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  1. Hi again - I forgot to mention that I am corresponding with Manfred Stein in Germany. He is the author of the book on bone models that dvm27 spoke about. He also has a very nice website that has located many bone POW models around the world and places where you can see them. If you are interested in these singular art objects, here is his URL - - http://www.pow-boneships.de/ Stay safe Dan
  2. Hi to all - I am back in the shop today and the glues and finishes that I ordered have arrived. I will experiment with them in the next few days and report on my findings. In the meanwhile my client has located some documents from when his uncle had the model repaired in 1956. Here is a photo that the uncle sent to the Mariner's Museum in Virginia asking for information. Notice that the damages are very similar to those that I am repairing - broken bowsprit, main and mizzen masts. The entire figurehead area is missing. I do not know if the bust th
  3. Cathead - I think Johnny has it right. It was a mostly question of respect for a long time adversary rather than anger at traitorous colonists. This was especially true for sailors, who all understood that their true enemy was not the other fleet but the sea herself. The other issue was one of numbers. The land armies of Napoleon and those of the various opponents, Russia, Austria, Spain, England, etc., generally captured about equivalent numbers of soldiers, so exchanges could be arranged on more or less equal terms. However, the British Navy captured more French sailors by several order
  4. Hi again to all – As you can tell, I really like POW models. I first ran into one at an antiques show that my mother dragged me to when I was about 10. I found that it was pretty interesting looking at old artworks and furniture. But a large, intricate, bright white model of a sailing warship captivated me. When I was told that it was made of bones and rigged with human hair, I begged my mother to buy it. I have no idea why she decided not to spend $7,000 (about the cost of a good car back then) on such a simple request. In the 60 years since then I have learned many things
  5. Keith - Wonderful work. I am really looking forward to the lacemaking class, whoever teaches it. I confess to learning how to cane a chair for one of my smaller models, but making lace was always beyond me. I just buy wedding veil material or similar from a local fabric store that still has old patterns and weaves. Stay safe Dan
  6. Hi all - Druxey - yes, and thank you . I have ordered some of the glue and will test it with the others that I have. Roger - the conditions of French POWs was not usually that dismal. Yes, the prison hulks were not pleasant, but you do not abuse the enemy's POWs or he may retaliate against yours. In fact, towards the middle of the period most of the naval POWs were housed in large camps like Norman Cross. Think "The Great Escape" or "Hogan's Heroes" rather than "The Bridge on the River Kwai". Officers could give their parole and live outside camp in nearby villag
  7. Hi all - Thanks for the likes and comments. Phil - I am pretty well convinced that it started out, two centuries ago, as a nice example of a POW model. It has many of the characteristics that I have seen in many museum pieces and under all the restorations there are well-crafted and delicate details. Construction methods match those described in the several books on POW models that I have. Druxey - the HMG glue sounds interesting. I will look into it. Do you know where I can buy some online? Dan
  8. Hi again to all. I spent yesterday working on things other than the rigging. First I did some cleaning. The hull and deck were pretty clean, being protected from dust by the case. I still wiped them down with some distilled water, no soap or solvent was needed. As a mop I used half of a cotton swab in a drafting pencil handle. It is important to use the kind with a paper shaft rather than the plastic one. As can be seen in the picture, paper ones can be bent so it sits flat with the handle angled up so it can reach through spaces in the rigging. In this configuration it also
  9. Hi Vaddoc - Yes, all good ideas. I will be experimenting with cyano, PVA, shellac and other glues and finishes. I worked with hair spray once on some scale trees in an architectural diorama which were losing their leaves. It worked quite well since I could spray it gently using several coats. I recall that it dried a bit stiff, but that was not a problem in that setting. I'll report my findings soon. Dan
  10. Hi Vaddoc - Unfortunately not. The amount of additional work involved would have increased the fee to a point where the client would simply junk the model. I have a particular fondness for the bone and ivory models and I didn't want that to happen, so we reached a compromise. I will do what can be done without stripping it to the sticks and starting again, which may well be a solution for the next generation of ship model restorers, if there are any. Dan
  11. Hi again to all, and thanks for the comments and interest in this restoration. After reviewing the hull I turned to the masts, spars and rigging. The news was both good and not so good. First, to get an idea of what the model was like when she was built, I examined the best of the remaining masts and rigging, the foremast. Here are some photos of the details and some of my conclusions. Of course there are lots more of both, but that would take too much time to relate here. The foremast is well-proportioned to the ship and has several bands of woolding as would be
  12. Hello to all who followed me here from my prior build log of the James B Colgate, and to all those who are interested in the bone and ivory ship models made, mostly, by the French prisoners taken by the British navy in the Napoleonic wars. I was recently asked to repair an attractive example of the type that had some substantial damage over the past centuries, as well as suffering some repairs, good and bad. In this log I will detail my progress and, in addition to some techniques that I have used before, I will ask for additional ideas from the collective wisdom of our community
  13. Hi Marc - Looks great. Wish I could see her in person, but I guess I will have to wait a bit more. I was going to suggest that you work on the transom and counter by turning the piece upside down so it faces you, but I see from the last two photos that you figured that out. Are you thinking of muting the colors in any way to mimic the atmospheric effects of distance and haze? Dan
  14. Hi again to all my friends here and, as always, mucho thanks for the likes and comments. Yes, Keith, this will be a quick build log for several reasons. Mostly this is because it is a retrospective of the construction rather than a day by day series of small progress reports. I have detailed many of my techniques in earlier build logs, so there was little need to go over them again. At least that was what I told myself as Covid malaise set in and I found myself not willing to stop to memorialize small personal gains amid larger world problems. It just seemed a bit trivial. Tha
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