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Bob Wilson14/06/2009 14:22:54
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Work beganm this morning.     Decided on it as a bit of a rest from the more complicated steamship POLITICIAN.   It is being built to the same scale as POLITICIAN - 32'=1".

Colin Bishop14/06/2009 17:32:47
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Well Bob, you won't have to worry about modelling the crew members then!
I think we will all look forward to your method of tackling a sailing ship subject.
ashley needham14/06/2009 18:41:59
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Ho HO. not a ship to worry about the other bobs thread....include crew or not!!
 No arguments, sorry, agree to disagree, about action men or anything.  How about some ghostly fog effect????
Bob Wilson14/06/2009 19:04:16
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The model will show the ship as in normal times under full sail, but I seldom bother with putting crews aboard them.        The finest miniaturist in this field, (in my opinion) Donald McNarry,  never puts crews on his simply because he doesn't want to.    I followed his lead over 40 years ago.     I did notice during my many years at sea that when ships went past, even quite close, I was seldom aware of seeing anyone aboard them!    Ships are big, people are small!       Yachties are especially keen on saying they were nearly ploughed under by ships with no-one on the bridge, but the truth of the matter is that it is difficult to actually see anyone aboard ships at sea!
Anyway, during first day, the basic hull is almost complete.      Found a piece of scored decking left over from POLITICIAN for maindeck.    Have also veneered and assembled the quadrant beading for the display case.      Sailing ships are dead easy compared with steamers, but few people will agree with me.     MARY CELESTE - only two decks, poop being raised 2 feet above maindeck.    Only two masts, virtually no rails.   Boats stowed upside down.   Minimal deck fittings and very small, only a few feet longer than a standard railway carriage (UK).
Paul T14/06/2009 20:55:53
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You should be on the stage.......
I heard the wind whistle as that one blew over peoples heads.
Bob Wilson15/06/2009 17:54:28
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I have now assembled the display case, complete with 18mm quadrant moulding round the base.   The inner base with its bevelled wood edging has also been made and the removeable tray for the sea fitted inside it.   The bare hull can be seen in the sea tray.   It looks rather short and fat, but that is only because I made it deeper to facilitate handling during construction.   Most of it will be under the sea when it is complete.

Bob Wilson16/06/2009 17:46:24
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All I have done today is fit and shape the sea.    As you can see, I gave it plenty of sea room.    I often feel that a lot of ship model builders tend to  "jam" their models into cases with bowsprit/jibboom almost touching one end and stern almost touching the other end!     On one occasion, I saw one with the top of the glass case resting on the mainmast  truck   When I asked why, the answer was "to give it a bit of support!"    
I always feel they look better when given "space," but , of course, it is up to the individual as to how to display their model.

Bob Abell16/06/2009 18:40:02
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Hello Bob
Interesting new model!.......................What year was the Mary Celeste mystery?........I did read somewhere that the mystery was explained and a piano salesman was mentioned....or have I been dreaming again?
Bob Wilson16/06/2009 18:59:04
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It took place in 1872.   When the ship was found, she was not in perfect condition as modern publicity often states.    Sails were blown out, the spanker gaff was hanging down because the peak halliards had gone and one of the hatch covers  was missing.     Probably just one of many such mysteries of the sea that will never be solved,     A famous author latched onto the incident and it became blown up to massive proportions.     I have no particular views on it - just another mystery of the sea.    
They did have a piano aboard, but so did lots of ships!
Bob Wilson17/06/2009 18:05:11
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The hull has now been planked and painted and most of the deck fittings are in position.

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