This section will mostly center around model kit construction and there reviews
based on my experience
I will give a little bit of a review
of certain scale models that I have or either are still working on these will
mainly be of kits, they will have the assorted flaws and workarounds I had
to achieve to get through, this will also display some of the kit based models
that I have assembled or are assembling.
And comments are welcome if you wish.
This was a model kit labeled as the
Flying Dutchman Ghost Ship, it was marketed through Linberg scale models.
Now several interesting aspects about
this kit first emerge, the box art is nothing of any real vessel type the
kit is as first examined a very detailed and well designed model which does
not appear to be of a fantasy ship and resembles a vessel around 1780's, it
appears probably more British, French sort of style and has a simple oval
crest on its stern.
Examining the sprue trees and you find
there are several name plates for the stand Flying Dutchman and Jolly Rogers.
My curiosity got he better of me as
I felt that this seemed rather fishy for the model ship that this kit was
based really appeared to be of an actual ship, and I know for a fact that
the flying Dutchman was another type of ship from much earlier about 2 centuries
earlier and was a galleon, so this seamed a bit usual then there was the crest
it seamed more French in its styling and I even have seen the exact same crest
on the front of a building in the city over here though the building now serves
as a shopping arcade, so what would the origins be of that building or associated
After some searching on the net I finally
discovered the true origins of the ship in this kit and that this was not
the only kit that Lindberg were remarketing as another name each.
This vessel is actually the La Flore
which is the same vessel that is displayed at the George Washington library
as I have read and seen the pictures of the model, it came from France as
a gift to the US.
So now I found out the origins of the
ship I then set to work on building this kit.
I found many pinholes and lugs that
had to be filed and filled and relating to the fitting it has been ok other
than the first cannon sets are abit out compared to the portholes they pushed
the deck for one too much back and set all the guns out of alignment so I
removed and refitted the two forward guns once the hull had been assembled.
The basic model is very well engineered
other than those 2 cannon carriages, otherwise she's a beautiful vessel once
carefully painted, here are the photos to show some of the progress and the
beauty of the vessel.
More will come soon
(Admiral Lord Nelson's flagship of
the battle of trafalger 1805)
This kit produced by Revel, initially
appeared to be well detailed and modeled, however I had a few issues through
out this one, which included problems about the Poop deck resting too high
up would not engage into place, and the rigging methods were out a fairbit
that I began wondering if Revel had even tested one of these kits from the
This was assembled many years ago and
so I had not really photographed the construction due to not having a good
enough camera at the time as it was a simple instermatic.
The model did receive some slight damage
during a move over 10 years ago, and so far has not been repaired completely
due to a part being missing for the moment.
These photos were taken during a major
cleaning session of the model.
Don't the ones taken through the container
with low light look convincing to be from moment during battle with all the
smoke look while sitting in soapy water.
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