I always start with the kit and review it for a few things; assembly issues, accessories, setting issues, project integration and inspiration.

The Kit
The kit is typical VP. It’s well sculpted and the review for assembly reviewed no assembly issues. It was a standard resin figure set. Resin blocks on all the parts that were easily removed with a razor saw. The resulting ‘stumps’ were sanded smooth with a combination of a rotary tool and diamond bit and sanding sticks.

TIP: I make my own sanding sticks. I glue different grits of sandpaper to each end of a coffee stir stick. I try to keep the paper within one or two grits on each end of one stick. This makes use easier, start with coarse grit and flip the stick when you need finer grit. I put glue on the stick then simply place it on the edge of the paper. Once it’s dry I use heavy duty scissors and cut right up against the stick and I have my inexpensive sanding stick. Another nice feature of this is that I can cut the end of the stick to a fine point or any custom shape to get all the nooks and cranies.
There were not extras in this kit so I found that everything other than the figures was up to me. Oh well, I’ve got a large spare parts bin.

Setting issues were present. The way the figures stances were dictates the setting a bit. The figure with the white coat has his feet and legs in such a position that he must be set in a higher plane (looking down) at the other figure. The head, neck and arms of the other figure force a lower perspective for him. Unless you wanted to do major reconstruction on these figures this is forced. No problems, just creativity. There are plenty of elevations on a ship; stairs, railings, and rigging come to mind.
Project integration was easy. These figures are the basis for the project so everything will revolve around them. In other projects this may not be the case. Being pirates was inspiration enough. Especially since the movie Pirates of the Caribbean had come out a year or so before I started and the sequel was due out in the middle of the project. I have never done much in the way off a sailing ship so I wanted to test my skills with some sailing ships
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About the Author

About Scott Lodder (slodder)

I modeled when I was a teenager. College, family and work stopped me for a while. Then I picked it back up after about 12 years off. My main focus is dioramas. I like the complete artistic method of story telling. Dioramas involve so many aspects of modeling and I enjoy getting involved in the ...


Excellent article Scott.
OCT 07, 2006 - 08:09 PM
GREAT article Scott!! And great subject/model too! well, 14 pages is a lot for my english skills and i will have to start all over again but you prove that dioramas is the king of modelism genres because here you can really DARE, you are only limited by your imagination!
OCT 07, 2006 - 08:21 PM
Arrrrr!!! Nice work matey! It's got a great sense of action/motion. Excellent job documenting the build too! Cheers, Jim PS: About those links... try putting them back in. I need to see them in action to figure out why they are failing.
OCT 07, 2006 - 11:55 PM
Thanks for the complements It was a blast to build and I hope some people can learn a tip or trick. PS - the links are on page 14
OCT 08, 2006 - 12:46 AM
Hi scott, As somebody who has an interest in the subject of the time of the Pirates and often enjoy playing a variety of games, I have really enjoyed both the review and the pictures that accompany the text. I have often looked at the Pirates series by Verlinden and may well look again with an intention to buy as I feel a little inspired by the work that you have done. Many thanks, and this is my first visit to Model Geek, so I may now visit again. John
OCT 08, 2006 - 02:13 AM
Great article Scott, well written ,easy to follow with and great photography. I always wanted to do something with water and waves and I had read many others on how to achieve such, but your has a bit more since to it. You put in a ton of time and effort into this article feature, you deserve a round of applause. Joe
OCT 08, 2006 - 09:28 AM
Thanks Joe - the encouragement makes the work worth it Hopefully you jump in and try some water - just ask any questions, I'd be happy to help. John - pirates are Great, a bit of color, a bit of 'fantasy', total creativity, and you keep a bit of military base too. Hope to see you around MG more often - it's a fun place
OCT 08, 2006 - 04:12 PM
Great article and well executed dio. It's well worth reading and learning a few new tricks and also getting a reminder of a lot of features already showed on Modelgeek. Well done Scott Cheers Claude
OCT 08, 2006 - 06:03 PM