|An Insect-Class river gunboat - HMS Fly, I think|
This is the kind of thing I'd like to be able to build! I once took a two-year job in a museum partly because it had one of the best collections of ships' models on display in the country...
One one of my trawls of local charity shops I got some goodies.
|40p well spent!|
Dinosaurs put to one side for later fun and two minutes with a screwdriver later, I have some interesting looking bits and the start of a little project. (Also a little box labelled 'Screws: Small, Phillips' if you'd believe The Wife!).
Having removed the screw casings and attached a deck, I found that the vessel was a little too small for 28mm figures, but that it suited a HAT Gardner Gun Gun and crew I had. I was also getting an African Queen vibe
But I wanted something a little more substantial - I also wanted a VSF aerial craft. Needing to beef it up, I did what every scratch-builder must do - head for the gash bin.
|In my case, the gash bin is a gash drawer in my Well-Appointed Shed|
I needed more bits!
Various configurations were tried. I wanted a boiler and smokestack, and it occurred to me that the Gardner would need to be positioned so that it could be used both in aerial combat and in air-to-ground work.
Therefore I decided on a flying bridge with a pair of Gardners - this freed up the bow for some main armament. The bridge would also serve a place for the binnacle, ship's wheel and look-outs.
|This bridge is too big - I'm looking at smaller solutions|
I'm currently thinking about railings - rope, chain or canvas? I'm currently inclined to canvas if I get it to work.
And looking at inspiration in some of my favorite places...
|"Well Done Condor!"|
To be continued...