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Pyro Chinese War Junk build
JJ1973
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Posted: Friday, July 14, 2017 - 07:41 AM GMT+7
Hi Tim,

I can jus second what was said - certainly one of the most entertaining and fun to follow build logs with some great inspiration from a basically simple old kit - and that makes it stand out!

I am still following, no doubt, but like Si, I realize that I was nor paying attention. This is getting better and better!

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 06:43 AM GMT+7
Hi Tim,
I'm still following too. Hope to see getting back to this build soon.
John
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Posted: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 06:15 AM GMT+7
Not been paying attention, missed the last past.

The crew look good in place, very naughty, but great job.

looking forward to you getting back to her.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - 04:05 PM GMT+7

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This has to be one of my favorite builds not only on Shipwrights but the entire site. Not only does it have the hidden element in the cabin, but the entire build shows what can be done with older kits.... I have a lot of those.

I build armor, but this little build has not only been fun but I learned a great deal about Junks, and ships in general. I think that sometimes in pursuit of the "ultimate" kit we overlook the fun that can be had taking an older kit and just having fun building it. I like how you made it more realistic without counting a single rivet....

Bob


Thanks, Bob, this build has been a kick for me too! I enjoy the newer wunderkits with their perfect dimensions and click-together fit as much as the next guy, but like you I seem to be drawn to older, less refined kits as well. Maybe it is because they harken back to the simpler builds of my childhood, or maybe because there is more of “me” in a model when I have to make creative changes to get a decent result.... whatever it is, I do have a lot of fun with them!

I’m cranking away on a 72nd scale Soviet ZIS-42 halftrack at the moment, but I’ll get back to the junk soon, I promise!
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Posted: Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - 06:09 AM GMT+7

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"erecting the masts"....Shame on you, Tim!

I didn't realize from previous posts how anatomically correct that set really is!...or did you do more than just eliminate the mold seams?

Perfect display for a man-cave. Great work, Tim!

Mark
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Tim,

You ever get the masts put in place? Or did this one get shuffled off to the side for a while?

Bob



Thanks Mark, and yes, you are right! Although beautifully rendered, the stock figures were anatomically… abbreviated. Before repainting them I added some small details the absence of which, given the viewing angle, would have been noticeable.

Hi Bob. I got so far as to attach the sails to the masts and to begin painting them, but it started to feel like work so I set it aside. I’ll get back to it before too long – thanks for asking!



This has to be one of my favorite builds not only on Shipwrights but the entire site. Not only does it have the hidden element in the cabin, but the entire build shows what can be done with older kits.... I have a lot of those.

I build armor, but this little build has not only been fun but I learned a great deal about Junks, and ships in general. I think that sometimes in pursuit of the "ultimate" kit we overlook the fun that can be had taking an older kit and just having fun building it. I like how you made it more realistic without counting a single rivet....

Bob
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Posted: Monday, July 10, 2017 - 02:44 PM GMT+7

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"erecting the masts"....Shame on you, Tim!

I didn't realize from previous posts how anatomically correct that set really is!...or did you do more than just eliminate the mold seams?

Perfect display for a man-cave. Great work, Tim!

Mark
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Tim,

You ever get the masts put in place? Or did this one get shuffled off to the side for a while?

Bob



Thanks Mark, and yes, you are right! Although beautifully rendered, the stock figures were anatomically… abbreviated. Before repainting them I added some small details the absence of which, given the viewing angle, would have been noticeable.

Hi Bob. I got so far as to attach the sails to the masts and to begin painting them, but it started to feel like work so I set it aside. I’ll get back to it before too long – thanks for asking!
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Posted: Monday, July 10, 2017 - 10:35 AM GMT+7
Tim,

You ever get the masts put in place? Or did this one get shuffled off to the side for a while?

Bob
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Posted: Friday, April 14, 2017 - 05:48 AM GMT+7
"erecting the masts"....Shame on you, Tim!

I didn't realize from previous posts how anatomically correct that set really is!...or did you do more than just eliminate the mold seams?

Perfect display for a man-cave. Great work, Tim!

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Posted: Friday, April 14, 2017 - 12:53 AM GMT+7
Bob, David, Sean, and Si, thank you for your comments – I’m having fun with this too!


Time to add the final members of the crew...
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The prepainted figures looked reasonably good as provided, but I couldn’t resist cleaning them up by sanding away the visible mold lines and gluing the two together to eliminate gaps.
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Rather than trying to touch up the now damaged finish, I completely repainted them with lightened Testors Light Tan enamel (11170) with straight Light Tan to deepen shadows (the colors are in the bottles behind the figures in this pic).

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Once placed aboard inside the cabin these improvements aren’t really even visible under the dim light in there, but I still wanted to do justice to these delightful figures.

Next up: erecting the masts
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Posted: Monday, April 10, 2017 - 08:28 AM GMT+7
Hi Tim,

The work in the cabin is adding so much depth to the build. great stuff.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Monday, April 10, 2017 - 07:17 AM GMT+7
Ahoy Tim

This build just gets better and better.

