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  1. Last week I had the opportunity to acquire a model made in Germany in the 1920's. My interest in this particular maker/makers/guild models came from the Shipwrights of Central Ohio (further referred to as SCO) club's restoration of the Great Harry. I think the Great Harry is a neat model even though it's a decorative model. The model I acquired was a wreck but very reasonable priced. I told both my wife and son that I was off to buy a plastic pink flamingo as decorative ships have about the same amount of respect and appreciation and have very little value even when restored. I have a modest amount of respect for this model as it's almost a hundred years old and it does hold a historical footnote in model ship history. This is a fanciful, caricature model of a Carrack warship. Because it may not truly represent any particular ship I leave her unnamed at this time. I can't determine what country's navy this model is supposed to represent from the heraldic shields and painted sails. If someone can provide any input, please do! To me she looks a lot like the Mary Rose per the attached period painting because of the heraldic shields she carries amidships. The maker/makers only had pictures from books to work with and buyers would only have had vague mental images of those same pictures, this would have given the makers a lot of latitude. These decorative ships came home with tourist from overseas as souvenirs. It's not hard to imagine that friends and neighbors liked "that ship" they saw on their well traveled neighbors mantel and the stories that went with it. They may not have been able to afford a trip abroad but dad and son wanted a model ship and they could afford to buy a kit. This model sat on the mantel of a well used fireplace. The sails were/are covered with creosote and the original paint and wood have been penetrated. What the heck, it gives it character. The photos are of the model as acquired.
  2. Un po' per curiosità, un po' per passione condivisa con tante persone, provo ad aprire questo wip su questo sito, (non so se la scrittura in italiano, l' unica lingua che conosco "abbastanza" bene, provocherà dei problemi per comunicare con gli altri, ma proviamo a vedere cosa succede, io ho messo il traduttore in automatico... vediamo se potete farlo anche voi ) si tratta della costruzione della caracca Santa Maria, forse uno dei modelli maggiormente realizzati da quasi tutti i modellistici, i piani di costruzione sono allegati nel libro " Le navi di Colombo" di Heinrich Winter, si tratta di un sei tavole in scala 1/50 nel quale viene riportata la "caracca" (nao) di Cristoforo Colombo, o almeno, uno dei tentativi di riportare, come doveva essere la "nao" di Cristoforo, con la quale nel 1492 attraverso l' oceano Atlantico con l' intento di scoprire le Indie..... altro libro che ho e nel quale vengono riportati altri esempi di disegni sulla caravella è "The ship of Christopher Columbus" di Xavier Pastor, il libro di Winter lo avevo da diversi anni, ma non ero particolarmente attratto dal modello, uno tra i piu' classici modelli, e per di piu' di una nave "tonda" cosa che non lega o meglio legava con il mio gusto, perchè fino ad oggi avevo realizzato modelli di nave "lunghe", ma c'è sempre una prima volta... anche perché la realizzazione della caracca non è particolarmente complessa e questo modello mi permette di ripartire con la realizzazione di un altro modello in un periodo nel quale ho poco tempo, per cui la decisione di partire con questo modello è stata presa non tanto per la realizzazione stessa, ma per il "bisogno" di ripartire,,, per cui mi sono messo a guardare le tavole realizzate da Adametz, nelle quali viene riportato anche la costruzione di un particolare "scaletto" per la messa in opera delle ordinate sulla chiglia e il fasciame, cosa che ho realizzato scrupolosamente, e che non avevo mai trovato in altri piani costruttivi in pratica sullo scaletto verrà realizzata in maniera "capovolta" la parte iniziale della realizzazione del modello, con le ordinate che andranno ad aderire alle battute riportate sullo scaletto, almeno l'intento dovrebbe essere questo.......vedremo saluti a tutti luponero
  3. Paragon – a Modified Mayflower Part 1 - INTRODUCTION I started ship modeling in early 2012, and after I finished a couple of kits during that year, my wife half-jokingly said to me that as long as I’m building ship models, I should build “Paragon, the Mad Ship”. This was a character in a series of fantasy novels that we both enjoyed, called the ‘Liveship Traders’, by the author Robin Hobb. The theme of the series is that merchant ships were built of a special wood called ‘wizardwood’, and that after a time the figurehead would come alive and have its own personality. Paragon was a Liveship with a figurehead in the shape of a man. Paragon had been mistreated by its owner and consequently developed a negative outlook and a pretty nasty disposition. In fact, he had turned on his owners and crew, and legend was that he had killed them all. The townspeople called him the Mad Ship, and shunned him. This picture is from the jacket of the book. There were no detailed descriptions of the Liveships in the series of books other than descriptions of the figureheads, since these were personalities within the story. The descriptions of