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Hi Bob, that is a lovely model, pity you've lost interest. People are more interested in large scale models these days. I remember when I was a kid at a friends house, his uncle's actually, and all around the the house were miniature models of ships including ships in bottles all done by his uncle. He even had a model of the sinking Titanic inside a flagon bottle (2litres I think) it was set in some sort of coloured resin and the ship could be seen from any angle.
Hope you get your interest back Bob, all the best.
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Eric

BTW Bob how do you do the ocean, wake etc.?
 

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Hi Eric.
I make the models and display cases and form the seas. My wife paints the seas. No shop bought parts at all. They usually take between 50 or 60 hours to complete. Masts, spars and rigging are all metal - brass tubes and rod, fine copper wire. See my website for further details (via my profile here).
I am still interested in the subject, but stopped building when I got Tennis Elbow a couple of months ago, but when that got better, I realised that I had plenty of other things to amuse myself and never got round to starting again.
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Thaks Rob,
I haven't built anything for months now! I am fully recovered from Tennis Elbow, but have really lost interest in building model ships. Kits now rule supreme, and I concede defeat! I am now writing books that are enjoying far more success than models! See my website: http://www.miniatureships.blogspot.com
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Hi Bob,
I recently purchased your latest offering and once again I must congratulate you on another masterpiece. You make things look easy and now that I have completed two ships following your methods I can attest that your methods are easy. But more than easy it's the enjoyment of seeing lots of progress as the project moves along quickly- even with my long, long breaks in between.
So once again Bob, thank you for the service you have given to the ship modelling community.
 
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Thaks Rob,
I haven't built anything for months now! I am fully recovered from Tennis Elbow, but have really lost interest in building model ships. Kits now rule supreme, and I concede defeat! I am now writing books that are enjoying far more success than models! See my website: http://www.miniatureships.blogspot.com
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Bob..I wouldn't denote it as a concession..but more like expansion. You've expounded your skillset and interest. Nothing is forever and maybe with time, a new fire will begin to burn brightly within you to build again. I know I jumped from building a room size HO period model railroad...to stopping and then building my 10" f/15 refractor telescope and its Observatory......shifting gears again..to begin my current passion for my clipper ship models. Every hobby takes me into a new world of excitement and interest..each with its passion and technical expertise and requirements.

I love your builds.......Very impressive for sure.

Rob
 

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Thanks Rob,
Since the Caithness-Shire, I have built the 10,000 ton cargo liner Tuscan Star and the steel barquentine Mary Isabel :D Both are now in the USA. The Mary Isabel proceeds funded the model shipbuilding book that is now in its 2nd reprint, and proving very successful. But most responses are that they like the book, but "I could never do that!" Maybe I should start designing and producing kits :lol:
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Wow Bob! in light of your earlier feelings regarding kits, "That would be sleeping with the enemy"
Seriously though Bob, that would be an excellent idea, perhaps someone with a CNC could do the basic hull carving etc.
Glad to see your elbow is now better and congrats on the book being a success.
Regards to your Admiral.
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Yes, I guess it would. Just joking, I would never try to design a kit. Apart from anything else, hardly any model-makers like merchant ships. Although my elbow recovered ages ago, I have now got it in the other one (right elbow this time!) but not as bad, so I am hoping it will not last as long.
I am currently watching that fantastic scratchbuild on Model Ship World of the German passenger liner Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse. And also the incredible miniature build of the 112 foot ketch Symphony also on MSW. It doesn't seem many years ago since those types of model were commonplace and kits were in a minority.
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I have been following the scratch build of the clipper *Young America* on Model Ship world....fantastic building and skill. Your sailing ship builds are, IMV on the same level...just a much smaller scale.

I have a collection of images of your builds and I reference them often.

Rob
 

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I wouldn't say I was anywhere near the level of the Young America model. It can be viewed as closely as you would wish and still appear perfect. Mine are mainly illusion, and best viewed as a whole, at a distance of two feet or more. Get close in and they do not look anywhere near as good. But that goes for real ships as well. What appears perfect at a distance can look quite rough when close up! I admire the speed at which the Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse is being built. I am wondering about the thickness of the rudder though, and wonder if it will be thinned down later. The ketch Symphony continues to amaze me, as it is only seven inches, long and has the insides in it as well - great stuff!
It is a great pity that there are no websites dedicated to scratchbuild only, but probably not a viable proposition.
Bob
 
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I agree about ships up close....... :text-woo:

Still..at the scale..your ships are just as impressive.

I agree about the Kaiser...the rudder appears to thick..but it ain't finished yet..sooo.

I think his build is magnificent myself.

I remember getting a contract to build a 6" version of an open steam launch that is located at a local wooden boat museum..called the *Puffin*. I first made a wooden hull..then vacuum formed the hull and poured the hull in dental stone. I then decked it in mahogany and built the mini wood clad boiler and black-n-white tile cabin floor. It is proudly displayed in the museum. I also made a half model of it as well for the owner of the boat.

Rob