I am not bothered about lavish, or even moderate praise, or even severe criticism, but "stony silence" really gets to me! :angry-banghead: For that reason, quite a lot of my methods bring "screams of anguish". Here is a prime example. Not being very good at carving, I hack and chop the basic hulls out with a coping saw, and various grades of coarse rasps, files and wet & dry paper. All the numerous holes, dents and poor joints are then filled in with car body filler, that is then filed and smoothed down to a good shape. Here is the stubby little whaler shaped and filled, but still awaiting its final smoothing. Such low-life methods appear to be permanent, because two models that I built thirty years or so ago, and have kept, remain intact.
Here is a whaling song to get you all in the mood! https://youtu.be/K6OYb_7bhME
what I think is either SOS or MSB or both sites set up a gallery for model builders such as yourself to show your work, sell it and have build logs.
As you may have gathered from the poll very few members respond to anything 13 out of 696 so getting replies may never happen. The point with the above mentioned sites is to get modelers work out there and provide information and not so much for a social gathering of "that a boy nice job"
heck look at the tug Alva B 7 replies out of 8,492 sheesh.
I raised the idea of adding a 'like' button on the forum which might help with indicating interest in posts and topics. I am just the same, I soon get bored of adding content if nobody seems interested. I spoke to a lot of people and they admitted they have got lazy on forums, they read something, then look for the 'like button' having been on Facebook, when there is not one, they just move on.
My own view is bin the rules, we can draw inspiration as modelers from the work of the masters in the past, if we wish, we can all find out about 'admiralty' or 'navy board' models (if they interest us).
If though we have our own thing to do, then frankly lets do it. It may be more relevant to the public in any case. It is not like we are trying to sell the idea of a full-sized ship to anyone with our models these days, so I see no reason to follow a set of rules, unless one particularly wanted to, which is fine by me too.
I saw in my research an original navy board model with a figure added to give scale - yet we are told one should not add figures unless it is a diorama. Seems the original masters were not reading the same rule book! The Pearl is getting figures and sails, and it will be on a stand, OMG blasphemy!
I have made plenty of models starting from a rough blank covered in car filler, seems a pretty normal method of modeling to me. ;-) I also like using air dry modelling clay, I find it less smelly and irritating than car filler (I've become sensitive to some chemicals and dusts after years of playing with them) people say air dry modeling clay does not last, but it does! I did a few sci-fi models where I 'skinned' old Dinky die-casts with modeling clay then 'corrected' them to be much more accurate to the original studio models. Worked great.
In my case, I am not trying to sell models! The whaler, in fact, was completed and sold years ago, and is now in the US! I do try and get modellers interested in other types of ships, but am a dismal failure in that respect, and always have been! :lol: I often gets requests for information from all over the world, and usually drop everything to reply, but even so, I hardly ever get so much a simple word of thanks. I think communiation skills have just declined on an international scale over recent years. I often wonder who the vast majority of folk in the streets are talking to, as when I try and phone anyone, it is usually "Press 1 if" - Press 2 if," "Your call is important to us, please listen to this quavering music for a couple of hours until someone is free to disconnect you!" :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
Anyway, here is another view of the whaler, all smoothed off, and ready for the planking! Incicentally, the deck planking (scored) is visible on the actual model
I looked for tug Alva B, but couldn't find it, either here or on MSW! It is true that they will come as far as selling them is concerned, but the rest is mainly silence. Just look at my section on 19th & 20th century here on SOS! It has been a pleasant surprise to see more activity here of late, but there are only a handful of us taking part - no doubt we are being "watched" though! :greetings-waveyellow: :lol:
I understand but the gallery concept is a show case of a modelers work. in you case a little bio of who you are what you did your interests in what models you built. Then some how to articles. I would love details on that water. I am thinking of a diorama of the tug Alva under construction on the slip at the waters edge. little workers all over the vessel doing this and doing that. with the model under construction you will be able to see the steam engine
Nice little tug. I would have thought that someone would have expressed more interest.
Having asked the same question many times regarding why warships are the most popular amongst model shipbuilders, the answer is generally that they are "more romantic" than other types of ships, in which "nothing happens!" But in peactime, all that seems to happen on warships is an endless round of drills and exercises, whilst quite a lot actually happens on commercial vessels, especially passenger liners! And when wars come up, both warships and commercial ships are fully involved in the "romantic" adventures, that are not actually as "romantic" as reading about them!
Here is a FREE download containing plans and details of building a miniature of the Thames River Tug SA Everard. After opening the link, scroll down a bit and there is the note "This item is Free" under the front page image, and a download button. It has been downloaded 198 times now. http://payhip.com/b/krO6
The hull has been planked with paper planks, and painted. The bulwark panels, tryworks, hatches, windlass, bowsprit/jibboom and deckhouse are in postion. This type of model is rather "to early" for me, being built in the early 1800s. I only built it on impusle after finding the plan in the book In The Heart of the Sea.