clothing, houses, modes of transportation, and weapons, gave the impression that the period was similar to western civilization in the 1500 – 1600’s. There were no firearms mentioned in the stories, so the ships did not carry cannons. Paragon, and all of the Liveships, were merchant sailing ships that generally gave the impression of ships from the era of explorers. I decided that this would be my first scratch build, but I felt that I needed a good set of plans and building instructions, so I looked for a kit that would be a good base of this fictional ship. I was able to buy plans for the Mayflower, from Model Shipways. The instructions for the kit are available as a free download PDF written by Chuck Passaro, the author of the Phantom instructions that I had already used. Chuck designed the Mayflower kit, and his practicums and instructions are clearly written and present a logical building sequence. The kit model calls for quite a bit of painting, but I decided to ‘paint with wood’ – choosing different woods to show the different colors in the ship. I’ve been working on the ‘Paragon’ since mid-2013, and it’s almost ready for rigging. I’ve been recording my progress along the way, so I thought I’d start this build log to show how I built the ship, and especially to discuss the many mistakes and lessons learned. Much of the building was trial and error (in some cases too many errors and do-overs!) and I hope this log will help others that are thinking of doing their first scratch build. There are some steps that didn’t get captured in photos (I was too busy muddling my way through and forgot the camera). Most of the photography was done with my iPhone, so please excuse some of the poor photo work. Here’s a photo of the current state of the Paragon. I was able to find most of the wood I would use through shopping at local woodcraft and wood supply stores. I decided to use African Pear and Madrone for the hull planking, bulkhead planking, and some visible construction elements. Castello Boxwood would be used for some pieces of ‘deck furniture’ - gratings, knees, capstan, etc. Walnut is used for some deck furniture and moldings. Other moldings were from Holly, Yellowheart, and Bloodwood. I used Sycamore for deck planking. The ship has a couple of black wales, but I didn’t want to mess with Ebony so I used Chimken and stained it to look like Ebony. Since this build is a fictional ship, I’ve been able to use some ‘poetic license’. The ship doesn’t have cannons, so I could skip that part. Since the figurehead will be a prominent part of the ship I needed to redesign the beakhead. I’ll be adding some fancy work to give it a ‘mystical’ appeal, but I’m leaving that until the end.
  4. I built this model of the Great Harry back in about 1970 when I was a teenager. I'd previously made models from plastic kits and carved from solid blocks of wood, but this was the first time I'd tried a plank-built model. It was based on the reconstruction in Bjo"rn Landstro"m's excellent book The Ship, which showed a copy by the author of the Anthony Roll illustration of 1545, and the author's conjectural reconstructions of a midship section and a side view of the ship above the waterline. All of this was before the raising of the Mary Rose, so it was based on far less information available than we have now. I drew up a set of plans and proceeded to build the model. I got the hull complete and painted, added masts and spars and sails, and was adding shrouds, deadeyes and ratlines (nowadays I'd do this before I added the spars, but I've learned a lot since then). I even had a couple of figures on deck and another in one in the mizzentop. Unfortunately I'd made the stern far too wide and when I saw another picture of the ship by the same author, showing her with a far narrower stern, I decided to pull the stern off and fix it. Then life got in the way. Suddenly I had to move to the other side of Australia, about 4000 km (2500 miles) away and never got a chance to revisit the model. It stayed in its box, getting progressively more damaged as I repeatedly moved house. I've lost track of a lot of the stuff that broke off over the years, the sails went dark brown and started to rot. Finally, after all these years I've had the chance to revisit and, I hope, return the ship to her former glory.
  5. I make a reduced version of 1/150 size the Golden Hind from Aeropicola, which I bought 40 years ago. I have reduced the size of the drawing to 1/3 size. Since it is a small size, it will be a solid model base. I made cross-sections at intervals of 13 mm from the drawing of the bulkhead. ( I only have 13mm of material ) It was cut out with a saw and adhered according to the cross section. The pattern was made from cardboard from the bulkhead drawing, and the sides of the hull were trimmed accordingly. The keel was made of 2mm thick walnut and the upper side plate was made of 0.8mm thick plywood. Make a 2mm keel groove on the bottom of the ship. I glued 0.5x2mm Tanganyika wood to the deck. 0.8mm plywood deck glued to the bow and stern, and keel glued to the bottom. The side plate was glued and the hull part was trimmed by 1 mm so that it was flush. The gun gate was opened in the upper side plate, and the hull part was carved a little and painted black. I glued a 0.5x3mm walnut to the cabin wallboard. The size of the hull is 20 cm.
