Setting the armament problem aside for the moment, I moved on to the deck.
The rail parts are nicely detailed, but I didn’t like the crude rendition of what were apparently intended to look like torn screens or fabric between the stanchions. I cut these away and installed the rails without them.
My efforts to determine the scale of this model continue. The overall length of the ship and the 6 pounder guns would argue for a scale of about 1/250 (if it is indeed the Ningpo), and the main deck handrails at just over 4 feet in 1/250 (6mm, or .2632 inches) would make them viable for that small scale too.
So far so good. Except for the over large 1/150 Maxim machine guns, I’d been thinking things were looking reasonably good for 1/250. Then I installed parts number 11, what the instructions refer to as the “Deck Rope Posts,” to each side of the main deck aft. These belaying posts would be massively oversized for 1/250 or even 1/150, suggesting instead an even larger scale for the junk, maybe 1/90 to 1/70...
...which gave me an idea.
Looking over the parts again, a larger scale for the model started to make more sense:
rope belaying posts
heavy wood grain detail
wide deck planks
boxes and ropes on deck
steps, stairs, and ladders
hatch covers on deck
rails on hull sides amidships
open railing at the stern
thick wood frames on deck
lashing detail on wood frame and rail parts
reels on poop deck (“Stern Rope Rollers”)
interior height of aft cabin
sampan mounted off fantail
stitching detail on the sails
All these kit parts have details consistent with a larger scale... so why not just go with a larger scale junk? I had initially been jazzed about the 1/250 War Junk Ningpo idea, but the goofy, mixed-up kit armament and scale problems have made this a lot less appealing. So I’m re-imagining this project as a 1/70 to 1/90 scale unarmed cargo junk!
(The 1/72 Luftwaffe pilot is just standing in for scale!)