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Mini Ship

Post by shipbuilder » Tue Jul 03, 2012 1:22 am

Here is a miniature of the tea clipper Norman Court, built to a scale of 32'=1". Scratchbuilt. The masts, spars & rigging are 100 per cent metal. The masts & spars are a combination of brass rod & tube, copper rod and silver steel, whilst the rigging, including ratlines, is fine copper wire. No knots at all. Most of the rigging is glued on, but the ratlines are soldered across the shrouds.
Bob
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Norma Court 32'=1"
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Re: Mini Ship

Post by popeye » Tue Jul 03, 2012 5:57 am

superb work Bob.......you certainly have the technique to build these well in hand!

I never tire looking at your builds....they are awesome! :handgestures-thumbup:

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Re: Mini Ship

Post by shipbuilder » Tue Jul 03, 2012 9:19 am

Thanks Popeye,
Here it is in its sea.
Bob
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Re: Mini Ship

Post by popeye » Tue Jul 03, 2012 10:12 am

beautiful ship Bob.....looks very nicer in it's stand. your wife does good work as well! :handgestures-thumbup:

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Re: Mini Ship

Post by Anja » Tue Jul 03, 2012 12:48 pm

Hello Bob,

Fantastic work! :handgestures-thumbupleft:

Take care,

Anja

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Re: Mini Ship

Post by GaryM » Tue Jul 03, 2012 2:48 pm

Very neat. Do you keep all of the ones you complete or sell off some of the older ones.
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Re: Mini Ship

Post by CharlesEdward » Tue Jul 03, 2012 2:56 pm

These smaller models are just so neat! :greetings-clapyellow: I could NEVER do them ;-) .

I imagine that with these small models space is not as big as a problem as it is with us folks doing models that are over 35 inches long. :grin:

I will have to dedicate one car stall in my three-car garage to display all of my models in their cases, when I get to that point.
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Re: Mini Ship

Post by shipbuilder » Wed Jul 04, 2012 12:36 am

Thanks for replies. I really have to get rid of them because since I left the sea in late 1992, I have made over 250 of them. From 1992 until I took my pension, I made them full time and most of them went to the twice-yearly maritime auctions at Christie's London, but they discontinued maritme sales several years ago. There is another maritime auctioneer in London, but since they introduced a "marketing" charge of £50 per lot, I have not sent any more, as that plus transport, insurance costs and commission comes to about £150 per model! That left very little profit and the income tax took 20 per cent of what was left as well. When I took my pension a few years ago, I did stop building them, but found that I missed it so much I started again. Since then, I have taken the odd private commission if the subject appealed to me, but the Amarna that will be completed today is my final private commission - no more - it is too much like work! From now on, it will be a pleasurable hobby again, building only what I feel like!

Lots of modellers just decide that they could never build a miniature and there the matter ends. I can assure you that it is infinitely easier than building large ones as I went from 8'=1" to 32'=1" myself literally overnight in the early 1970s. It is easier because I don't have to bother with knots, especially when fitting ratlines. A whole set of lower shrouds can be made within 15 minutes.
Presently, I will be showing you all some of the "tricks of the trade!"

Once upon a time, I could build big ones myself, but not now, I simply do not have the patience or energy any more!

Bob

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Re: Mini Ship

Post by popeye » Wed Jul 04, 2012 7:34 am

that sounds like a wonderful idea Bob......posting some of your techniques might encourage others to give this a try. I know that I probably could benefit with information on scale conversion....I'm not too keen on that ;-) I'll look forward in reading them :D

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Re: Mini Ship

Post by Sjors55 » Sat Jul 07, 2012 12:49 pm

250 of them....... wow.

I take my hat of for you.
Unbelievable......There we are with 4 finished ships.
I think that you understand it but Anja is my wife and she is also building :D
When I tell her that I want to go to 250 , I think that she let me sleep in the garden :sad:
Again Bob, really great!

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