  6. I've been using this site as a source for inspiration for more than a year now (certainly too late for the first steps of this build). So my wife thought it would be an good idea to share it. I don't think it will be one of the numerous excellent builds in this forum, but hopefully i will get advice if I'am steering towards an iceberg. Nevertheless, as my teachers in school said, it's always enough for a good laugh. On to the start. This will be am birthday present for my sisters 40th birthday in two years. So I started 7 years ago. As we come from the hometown of the hanse - Lübeck - it has to be an hanseatic ship. My father provided me with plans, he got from a navy collegue. After visiting several museums, I learned, that the general shape of the ships was similar. Other details, like amount of armament, etc. on the other side could be very different. According to the plans, it's not a cog, but the follow up a Kraweel. Here's an nice drawing from the reconstruction of a 1:1 replica More will follow the next days.
  7. Hi all this is my build of the ghost ship from the Pirates of the Caribbean the Flying Dutchman a bit of a fantasy build but looking forward to going a bit freestyle. I have just started cutting out the bulkheads with my new coping saw so will post some pics tomorrow. More to come Martyn
  8. Hello and welcome to all. I guess luck was on my side when I found this kit very cheaply on eBay. I certainly had concerns it would be incomplete yet took a chance and was excited when it arrived as the only contents package in the kit that had been opened was the planking bag. I don't think any are missing but if there are they can be easily sourced. Its a very old kit and on inspection I found the keel, deck and bulkheads to be very roughly cut which will require some recutting and repairing. All the other parts including cast metal, brass and pre finished hardwoods are in great condition. The Mamoli kit recreates a 16th century Carrack, double planking bulkhead construction using lime wood, walnut, mahogany, poplar and other woods. Fittings are cast metal, brass and preformed hardwoods. Nine sheets of plans, 12 cannons and sails. Scale 1:54 Total length 833 mm Total height 650 mm Drawings are dated 1978. A little study has been done and a few pieces of reference have been found. The ship is a three masted Carrack, length of the hull was 35 metres. Height from the top of the mast to the keel was approximately 30 meters. The prints of that name and the documents found in the historical archives of Barcelona allowed the reconstruction of the ships plans, which takes its place between the medieval merchant ship and the galleon , classed for its particular structures of the forecastle and the quarterdeck among the Carracks. Probably around 1519 it took part in an important expedition, which led Fernandez Cortez to conquer Mexico. ( I'm yet to find any other evidence to support that reference ). The outer galleries, one of which is a balcony, the apartments under the small quarterdeck , the super structures of the decks providing the installation of awnings for protection from the sun, indicates they were employed for passengers of wealth and high class. Characteristics of the ship are the escutcheons at the prow, painted with very bright colours and merely having a decorative function. Portugese merchant ships like the Caracca Atlantica played a vital part in the age of exploration. They were fully rigged to run before the prevailing winds, large enough to hold precious cargoes of spices, and armed for protection against hostile natives and greedy pirates ( was there ever another sort of pirate). When Magellan sailed around the world his entire fleet consisted of these vessels, known as Caracks. At this point I'd like to give a huge thanks to Louie the Fly for inspiring and helping to learn a little about the ship before I build. Once again thank Louie the Fly. ill post a few pics I've found of the model once completed. In my next log I'll add the drawing pictures and the contents of the kit along with a few ideas to change the stern galleries which I find unsightly and very busy to the eye. cheers to all Kikatinalong
  9. Its been about a year since my last post; I've been taking some time off. I had gone full throttle on the SIBs for over a year, and neglected the Ship that launched them all for me. So I eventually decided to complete the restoration on the old Santa Maria. The true provenance of this model isn't fully known: My father, born in 1936, once told me that he built the kit as a boy, but he doesn't rememeber how old he was, or how old the kit was, for that matter. Having survived many moves long before I arrived, I remember the ship presented herself to me only in states of worsening decrepitude. As a boy I remember the tangle of fallen masts and sails, and a big dead moth that resided within that mess for years. She sat like that for decades, with most, but not all, parts junked on the deck. Finally, in preparation for a move in the summer of 2017, we were given an ultimatum: Restore the Ship or let's throw her out! These next shots of her, cleaned up as much as possible, prior to work. The Stern has seen better days. Since this restoration took place over many months - and years in fact- and since part of it took place prior to my membership in MSW, I didn't photograph the restoration in an ongoing manner. In fact, half way through I decided to just show the finished product. Eliminating