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  1. Open the box! First impressions; Artesania Latina do not appear to have the best of reputations, and on doing research, to find out that the Bounty kit is only single plank on frame rather than the more acceptable double planking, didn't help that reputation. Aparently the manuals weren't up to much either, badly translated for one thing (AL are Italian of course), and I did come across veiled suggestions the kit quality had a lot to be desired. However the ship had already been ordered, a gift from my children, so there was no going back, the box arrived... ...and what an impressive box it was to! 30 x 17 x 2.5 inches (76 x 43 x 7 cms) and heavy with it. On opening the box, I couldn't help but be quite impressed. At the top of the pile was a package containing the manuals (yes two!) and the drawings. The manuals were relatively impressive, the first was a full colour and seemingly very detailed book containing a host of photographs each part in each photograph numbered. The second manual was the instruction booklet (in several languages). Each paragraph in the manual makes reference to each photograph, thereby illustrating every step, but how accurately remains to be seen. So far, quite impressed. I was then shocked to discover how huge the actual scale drawings were! Given the box is 30 inches long, the size of the drawing is indicated in the photograph below. There are three sheets, but each has content on both sides, and very detailed content it appears to be. So far very impressed. Then the rest of the contents. The usual laser cut sheets of different thicknesses of wood, all seemingly excellent quality, and the wooden strips and dowling. It became obvious the ship only has single planking, as the obvious keel planking strips seemed relatively few. The other contents included all the many bits and pieces, all neat and tidy in individual plastic trays rather than plastic bags! I later discovered these trays are actually quite robust and reusable, which should prove very handy. The qualty of the components, especially the turned brass ones, appeared excellent. Still impressed! Eventually I did make a start on the build. As I was still finishing my previous ship, I only undertook this because the instructions recommended, for absolute realism, the first keel items should be stained and varnished before being built, and I could continue with my original ship as this was drying. As it transpired I have elected to paint then varnish, as the stain didn't cover the imperfections of the wood. As the painting / varnishing could be done after the initial bit of build, I did actually commence. The pIeces; false keel and first frames, were removed from their sheet easier than any I have come across before, and the quality seems very good indeed. The frames all fitted into the keel well. Now to paint and varnish. Bryan
  2. Here re some pix of my build of Constructo's 1:50 HMS Bounty. Constructo was a great help in sending me updated plans. MacKay's Anatomy of the Ship was invaluable. This was my first palnk-and -bulkhead build. Bought and aftermarket figurehead as I didn't like the kit's nudie. Added gun rigging and aft house/flag locker etc.Also bought stern lanterns fabricated the brackets from brass wire according to Mackay. .Carved the stern name from wood veneer (for art's sake).Planked the launch( The kit's launch was too Disney.).. added "mast and sails". I like Constructo's exotic wood planking. fair winds to ya, mates. IMG_0212.odg IMG_0213.odg IMG_0214.odg IMG_0215.odg IMG_0216.odg IMG_0218.odg IMG_0219.odg IMG_0220.odg IMG_0221.odg IMG_0222.odg IMG_0223.odg IMG_0224.odg IMG_0225.odg IMG_0230.odg
  3. Long time mdeler, limited internet user, first time poster to this amazing site I was clued into by my grandson. I have no initial picture to post as I begin my HMAV Bounty build from Artesania Latina, but will remedy that on the next lesson from my grandson. I'll use this post to introduce myself and applaud all those who have already proven helpful as I launch into this build. You gals and guys who contribute to this hobby are wonderful. Lots of plastic modelers around where I live but few wood folk, especially ship biilders, so to have a brain trust like this to pick away at and learn from is a welcome companion. My modeling began with the melding of my friend's slot car set up and my HO train set in his basement From the beginning we bashed or scratch built everyhing because neither one of us had money to buy much. We'd scrounge whatever cardboard, plastic, wood, or thin metal scraps we could find and cut, bend, carve pieces until we ended up with something that resembled what we were looking for. Looking back I'm sure by my standards now they were pretty ratty, but at the time we were well pleased and it kept us out of trouble, mostly. As high school rolled around we had a bit more money for kits, but those most often ended up looking vastly different by the time we modified, added spare parts, and basically cannibalized the manufacturers design to fit our needs. College left everything at his house and I took up model ship building for relaxation with a kit from the old Scientific Models series. My first was the solid hull Flying Cloud. I knew nothing about tallships, didn't bother to do any research, just followed the kit instructions and was guite pleased with the results. Did much better on the model ship than my freshman year studies. The need to raise my GPA and pursue that degree I was told I needed took me out of the modeling hobby for the rest of college. The Flying Cloud sat on my desk safely but suffered damage on the trip home after my senior year. It still sits in a box waiting to be resurrected. A couple year's into marriage I built Scientific Models Pequod. That has survived moving around for 43 years. One of my grandkids got into O scale Lionel trains which led to numerous scratch built buildings for his layout drawing on my childhood imagination and skills, although with much more "professinal" looking results. In 2008 my children and wife all chipped in to buy me the