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Color of waterways in Cutty Sark

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  • Member since
    December 2010
  • From: Salem, Oregon
Color of waterways in Cutty Sark
Posted by 1943Mike on Sunday, December 9, 2012 12:00 PM

I'm still at the very beginning stages of my Revell 1/96 CS. At this rate (I bought the kit 2 years ago) it'll probably be a decade before I complete it Big Smile.

My question arises from the difference I've seen between most of the models I've seen on the web and the following picture from a long, informative thread on the CS from 2010. Can anyone clear this up for me? Were the waterways the rust/salmon red color in this photo or were they white?

Mike

 

Mike

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  • From: Greenville, NC
Posted by jtilley on Sunday, December 9, 2012 12:12 PM

I think the red color is correct.  (The waterways are filled with cement; I guess the paint was just considered a means of making them look better.)  But, as we all know, the ship has just undergone a massive restoration - which has generated some controversy.  I personally think the glass enclosure surrounding her looks like Censored, but the conservators and researchers did a superb job on the ship herself.  Has anybody out there been to visit her since the restoration - and if so, did you notice what colors the waterways are?

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Posted by Paul Budzik on Sunday, December 9, 2012 5:56 PM

I had not seen any recent photos.  I completely agree with your assessment of the glass enclosure.  I wonder whose brainstorm that was?

Paul

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  • From: Lacombe, LA.
Posted by Big Jake on Sunday, December 9, 2012 9:19 PM

Engineers LOVE to Change things... Dr. Leonard McCoy.

 

 

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Posted by rwiederrich on Monday, December 24, 2012 7:43 PM

Hello, from my information the ways and gunnels was made from iron..needing paint..the teak deck is evident.  I removed the cast bracing for the gunnel and the deadeyes that the models depicts and replaced with scaled wire to recreate the actual braces and supports.

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Posted by tankerbuilder on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 8:26 AM

Hi;

Well , Proffessor , this student of things "ship " definitely agrees with you .The new "display " is YUCK ! ! . The waterways are that shade of red though . .

I applaud what the intent was in the display , but did they have to make it look like she was sitting in a crystal cabachon ?( that,s a jewel , for those who don't know )       Tanker-builder

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    December 2012
Posted by rwiederrich on Thursday, January 3, 2013 10:58 PM

Well..I started my 1960 version of the 1/96 CS yesterday and I went to the extreme.  I cut out the molded gunnel bracings and used wire to simulate the correct metal braces and I *hogged* out the waterways to give it a curved bowel appearance..to move water..instead of the flat unrealistic version in the kit.

I found.

Plus....the red primer used for priming cars and such is a perfect match for the waterways color.

I'm working my version over to appear as it did during its rough years working the wood and wool trade.

I'll try to get some pics to post.

Rob

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    August 2008
Posted by tankerbuilder on Saturday, January 5, 2013 7:21 AM

Hi;

 I for one would appreciate seeing those pics . The CUTTY SARK is always depicted as pristine and gorgeous .

Good heavens , she was a working ship . It will be a real pleasure seeing her in working trim .   Tanker-builder

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    December 2012
Posted by rwiederrich on Saturday, January 5, 2013 10:08 AM

Yeah, folks like to model ships in thier pristine right off the ways looks(well if that were totally true..they would not rig them.........:)    I like to weather and to try to create wear....I also like to clutter things about...things such as cargo..personal stuff, sailors or capt might have added.  The CS was painted many times and many scemes can represent her while she was under different captains....I might even make a *jurryrig* rudder for her to depict the one she lost and her carpenters fashioned..

The access way to the main cabin...never is depicted correctly..so I cut out one of the doors and made it open so you can see the entrance to the parlor stairwell....stuff like that....:)

My daughter has my camera..when she eturns today..I'll download some pics I took thus far of the waterways and some weathering.

Rob

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    December 2012
Posted by rwiederrich on Sunday, January 6, 2013 12:26 PM

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Posted by rwiederrich on Sunday, January 6, 2013 1:37 PM

The real hard part of the waterways is recreating the scooped out trough so the water can flow down it and out the port..  The model does not represent these very well.  So I *hogged* them out using my dental handpiece and an appropriate bur. What a mess.  With styrene you have to cut slowly to keep the heating down.  Once done, I painted the ways the appropriate red/primer color.

Before all this, I had to remove all the cast bracings that were innaccurate. Then I replaced them with the wire ones.

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