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  1. speedbird

    speedbird Aug 1, 2017

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    So besides watches, this is my hobby. Scale model warships, mostly 1/700 and 1/1800 scale. My ships often involve extensive scratch building and take a long, long time to complete. For me, it's pure love. I thought I'd share some of my creations with you folks.
     
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  2. speedbird

    speedbird Aug 1, 2017

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    Dead photo links
     
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  3. JimInOz

    JimInOz "Helpful Hints from Heloise" of bracelet cleaning. Aug 1, 2017

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    Rather incredible, especially the 1:1800s

    The last part of my working life (after the military) was spent in a shipyard where we built frigates, patrol boats and other ships for the Australian and New Zealand Navy and others.

    I often had the chance to study the builders models which ranged in size from 50 cm to over two metres OAL and was fascinated at the detail in these models.

    However, yours take detail to another level, I think you would enjoy watchmaking!
     
  4. Noles_88

    Noles_88 Dog costume designer extraordinaire! Aug 1, 2017

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    Thanks for sharing this. Really cool your hobby.
     
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  5. Don Bocadillo

    Don Bocadillo Aug 1, 2017

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    Amazing collection!
     
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  6. oddboy

    oddboy Zero to Grail+2998 In Six Months Aug 1, 2017

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    Incredible models! I can't even imagine the detail - the patience you'd need!

    Very cool indeed.
     
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  7. Jwit

    Jwit Not a doctor, but plays one on ΩF Aug 1, 2017

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    Wow those are incredible! How did you get into building these? And how do you pick which one you want to make? I certainly don't think I'd have the patience to do it but find it very cool.

    Thank you for sharing! My favorites are tied between the S/Y Endurance and Sinking Merchantman.
     
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  8. STANDY

    STANDY schizophrenic pizza orderer and watch collector Aug 1, 2017

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    Clear large vessels at work most days.

    And you even have the rust coming from the anchor guides. image.gif
     
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  9. speedbird

    speedbird Aug 1, 2017

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    Thanks guys!

    I choose subjects based on what inspires me. I'm an avid reader on the subject of WWI and WWII naval history and I mostly build axis warships and WWI British warships. Ocasionally I will build American subjects, but until the 1930s, American warships weren't very attractive.

    The scratch built 1/1800 ships were done because I wanted to model those subjects but I didn't want to commit to a full sized 1/700 build. The exception being Scharnhorst. I'll probably build a much larger version of her soon.
     
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  10. sxl2004

    sxl2004 Aug 1, 2017

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    Absolutely incredible!
    Wowwwww!
    Can I call dibs on the Scharnhorst, or all of them?
    :)
     
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  11. speedbird

    speedbird Aug 1, 2017

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    Thanks!
     
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  12. JimInOz

    JimInOz "Helpful Hints from Heloise" of bracelet cleaning. Aug 1, 2017

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    FIFY

    ;)
     
  13. zimmerit5

    zimmerit5 Aug 2, 2017

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    Scale model ships are one of the toughest to build considering the the amount of detail and the use of small scale photoetch parts. Scratch-building these ships in 1/1800 scale with the same minute details just as in 1/700 or 1/350 is mind-blowing. Awesome,awesome,awesome.
     
  14. SouthernScot

    SouthernScot Aug 2, 2017

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    Absolutely incredibly detailed models, thanks so much for showing them. My only observation would be, how do you find the time for anything else!!!

    :thumbsup:
     
  15. Maganator

    Maganator Aug 2, 2017

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    Absolutely incredible.

    What material do you build them with?
     
  16. 63TR4

    63TR4 Aug 2, 2017

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    Wow, those are stunningly built and some of the best painted ships I've seen in any scale! The intricacies of these are why I've stuck to modelling aircraft over ships!

    I was wondering, how do you make the hand rails at 1:1800? However you've done it looks incredible! :thumbsup:
     
  17. immustard

    immustard A condiment that loves to chive to thyme songs Aug 2, 2017

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    Wow,no way I'd have the patience to do that!amazing work/detail,puts my early teen airfix models to shame
     
  18. speedbird

    speedbird Aug 2, 2017

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    Thanks guys!

    In most cases the hulls are resin castings and the rest of the superstructure is resin with styrene, brass, and stainless steel detail. The resin hull usually comes with a few superstructure items but I always chuck them and build my own.

    The 1/1800 ships have a 3d printed upper hull, the lower portion of the hull is scratch built, with scratch built superstructures. Usual materials, brass, styrene, stainless steel. The railings in both 1/700 and 1/1800 are photo etched brass.
     
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  19. cristos71

    cristos71 Aug 2, 2017

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    Fantastic stuff! I built some of these myself as a kid from Airfix kits and that was hard enough, I can't even imagine the skill or patience necessary to achieve your amazing models.
     
  20. WatchVaultNYC

    WatchVaultNYC Aug 2, 2017

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    Well not battleships, but things like these:

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    (pix not mine - lost my painted scale models during one of my many moves overeseas)
     
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