At age 59 I started building RC model boats. My first was a 72 in replica of a Canadian frigate I served on in the 1960s. That model was a steep learning curve but I found myself lacking motivation to build more because it did not provide the " creativity " i was looking for.. For the past 12 years I have been happily designing and building my own designs ( freeelance ) utilizing a unique methodology.
I spent a full career in the military and retired in 1995.
The Freelance Concept starts with a GRP hull..flush deck. I search the web for ships that attract me or components of those ships and combine those drawings or profile photos of upper deck designs with a side view photo of the hull , I ensure both the photo of the hull and the imported photo are both at the desired scale. Using a graphic program I then sketch in ( superimposing outlines over the photo ) the main building blocks of the superstructure and various deck components full size with minimum detail...once printed construction begins.
One huge advantage of the freelance concept is the cost of building a new super...a sheet of .060 styrene and a few tubes of plastic model cement and a tube of putty will set me back a mere 35 dollars. I am able to complete a new super in ten days.
Hope this has been an entertaining album...If you are interested in building your own Freelance Fleet do not
hesitate to contact me with a personal message..happy to help you get started.
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