the need to capture every moment of improvement was much easier for me; and quite franky, since my techniques were largely crude, impulsive, and totally uninformed by any nautical wisdom, I don't think I am depriving anyone of any great techniques. I would be happy to respond to any questions about the hows and whys, and most answers will include: balsa wood, bass wood, cyanoacrylate, acrylic paint, waxed thread, hand drills, and more cyanoacrylate. I started with the hull and all the ribbing - all the easy stuff - just to see how it went. After a few months of hull work. Fortunatley, all masts and spars were present and intact! Many vertical ribs were replaced. Painting the stern windows and gilding. Quarterdeck cleaned and restored as much as possible. Rebuilding the poop deck was what intimidated me the most, and it was unease with this next step that made me take a 2 year break and switch gears towards SIBs in 2018. I wanted to respect the original design: It looked like a wire railing, so I tried to replicated that even though most renditions suggests an all wooden rail. Who knows?!? Shileds on the wire poop deck rail were largely destroyed, so I had to be very creative. At this point in the photos I really skip forward all the way to the sails. Suffice it is to say, I reworked the shrouds and ratlines first. For the sails, I bought some muslin of pleasing color, texture and heft. I extrapolated the design from online pictures. I wish I took more pictures after all the sails were up. They hung there flat and dull. It wasnt literally untill the last 2 days, when I chose to fills the sails with wind, that the model came alive! Dont mind the doll's head, my daughter uses it for braiding practice! Thank you for reading!
  10. The following is a close reconstruction of the vessel, a carrack or cocha, illustrated in the 1445 document by Zorzi Trombetta da Modone ( also known as Timbotta). Fortunately for us, the dimensions of this hull were recorded on the original drawing of the hull, which enables a fairly close attempt at reconstruction possible. The Trombetta nave circa1445 The lines for the master frame and sheer were based on the extant material available from contemporary sources note the rounded bow and stern, the projecting deck timbers, the high forecastle with its "great arch" below and the characteristic clinkered planking below the castle. The temporary lashed shelters attached to the fore and stern castles were presumably covered with awnings to show another illustration of the great arch a detail from the arrival of St Ursula at Cologne by Carpaccio. A contemporary view of carracks. a careened carrack by Botticelli showing deck detail a carrack by Bonfigli 1485 showing the transversal bitt projecting below the forecastle whch is also seen on the Trombetta document A roughly contemporary method of constructing a master-frame by Pre Theodoro ]This my attempt at a master-frame. All other hull frames are based on this. Dick
  11. Since I am interested not only in modeling but also very much in reconstruction of ships of the 17th and 18th century I have started this project (several years ago). As a boy I have built a model of the Mayflower from a German kit (Graupner Modelllbau). The plans for this model were well drawn but historically certainly not correct. The model was obviously designed to resemble closely the Mayflower model designed and built by R C Anderson for the Pilgrim Society Plymouth, Mass. In the 1920s but the lines of the hull were certainly far away from authentic. The following 2 pictures show a model from a Graupner kit (although not mine) in comparison to a model built from R C Anderson's plans It has been on my mind for many years to try my own reconstruction of the Mayflower based on whatever reliable information could be found and when I found Chuck’s build log of his Mayflower model on MSW this idea came back. Regarding reliable information for a Mayflower re-construction one has to say that there are only two hard facts about the Mayflower: 1. nobody knows really what she has looked like, there are no plans, no pictures or paintings and no description of her available she had a burden of approx. 180 tons With the Mayflower we have the same situation as with other historic ships like the Santa Maria, Golden Hind and several others: we can reconstruct the ship only so far that we can say “she might have looked like this” using general information about ships of the period or documented dimensions of ships of similar size. Fortunately there are several contemporary documents available which enable us to determine the dimensions and the shape of a hull of known tonnage within certain limits. Apart from the so-called Fragments of Early English Shipwrigthy (Matthew Baker) the most important is a Treatise on Shipbuilding by an anonymous author believed to have been written about 1620 and on this my reconstruction attempt is mainly based. Furthermore I have used some other contemporary data and design rules mentioned in Brian Lavery’s „The Colonial Merchantman Susan Constant 1605”. Before starting the actual build log I’d like to present some parts of my plans (still far away from being completed): The next picture is a frame disposition in the style of the Navy Board models: and the last picture for today shows the current status of my model: Klaus
