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Hi guys, not built a vinyl kit for a while so I decided I would have a go at this old Halcyon kit. I am planning on building the kit into a cave scene diorama as it looked in the movie and I hope to add lighting to the figures helmets. The plan is to try and capture the creepy classic Alien scene.
I have just finished building my first wooden model ship, the Artesania Latina schooner Rhoda Mary, and it only took me a little over thirty years to build! Yes, I started building this model ship when I lived in England. I had got as far as completing the hull when a job opportunity came up to work in America. There I met my wonderful wife and so I stayed. We bought the model to America and I completed all the deck fixtures and lower masts when we moved to the countryside. Here I had plenty of other projects to do, and then we got goats, lots of goats! I never seemed to have the time to get back to my hobby. As time went by I promised myself that when I retired I would complete this model. In 2017 the company I worked for decided to move all the North American technical support to Northern Ireland. Not finding any other job I reluctantly concluded that I was now retired. Remembering my promise and being inspired by Bart Gradecki’s post of the Artesania Latina revenue cutter Dallas, I got out my model, dusted her off and got back to work. I have just added the finishing touch. The schooner Rhoda Mary was built in Truro, England, by John Stephens. Originally built as a two-master, the third mast was added in 1898. This 1/60 scale model was a good kit for a novice to build, though the instructions could have been much better. I had to replace the anchors and added a ship’s boat. Additionally, I used black rigging thread for the shrouds, brown thread for the standing rigging, and I used the white thread supplied in the kit for all the running rigging. I also ran short of a few parts, so thanks to Cornwall Model Boats and others for their help in providing these parts. For more information about the Rhoda Mary, please see the Rhoda Mary Project, http://www.rhoda-mary.co.uk/ So, what’s next for 2019? I also have the Artesania Latina revenue cutter Dallas kit. Let’s hope this model ship doesn’t take me another thirty years to build! Comments and suggestions are most welcome. Thanks, and Happy New Year, Iain White Photo from the Rhoda Mary Project of the Rhoda Mary arriving in port:
Today, I spent some time on my build of The Endeavour, the ship commanded by Cook on the first of his 3 major voyages. The first voyage was when he charted large parts of the Australian east coast. I commenced this build a couple of years ago, before I joined BM, hence we start this thread with the model part built. Today is the first time that I’ve touched the model for more than twelve months, there’s various reasons for that, not least of which was when some of the 1st layer of planking sprung off the frames, probably due to the Queensland heat and humidity, and I lost a bit of interest. So, having just finished a couple of Tamiya motorbike kits I thought that it was time to get back to the ship. My wooden ship building speed isn’t prolific (not that you can rush these things!!), my first ship (The Mercury, which is on the forum in the “Ready for Inspection” section) took me twelve years. So this thread will be quite intermittent but hopefully entertaining. I decided to build the model “out of the box” although from what I’ve managed to uncover the Endeavour never had any guns below deck, which the kit will have. The kit comes from the Italian company, Corel, and so far I’m happy with the contents and build. I was warned that the “bluff” bow would be a challenge and it has turned out to be a lot harder than that on The Mercury. So on with a few pictures, the first being the obligatory box and then a close-up of (hopefully) what the finished model will look like. Then we have two similar pictures showing a plank in the process of glueing into position. Any comments, questions and constructive criticisms are very welcome.