Sunday, September 22, 2013
One thing holding us back from this is that we don't have any ships. There are commercial ships available, but they tend to be a bit pricey, and a more toward the larger side than we need.
I thought I would make an attempt to scratch build something that would work.
This is my first attempt. Its a bit rough. I made the sides too high, and had to trim them off with scissors. They are just made of cardboard. I think it will look better with some cannons and some 15mm crew. For scale, its about 6 inches long and 2 inches wide. I also need to do something about sails.
As for cost, most of it was stuff I had. There is a layer of balsa and a layer of 3mm light ply. The masts and spars are dowels. All in all, its less than $3 of materials.
I have 2 more cut out and waiting to be built. Another one this size, and a larger ship about 10 inches long that will be a brig with about 5 guns per side.
If the guys think that this will be acceptable, I will go into production mode and make about a dozen in various sizes.