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lunedì 24 settembre 2012

Medieval ship San Gabriel

Ebbene sì, dopo innumerevoli momenti di panico, sconforto e crisi esistenziali, la mia prima esperienza nell’assemblaggio e pittura di un veliero si è conclusa (chi l’avrebbe mai detto?). In realtà ci sarebbero ancora alcuni dettagli della pittura da rifinire e qualche cavo da tendere meglio ma non ho resistito al desiderio di farvi vedere le foto.

L’assemblaggio della nave non richiede abilità particolari, ma qualche parola va spesa circa il montaggio delle vele. Premetto che da oggi in poi considererò i cultori del modellismo navale come autentiche divinità del modellismo ( e della pazienza…).

Se dunque non avete mai montato le vele di una nave medievale posso darvi alcuni modestissimi consigli, indispensabili per portare a termine l’operazione in modo decoroso :

a)     imbarcatevi come mozzo su una nave a vele per almeno un anno;
b)     trascorrete lunghe ore a discutere di nodi marinari con uno dei lupi di mare presenti sulla nave ;
c)      andate in Tibet, e lì fatevi spiegare da un santone tutte le tecniche per non perdere l’autocontrollo;
d)     se mai avete avuto un impulso suicida, desistete dal progetto e scegliete di costruire qualche casetta con il Lego;
e)     se nessuna di queste opzioni vi sembra realizzabile, comprate un modello con le vele già montate.

Ed ora, ecco le foto

Yes, after several moments of panic, despair and existential crises, my first experience in the assembly and painting of a sailing ship ended (who knew?). In fact there are still some details of the painting to be finished and some cable stretch better, but I could not resist the desire to show you  the photos.

The assembly of the ship does not require special skills, but a few words should be said about the installation of the sails. I state that from now on I will consider the lovers of ship models as genuine divinity of the model (and patience ...).

If then you have not installed the sails of a medieval ship before, can give you some modest advice necessary to carry out the operation in a decent way:

a) embark as cabin boy on a ship to sail for at least one year;
b) spend long hours discussing sailor knots with one of the seamen on the ship;
c) go to Tibet, and get there by a holy man to explain all the techniques to avoid losing self-control;
d) if you have never had a suicidal impulse, desist from the project and choose to build some house with Lego;
e) if none of these options seem feasible, buy a model with sails in position.

 And now, here are the pictures

16 commenti:

  1. The ship is indeed beautiful, and such is your paintwork on her. I've made relatively simple scratch-built models earlier so I know how much trouble ropes can cause, they're a real challenge!

  2. Really excellent!!! I know about is not much fun and soon tests the patience :-D With this you have inspired me to try a 17th century sailing boat

  3. thanks guys! is really a hard work ............. much less relaxing than painting miniatures or build dioramas, but has its own charm. I think it's a kind of super-specialization, and if you want to do something good, you have to devote yourself only to this genre. As for my work, I'm still satisfied because I have done without any experience in this regard.

  4. It's a marvellous ship! but I think that I understand what you mean about the construction of the sails, I don't think that I'm able to do that because my patience is on a very low level!
    But Michele, you can be proud of you: the result is awesome!
    I love this boat!

    1. Hello Sam, I did it! I never thought to have a lot of patience, perhaps because at this particular moment I have more free time and I need to distract myself (you know what I mean ..........). I'm glad you liked it!

  5. Oh my but she's a gorgeous vessel! And this is your first effort, you put us all to shame. I have never attempted something like this but since I was a little girl and watched my father do it, I've dreamed of it. He would take weeks to build a single ship and be so patient with it. And he was not normally a patient man, but with his beloved ships, endlessly so.

    And you're right, it is a specialty and not something just anyone can do well. But you have done it and without sailing to Tibet as a cabin boy!!

    1. Tx Anne, if a specialist saw the model would be much less good-natured of you, dear friends, and probably on the Benno's forum destroy me, making me notice every flaw (there are several). But now I'm used to and I love to try new experiences, beyond the results.

  6. Bravo, Michele!! what wonderful work you did! And your advices are priceless!

    Greetings from Brazil!


    1. Mauther Hello, I always look with great interest all your work, they are delicious. My advice? I wanted a little ironic about my inexperience, but all in all it went well!

  7. My most cordial welcome to Ster and Gardenia, from Brazil, thank you!

  8. WOW that is the most excellent model I have seen in a long time, if not of all time. definetly worth going to tibet! actually why not get the monk to do one as well to see how patient you have become? I would need him to help me I am sure and I have lots of patience when it comes to models... excellent work and let us hope this vessel lasts longer than many real ones did.

  9. thanks Gowan,I tried to do my best, even in the sense of patience. Now I have to finish the diorama about the tournament, whose processing has taken much longer than expected, although with many pauses. Good evening to all

  10. It looks brilliant! Everything is just how it should be! And I like the humor in this post! :-D


  11. tx Peter, your judgment makes me proud, I also liked to make less serious comments on my work.

  12. Congratulations!
    I see this painting tactic first time, it seems very natural and real, can you please tell me how did you do this effect. I think there is a black primer under the paint right?

    1. Thank you! Yes, I used two successive hands of black primer and then some brown passages, ever clearer, to "almost dry brush".