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1/23 Naval Gun Deck

Posted by Paul On December - 28 - 2000

12/28/2019  This is a unique and detailed 1/23 sale reconstruction of a section through a typical British warship of the early 1800’s. This period of history is when the Royal Navy truly achieved dominance on the oceans after famously defeating Napoleon at The Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Lord Nelson, possibly one of Britain’s most iconic heroes, commanded a highly advanced navy capable of inflicting deadly damage. Nelson has been immortalised through various pieces of British artworks and attractions, such as Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square, London. His navy included such ships as the HMS Victory, HMS Diana and the HMS Agamemnon.


It is produced by the Mantua Model Group, which is based in Italy

Scale: 1/23

Length: 10.25”

Height: 7”

After building several plastic models, I felt like a change of pace.  I had this on the shelf and thought it would be a nice display peice to go next to my 1/17 18th Century English Carronade. So far it's been a very enjoyable buld.

Primer coat

Now exposed beams are painted white.  This will also hide the plywood layers. 

1/30/2020 The Gun Deck is finally finished – it was a really fun build and I've realized again how much fun working with wood is. This project has insired me to finish my Phoenix then move on to a model of the USS Bonhomme Richard that I've ordered in 1/48 scale.  That will be a monster, my most ambitous project yet and will take me about 2 years to finish.  Here are the final pics:

1/200 USS Missouri

Posted by Paul On April - 27 - 1978

Ok – I had a spell of crazyness where I decided to buld the Trumpeter 1/200 USS Missouri.  Well – here is what happend.  I got the model, the full set of photo etch and decking from Prontos.  The insanity didn't end there.  I also bought 10 sets of 40mm Quad Bofors Gun mounts from Vetran Models.  They are better than the kit bofors, and I'm assuming also better than the buld up ones from the Pontos set.  Well – here are the pictures along with the reference materials I've gathered ….


5/5/2018 I’ve now finished the hull painting. Paint is a combination of Tamiya acrylics and Model Master enamel for the blue deck color which is also the upper hull and all vertical superstructure. I used Tamiya lacquer thinner for all the paint. This is the first time I’ve tried this thinner and I like how the paint sprays with it, even the Model Master enamel thinns will with it. I've also decided to do this model with a blue deck as I think that's more accurate for the period.  Also shown here is the UV cure fast drying resin that I will be trying for the photo etch attachment, as well as a small parts vise.


5/12/2018 In looking over other builds on the internet, I noticed that the black boot stripe was narrower than mine.  After some research, I've decided that the stripe needed to be reduced from 10mm to 6mm high.  I've also added some photo etch and misc parts on the bow.  I've jiust finished painting this area, next I will mask off and paint the details there grey (Tamiya XF-19).  I've found that in some areas the UV resin glue works quite well. The third picture shows the new Pontos brass ship stands – I think they look quite nice; at present they are just screwed into the plastic hull.

8/7/2018 I've just gotten back to working on this. As usual it's the adheasives and photo etch that drives me nuts.  Here are the latest photos…

3/12/2019 The ship is finished – finally.  The last two months I've had hand tremors which is exciting when your working with micro size photo etch!  It turned out pretty good – good spots and less good spots. Boy am I glad it's done, it's been a long haul!!!  Here are some pictures…