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Creating unknown types of vessels from Spare parts.

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  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Creating unknown types of vessels from Spare parts.
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Monday, January 6, 2020 2:04 PM

I'll start this as a question.

        How many of you have built kits of ships and boats and wound up with lots of underwater sections of these ships? Well now, you could do another ship of the type scratch. Or,and this is where it can get interesting,You can create your own above the water hull and upperworks designs.

        What does this mean? Well, do you want to do a large freight or passenger vessel ? Then the bottom up to the bilge curve is done for you. You could use say a 1/350 carrier bottom to do a container ship or liner or such. On single screw designs you could do something like the " Glomar Explorer ".

        Now, that said, You could also glue two matching hulls edge to edge, and create a lifting cell for a steam-punk type airship! I saw one recently that was created from two petroleum tank truck trailer bodies!

 So you see the ideas are endless.And,Guess What? if you enter it in a show , no one can say you're wrong.       T.B. 

  • Member since
    August 2019
  • From: Central Oregon
Posted by HooYah Deep Sea on Monday, January 6, 2020 2:27 PM

.  .  .  And it gives you another canvas to practice techniques on as well as exercising the gray matter and sense of imagination. Yes, the ideas are endless.

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Monday, January 6, 2020 2:51 PM

What I used to do. 

 Years ago( No, I ain't sayin how many!) I collected model shipwrecks from a local Fountain. ( I couldn't afford even a 98 cent kit then.) I would take my loot home and then?????

    I would spread all the parts out on my newspaper covered card table. Let's see here's a bow I can use, Aha! heres another! Now let's see, I can use these sides. Hmm.

    Often if it was really salvageable I would try to match contours and then glue one Stern section onto another Bow section. I did this with the M.V.Brazil and the N.S. Savannah! Granted It wasn't a Nuclear ship anymore, but, she was a much longer but pretty Passenger/Freight vessel. And no one could find the seams after I sanded the plastic. Remember this was before plastic Putty.

     I made good use of Scrap Plastic Sprue, Sheet and Cardstock as well. This was actually fun as I never knew in advance what the finished vessel would look like. I even took a leftover wreck of the Robt.E.Lee I found in the sand and made a Car Ferry out of it. That was back when H.O. Sized ( or Close )  Polyethylene autos were available for a dollar per hundred! 

    My advice here is do a What - If and don't throw away any more than you have too.

 I used to take the Sprue from Monogram Stock car kits and use the shaped sprue to make more roll cages for more Cars, especially Demo-Derby cars!

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