  12. This will be my first attempt at a build log, hope it comes out looking ok. Mary Rose has been on my have to model list for a long time but recently Chidokan, on the forum, and I have talked each other into tackling this project. Chidokan will be building a very accurate cross section, mine will be a whole hull model with short cuts for ease of modeling. I will be using the plans set by David Meagher that I have enlarged to 1:72 scale. What I have in mind is to build one side completely planked but leave the other side partially planked with some view holes cut into the side to see the interior. I would like to include lighting and a crew as well. As for the exterior finish, I love the painting on the cover of "Mary Rose, Your Nobelest Shippe". If I can make decent sails, then, yeah those too. This is without doubt the most ambitious model I have ever tackled. Prior to this I have my models have been mostly small workboats. While looking on the internet for crew figures I stumbled across this site: http://www.valdemarminiatures.com/default.asp?Site=Info&page=49 They have the best figures I have ever seen and will be perfect for the Mary Rose, just being able to use these figures will be a treat. They are a bit on the pricey side though and I will wait to order them till I am sure that I can pull this build off. The Plans: My research material: Also an article I downloaded from the internet with some very useful information on framing Mary Rose: The structures of tAtlantic shipbuilding the the 16th century. by Brad Loewen
  13. Dear friends, after finishing of Revenge 1577 I decided to continue again with scratch build - not with another "war monster", but with two small ships, two of Columbus fleet, which returned back from the New World for the first time. I used free plans from MODELARSTWO OKRETOWE web page ( http://www.modelarstwookretowe.pl/index.php?p=44 ) for Nina ( there are downloadable plans for Santa Maria too ) and made projection for Pinta based on the same plan and pictures of model made from MO plan. I will also change sail plan on Nina - all of sails will be latin. I absolutely forget to start a new thread here ( shame on me ), now I´m in progress of hulls planking. Bottom parts of hulls and decks are just finished. There are three layers of cartoon planking already - I want to make extremely strong and smooth hull ( there are only first and last layer taken on pfotos - the second one I glued across the first ). Upper parts of hull sides will be make from one piece of thick cartoon each one. Here are some pictures from the progress. Jan
  14. Dear friends, here is my new project - Santa Maria. As I mentioned, I want to have the Columbus fleet complete, so here is the third of them. Construction of this model is based on plans from polish magazine " modelarstwo okretowe ( and as I found out, they took them from the book of " anatomy of the ship " series " ). Here is the link: http://www.modelarstwookretowe.pl/index.php?p=44 The first of images show how the ship will look. I improwed plans to 1:96 scale and start as obviously with framework. There is one mistake in plans - decks have no sag, so I improve it. Now I have to reinforce the frame with two wooden bars, make decks and add a lot of horizontal ribs . See you very soon Jan
  15. Hello, I've never posted to this site before so I hope I'm doing it right. I am building Sir Francis Drake's "Golden Hind," from plans by Mamoli. I've made one ship before from a kit, but this is pretty much the first scratch built ship I've tried to build. This is a fun hobby but I can't say I'm that good at it so far. I getting the wood from Corwall Models in England because they have a large selection, but it takes over a month for the wood to arrive here in California. If anyone knows of an online store that has a large wood selection in the U.S. please do tell.
  16. At this point, still working on launching a new build log for my Mayflower. Just figured out that the old Ship Modeler's Forum is still up and running. Until now, I thought it was the old same group with a new system.....confused here. So the question is.....Are the members the same?..... or Is this an entirely different organization?
  17. I guess the mayflower must be considered my third build,,big red and black thing in the picture was my first,,five years the little life boat my second,, the mayflower my third...blew up chucks plans to double size and so far everything other than the eye bolts around the coaming and the rivets on the rudder is hand made,,turning the life boats rudder and oars was an exercise in tenderness
  18. I'm doing research for what may end up being my next build: The plans for this shows keel joints which seem odd to me. The non-staggered butt joints at the stem (pointed at by the pens) seem like they would create a weak area that would not handle pounding seas very well. The angled splices along the bottom seem a potential weak spot too. Does anyone know if the jointery shown on the plans is correct? I was thinking that the joints would have shoulders to help prevent joint movement like this: Also, would one expect that the rear cabins be built using timber framed jointery like medieval houses of that time? Thanks in advance for any help. The castle-like appearance of the carracks have a whimsical charm that really appeals to me.
  19. Hello all, I don't have any text so I will upload only build photos. It starts where I've almost finished the second planking.
  20. Monday 18th, February 2013. Part XXVI.- Continuation.

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