My Workbench

Monday, June 12, 2017

Banned From TMP

Another blogger friend jmilesr "Lair of the Ubber Geek" had a post with a similar title a few days ago. It seems he got sucked into a divisive trolling thread initiated by the Editor of The Miniatures Page Bill Armintrout. There were actually two threads, one on the Wargaming in the UK board entitled Wargaming: "A British Hobby?", and one on the Wargaming in the US board with the title "Arrogant America  Gamers" Regardless of the titles, both threads were an attempt by Armintrout to get support for his contention that British gamers are arrogant and intolerant of anyone not British. I followed the links to both of these threads and was stunned. I would not have believed the Editor would do something like this. There were almost as many "deleted" post as there were remaining posts. The overwhelming consensus of response was that the complaints the Editor outlined did not in fact exist, on either shore of the Atlantic. Many accused him of baiting and trolling, stirring the pot, etc. The more adamant comments disagreeing with Armintrout are being deleted by him. The more persistent comments trying to speak reason and calling for him to end such divisive threads are being banned from TMP, like jmilesr and now myself. It is almost like the man has been possessed by some demon. What he is doing is nothing short of evil. Many good folks who contribute a lot to our miniatures community are being stifled and banned from TMP. Well it is his website and he can live with what is left of it after he drives his advertisers and membership away. There are other websites with more civil editors I am told.

Knowing I was likely to get myself 86'd for civilly disagreeing with him, I quickly posted on the Age of Sail board a goodbye to all of my friends with a parting suggestion that they all peruse the two divisive threads for their own education about the Editor. but Armintrout deleted it and locked my account before anyone could read it.

So now this blog is it for communication, until I find another suitable forum to post to. There is still the SOG Anchorage site though it is limited to mostly Sails of Glory fans of which I am not, but they are all really good people, from all over the world I might add, no National arrogance, no ethnic stuffiness Mr. Armintrout!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Revell 1:450 Spanish Galleon

I just finished Revell's 1:450 Spanish Galleon Plastic Model. This is a nice little model, miles better than the Pyro BonHomme Richard I built a while back. The first thing I did was cut the hull down to waterline. Then I cut a balsa wood insert to fit the hull for some strength support and glued it in place. I made some modifications like deck grating, stern and inner deck rails that did not come on the model but were pictured on the box art. I installed a mizzen yard and flag pole extensions for each mast. I haven't figured what to use for a base yet, or if I even need one. A base would probably protect the weak oars, so I will most likely make one.

Comparison to my 1:1200 ships

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Ares Ottoman First Rate Bash

In early 2015 I modified a couple of Ares Sails of Glory first rate models for a friend in Arizona. I was going through my past posts and found the first one I did, but not the second. For some reason or other I never posted it, Looking through my photos from early 2015, I think it might have been the poor quality of the photos I took, or I might have intentionally decided not to post it because I didn't take the usual finished photo sequence. So I have borrowed the very nice photo my friend Gunner took to post on the SOG Anchorage website when he received the ship in the mail. I am including the poor photos first, then the nice one last. For some reason Gunner wanted this one to be an Ottoman first rate. I did pretty much the same modifications to this one that I did with Gunner's first ship (see "Sails of Glory Kit Bash" January 2015). Doing this model inspired me to  create my own 1/1200 scale Ottoman first rate from a Navwar model (see Navwar Ottoman Empire Selimiye 122 Gun 1st Rate, February 2015). Anyway here are the photos. Better Late than never I guess.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

GHQ Téméraire class 74 gun Le Fougueux

I took a break from my American fleet to build another French ship of the line. This is the GHQ version of a Téméraire class 74 gun ship Le Fouguex. Launched in 1785 at Lorient, she took part in the First Battle of Groix in 1795. In the battle of Trafalgar she fired the first shot at HMS Royal Sovereign. She was captured by HMS Temeraire and wrecked in the storm that followed the battle. She displaced 1,966 tons and had a crew of 700. Length of gun deck = 183'3" imperial; Breadth = 47' imperial; Depth of Hold 23'5" imperial.
Armament: Broadside Weight 881 lbs
     Lower Gun Deck = 28 x French 36 pounders
     Upper Gun Deck = 30 x French 18 pounders
     Quarterdeck = 16 x French 8 pounders
     Forecastle = 4 French 36 pounders carronades

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Langton 38-gun Frigate USS Congress

The next frigate in my growing American fleet is the USS Congress. The hull is by Langton; the masts, spars, and sails are scratch built.

USS Congress was one of the original six Humphreys frigates authorized by Congress in 1794. She was laid down in 1795 in Hacket Shipyard, Portsmouth, New Hampshire and launched August 15, 1799. Her dimensions: Length 164', Breadth 40', Depth of Hold 13'. Displacement: 1265 tons. Standard compliment: 340. I have found conflicting information on sites like Wikipedia, Three Decks, The US Naval Museum, etc. regarding her armament during the war of 1812. There is some consensus about her initial gun makeup when first commissioned.

Armament 1799: 24 x 18 pound long guns, 12 x 12 pound long guns (9 x 12 pdrs also listed)

Armament 1812: 24 x 18 pound long guns, 20 x 32 pound carronades (6 x 12 pdrs & 12 x 32 pd carronades also listed)


Back to Front, Left to Right: Essex 32, Chesapeake 38, Constitution 44, Constellation 38, Congress 38

Saturday, March 11, 2017

1/1200 Scratch-built Massachusetts Privateer Rattlesnake

My next scratch build is the 20-gun 1781 Massachusetts privateer ship Rattlesnake. She was built in 1780 at Plymouth. She had no wales and the quarterdeck and forecastle were detached. Length 89'3"; Beam 22'4"; Depth of Hold 8'10-1/2"; Crew 86. Rattlesnake was commissioned in 1781 and was reputedly a very fast miniature frigate. She was captured by the British 44-gun frigate HMS Assurance, was bought by the Royal Navy at New York and commissioned as HM Sloop Cormorant with 18 guns and a crew of 125 men and boys.

A nice write-up with pictures and plans can be found at

My inspiration painting
The plans

The decks glued to balsa

Decks cut out, glued together, and sanded

Plan profiles cut out and glued to hull

Stern plan detail cut out and glued to card, then attached

Furniture and grating added

Prelim paint

Mounted to base and scratch masts added

Scratch sails mounted

FInished with Massachusets Navy ensign

Scratch Chesapeake, Rattlesnake, and Halifax schooner