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Greenwich Hospital barge of 1832 by druxey - FINISHED - 1:48 scale

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Ed: The frames are bent in wet, without any heat necessary. They are of such small dimension that this is easily accomplished under slight compression to 'spring' them into place.

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Druxey, the frames for my dromon will be a bit over double the thickness in both dimensions compared with yours. Do you think your 'wet bending' technique would work for them as well, or should I use heat as well?

 

Steven 

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I totally missed the start of this beautiful build. On the upside I had a lot of catching up to do so Druxey you you made my day extra special :)

Your choice of subject is great and your execution out of this world. I will stick to workboats as this barge is out of my league ;)

 

Remco

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A week ...!!! That will be hard on my patience ... this build takes away the dread for the day ...have been looking forward to it's development ... such a stunning execution of technique ... marvelous result ...

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Thanks so much, everyone. 

 

A footnote: I fully expected the shell and frames to have spread until the internal members such as thwarts are fitted. This has proved not to be the case so far: the hull is 'on spec', with an overall beam of 6' 1½" (6' 0" moulded, plus 1½" for the planking). We'll see if this is stable when I come back to the model.

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I have had the pleasure of holding and examining this little jewel of a model today and it is even more impressive in person. It is surprisingly small, light and translucent. It's quite perfect! I believe Druxey is building it on spec so perhaps some lucky MSW member will end up with it.

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I have had the pleasure of holding and examining this little jewel of a model today and it is even more impressive in person. It is surprisingly small, light and translucent. It's quite perfect! I believe Druxey is building it on spec so perhaps some lucky MSW member will end up with it.

Druxey talked me through a yawl in 1:64 a few years ago using a similar method.  Even with my unskilled efforts, it is astounding how egg shell-like the hull is.  Of course he finished his four boats he was doing far before I finished my one.  :-)

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Thanks for the comments, gentlemen. Now I'm back, it's time to begin fitting out. The first item will be the footwaling (the floorboards). These were laid athwartships  rather than longitudinally, according to the specifications for a different ceremonial barge of this period (ZAZ7154).

 

Gerhard: the planking is 1/64" thick, or a scale ¾".

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Paul: I have found a useful photograph of the inside of Prince Frederick's barge (copyright, so cannot show it here) that confirms athwartship boards. These appear to be about 8" to 10" wide and painted red. There are also moveable vertical footboards for the rowers - a detail I've never seen or noticed before in small boat models. I was wondering if there were turned supporting pillars under the thwarts and indeed there are. All these will keep me busy for a while!

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