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  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Wednesday, March 22, 2023 7:55 AM


      My last operational boat is the Revell 1/72 scale Corvette "Snowberry" it is 90% complete and has had it's sea trials in rainy weather on the Sacramento River in real world conditions. Stayed perfectly dry inside.

       I have some RTRs some one gave me. The ones where you turn it on, Put it in the water then hit the throttle. Strange but fun.

  • Member since
    October 2005
Posted by CG Bob on Tuesday, March 21, 2023 8:01 PM

I rarely build ships smaller than 1/96th scale.  Most of my ships are R/C.  Gold Medal Models used to produce a set of PE stainless steel stachions,100 each of 3-bar, 2-bar, 5-cable, 3-cable, and 2-cable.  They were sized for .015" or .020" railing.  On my last few builds, I've used brass PE stanchions from Bluejacket Shipcrafters.  On some of my models, I installed .020" brass wire stanchions on the model, then soldered .020: brass wire rails in place using spacerblocks.  My 1/96th scale fleet has 11 operating models ranging from a 14" steam tug to a 47" model of USCGC DALLAS (WHEC 716).  


  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Ships Rails
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, March 21, 2023 6:29 PM

Hi There!

         This may not apply to most,But i gotta say it. Have you tried ships larger than 1/200? By this I mean say H.O.(1/87 or N.Scale1/160.Of course these are Railroad scale along with the almost 1/48 Lionel. Now this is not for everyone. There is a problem here though.

         If you want to do Tugs(Old or Newer Rail owned or associated types.) There is a problem. Walthers puts out a nice H.O. scale Tug in waterline and she is nice. Lots of opportunity for detailing and weathering. BUT she has a glaring flaw.The Rails on the upper deck(01 deck to you sailors) are brittle and cannot be bent as indicated in their instructions, without using the boiling water metal tube bending method. Even then some of the rail might break.

        The same or similar rails can be bought from a company called Plastruct.(marketed at Hobby Shops)They are decent but the same applies here. Plus the ejection plug marks on the backside kind of ruin the quality of these. I do like their rails because of the fact that the stairs and stair handrails are really nice.

        The reason I wrote this is there are models of Great Lakes Freighters out there floating around from a defunct company called Bearco. Their rail method would have the ship builders out there (Male or Female)looking like they used the "Rock's" barber. Yup, that Bad! I have built a lot of Vac kits and have been happy with most.Bearco ships weren't bad for the subject,but they were and are,If you find one, a real challenge even if you have done a Multi Engined bomber in any scale.


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