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Posto di Combattimento by James H - Panart - 1:23 - Cross Section - revisiting an old project


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Hi crew,

 

In the past couple of years, I've promised to restart my Caldercraft Mary Rose and start other projects, but as some of you will know, I work as a regular contributor to a number of magazines. The work for those destroyed not only every spare hour I had, but also crippled any passion I had for my hobby (scale military aircraft). 

 

But as of last night, I quit! Finito Benito! 

 

That means that I can now dedicate time to wooden models again. Around October, I should be starting a long-term project for Amati, but until then I decided to dig this little gem out of the attic. I bought this Panart kit whilst in Italy about 15yrs ago, and made a start on it. This was as far as I got.

 

I have a fondness for some of the legacy kits from Panart (I built the San Felipe about 15yrs ago), and a friend from my model shipwright club, Walter Coop (no longer with us), blackened the cannon and brass fittings for me on this project. 

 

I need to buy some replacement deck planks as the ones I fitted curled back and lifted, probably as the timber wasn't fully dry. Maybe I should use boxwood? The walnut exterior is gorgeous quality, so I should so something special. 

 

Where do I get boxwood strip in the UK?

 

So, time to get this one started again.

 

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18 minutes ago, VTHokiEE said:

Were you ever able to make any progress on this kit? I'm quite interested in building a battle station eventually and this look like an interesting option.

It really is a lovely kit and you can make your own adaptations. 

 

This, with other stuff, is on hold because I'm shortly due to start Amati's 1:64 HMS Victory prototype.

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21 minutes ago, VTHokiEE said:

....when you get your hands on it!

 

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It is definitely happening. The company who do the laser cutting for Amati have changed their board sizes, so the sheets had to be rejigged to accommodate this, plus there were a few technical questions that are now resolved. As far as I know, the parts are now due to be cut, if they aren't already. The PE is being sorted this next day, so production shouldn't take too long. 

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1 hour ago, James H said:

The company who do the laser cutting for Amati have changed their board sizes, so the sheets had to be rejigged to accommodate this, plus there were a few technical questions that are now resolved. As far as I know, the parts are now due to be cut, if they aren't already. The PE is being sorted this next day, so production shouldn't take too long. 

It would be fascinating to see a thread that documents the entire process of producing a kit at Amati, from initial concept all the way through to packaging & shipping. When I first started my career as a textbook writer, I was amazed at how big the operation was -- much larger than I had imagined. I'm sure that there are parallels in the model kit industry.

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