This post sees my first submission to the Naval Race Duel / Side Challenge. The model shown is a 1/600-scale, Peter Pig American Civil War, Confederate Blockade Runner "AD Vance", from their Range 7 "Hammerin Iron" collection.
Of note: I've modified / converted the original stock model by creating a textured base, repositioning the pilot house (at least I believe it to be the pilot house), created the various masts and the flag.
- The base is MDF and polyfilla, then painted.
- The masts are steel pins glued together, and drilled into the model.
- The 'rigging' is an approximation on the actual, and is done by using needlecraft thread (thanks mum!). The holes drilled into the resin model were actually to thread the 'rigging' through, but after a quick attempt I gave that method up and simply pulled taut and superglued the ends of the thread to the painted model. Painting over the glue and thread where needed, afterwards.
- Lastly, the flag was made from ordinary paper. The design painted upon it with normal paints and, once dry, it was liberally coated in white (PVA) glue. The glue dries clear and stiffens the paper, allowing for it to be bent as if 'in a wind'.
From Curt:Oh, this is wonderful work Roy. I for one am really enjoying these 1/600 naval entries as it reminds me of the games of 'Smoke on the Water' that I used to put on for the Fawcett Ave crew years ago. I think you've done a marvellous job on the modifications/improvements to the 'AD Vance'. The rigging looks crisp and taught and I really like the tone of the wood planked decks. Beautiful.
This Confederate blockade runner will give Roy 18 points. Again, great work.