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JAFD2621 Mar 2018 4:43 a.m. PST

Salutations, gentlefolk !

Here are some of my recent efforts, in building models from the WarArtisan.com series of print-and-assemble kits. Was learning as I went along, am not satisfied – especially with sails and rigging – with these. But – as I said when I kissed the lady's hand – a man's gotta start somewhere.

Used PaintDotNet and Irfanview to resize the originals and print out the kits in 1/1200 scale.

The basing scheme is for the _Close Action_ games here in the Middle Atlantic area. The bases are 3 1/2" x 1 1/2" or 1". The map pins are removed to mark destroyed hull or rigging sections. The coin in some pictures is a 'Saratoga Battlefield' coin from the National Park series of US quarters, 25mm diameter.

This time I shall Take Notes on which URLs actually work to post connections to stored pictures.

The Raisonnable was a beginning effort – you can tell I was still learning how to make water. But mayhaps is a 'raisonnable' facsimile.
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Yes, the flags on the Agamemnon are too large.
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Working with a model this size is rewarding but ain't easy
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I _think_ these show improvement.
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Most recent effort. The fore-and-aft standing rigging is a single length of thread, stern to stem, back and again.
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The entire First Squadron
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The Raisonnable was a beginning effort – you can tell I was still learning how to make water. But mayhaps is a 'raisonnable' facsimile.

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Yes, the flags on the Agamemnon are too large.

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Working with a model this size ain't easy

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I _think_ these show improvement.

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Most recent effort. The fore-and-aft standing rigging is a single length of thread, stern to stem, back and again.

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The entire First Squadron

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Hope you find these interesting.

Yours, John

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian21 Mar 2018 4:51 a.m. PST

What material are the bases made from?

JAFD2621 Mar 2018 4:58 a.m. PST

Salutations, Bill !

A layer of 3/16" basswood (holes for the masts are drilled through this) over a layer of 1/8" basswood (drilled thru for the map pins, not the masts)

jurgenation Supporting Member of TMP21 Mar 2018 10:52 a.m. PST

Great job!,,i think they look great.

Nichts22 Mar 2018 7:30 a.m. PST

They look absolutely beautiful, but I am curious. You have obviously spent a lot of time putting in the rigging between the masts, but seem to have made a conscious decision to leave out the ratlines, which are usually much more prominent. Is this because of the difficulty of getting ones to match the scale, or something else? I confess it always been the complexity of ratlines and rigging which has kept me away from modelling these beautiful ships myself.

Mollinary

JAFD2622 Mar 2018 12:44 p.m. PST

Salutations, Mollinary !

Good question. Some thoughts:

First, as I mentioned, am learning 'how to do this' by doing. Started by wrapping thread around to secure masts and yards, using 'loose ends' for stays to other masts. May – heck, probably will – do things differently in future.

Second, am making 'gaming piece models' – wanted to make a model that would look reasonable on the _Close Action_ game 'carpet' board, from six feet away, get it finished, get feedback…

Three – 'match the scale' – a #80 drill – smallest you can get at Maplewood Hobby – makes a .013" hole – which in 1/1200 equals 15.6" 'real life'. It's not unreasonable, IMHO, to say that all rigging but the 'main stays' would be unnoticable at a distance. You are welcome to disagree. Oneovdezedaze will go to one of the specialty fabric stores on Seventh Avenue, see what they have in fine black mesh, how flirtwithable are the salesladies ;-)

Four – WarArtisan.com has three or four of their 'print and assemble' kits available as free downloads. If you have access to a color printer that can handle 'cover stock', give it a try. The worst result is that you give your first efforts 'a Viking funeral' (I've done this). Good luck!

Nichts22 Mar 2018 1:00 p.m. PST

JAFD26

Many thanks for a very thoughtful and considered response!

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