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kpnuts

Revell 1/96 Thermopylae

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Hi all well it's finally finished.
Just one question, I know which one goes on the main mast from the box art but where do these other flags go.
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Wow!! That looks fantastic - nothing like a Revell kit I would build!

 

Top job!!

 

Keith

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It has been well worth the wait to see this one finished cracking bit of rigging there KP  :goodjob:

 

beefy

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That's beautiful. It looks very, very real. 

A work of art. 

Just for a minute I thought your washing line was part of the rigging. 😀

All the best, Martin

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That is one beautiful model and it's great to see it finished at long last, especially after all the hassle you had with it.

 

That rigging is absolutely superb!

 

:mike:

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Hi KP,

That's real nice! Looks suitably busy.

 

To answer your question about the flags, one of the red ensigns should be hoisted to the end of the spanker gaff when sailing. The lower end of that halyard is easiest to keep out of trouble if it's led to a belaying point somewhere on the forward end of the spanker's lower boom, where the whole thing will swing with the sail. The signal flags are just bunting here (civilians have never had much call for complicated codes & signals; they would simply "speak" each other at sea), but I'm guessing the ship's flag is intended to go atop the mainmast. A company pennant would normally go there (or a commissioning pennant on a naval vessel) & would serve also as a telltale of relative wind direction.

 

Keeping a fresh commissioning pennant at the main mast truck was one of my jobs aboard USCGC Eagle through the summer of 1976, BTW. There was no halyard & the pennant was fastened to the top of a wooden "pig stick" with a screw through the single grommet, & the pennant was changed before entering each port of call during Operation Sail, so I climbed up there once a week to make the switch. Good times!

 

Cheers, -Lars

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On ‎8‎/‎9‎/‎2017 at 10:54 AM, Intruder503 said:

I built that kit as a teenager and I can say mine looked NOTHING like that! Superb job!!

Me, too! And I didn't have the nerve to do it with furled sails! Beautiful model of one of Revell's finest ship kits! (How many pints of ale did the rigging take?)

Mike

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I think fosters had to one of their old brewerys to cope with the extra demand.

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