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ShipbuilderMN last won the day on April 17 2015

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  1. British four-masted barque

    Hi Lars, Thanks, but I was not looking for kits, I meant that very few modellers scratchbuild them, or are even interested in them! I never build kits of anything, not having the money, space, time, patience etc that is required. Plus I prefer the freedom of being able to build anything I want, subject to finding the plans. And as there are far more plans of merchant ships around than warships, it is ideal, and I don't normally build warships anyway, although I have done the odd one. This is my model of the Preussen, built from bits and pices. The masts, spars and all the rigging are metal, the rigging being fine copper wire. The model took just over 100 hours, spread over a few weeks, and that included making the display case and carrying case. Bob
  2. The end of my sea career

    The RMS St. Helena docked at 0915 local time for the final time at Cape Town yesterday, 17th February 2018. Passengers disembarked shortly after. As soon as the cargo is out, the ship will be laid up for sale. At the age of 27 years, probably for scrap. The airport on St. Helena is functioning with smaller aircraft. There was to be an air link from St. Helena to Cape Town that would have been most convenient for the islanders, but it has been cancelled for political reasons (Don't ask me what reasons - I don't know!). The flights are now St. Helena to Johannesburg, at quite high cost. Heavy cargo is being taken care of by a small ship that they have just acquired that is called Helena! That is curently delayed in cape Town, because another ship carrying the St. Helena freight has not arrived! It has all been rather an expensive exercise, but RMS St. Helena is gone now - and will not be coming back! Bob
  3. Collier brig 1809 - 1875

    No, I haven't built it. Not a very attractive ship. Just a coal barge with accommodation. Very little interest in such ships nowadays. Bob
  4. Collier brig 1809 - 1875

    They were called "flatirons" designed to be able to get under the London bridges! It was the only twin-funelled ship I sailed in, but they were only dustbin sized and half the height of a dustbin. They stood next to each other, and were not even visible from the outside! We had two telescopic masts that disappeared into holes in the deck, and the same with the radar scanner. 1,792 gross tons, and could get as far up river as Wandsworth. She has been at the bottom of the sea for almost 50 years now, being sunk in collision with the liberty ship Rio Tajo off Lisbon in 1969, after being sold foreign, and sailing under the name Pietro Rembado! The other three in the photograph are left to right, 3rd engineer, chief engineer and 2nd engineer. Bob
  5. Collier brig 1809 - 1875

    Yes, I was - very! We were anchored off Southend Pier in pack ice. Shortly after, we hove in the anchor and scrunched through it up the Thames to Wandsworth gassworks, where I paid off, and went home, and that was the end of my collier days (thank goodness). My next ship was a 10,000 ton iron ore carrier called Sagamore, (Furness Withy) that was more to my liking! Here is a link to a famous Wandsworth painting - It looked better than it was! http://collection.sciencemuseum.org.uk/objects/co526272/painting-south-eastern-gas-board-collier-wandsworth-oil-painting Bob
  6. Collier brig 1809 - 1875

    Thanks, Here is a picture of me when I was a "collier lad," aboard the South East Gas collier Wandsworth, 56 years ago. I am on the left of the photograph. Like an image from a bygone age, (I suppose it was). Bob
  7. Collier brig 1809 - 1875

    Thanks Steve, I have sent you a PM - Bob
  8. Collier brig 1809 - 1875

    Thanks, But it doesn't require much patience at all, because I am very much lacking in it. As I said, building the whole thing only took 25 hours and the masting and rigging was only a small portion of that time! I was in the coal trade myself years ago (1962/63) sailing out of Tyne Dock in the colliers Wandsworth and Frederick T. Everard. Something like this takes about a week to rig, and is quite repetitive, but it still doesn't need any great amount of patience. Bob
  9. A very simple little ship, scratchbuilt to a scale of 25 feet to 1 inch. Just under 4 inches long on the waterline. It took 25 hours to build, spread over 13 days. Masts, spars and rigging 100% metal. She was a Geordie collier that spent 66 years humping coal from the northeast coaling ports of Great Britain, down to London, but did the occasional trip to Baltic ports. Not a very popular type of model. The ports did not conceal guns, they were just painted on, initially to make enemy ships think they were Royal Navy brigs-of-war. After the war ended, most collier brigs kept their painted ports just as decoration, as did many of the big iron and steel windjammers, right up to the end of the days of sail in the early years of the 20th century. These are, for some strange reason, often referred to as "working ships," but in truth ALL merchant ships were "working ships!" Bob
  10. What is this?

    In my opinion, the seller just accepted an offer made by a bidder and it was all done through Ebay! You can do this, and it is quite legit. If you look at the list of bidders they are nearly all the same person, although another bidder pushed it up to £17,500 and then £18,000. I guess that the one who got it made an offer via Ebay and that is why they are shown as the winning bidder. It says that the sale ended with ....... bidding at £18,100! Bob
  11. What is this?

    18th Jan 1800 hrs. Well, It has now had six bids, and gone up to £18,100! Now it has started, I expect there will be a few last minute bids seconds from the ending time! I would think that it is almost certain that at least one of the bidders actually intends to go through with the purchase. It will be very interesting in the run up to the close tonight! Bob
  12. What is this?

    18th Jan, 2018. I have just been down to the docks to have a look. It doesn't look much different to me, and a bit of green showing on the white of the hull now. He now has a bid for £14,000! Even so, he may not break even, as presumably, he has had some dock dues to pay, and also spent some money on it already. In my experience of Ebay, early bidders seldom get the item. Experienced bidders will wait until the last fifteen seconds or so, and then leap in with the maximum they are prepared to pay. I, however, do not sell expensive items, usually bits & pieces less than £20 a time, so it may be different with expensive items such as Langemark. But just watch the last few seconds, and I think you will be surprised.! Bob
  13. small schooner ready for sea

    Thanks - I put it in the sea today - only need to add the nameplates - Bob
  14. small schooner ready for sea

    Thanks, It will be going in a sea, hence the sails. If I had been showing it at anchor, or full-hull, it would have had furled sails. It has taken 40 hours so far, (spread over a few weeks) but that includes making the display case,sea base and sea. Bob
  15. Built from bits & pieces. Metal masts, spars and rigging (fine copper wire). wooden hull. 92 tons. 70.3 feet long, 17.9 feet wide. Scale 16 feet to 1 inch. Hull length: 4.4 inches. Merchant schooner, 1870. Bob