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  1. A book doesn't take up all that much space, and you can always get one from a library, copy the plan, and take it back. There are plans here, such as this one: I would recommend something like the above coasting ketch to begin with, as merchant ships are far less complicated than warships, not having guns or much in the way of decoartion. Sadly, they are very unpopular though. Bob
  2. Nearly finished now, but I am getting quite tired of it. It has been dragging on since November - far too long! Bob
  3. Yes, Very much like Polly Woodside, but a lot larger, with same general design and rig. Bob
  4. The question has been answered in full! There is a bottomless pit of plans of merchant ships out there. The books by John Bowen, Waine Research Publications, P N Thomas etc are stuffed full of plans. Numerous other books and journals as well! They can be obtained by searching or even Ebay. Here is Politician, buit from a plan from a John Bowen book! Here is a Utube presentation of how I built the model: Bob
  5. Tramp steamer Framlington Court. Bob
  6. Just get them from books! A good source of plans for small ships such as ketches and schooners is Schooner Sunset, by Douglas Bennet. More plans in the David R Macgregor series - Merchant Sailing Ships, Tea Clippers, etc. Search for them on Bob
  7. Moving along slowly, but surely. 18 winches made and fitted, two more warping winches to make and fit, and then onto more deck details - lifeboats, ventilators, ladders, rails, samson posts, mast, derricks, rigging, names, anchors, mooring bits, navigation lights. Bob
  8. I have now made the 14 small cargo winches. It took about three hours, spread over three days to do this. They look a bit rough close-up, but on the model, they look fine. I now need to make two large winches, two warping winches and the anchor windlass. Not very difficult, but a bit tedious making all those small parts, and then assembling and painting them. In the image above, I have not yet fitted the winches. Bob
  9. The white side plating round the sides is white sytrene sheet stuck on. The accommodation is wood, faced with white styrene sheet so I don't have to paint it. Bob
  10. A bit more progress. Bob
  11. I have now made more progress with the hatches, deckhouses, and after accommodation fitted. Also fitted the side stanchions on the port side of the after accommodation this morning. This one is taking an age to build - have been at it since November, but didn't do anything at all on it for over three months Bob
  12. RMS St. Helena - Bob
  13. I began this cargo liner in November. Scale 32 feet to 1 inch (1:384) Because she was such a big ship, the hull is 18 inches long overall, even at this small scale. Not going in a bottle, of course, couldn't manage that! Usually, I can build something like this within four or five weeks, but in this case, I lost interst shortly after starting. With the better weather, and lighter afternoons, my interest has revived. I have almost completed the bridge section now. I hope it will move along a bit faster now. Bob
  14. There is plenty about Ralph Preston on the internet if you put Ralph Preston bottle models in Google. Here is a Utube link: He used very big bottles. He must have had an awful lot of patience. I could not even contemplate attempting such a project on any scale! Bob
  15. Thanks, Yes, it does resemble Scottish Maid, I never thought of that before. The painted ports are the main difference. Bob