My Workbench

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Ares Bonhomme Richard 1/1000 scale

Here is the third ship for my friend Gunner, the Bonhomme Richard. On this one I left the deck alone except for plugging the old flag pole hole in the aft deck, and repainted the hull. For some reason Ares painted the hull black and gunwales bright red??? They do some weird stuff. Again the spanker and stay sails were billowed in opposite directions, weird! So scratch stay sails to match the spanker, old masts cut away and sails cleaned up. New masts attached to sails and fully rigged.

Original model from Ares

Repacked and ready to go

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Ares Agamemnon

The second of the four Sails of Glory ships for my friend Gunner is the HMS Agamemnon. 

Before pic:

After pics:
Again, masts replaced, deck and furniture repainted, stern windows blued, figurehead added, stem repainted to match historical paintings, rigged and scratch ratlines added.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Ares Ville de Varsovie

The first of the four Sails of Glory ships for my friend Gunner is the 80 gun Bucentaur class Ville de Varsovie.

The before pictures:

Note the jib and fore stay sails are blowing  opposite of the mizzen lateen driver direction. All of the ships except the Constitution are like this. Really dumb error on Ares part. Also this ship was launched after 1800 and should have a gaff and boom driver. I did not change it.

The ratlines I made on the jig I developed for the 1/700 Black Seas ships. It works for this scale as well. The plastic masts are replaced with various weight music wire. 

Main and topmast spars added for reinforcement of the flimsy plastic.

Note the rail I had to add to be able to tie off the main mast back stays. Made from common staples. Paper jib and fore stay sails made to billow in the proper direction.

A little blue silver added to the windows to replace the black

View of the new heads in the bow
Just noticed the base is in the wrong orientation 

With just a few modifications to the packing to accomodate the new rigging