Indeed. Telling an historic event that actually occured with a vessel is to me more telling of the vessel then of a model represtitive of when she first left the builders yard. Scars of a cape horn struggle, or a deruddering at sea and a susiquent repair(Like my CS diorama) action that was historicaly accurate but done with some artistic license.
Research is your best friend...well.. along with some good modeling skills.
Probably why I love doing these clipper mods. There is so much more to represent then a tired static Cutty Sark. No disrespect intended.
Research has revealed that many models of the Great Republic are mixing original and rebuilding after the fire details. Especially with attention to the spar deck/bullwarks confusion...and the addition (after fire)of a mizzen skysail. Far too many changes were made that get mingled. I want to keep her as authentic to the original McKay depiction as possible.
Same thing for Glory of the Seas. I chose to build her before her 1870's modifications...you have to pay attention. Nothing worse then a novice saying, that your model doesn't look like the ship you are representing...if the year is not clearified.
Same ship...just different details..can throw folks off. Lucky for me, most folks don;t know the differences anyway.