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Re: Scratchbuilding Merchant Sailing Ships, A Dying Art

Posted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 2:30 am
by shipbuilder
The final few images of the Barden build.
Bob

Re: Scratchbuilding Merchant Sailing Ships, A Dying Art

Posted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 1:19 pm
by GemmaJF
Hi Bob,

Just got the free download and was very interested in your commentary of the decline/lack of interest. I'm not so sure it would be worldwide, I think there are many regions of the world that would love your work and be very interested in it. We have a broken system right now, where for too long it has been a case of 'my way or the highway'. I hope we see a lot more international cooperation rather than a continuing introspective approach to ship modeling. It is diversity across the globe that we all need to encourage and your work is a shining example of that diversity.

Re: Scratchbuilding Merchant Sailing Ships, A Dying Art

Posted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 2:08 pm
by shipbuilder
They are extremely popular amongst collectors, but very few model shipbuilders will even consider anything like this. I have been told on numerous occasions that nothing interesting happens on merchant ships, and they are not as romantic as warships. Plenty of interesting things hapenned to me during 31 years at sea in merchant ships though. When my ship was requisitioned for the Falklands in 1982, I found it was just a continual round of exercises and practice for something most of us hoped would never happen, although a minority seemed to be looking forward to some action! :o It was interesting enough, and didn't leave me with any physical or emotional scars, but I was jolly glad to get back to the normal, and more interesting life aboard a small passenger liner running between Avonmouth, UK, and Cape Town. Where my wife could travel free of charge any time she wanted. There are no ship model forums anywhere in the world that specialise in merchant ship models. Every so often, I try to whip up interest, but things don't really change. Here we are in Good Hope Castle, smashing through Biscay at 23 1/2 knots,40 years or so ago. That was really something :banana-dance:
Bob