Kolonialbeamter, on 03 April 2014 - 10:46 AM, said:
What a masterpiece!
Most excellent work, I don't even know what to like best...
I'm torn between your excellent rigging, sail plan and flags, your excellent eye for detail (just to mention the attachments for the cannons), and the excellent new hull (which adds so much more to the ship than your very good use of Perfectionist's NextGen technique)... Truly state-of-the-art and setting the bar for realistic ship construction at least one step higher. Châpeau!
One last thing, can you please convince me to be less purist and make use of your technique for the stern windows! I find them... wait for it... excellent!
Keep it up! (which you surely will)
Thanks Kolonialbeamter. I really think Perfectionist nailed it with his NextGen but after I saw DPW's ships I couldn't resist my desire for waterline ships and NextGen transferred so well to fit my new goal. I'm excited to expand into a fleet of waterline ships that hopefully will all get combined into a large layout.(I have grand schemes in mind
I had originally gone for the trans clear window panes on the stern and had to file down only one pane. With this small lack in purity, stepping up to butchering 11 lattices didn't seem that big of a deal. I think if its just something purely aesthetic its forgivable. But now I'm morally compromised. My poor bricks...
Captain Becker, on 03 April 2014 - 02:19 PM, said:
I agree whit Kolonial about the stern windows.... And thats just the stern windows, the rest of this... Of this piece of art is just pure love. Custom made flag an the rigging and the sails are just excellent and really makes this whole thing feel so... Alive, if you know what I mean.
I'm glad you like it Captain Becker. I did the photo shoot outside for this after having difficulty getting even lighting in my makeshift light box. It happened to be a cloudy windy day, and I was very excited when the wind started to blow the flag and streamer!
kabel, on 03 April 2014 - 07:59 PM, said:
Bricks are actually my favourtite kind of sail ships, so obviously I really like this. Great shape, great colors, great techniques. And I you hadn't admitted the butchering of those lattice windows, I would never have though that these pieces aren't official as the look just perfect!
I too am a big fan of a good brig. When I saw the model of Duke of Bedford it had everything I was looking for in my next project. I really liked the raised quarterdeck and the tiller rather then a wheel.
The windows were a "pane"
to get right. Each side of the frame had to be shaved down to fit the dimensions and then part had to be chopped out and the framing bit glued back on. They took a few hours but I think that is the fun part of going into so much detail. I had hours of fun for the price of a few latices.
Swan Dutchman, on 03 April 2014 - 04:37 PM, said:
Well Mr. Townsend, what can I say!? That's just outstanding!
I love every bit of it: the details, the rigging, the sails and the flags.
Thanks Swan Dutchman. I used a stiffening spray to get the shape I wanted out of the sails and flags. It worked well to make them look like they are catching wind, but it makes the ship a static model. On my next large ship I'm excited to experiment with the wires through the sails as your doing.
kurigan, on 06 April 2014 - 04:31 AM, said:
I’ve been awaiting this and though I’m not surprised that once complete, she looks great, I do find that the cumulative effect is even greater than the sum of her parts. Immediately my eye is drawn to the custom ensign and pennant. That’s a nice detail most wouldn’t bother with. Some purists might scoff at modifying the window panes, but I love it. It’s very well done and lends her a unique and interesting profile. It looks great and is immediately recognizable. Of course I appreciate the rigging and the research that must have gone into such a complete, detailed and accurate plan. Don’t know that many noticed but I rather enjoy that you made her a snow as well. The netting on the bow sprit is another interesting detail, which caught my eye. On that same note I also like the two “seats of ease” at the head and the way the head rails attach to the hull. I do find the coloring of the figure head a bit curious though. Pinnacle’s proportions, over all are pretty spot on. I like her so much better off the pre-fab hulls. I find brick hulls like this look more like they are afloat in the water rather than perched atop it. The Admiral’s picture conjures up thoughts of Steven lamenting the all too abrupt passing by of so many classic sites as Sophie sped across the Med. I’m curious about the name change, and if I’m not mistaken it hasn’t yet been addressed. I do like the new name, but isn’t it bad luck?
On what frank said. If you’re looking to make a change, try out what I’ve done on Ram Cat
. I used 1 X 1 rounds built into the hull with the “chains” lark’s headed or cow hitched around them. It’s remarkably strong and stable. I can tighten her shrouds like a violin. I would rather enjoy seeing these two next to each other if the opportunity ever arises.
Thanks for sharing and keeping us in on the process.
I hadn't heard of the superstition over the name change but I'm not sure it would have stopped me. Pinnacle seemed to fit so well after so many countless hours of correcting each flaw I could find. It also still fit into my theme of mountains for names. The figurehead I had decided to be white long before I had a color scheme for the ship. The Matterhorn was white to match her angel of a figurehead. This figurehead is the ships guardian angel as well, and angels are always white.
Its funny that you recognize she is a snow, as it was something of an afterthought. I hadn't planned to add that small mast until I realized I couldn't attach the driver with the booms set as they are.
The way you did the chains on the Ram Cat didn't escape my when first I saw your pictures. It really is a clever way to do it, and though its too late to work through here I will keep it in mind in the future. That capstan too...
Edited by Mr. Townsend, 07 April 2014 - 06:48 AM.