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Does anyone else buy old kit built models and fix them?

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I have a really bad habit.  When I see model ships (any model actually) when I am out junking (shopping at flea markets, yard sales, etc) with my wife, I always take a look at it (I am a die hard hobbyist).  Sometimes I buy them to rip apart for parts to add to my bits box.  Sometimes I use them for a kit bash.  On rare occasions, I buy them to fix and display.

 

I have found two ships in my area.  Both were in bad condition.  One was a Panart Victory Bow Section, the other is a Kate Cory, which I believe to be an old Model Shipways kits.  I fixed the Vic and it stands in my living room.  I am getting ready to tackle fixing the Kate Cory.

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Not me,  but about the Kate Cory:

I believe the original kit was solid hull.  I am guessing the later version was/is POB?

 

Model Shipways published a monograph written by Eric Ronnberg Jr.

Eric also published a thick set of plans @ 1:48 for Kate.

 

Here are the relevant journal articles from 1972 - 1995

I gave a letter grade to the articles, these are the ones with an A

I also supplied key words for the aspects that I was interested in.

 

These articles are available from the store here on CD

 

SHIP MODEL RIGGING   
RONNBERG,ERIK A R JR   
NAUTICAL RESEARCH JOURNAL
1975
21
160-172
RIGGING 19TH FISHING WHALING
A
KATE CORY - VALERIAN

 

KATE CORY  SCRATCH BUILDING A PLANK ON FRAME WHALING BRIG  
ROBERTS,JIM   
MODEL SHIP BUILDER
1980
04
36-46
19TH WHALING POF DECK EQUIP

 

KATE CORY ADDENDUM   
RONNBERG,ERIK A R JR   
MODEL SHIP BUILDER
1980
05
51-52
WHALING 19TH BOAT
A

 

KATE CORY  MASTING AND RIGGING THE WHALING BRIG
ROBERTS,JIM   
MODEL SHIP BUILDER
1981
09
56-66   
19TH BRIG WHALING SAIL MASTING RIGGING  
A

 

RX BASIC SOLDERING TECHNIQUES
ROBERTS,JIM  
MODEL SHIP BUILDER
1981
10
16-17
TECHNIQUE
A
KATE CORY

 

WHALEBOATS: PLANK ON FRAME FOR THE KATE CORY
ROBERTS,JIM   
MODEL SHIP BUILDER  
1983
21
40-49,79
WHALING BOAT EQUIP 19TH TOOL TECHNIQUE POF
A

 

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If they were originally well-built nice models, why not restore them if you enjoy doing so? I've restored my share of old models and find it very satisfying if the model can be brought up to a decent standard. In some cases, though, as the saying goes, "You can't polish a turd." (Which ignores the fact that you can polish coprolite, fossilized dung, to yield rather attractive gemstones.) 

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