Cheers


Sean
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Posted: Sunday, April 09, 2017 - 10:41 AM GMT+7

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This has to be one of my favorite builds from all my years lurking on Shipwrights.



I cannot agree more. I have had more fun watching this build come together than anything else I have ever seen online. Tim is a master at the craft, but is a great story-teller also. Draws you right in, and keeps the interest level high!!

Great work, Tim!

David
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Posted: Saturday, April 01, 2017 - 09:17 AM GMT+7
Tim,

I really like the way that the cabin is shaping up. It looks more and more like a space that is used and lived in. As for the coat on the peg... it could have been there for days.

This has to be one of my favorite builds from all my years lurking on Shipwrights.

Bob
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Posted: Saturday, April 01, 2017 - 07:40 AM GMT+7
Si, Mark, Bryan, and John, thanks for your comments!

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Brilliant idea, Tim, and superbly executed! Although in reality I doubt any article of clothing would have made it to a peg, given the context...


Mark, you might be right!
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As you can see, although the jacket may have made it to the peg, other garments are just visible in a rather unseamanlike pile on the deck below...

I noticed when I test fitted the two figures in the cabin that the interior to the left of them was a little bare. To fill in the space there, I added a small box and a jug from a 15mm wargaming accessories set.
 photo Pyro Chinese War Junk cabin box and jug 2in1_zpsguiorvc7.jpg
They aren’t much, but under the tiny light in the cabin they are pretty hard to see anyway. Even with the help of an extra light shining through the side window, the items appear only as vague shapes in the background.
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Posted: Friday, March 31, 2017 - 06:19 AM GMT+7
Tin,
Loving this build. The details are really coming together to tell the story. Really like how this is turning out.
John
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Posted: Friday, March 31, 2017 - 04:04 AM GMT+7
Tim,
Just got caught up, great use of the figures and details to hide lack of details. I especially like the fish.

This is so COOL!

Bryan
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Posted: Friday, March 31, 2017 - 01:07 AM GMT+7
Brilliant idea, Tim, and superbly executed! Although in reality I doubt any article of clothing would have made it to a peg, given the context...

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Posted: Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 08:05 PM GMT+7
Looking very good Tim,

Excellent save with the jacket, adds more character to the stern cabin too.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 02:51 PM GMT+7
As I prepared to place the figures inside the cabin, I noticed a visible knock out pin mark that I had missed before.
 photo Pyro Chinese War Junk cabin knockout_zpskzwxiitl.jpg
Doh!

Way too late to repair at this point, my thought was to conceal it; I hit upon the idea of a jacket hanging on a peg.
 photo Pyro Chinese War Junk cabin jacket tissue 2in1_zpscr59wpbf.jpg
Cutting out a bit of facial tissue to about the right size and shape, I crinkled it a little and soaked it in a thin solution of water and white glue. While it was still wet, I added another smaller piece to it to depict a sleeve, and another over the end of the sleeve to suggest a cuff.

 photo Pyro Chinese War Junk cabin jacket_zpsbbncdwmj.jpg
The shapes are pretty basic, but once dry and painted they become a passable representation of a hanging jacket.
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Posted: Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 09:46 AM GMT+7
Mark, Bob, Jan, Si, & Russ – thanks for your comments about the figures. I actually lucked out with the crew; Preiser’s HO scale figures are all first rate, and with just a little coaxing those farm workers turned out to be handy little sailors as well!

Here’s an overall shot showing the all-girl deck crew in action:
 photo Pyro Chinese War Junk figures on deck completed_zpskjnuhju1.jpg
Next up: the action below
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Posted: Monday, March 20, 2017 - 08:26 AM GMT+7

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Tim,
So cool what you're doing with all those figures. Looking like an all female crew so I guess the Cap'n's on top...




Thanks Mark - you're probably right. There is one male coming aboard presently... but he's definitely not on top!



who'd have thought the world of modelmaking could have so much double entendre? absolutely hilarious and brightened my day!
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Posted: Monday, March 20, 2017 - 07:22 AM GMT+7
Real character in crew Tim,

The cat in a superb touch too.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 05:29 PM GMT+7
Tim,

what shall I say?? That's just marvellous, your creativity on playing with those figures!! Fantastic and great fun to watch!!

Cheers,
Jan
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Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 11:50 PM GMT+7
Tim,
The base you did looks great, but with all this action on deck, having it sitting in the water would really make it come to life. Have you considered doing something like that?

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Posted: Friday, March 17, 2017 - 05:22 PM GMT+7
Tim,

This just keeps getting better and better.... I love how you are not only making the crew members fit in by actually doing something useful, but how they actually fit the spaces you have them in. Each of the last 3 crew fit the deck and fittings like they were made for those locations.

Oh, excellent fish.... and I am sure that the cat won't miss out on a bit either.

Bob