Royal Caroline, 1749 (Completed)
I’ve posted previous Headlines articles about this wooden ship model (Panart 1/47), as recently as a month ago, even though it wasn’t a completed project. This was because as a two-year, intermittent build, there wasn’t enough momentum for it to maintain interest as a WIP thread, but the ‘milestone’ sections when complete merited special attention for the detail provided.
In the last posting, in early January, the masts were in place, leaving the yards and rigging to complete. Now, 180 hours of riggng time later, the project is finished. Although a longer-term project as mentioned, the actual build time, I see from my notes, was about six months; it seemed longer.
Had I realised at the time that on a difficulty scale of 1-5, the Caroline was rated a “4” (Intermediate to Advanced), I might have chosen a different, simpler, first ship model. I’ve certainly learned a great many techniques during the build, in many cases unfortunately after I’d already made an error that couldn’t be corrected!
While not an example of model shipbuilding at its finest, it’s nonetheless decorative.
UPDATE (April 2015)
Since completing this build and article I’ve taken delivery of the ship’s case and have added one further photo of the Caroline in its new ‘home’.
15 additional images. Click to enlarge.