I hunted down this model having first seen it on fellow blogger Ptr's site Hugg Och Slag a couple of years ago.
I must admit that on first sight it does look very usable (even more so on Ptr's blog), but unfortunately it's a little too small, even compared to the rather small toy ships I worked on recently.
Nevertheless I have a couple of ideas how I'll use it.
|Fresh out of the Packaging|
It is quite an attractive model, despite its proliferation of stickers and very soft plastic bits (the orange parts).
There are no deck cannon, but the figurehead is good, as is the rear cabin decoration.
|Pointy end figurehead (looks better of you squint in subdued lighting)|
|The blunt end - no silver !|
|"Yarr, we be calling you 'Short-arse' '"|
In their defence the figures are easily recognisable as to what they're meant to be despite their lack of eye-patches and peg-legs!
|"Room for two - just" ?|
|All the upper bits stripped from the hull,,,|
|...leaving access to the bare bones of the hull|
The photograph to the right show a 28mm figure at the ships wheel (fairly good sized wheel btw), but with little to no room for anyone else - and stay away from those very low sides!
The problem is magnified when trying to get cannon on the decks (with or without figures), as the same problems emerge.
|"It be a bit tight getting through that doorway"|
|Two cannon on deck and it's full!|
I haven't completely given up on using this toy and have a couple of ideas how I'll use it, after some severe conversion, so onwards with the dissembling...
|All the remaining bits separated out (obligatory boring pic)|
|Equally boring pic|
The aft deck will have the ships wheel removed; in any event ships' wheels were not commonplace until well after the golden age of piracy and were introduced in about the 1720's.- Blackbeard probably never saw one!
So currently I have two ideas for this model:
Firstly turn it into a small civilian coastal vessel, a yacht, small sloop or similar, where the rear deck would be nothing more than a roof for the rear cabin (not unlike a Bermuda sloop)
The second idea and the one I currently favour, is turning it into a governors barge. The rear deck would be removed as above, the vessel would maybe have a lateen (slanting) sail on a central mast and the gun-ports would be utilised for oars (Rollocks ! - no honestly they would!)
Of course I'm always open to suggestions.... (hint, hint)
|8 foot by 4 foot - in case you were wondering...|
I made up my mind to complete the tidying up of my games room, now that the shelving had been sorted, so I now have a table usable for games, though currently I'm working on palm trees and jungle and may have to hold off on games - more on that next time.
|...and converted quickly to the Caribbean for this photo-session)|
So that's it for this week, thanks for taking the time to visit and as always your comments are both welcomed and appreciated.