some merchant ships worth modeling ?

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some merchant ships worth modeling ?

Postby WOODMAN » Tue Dec 17, 2013 9:41 pm

Hi Everyone,

Just thought I would post some photos of some motorships

cargoliners .. Any takers up for a challenge ??
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Re: some merchant ships worth modeling ?

Postby shipbuilder » Wed Dec 18, 2013 1:54 am

Fine looking ships, all of them and I knew Rotherwick Castle and Clan Robertson very well and have seen all the others!
Sadly, I don't believe many model shipbuilders will ever consider building anything like this these days. On a world-wide scale, there are no forums devoted to this sort of model which demonstrates the lack of interest. Fortunately, kit designers and manufacturers will not even consider ships like this any more, although there were a limited number of them in the past. I say fortunately, because being a scratchbuilder, I don't want my preferred field being flooded with kits.
I have virtually given up trying to get anyone interested.
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Re: some merchant ships worth modeling ?

Postby rwiederrich » Thu Dec 19, 2013 4:22 pm

Unfortunately the work horse of ships is also the least attractive to the modern modeler..who is looking for fanciful and whimsical ships to model. Ships that have captured the romance(Generally mythical romance) of the sea.

I personally prefer commercial clippers..who's driven captains and crew worked a ship in the most extreme conditions. Cold, high seas, and continual danger were there lot...no romance..but meager food, hard labor for little financial compensation.

Commercial shipping is modeled very little for sure.

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Re: some merchant ships worth modeling ?

Postby WOODMAN » Fri Dec 20, 2013 1:56 am

Here are some more photos all have one thing in common my father sailed on them

He was a Vindi Boy 1949 catering.
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Re: some merchant ships worth modeling ?

Postby WOODMAN » Mon Dec 23, 2013 11:35 pm

A few more....


Paul...
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Re: some merchant ships worth modeling ?

Postby WOODMAN » Wed Jan 08, 2014 11:50 pm

Last of the ships that helped to feed the world...

Paul.
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Re: some merchant ships worth modeling ?

Postby shipbuilder » Thu Jan 09, 2014 2:32 am

Paul,
I am afraid you are "flogging a dead horse!" :cry:
The following words were written by Frank Bullen in 1906, and hold true today:

I think it may justly be inferred that the public do not want to hear about the Mercantile Marine, are entirely indifferent to the status of its members, and are content to take all the benefits to them as they take light and air – as coming in the course of nature, with the management and production of which they have no concern.
This opinion is borne out by my experience throughout our islands as a lecturer on the subject. Talking from the platform, I can always interest my hearers in any phase of the sea without introducing the slightest element of fiction. But I cannot induce them to read the matter up, nor can I find any evidence of the subject having been studied, however cursorily, except by persons who are, or have been, directly connected with it!
This I cannot fail to lament as being, in view of the paramount importance of the subject, quite unnatural and unnecessary, more especially when I see the intense interest manifested by people of all ranks and grades of education in games such as football, cricket and bridge, and the amount of earnest thought expended upon acquiring information concerning them, not only in their present, but in their past history.
Moreover, I know personally working men who have lavished upon horse racing an amount of brain-power that, legitimately applied would have made them a fortune!

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When I took models of such ships to the local model ship society, I could almost see the eyes glazing over if they (the models) fell under their casual glances. I give up! :roll:
Bob

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A fine set of ships you have posted above, but very few modelmakers will see any beauty in them - sad, but true!
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Re: some merchant ships worth modeling ?

Postby rwiederrich » Thu Jan 09, 2014 2:47 pm

It is the fine thoroughbreds that get the attention and win the derby.... while the work/labor horses and the like are routinely forgotten and NOT remembered or awarded. When they are the real heroes of economic success.

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Re: some merchant ships worth modeling ?

Postby WOODMAN » Sat Jan 11, 2014 12:28 am

Morning Bob..

I just read your reply. Mr Bullen words are beginning to ring true for me as well.

I only posted a few photos in the hope that guests who visit is part of the forum

would see that they are not alone in building miniature merchant ships and that

one or two might join...Glad to see that your latest build has continued on your

blog site..

I hope you are feeling better now and would like to wish you all the best with your

upcoming book release...


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Re: some merchant ships worth modeling ?

Postby shipbuilder » Sat Jan 11, 2014 3:17 am

Morning Paul,
Thanks for reply. I thought at 69 I was rather too old to get whooping cough :lol: Hope I will be immune to it now! Hoping book will be out at the end of next week, so back to model shipbuilding today.
Bob

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