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 Posted: Tue Jan 14th, 2020 06:31 pm
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Joseph Lavender
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Si. thought you folks might like to see some of my scratch built ship models.

I build all of these from boxwood and brass from original plans.

The coin is about the size of a US Quarter.

The pictures are a little out of order, but that’s okay, adds some variety.

If you have any questions let me know!
























































































































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Off the chart amazing.

Simply outstanding.





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Thanks !!

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 Posted: Thu Jan 16th, 2020 11:33 pm
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OUTSTANDING!!!
Now I can see why you are doing such masterful work in Zn2.
Tell us, do you have "bionic eyes"?

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Thanks guys!

I wish I had bionic eyes!

Might make it easier.


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 Posted: Thu Jan 23rd, 2020 07:42 am
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After 36 days of work, 672 individual scratch-built pieces,
my 1/1500 scale model of the British super-dreadnought HMS Ramillies is finished.

The model depicts the ship as she appeared working up in late 1917,
with her Wilkinson Admiralty Disruptive Dazzle camouflage scheme.

The model is made from boxwood and brass,
with four grades of tungsten wire for the rigging.

The sea base was made from carved basswood and painted.
The ship was built entirely from scratch using scale drawings and photographs.

If you’d like more information about how I build these ships, I have a website

http://www.josephlavender.com.
 
None of the models are for sale and I do not take commissions.
The 1943 Shilling is just under 1” or 24mm in diameter for scale.

HMS Ramillies was a difficult subject,
since she’s probably the least-documented of the five Revenge class battleships.

Only a handful of photographs exist of her from late 1917, the period I chose for the model.
However, the originally Admiralty color plates used to paint the dazzle camouflage still exist.
Ramillies wore this camouflage from late 1917 through March 1918.

The colors did pose a bit of a challenge,
since the forward section of the ship was essentially painted pink,
or mauve as the RN referred to it, and that color doesn’t scale well.

I chose a pinkish peach color cut with a bit of medium grey.
Had I used the color right from the plate, without scaling it,
I think it would have appeared too garish.

The same was done with the other colors as well,
cutting them with grey to soften them a bit.




















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Joseph

Your waterline style ship models are beautiful,
and the level of detail is incredible. 

Thanks for sharing your work here. 

At the end of WWII my father was in the Navy,
and built a large collection of waterline ship models in a similar scale,
based on ship identification manuals of navies around the world.

His models were also made from scratch,
but the level of detail wasn’t anywhere near this. 

The hulls and superstructure were made of wood,
and the antennas and gun barrels were made from broom bristles. 

He had notebooks of detailed information for each class of ship,
and we used to play with them on a tiled floor,
moving our ships scale distances for speed,
and firing guns and torpedoes by guessing distances to the target. 

Hits and near hits created “damage” that would slow down the ship,
take out guns and eventually sink the ship after enough hits. 
Fun stuff. 

Thanks for stirring up some great memories. 
Once again, beautiful work.

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Thanks guys!

I’m glad I could conjure up some good memories there Tom!

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A new ship is on the stocks, SMS Ayesha, 1914.


If you’re interested,

I’ve reopened the Work-in-Progress section on the site,

if you want to follow the build.


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