The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

When I started this blog, it was my intention to share all of my experiences so that anyone else who is doing the same type of work might learn from my mistakes.  As you’ll see a little later, I get the chance to do that today.


One the rough carving was complete, the next step is to finish it to the correct size to fit between the trailboards. Looking at a close up of the actual ship in Boston, it is clear that the trailboards are split near the top.  I thought by doing that on the model I would have more room to work.

Probably not the best idea I’ve ever had.

I would encourage anyone working on this model who has not yet started the head to install the scrollwork while you are installing the trailboards – it could save you a lot of grief.

As you can see in the picture above, I marked where the split was to be in the trailboards and then using a very small razor saw, began to slice.


To my horror, the lower trailboard came off in my hand. I was a bit surprised, because even though it only had a couple of dowels in it to hold it to the stem, it wasn’t just glued on. 

I try to take these types of situations in stride and look at them as opportunities to improve the model the second time around. 🙂

So now begins the rebuild of the bow (fitting the scrollwork in this time).  Stay tuned.

IMG_1494 On a more cheerful note – the numbers that I needed to finish the draft markings came in so I finished that up.  I still can’t say I’m 100% happy with them, but I did the best I could.  Who knows?  If I get ambitious I may do them again!





Take care – happy modeling.

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