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Timbo07/06/2009 16:45:02
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With time on my hands I am just about to embark on my first wooden model boat. 250 years ago varnishes (if used) were of very poor quality, lead based paints faded in the sunlight and timber weathers to a dull grey. Why do enthusiasts insist on using bright varnish and colours?
Barry Foote07/06/2009 17:07:22
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Welcome Timbo,

I think you will find on here and other specialist Model Boat sites that weathering of models in now done to a very high standard. It is not so easy on period ships, which tend to be static models, as any weathering can just look like a badly finished model. there are exceptions of course..

Bob Wilson10/09/2009 18:57:35
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Here is my rusty-hulled four-masted barque LAWHILL  , lying at anchor in a crepe paper sea.

Bob Abell10/09/2009 20:11:13
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Here`s my rusty Great Eastern.........Another Bob
Colin Bishop10/09/2009 20:57:08
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There is an article in the next issue of Model Boats on weathering by Richard Simpson - shopuld be interesting!
Paul T11/09/2009 06:07:08
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It’s my contention that a model, such as Bobs Great Eastern should be as pristine as the original was on the day it was delivered, just as the designer intended and not covered in rust and grime.

Of course this is my own opinion


Bob Wilson11/09/2009 08:38:14
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I cannot agree that Bob's GREAT EASTERN should be shown it pristine condition if he wishes it to be more accurate to life.   To me, it is a fine looking model, true to life as well!      Most of my static models are not really true to life  because most are shown in pristine condition.     But from time to time, I do weather them and in many ways they look all the better for it.   What about the "air-brushed" beauties we see on the covers of glossy magazines, they don't fool most of us, especially when they are photographed without their make-up?
Ships work in a very harsh and unfriendly envoironment and to me, it is quite correct to sometimes show the wear and tear of real life.      
Most "Boats" are usually well-kept in normal life, but "Ships" are a different matter!
Bob Wilson11/09/2009 09:03:11
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How about this for "real life" weathering.    This is my old ship, the passenger liner RMS ST. HELENA, refitting at Falmouth following 13 months M.O.D. service in the South Atlantic 1982/83.
Scars of Honour!

Bob Abell11/09/2009 09:09:52
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Saw a Louis Heloise model at a recent exhibition ........and it looked silly!
Because the hull was as shiney as an FG job!................Not a plank in sight and it was PoF too.
The designer Andre Moreau said in his write-up that the hull should look rough as in real life............and I agree with him
Was going to post a picture, but my Loius Heloise gallery has disappeared!
New picture to follow.....Bob
Bob Abell11/09/2009 09:18:18
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See what I mean?........but a bit on the shiney side?

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