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HMS Sphinx 1775 (prototype) by James H - Vanguard Models - 1:64 - FINISHED


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1 hour ago, AlanDavison said:

Wonderfull build, wonderful kit. All we need now are some flags. Any possibilities, Chris, James?

It is something I shall look at in the future, I need to find someone that can print in good definition and appropriate materials, yet be cheap enough not to add too much to overall kit cost.

 

Regarding the stand (two in each of my kits), if I put in enough options to please everyone, there wouldn't be enough room in that cavernous box for the actual kit - and then there would be a few who would still not be happy!

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4 minutes ago, glennard2523 said:

I second this comment. The coaster, as with the previous Vanguard kits received in a very nice touch and greatly appreciated.

yup, Coaster (i hope Christ will offer a clear Coaster with the Sphinx for sale as well, the black one got already misappropriated by my kid)

 

 

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Glad you like the coaster!

 

I only do these if I have enough time and after everything else is cut. Each sheet does 24 coasters, and is four and a half hours engraving/cutting time per 600x400mm sheet, as the etched hull drawing has a lot of lines and curves.

 

If I get time, I shall do some in the clear acetate.

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2 hours ago, glbarlow said:

As another opinion, I’m not interested in flags or stands and wouldn’t want an increased cost of the kit for something I wouldn’t use. I appreciate the stand you do provide. Actually I appreciate the nice coaster I found in the box even more. 

Each to his own. As much as I like the coaster if I had a choice I would go for a Blue ensign, or white or red!

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I'm quite happy with the clear acetate stand and I appreciate it being included in the kits.

 

I bought the beautiful stand that Chuck has available for his Medway Longboat which comes with personalized engraving. I think it's gorgeous. Chris could possibly consider designing some custom stands for his models at some point as well. I know Chuck's custom stands have been popular with modelers building his Syren kits. Just a thought...

 

I would also purchase flags if they were made of high quality materials. Natural looking flags of the correct era and the right scale are hard to find. The glossy, stiff, paper flags that come with a lot of kits are awful, IMO. Appropriate flags for the Vanguard models could perhaps be offered as an optional purchase just like the sails.   

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I think what I shall do is continue doing what I do. I know I will never please everyone (and the loudest critics are usually the ones who would never buy your product anyway), but I like to think I know enough as to what  most would like to see in a kit, I just think of what I would like to see in a kit that I paid my own hard earned on.

 

I will source flags at some point, but right now, I want to concentrate on new kits, this is where my investment money is going.

 

 

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Flags can be made by the builder (Chuck describes how in his Cheerful monograph) no need for Chris to do that. Stands are builder's custom decisions and vary by builder, no need for Chris to do more than he is. Chuck is not providing a stand for Winchelsea, the crown jewel of his line at best he may provide some instruction on how to build one. There is no need for the kit price to be increased for things that we can do for ourselves in the manner we choose, and as Chris says whatever he might do would be questioned anyway - as it has been here.  I'm glad for instance Chris doesn't increase the price by including copper plating I'd never use. The same sheets can be purchased from Amati for those that want a copper bottom.

 

Chris is a start-up. I doubt the ROI on flags or stands is worth the effort he'd put in for limited buyers. His money is in models. He's already providing a diverse range from rowboats to frigates, that's enough. New product development has to be the singular focus of a two person start-up.

 

 

 

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22 minutes ago, chris watton said:

I think what I shall do is continue doing what I do. I know I will never please everyone (and the loudest critics are usually the ones who would never buy your product anyway), but I like to think I know enough as to what  most would like to see in a kit, I just think of what I would like to see in a kit that I paid my own hard earned on.

 

I will source flags at some point, but right now, I want to concentrate on new kits, this is where my investment money is going.

 

 

Very well put, Chris!

Uwe

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45 minutes ago, chris watton said:

I think what I shall do is continue doing what I do. I know I will never please everyone

 

I'm super happy with what you're doing. It's fantastic! The way your models seem to be selling like hot cakes is a testament to how modelers feel about what you are doing. 👋

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42 minutes ago, AlanDavison said:

I never thought that a suggestion for possibly including  a flag as part of a kit would raise such a strong reaction.

I wish I had never mention it.

 

Don't worry about it, Alan. I read your comment about flags and it is totally fine. It's obvious to me that you were just asking a question and not being trying to be critical. I think your intention may have gotten misunderstood. 

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Wonderfull build, wonderful kit. All we need now are some flags. Any possibilities, Chris, James?

 

We're all thrilled with what Chris has been doing and with his smashing success.

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@James H just for clarification as i propably is just one way to do it - you show that you fit the masts fully and then add the shrouds, stays etc.

 

Wouldnt it be easier to first fit the lower mast, attack stays, then topmast etc. ?

 

I'm actually just wondering about the pros and cons

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1 hour ago, Jasseji said:

@James H just for clarification as i propably is just one way to do it - you show that you fit the masts fully and then add the shrouds, stays etc.

 

Wouldnt it be easier to first fit the lower mast, attack stays, then topmast etc. ?

 

I'm actually just wondering about the pros and cons

That would be entirely your choice, but I must prefer to make sure all my mast alignment is done 'off model' instead of fitting sections at a time during rigging. 

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2 hours ago, Jasseji said:

@James H could you confirm the measurements which Christ posted on the box ? I will need to get an Acrylic enclosure before i even dream of starting on the fittings and Masting so the Cat is kept away from the oh soooo tempting thin pieces

 

Yes, give or take a couple of millimetres, by Sphinx is around the stated size.

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