Oldvic123

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oldvic123

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 Well, well. I had no idea how this forum was developing. Great!!!!! I've always favoured the Airfix range of ships and the 1:600 range deserves to be revitalised. By the standards of my youth, they arn't that cheap anymore. What you guys are showing is what fun can be had with basic skills and a bit of imagination.

David, your builds set the bar high and I for one would be delighted to see your tutorials. The Liners blow me away; it would great to see how you add detail. The aspect that confounds me would be how the painting sequence fits in with how the build progresses.

I'd love to see a wider range of WW1 ships and wouldn't a couple of pre-Dreadnoughts be nice. While I'm at it.....I'd give my eye-teeth for a modern 1:600 tool of the first and the last; HMS Dreadnoght and HMS Vanguard; there's a neglected couple of ships in the modelling world.

oldvic123

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 Hi, I'd like to add to this ship kit link. Yes it's about time Airfix and others released some new kits to modern tooling standards. The Imai 1:350 examples stand scutiny if you can find them, though they also marketed each kit as three different ships! My stash includes several of these.

Credit to Airfix on the accuracy of their sailing ship kit designers; two examples at hand are 'Victory' and 'Bounty', comparing them to the drawings in the Anatomy of the ship' books, you'd think Airfix had access to the books 50 years ago, the models are remarkably accurate. My one BIG gripe with the 'Victory' is the stupidly exagerated hull planking. The real ship is vertualy smooth and always has been.

My suggestion for a new kit would be a Naval Cutter, like the Alert. The AOTS drawings are to an impressive 1:64 scale and would make a splendid build. At that scale even the rigging could be made to work. Such a handsome vessel wouldn't intimidate either as the rig is simple, there arn't loads of guns to make it a monotinous exercise and overall the mouldings would sit happily in Airfix's standard box used for this range. Come on guys, there's a lot of folk would love that one. Or is it the people making decisions know nothing about ships, being obsessed with aircraft. I wonder how popular the 1:350 aircraft carrier kits are with overseas modellers; not very I would imagine.

Just to finish, it's amazing how crude the wooden sailing ship kits are considering what they cost. The included 'timber' is just not the right stuff. All that work, no matter how much effort, all you get is rubbish. They are all traveties. Yet the folk that laud these 'wooden' kits hate the plastic ones, which, even if they are built quickly and without paint are still more accurate!

oldvic123

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 I'm pleased to say my photo's can now be found on the comunity page customer immages section. So far the only 'ship' contribution to be found there. I'll have to submit my attempts at presenting my humble offerings ie. conversions of the Airfix Hood, Repulse and Warspite, to their original configurations. Not sure wether to add them here or as a new topic. Will do that in the next few days, if I can find them!

oldvic123

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Apologise, the photo's appear in reverse order to what I downloaded, but it's clear enough.

oldvic123

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 Thanks once again, Patrick.

Well, here is what I've done so far on my new 'mini' Victory build.

1. carefully waterline the hull.

2. cut some ribs into the lower half.

3. plastic card plate with beams for the lower gun-deck.

4. laboriously open up all the gun-ports and remove the 'mush' from the bow ready for a new beak-head. Remove all the external lumps and bumps.

4 and 5. Result of a lot of time scratching away.

The idea is to make a reasonably convincing impression of an 'Admiralty Dockyard Model' in miniature. Don't know when the next instalment will be, but I'll post my progress as and when.

oldvic123

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 Ok, perhaps I'm expecting too much, but it's been a while since I downloaded my photo's to the 'starter kit page' and there's no response. In fact there are no ships at all in there, from anyone. Seems a little strange. Hope to post a few new photo's in the next few days. 

oldvic123

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 Patrick, once again, thank you. Folowed your advice and re-uploaded my photo's to the 'starter kit' page. I just hope no one thinks that is what will fall out of the box! Coming soon.....beginings of my next build.

oldvic123

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 BLAM.

Forgive me if there's too many photo's......but you did ask!

Thanks for your help.

You may be interested to hear of my next project. Based on the same hull halves, I'm building an open frame Admiralty style dockyard model, which looks like fun. That will be done using a lot of 'artistic license'. Watch this space......in about a year!

oldvic123

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oldvic123

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 Aaaaaargh, I can't figure out how to download images! Is it possible to pm me with some guidence please? Why can't I simply paste the the photo's?  Plenty to come.

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