“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” – Vince Lombardi
“Perfection is attained by slow degrees; it requires the hand of time.” – Voltaire
“Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over” – F. Scott Fitzgerald
All very good points to keep in mind when modeling something as complex as a wooden sailing ship. It is the last quote that applies the most today.
I have decided to re-carve the scrollwork for the starboard side. I was initially very pleased with how it turned out, but when I started to fit it to the trailboards I became less pleased. It was clear that it needed to be smaller. I dug out the laser cut version and that was a lot smaller then my carving. I couldn’t figure out why.
I checked my scanner to make sure that when I scanned the plans it didn’t enlarge them – it didn’t. In fact, it actually reduced them a little bit.
What I figured out was that I should have carved to the inside of the lines rather than the outside. And while I supposed it is possible that I could have continued to work with the carving I had, since it no longer had the pattern on it I didn’t trust myself to get it right. And who wants to put all the work into a piece and not get it right?
So I am off to start carving the scrollwork again. Will probably plank the deck some when my eyes cross.
Take care – happy modeling