Artesania Latina Independence kit for my 60th birthday after I dropped many not so subtle hints. It was my first large ship build. It took over a year to complete, working on it in spurts as time allowed and the results were very pleasing. As you LA builders are aware, I found the illustrations and directions of this kit to be inaccurate, misleading, and limited in some crutial areas, but my history of scratch building and substituting material got me passed this to a nice finished model. Since then I have learned they may have taken some liberties with the historic accuracy of their interpretation of the ship. Furniture building, needle point, and, wooden toy creating occupied my time until this new year began. I had been researching models for about a month when I settled on the HMS Bounty. I would have liked the HMS Victory but the budget said no. Which leads to the reason for this log. My first step upon opening the box was to inventory the parts. I remember on the Independence missing a couple prefabricated parts which I was able to replace on my own, but I felt the need to double check the packing from the manufacturer. I have since learned some of you have had terrible luck with poor lumber. I am one of the fortunate one in that all my wood pieces appear in great shape. However, I did find that a number of prefabricated pieces were missing. Finishing the inventory I sent off an email to Omni/Tower Hobbies from whom I purchased the kit. They forwarded my message to Artesania Latina. It has been two weeks since and I'm not holding my breath for a response from them. I believe I read they have switched their production out of Spain to China and this is leading to quality control issues. Next kit will likely be from another company. I figured I could get started since the missing items were for later in the build. Staining and assembling the framing was going along smoothly and then I read about John McKay's book, The Armed Transport Bounty. Oh dear! Since receiving that I'm not sure if I've found a friend or foe. The details in that volume are so clear and make so much historic sense that I can see this build is going to take me back to my childhood days of kit bashing and stretch way over a year. I've already dismantled my framing, glad nothing was glued, and made some modifications, maybe not totally historically accurate but I think closer tha what LA choose to present. I'm spending literally hours pouring over the book and comparing it to the kit noting what I will adjust, add, leave out. That's where I'm at. So, there's a long first entry. Sorry if I bored you with background that maybe wasn't necessary. My next computer lesson from my grandson is how to get pictures in with my entries. At 69 I'm fairly good with email, developing some good research skills on the web, but taking further tech directions from a grandson in exchange for lunch at places of his choice. So far he's been nice to me and I still have coffee money left over.
  4. MGM’s Mutiny on the Bounty, 1962, 178 minutes. Staring Marlon Brando and Trevor Howard. I saw this film on television thirty years ago and I could hardly remember it. Last week a friend gave me the two disk special edition DVD presented in a magnificent wide letterbox format, reflecting the original films “Ultra Panavision 70 Widescreen”. There is a thirty minute B&W short about the building of the MGM Bounty in Nova Scotia with some terrific footage of the framing which is well worth your while. As everyone knows, the ship built for this film sank at sea in Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. (G Captain, in my opinion, covered the sinking and subsequent trial better than any other news source: http://gcaptain.com/tag/hms-bounty/) I see there are a LOT of build logs for Bounty here on MSW and I am sure many of you guys will agree that the ship in the film was very well photographed and represented. There was also a tank model that must have been very large, used in the storm sequences. I wonder what the consensus is amongst those of you building the Bounty? Anyway I read the Wikipedia article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mutiny_on_the_Bounty_(1962_film) about the film and it contained some surprises: The film went into production with director Carol Reed (The Third man) at the helm, Marlon Brando, untouchable and at the height of his fame, took over directing duties himself. Brandos behavior caused production delays and the film came off the rails, going over schedule and over budget. Reed wisely jumped ship and he was replaced by Milestone (All Quiet on the Western Front) who is credited as director of the picture. It would be his last film. I was surprised to learn the film was a flop, despite making more money than all but five other Hollywood films that year, It grossed 13 Million domestically but had cost 19 Million to make, which must have been a lot of money back in 1962. 62’ had been a good year for film: Lawrence of Arabia, The Longest Day, The Music Man, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Manchurian Candidate, Lolita and What Ever Happened to Baby Jane were all released that year. Lawrance of Arabia won the Oscar, Mutiny didn’t win ANY but had garnered eight nominations, including Best Picture, Film Editing and Special Effects, no doubt for the model work. Another surprise: Brando wound up marrying the films leading lady Tarita Teriipaia that year, his third wife at the time. They divorced in 72’ and had two kids. Poking around Wikipedia I also found there was once a stage musical of Mutiny on the Bounty. Wow.
  5. thinking about next project after mamoli golden hind and i reckon bounty would be an interesting build. any thoughts or recommendations on a particular kit? tks chris
  6. From the album: Ships in Bottles

    This was my first real success in adding more details to my ships in bottles including seed beads for rigging blocks, a figure head, and a small open captains launch among other things. She is displayed in a beautiful blown bottle, that is slightly asymmetrical and very clear.

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