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  1. You are welcome. I was amazed at the response and active participation when I first set up the group, and I don't dominate it in any way. The main rule is merchant ships only, but fleet auxliliaries and fishing boats etc still come under the "commercial" banner, so are welcome as well. Some members advertise their models for sale, and that is OK, although I don't myself. The fact that it is confined to merchant ships, means I am not "stepping on the toes" of other maritime model forums who mainly prefer ships of war!! Bob
  2. Hello Andreas, Thanks. I don't have any problems with parts because I make all my own. I rarely come on model ship forums these days, mainly due to lack of interst in models of merchant ships, My main activities are now on Facebook with my "Merchant Ships in Miniature" group that now has over 3,500 members and is thriving. As I get older, (now 76) I find that it easier to move onto a slightly larger scale such as 25 feet to 1 inch (1/300) or even larger for smaller ships. Currently building a 900-ton barque at 20 feet to one inch, hull length about 7 inches. This one,
  3. How can it be hacked if it is still working?
  4. Just saw the comment on Facebook that Britmodeller has been hacked. Can only say that for me, it is still working! 2nd August 1406 BST
  5. Hi Steve, Thanks, You had used several methods that I had not seen before, and I liked the bit about fishooks etc! Best wishes Bob
  6. Very nice buld, with some handy tips in it. Not many merchant ships ever get modelled for reasons that escape me, so it is especially pleasing when they do appear - Bob
  7. If it isn't fun, maybe best to just go back to what you do like building!
  8. I quite like scale of 32 feet to 1 inch (1:384). They are small enough for normal sized houses or flats, and don't require any high degree of patience to build. This on, the steamer Politician, is shown in a Utube presentation from block of wood to completion. It took a total of 58 hours to build, spread over a few weeks. All timed on a stopwatch. Building costs, virtually nothing. But being scratchbuilt, it would not be a popular choice for a model, but I was never much good with kits! https://youtu.be/dbKlh_aa9r4
  9. Stuart, Several of them give the methods, but it is against the rules to advertise! Bob
  10. From block of wood to completed model - 32 feet to 1 inch - 1:384 - Bob https://youtu.be/LEuoD6klIY4
  11. Yes, I drew it on a large piece of white card using rulers, French Curves etc. Then photographed it and coloured it in using the computer. Bob
  12. Yes, I drew it on a large piece of white card using rulers, French Curves etc. Then photographed it and coloured it in using the computer. Bob
  13. Palermo - 1938 - Elleman Wilson Line general cargo -
  14. Thanks, It has always surprised me that they are not very popular amongst model shipbuilders. The main reasons given are because the rigging is too difficult and they don't carry guns beng merchant ships). Neither argument is remotely valid as the rigging is the easiest part as it is just wire glued on in short lengths with no knots anywhere. The fact that it doesn't have guns (the ports are just decoration, painted on) surely makes things simpler, as you don't have to make what is not there! As for the hulls, a sailing ship is infinitely simpler than a steam ship or warship be
  15. Thanks Steve., So sorry to hear of your loss. I knew I could repair the Gulf Stream, it was just the thoughts of doing all the work again so soon that wore me down, and I didn't even make a start for many weeks, but when I did, I soon put it to rights. Bob
  16. I am not in a rut at all The problem is that there is no safe and suitable way of transporting them now, as I am not prepared to go through that lot again. I have built so many, we haven't room to keep them all, so they must be sold. This makes collectors think that I am a business, where I am not - it is just a hobby, and they are continually asking what the next one will be, can they reserve it etc. I have even had unsolicted "deposit" cheques sent to me that annoy me no end! or offers to "pay in full" before I even begin. I may increase the writing, that is already s
  17. Thanks, it is only minor things that are wrong with it, such as bits of glue that I couldn't remove fully from various spars and sails, but not really noticeable. But it is a great weight off my mind to have it back in one piece again, as for the past few weeks, I found it very depressing to look at the remains, and feel that I had to do it all again. Then finally, I started, and worked very hard in order to sort it all out and put the whole affair behind me. But it is no longer for sale, after all this, we don't really want to part with it, so it will join our permanent collection.
  18. I have now laboriously restored the Gulf Stream. Not quite as good as it was, but acceptable, and must confess that I am now quite fed up with the whole show of model shipbuilding! Bob
  19. Thanks - It is a lot more difficult to build a passenger ship than a sailing ship because of all the doors, windows, portholes, lifeboats, rails, deck machinery, etc. A major part of the problem though, is over when you decide to start building one. Most ship modellers just decide they could never do it, so never try. This is one of my best, it took just over 100 hours to build, and that included the display case and carrying case. Not as good as one may produce from a kit maybe, but all my own work - the whole lot! RMS Carmania. For those who think merchant ships ar
  20. Chewbacca, Thanks. Afraid they have already got to me. I no longer do "work in progress" anywhere or even admit to building anything these days I built Bulolo quite a few years ago now. I have written extensively about my methods. I was a regular writer (every issue) of Model Shipwright magazine for over a decade until they discontinued it. I have written extensively on my own account in the form of one printed book (reprinted a number of times, but now sold out and not likely to be reprinted), as well as numerous downloads from a few pages to 100s of pages, Here is Bu
  21. It is a very awkward situation. When I have been asked what I am building in the past, and I have replied, adding "but it will not be for sale" I just get "If you ever decide to sell it, let me know!" That immediately makes me feel like I am being watched over a private commission, and I loose interest. Years ago, when I was practically begging for private commissions, very few were interested. But the moment I stopped taking them, the avalanche started and has never let up! Bob
  22. Thanks for replies. The Anchor ships are very smart, and good, clear photographs as well. There is a huge following of merchant ships that do not come to the light of day because publishers have an obsession with the same old subjects: Bounty, Victory, Cutty Sark, Titanic, Constitution etc, that usually finish up in "end of range" bookshops at very low prices, because, really, they contain nothing new, giving the publishers the impression that there is no interest in merchant ships. Also, kit manufacturers are blinkered in a similar way - I am often told that plans for merchan
  23. They are only considered uninteresting by ship model builders! The interest by collectors and other maritime enthusiasts is immense. The Helen Craig is still remembered where I live in Preston, as she sailed out of that port regularly between 1891 and 1959 when sold for scrap. Look at this forum: https://www.shipsnostalgia.com/forum.php They have thousands of members, and naval ships are rarely mentioned. The life was far more varied because of superior numbers of ships of all sizes from a few tons to quarter of a million tons or more. In 1924, the British mercha
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