. However the civilian paint scheme was likely not altered. If a repaint was to be done, Bligh would have had to pay for it and he wasn’t exactly swimming in money. Bounty was an armed transport, not a warship, and one being run on a budget.
  3. Bligh and Bounty are two of my favorite subjects excepting Shackleton of course. Such a contradiction he was.
  4. Sorry I missed this post. I was really shocked to learn about the passing of Dr. Grove. He was always one of my favorites.
  5. This sort of thing pops up in the warship research world with unpublished photographs. Years ago, I started collecting photos of Kriegsmarine ships before they somehow became “cool”. I amassed a modest yet important collection of unpublished originals. The cream would be images of Graf Spee at the Battle of the River Plate. I’ll answer any questions about the photos, but I won’t share them electronically. If an author wanted to see them, they’d have to come to my home and view them in person. In the past I’ve worked on a half-dozen KM book projects as a subject matter expert in one area or another, and none have made the trip. Nowadays, the Kriegsmarine has gone from a subject of genuine interest to something extraordinary cliché. To me at least. I can’t be bothered in most cases anymore and I’ve even considered liquidating my collection of KM photos and artifacts. These days I’m much more interested in the Great War, and the ships built prior. Sadly however, all this stuff costs real money in the end, and letting out into the world for free simply isn’t in the cards for some of us.
  6. Here we have HMS Tiger, The Most Splendid Cat, arguably the best looking warship the Royal Navy ever built. Launched in 1913, built by John Brown & Co in Scotland, she was assigned to the 1st Battlecruiser Squadron during the First World War. Tiger would go on to fight at the Battle of Dogger Bank in 1915 and the Battle of Jutland in 1916. Her official motto was “Quis Eripet Dentes” or “Who Shall Bear my Teeth”. The model is entirely built from boxwood and brass. The sea base is carved jellying wood and painted, and her rigging is mostly nitinol and copper wire. Of course the paint is by ScaleColors, nothing else will do. This model is a bit smaller than my usual scale of 125’ to 1” or 1/1500. Tiger here is around 1/1900 scale. I wanted to see if I could achieve the same fidelity at a magnitude smaller than my usual work. While I am quite pleased with this one, I think I do prefer 1/1500 as my working scale. If you’d like to see more of my work, I have a website with all of the pictures at www.josephlavender.com
  7. Greeting, Yes, the model is finished, it seemed that interest in the build log had waned, so I stopped updating it. I’ll have to take some photos the next time I have the camera out. As for which parts I doubled, I can’t remember sadly. I ended up making close to a thousand new torsion supports to keep the hull exactly rigid. It payed off on the end because the hull sides consist of many layers to simulate the armor plate and if you don’t take your time with the early bits, you’ll be off on this step. The key to this model is absolute perfection and accuracy.
  8. Not sure I follow Peter. Can you be more specific about what you’re after?
  9. Very nice, thank you. I’ll just leave it off
  10. Thanks BE! However, the question is more about where the flag lines would be attached, if the gaff is lowered and lashed to the boom? I doubt I’ll have the ensign on the model, but I would like to make sure the rigging is there. thanks!
  11. Greetings! I’m building a diorama of HM Cutter Alert under easy sail with the mainsail and gaff lowered. I’ve seen some drawings and painting depicting this, and it’s allowing me to not only depict the ship under sail but show off the rigging too. The big mainsail is impressive, but it’s blocking a lot of detail. My question is this: With the main gaff lowered, how would the flag be rigged, if at all? Would it still be connected to the main boom? This seems to be a fairly extreme angle. Or would the storm gaff be rigged and the flag rigging connected there? Thanks for your input! joe
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