Monday, 17 January 2011
General Price (x2) and the Curse of the Improving Modeller
Above are the 'bare bones' completed models of the two General Price steamers - awaiting their deck mounted artillery. I have abandoned any idea of scratch building such items of kit and so an order to Peter Pig was duly sent yesterday for some medium and large deck guns from their Hammerin' Iron range of ACW ships. I have also decided to rework slightly some of the models - particularly the casemate ironclads as I want to reduce the size of the gun ports to 5 x 4mm rather than 5 x 5mm. I know its only a small change but it looks a whole lot better. This will also give me the chance to tweak the models as the smaller casemate ironclads should only have a single gun port fore and aft. I will also change the pilot houses to something a little more representative. the biggest change though is to the Confederate Rams as I will need to give them larger hulls in order to accommodate guns fore and aft. This is not difficult to do but I will need to be careful - luckily the hulls are separate from the superstructure so it should be merely a case of cutting them off and putting the new and larger hull in its place.
It is funny how when you look at earlier models with a critical eye as your technique improves - it gives rise to an itch that no amount of scratching can cure unless you change it!