Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Gunboat - Final touches

Another wet afternoon, and I took the opportunity to put the final touches to the gunboat.

At the moment she looks a bit too clean, so I might well weather her down with ink washes. The only thing to add now is a mounting tube for a flagpole on the rear deck so the nationality can be swapped with ease, and perhaps a pennant or two from the halyards.

During construction I idly mused on appropriate names for her. The Natural Environment Research Council's search for a name for their new survey ship generated a farce when Boaty McBoatface came out top of the online poll. It has subsequently been named RRS Sir David Attenborough, and quite right too!

I really didn't want to think in terms of Gunboaty McGunboatface, but that 'Mc' part of the name sprang an idea. Why not name the class for Highland Single Malt whisky? Although I'm no drinker, it's hard not to like names such as Dalwhinnie, Deanston, and Edradour, for instance. Perhaps the chap in charge of such things at the Admiralty has a 'whisky throat?'


Fitz-Badger said...

Excellent boat-building! I do agree it could use some weathering, but otherwise it looks great.

Ogilvie VC said...

What a thoroughly spiffing model and sure to see plenty of action along the Nile or some crocodile infested African backwater.

Michael Awdry said...

It is a thing of beauty Sir.

A J said...

Thank you, gentlemen! Weathering shall commence soon.


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