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Old 05-12-2012, 06:32 PM
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64 gun ship of the line

While I enjoy paper modelling for its own sake, most of the time it serves as an adjunct to my other hobby, historical wargaming. I am just finishing up a series of 1:900 scale mid-eighteenth century ship models, intended to be used to recreate the naval battles of that era. The scale was chosen as a compromise between keeping the parts from being too small to handle (since most wargamers are relative newbies to card modelling), and keeping the models from being so large that they hog up the available gaming space. They are also fairly simple kits (only a half dozen parts) since the build will have to be repeated several times to make a useable fleet.

This series is closer to a pure card model (unlike my previous ones which used balsa as hull forms), using wire and thread for the yards and rigging only; the hull and sails are entirely from paper.

I have posted a free sample model to my site:

War Artisan's Workshop - 1:900 scale ships


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Old 05-12-2012, 10:18 PM
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That's really very nice! I used to game Age of Sail in 1/1200 metal.

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Old 05-13-2012, 05:17 AM
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This is very nice. Great instructions. I look forward to building it.
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Old 05-13-2012, 06:05 AM
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Nice looking ship. I have an old Simulations Publications Inc. game called Frigate that is about "Sea War in the Age of Sail". There are a bunch of scenarios provided, one being Trafalgar. I have always thought it would be interesting to see the set up using scale ship models instead of the flat, square cardboard markers provided. It would be lots of work since the set up requires 38 ships for the Franco-Spanish fleet and 31 ships for the British fleet in different sizes.
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Old 05-13-2012, 06:29 AM
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Supper! My clumsy fingers just wouldn't do it at that scale though. I have a hard enough time at 1/250 scale! But your little model is impressive.

My models are available here
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Old 05-13-2012, 09:33 AM
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Wow ! Although they are on three separate .pdf files, all the parts to this would easily fit on one page. Then there is an 18 page .pdf of instructions. Thorough, or what?

My old eyes and hands are dreading this one, but I'm gonna give it a go.

Thanks for putting this up Jeff. If I have any success with it, I could well be buying the others too.

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Old 05-13-2012, 05:32 PM
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This has possibilities for a ship in a bottle. Now to find a suitable bottle...
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Old 05-13-2012, 06:19 PM
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There is a new game coming out called Sails of Glory.
Perhaps, the paper ships could be used for sails of Glory.

See: Sails of Glory, do you plan on playing?

And: Sails of Glory Anchorage - Anchorage News
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Old 05-13-2012, 09:13 PM
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Quite a superb job, Jeff!

I loved your earlier War on the Lakes models, and this one is just as impressive, maybe more so given the scale. I look forward to seeing your other designs in this series, and hope you tackle a few Frigates as well as other ships of the line, brigs, etc. The concept is sound and keeping them simple for repetitive building to create fleets is a great idea.

I wish you all the very best with this new project and hope you'll keep us all updated as you continue with this series.

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Old 05-14-2012, 12:48 AM
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Considering this is the bicentennial of the War of 1812, some American and British frigates would be timely.

By the way, is your HMS Cumberland based on the actual 1710 third rate after her 1739 rebuild? Very impressive!

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