Ready to paint - assembled and sealed and awaiting their undercoat and finish. Note the newly shortened bow section of the two city class gunboats (bottom left).
Due to the celebratory nature of this weekend - birthday, wedding anniversary and Valentine’s Day - I was not able to get very much done on the ship building front but today I was able to spend an hour or so assembling the ships you see above. These are now sealed and ready to undercoat and paint. The main task was applying gun port and hatch covers - these are 5mm squares of card - and across the seven models there were over 70 of them....
The funnels, pilot houses and paddle covers for the ironclads I will paint off the model so that the top deck is easier to paint. I have yet to tackle the flagstaffs but these are easy and quick enough to do.
The one problem I did have was with the two city class gunboat models. My standard hull template has too fibre a bow and it just looked plain around for the stumble looking ‘Pook’s Turtles’ so I carefully lopped a quarter of inch of the bow and made for a deeper curve. The result looks far better and captures the squat look of the original.
I should have these finished in two or three days all being well.