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Pyro Chinese War Junk build
Namabiiru
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Posted: Friday, April 14, 2017 - 05:48 AM UTC
"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 UTC
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
RedDuster
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Posted: Monday, April 10, 2017 - 08:28 AM UTC
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 UTC
Ahoy Tim

This build just gets better and better.

Cheers


Sean
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Posted: Sunday, April 09, 2017 - 10:41 AM UTC

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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 UTC
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 UTC
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.
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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 UTC
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 UTC
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
Namabiiru
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Posted: Friday, March 31, 2017 - 01:07 AM UTC
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 UTC
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 UTC
As I prepared to place the figures inside the cabin, I noticed a visible knock out pin mark that I had missed before.
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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.

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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 UTC
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:
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Next up: the action below
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Posted: Monday, March 20, 2017 - 08:26 AM UTC

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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 UTC
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 UTC
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 UTC
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 UTC
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
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Posted: Friday, March 17, 2017 - 02:27 PM UTC

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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!
Namabiiru
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Posted: Friday, March 17, 2017 - 01:03 PM UTC
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...

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Posted: Friday, March 17, 2017 - 12:01 PM UTC
The third figure was also depicted bending over pulling up plants, but this one could be rotated into a natural-looking sitting position.
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I’d thought to show her sitting there mending nets or rope or something, but while trimming away the plants I noticed that the remnant in the left hand started to resemble a fish head... so I went with that, scratchbuilding a tiny fish body to go along with it.
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Adding a knife to the figure’s other hand, this agricultural worker becomes a sailor preparing a nice salmon dinner for the crew!
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The ship’s cat looks on with interest.

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Posted: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 02:47 PM UTC
Bob, Si, Jan, and Russ – thank you!

Figure number two was supplied bending over pulling up plants.
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After removing the plants, cleaning up the mold seams and touching up the paint, I set her to work securing a line to the belaying posts.
 photo Pyro Chinese War Junk figure 2 completed 2in1_zps5xigt5mo.jpg
Placing a foot on the raised post rack helps make her look a little less like she’s harvesting crops!
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Posted: Monday, March 13, 2017 - 09:50 AM UTC
great work on the helmswoman Tim!

I wonder if she knows what's going on below deck
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Posted: Monday, March 13, 2017 - 08:11 AM UTC
Hi Tim,

Nice job with the figure, the pose looks just right for someone leaning on a heavy tiller.

Cheers

Si
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Posted: Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 04:35 PM UTC
Tim,

I missed out on a couple of your updates - awesome work!! This is really artwork, they way you are transforming this rather basic kit into something very special!! I just love this build log of yours!!

Cheers,
Jan