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PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2020 6:19 pm 
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Recently I finished a Airfix 1:144 scale WASA which was published in the Classic Series during the early 1980s. It was one of my favorites in the series. It was also one that I wanted promoted to another level of detail...With painstaking research (and patience) I was able to convert a plastic kit into a mixed-media project -replacing many of its features in wood. Only the hull and mast tops I kept, but worked up to receive the intricate rigging that later followed.

Prior to this build, a first challenge originated with the Airfix 1:168 scale ROYAL SOVEREIGN (Sovereign of the Seas). That challenge was to convertand present additional features to the already existing molds that highlighted its attractive hull. All plastic parts were discarded and replaced with bass, pine and birch wood. Only the hull was kept (and altered) to match the supporting drawings and paintings of that period.

After exerting fourteen-hour days into a four month schedule, I was able to produce this striking model. I found in this experiment that the modification of ROYAL SOVEREIGN became an experience for future kit transformations. I also learned that no product can guarantee 'perfection'...and, I am yet to find the perfect kit and/or model to find such. Reality dictates that this will never be. However, what I found enjoyable about kit modification is that you keep the same element, just improvise the features/details. It also gives us the opportunity to evaluate the process by stepping away and assessing our skill level.

These supporting images is a testimony to how far we can take a project as we develop our abilities into a viable skill. Thanks for viewing.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2020 12:24 pm 
Marvelous! :thumbs_up_1:


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2020 5:59 pm 
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.....that is very very commendable work

The model looks great!

JIM B :thumbs_up_1:

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2020 8:36 pm 
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I had a quick look at the parts in my Airfix Royal Sovereign kit and I am blown away by what you have accomplished.

Glad you kept the hull. It's good to know that part was a good starting point.

Quality Deck fittings and "Furniture" add realism to a model. You accomplished that "In Spades".
Can you elaborate on what you did to make corrections to the hull and what features you added that may not be visible in the photos? More photos would be appreciated by all, I'm sure.

You did a most awesome job on the painting too.

Thanks for posting this. Wonderful work and worth every effort.

Nino


P.S. Finding a perfect plastic Sailing ship model is impossible but a few come mighty close. I can think of 2 or 3 that many modelers might agree with. Deciding which plastic kit is the worst would be a real challenge as there are too many candidates and opinions.


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That's a great looking ship! :thumbs_up_1:

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2021 2:22 am 
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[/img]Thanks for your comment and observation. Much appreciated.

I'm currently working on the Airfix H.M.S. Prince to finish the trilogy I began in 1980. I lost all three kits during that time with Sovereign and Prince in the early stages of build. I only completed Saint Louis which was 'reluctantly' sold to a collector. However, I was gifted those kits a few years ago and decided to engage...I will post when completed.


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