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 Post subject: Iron barque
PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 2:21 am 
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Location: Lancashire, England
25 feet to 1 inch scratchbuilt. Masts, spars and rigging, 100% metal. Completed a few days ago. This is a merchant ship. The ports are just decoration, they do not open, they do not conceal guns. This type of model is extremly sought after by collectors, but for some reason, they are rarely modelled!
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 Post subject: Re: Iron barque
PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:23 am 
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Good to see something from your yard here again !

Yes, these bands of gun-port came into fashion again in the 1880s or so, after the warships switched to gun-turrets. Not my favourite ... ehhm 'fake' ;)

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:06 am 
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Painted ports in merchant ships came into fashion in the Napoleonic wars. They were intended to make enemy warships think they were armed naval vessels. After the war ended, they carried on as decoration, even into the iron and steel sailing ships that were produced in ever-increasing numbers from the 1850s onwards. The last new built painted port ship as far as I know was the four-masted barque Arcibald Russell of 1905. All a matter of taste really, I think they look great, but unfortunately, a lot of sailing ship owners of later years, dispensed with them on economic grounds in favour of the dreadful slate grey that I think looks awful. Here is the collier brig Sicily of 1809. I don't normally build ships of that era, but felt like something simple at the time I started it a few weeks ago! Merchant ships have always been extremely unpopular amongst model shipbuilders, but collectors love them.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:27 pm 
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Brilliant!

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that is very very nice. Bravo

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 3:46 pm 
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Good to see you active at the Bench again!

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