Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Flatiron gunboat project - 6
I've made a little more progress with the Flatiron gunboat, HMS Arthur. The portholes were stamped out of Sculpey, cookie-cutter fashion, using two drinking straws of the right diameter. Once glued to the hull, the insides were painted black then given a drop of Future polish to represent glass. I might add the smaller portholes that feature in the citadels on the historical vessels, located about level with the ventilators, but I don't have time at the moment.
I decided against fitting a bandstand behind the two foremost ventilators as it wouldn't leave much room for figures, otherwise. This class of gunboat appears to have had a barquentine rig, with square sails on the foremast only. I've yet to cross the yards, which will be the last major piece of construction on this project. It is a gaming model, after all, and the fewer bits that can snap off in play, the better!