I was in Saulsalito, CA, with my family during the holidays, and happened upon a model of the HMS Bounty in an antique shop. And that model may have saved my goose!Continue reading “A Planking Cheat”
Once you’ve gotten the decks planked, and the ribs aligned on the keel, it only seems natural to start puttin’ her together. Not so fast, there, Cap’n – there are some surprises waiting for ye!Continue reading “From Ribs to Deck”
Let me begin by saying the 60cm Pirates of the Caribbean model ship kit is a work of exquisite engineering. The thinking behind turning a bunch of flat sheets of wood into a 3D model ship is truly impressive.Continue reading “How This Kit was Made”
The title’s supposed to be a word play on walking the plank, but really doesn’t work very well.
And yet, that’s the subject of this post, because that’s what I did.Continue reading “Plank the Deck, Boyo”
So, I did a tiny bit of research. This kit is supposed to be the Black Pearl from the Pirates of the Caribbean films. The Zvezda Black Swan is also supposed to the the Black Pearl, but they couldn’t get the licensing from Disney. So, they are both supposed to the be same ship. There. Research done.
Having no instruction with which to build this wooden sailing ship kit, I chose to logically start building the ship from the bottom, with the keel.Continue reading “Build the Keel and Ribs”
She came to me on Father’s Day, a suprisingly small, amusingly rectangularish, alarmingly plain cardboard box.
Inside lay sheet after sheet of laser-cut parts, a tiny bundle of dowels, a thick pile of heavy sticks, a thin pile of what seemed to be strips of redwood bark, a small bag with a shattered winged angle figurehead, a tangle of thread, and what appeared to be a black handkerchief.Continue reading “The Mystery Begins”