Let me tell you about my new boat…

model making
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The Belafonte from The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

So.  I have been promising a new Belafonte model for some time now since my first attempt 4 or 5 years ago.  My love of the movie The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou has not abated during this time and I had always planned on making another Belafonte.  I had always thought I would make a bigger model but the opportunity arrived as a commission for a small (very small) 1:220 waterline model.

At this scale the whole model is around 22cm long (just over 10 inch) so doing any fine detail is a challenge but i was excited to give it a go.  I made the base and blocks for the upper deck from solid boxwood.  The detailed decking and windows ect. were laser cut from 0.4mm plywood.  The rails are all brass etchings and I used brass rod for the cranes, flag poles and antennae array.  I used plasic rod for various other bits-and-bobs.

The water slide decals were expertly and professionally made by Robert at Wessex Transfers in Australia.  They were made quickly and very reasonably priced and arrived from half way around the world in a very short time.  I really can’t recommend him enough, they were done to my exact specifications.

Painting was a nightmare and isn’t my strong point but it came out looking pretty good.

Anyway enjoy some progress photos and then finished photos.  There are more on my instagram.

And finished shots….

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The Belafonte from above

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The Belafonte, The Bridge

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Deep Search and the Chopper. Tiny decal on Deep Search just visable

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The Belafonte the rear, and another tiny Decal

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The  Belafonte. Professional decals really make a difference

Last of all I happy to announce I am making a second 1:220 scale model Belafonte which will have a full Hull.  I will be advertising it for sale on this blog when finished.  Keep an eye out for it.

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Smokey Fox

netsuke

I just completed my fifth netsuke, this time representing a fox which hopefully appears calm and tranquil.  It is made from the root section of an old scrap of walrus tooth so the shape, and to some extent to composition of the netsuke was dictated by the material.  20150725_162525This netsuke also gave me the opportunity to experiment with ibushi or fumigation staining using incense smoke to enhance the materials depth and finish (though eradicating the smoky odour after is proving difficult).  Overall this has been a project I quite enjoyed working on and I will definitely be returning the fox as subject matter in future netsuke.

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Carving: bits and bobs

crafts

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Although I mainly concentrate my carving efforts on the Japanese art of netsuke practice and doodle with scraps of material all the time to improve my skills.  Occasionally this leads to a commission of small items which spark my imagination.

My two most recent commissions comprise of a fox eared ring made of box wood and two troll beads to fit on a Pandora necklace.

Here are some photos of the pieces.  The ring was the most enjoyable to make.  The beads were quite stressful without the aid of a lathe.10835441_10153203526981070_9130146975899042148_o 11083781_10153203526976070_7838797487906785420_o 11083815_10153203527051070_1484919753308701539_o 11121517_10153203527181070_7633907743962156298_o

Belafonte. Let me tell you about my boat

model making

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For a while I have neglected to take any decent photos of my model of the Belafonte. I thought i would have a go at doing some good pictures using a Sony NEX3 and a photo light box thing I bought recently from ebay.  The photos aren’t bad but I realise there are few areas I went wrong, and plus I never really finished it. There are no life rings and no crew!

I think I would like to do it again but on a bigger scale and from scratch but I need time and money to do that. If you are interested in commissioning this then please contact me via the email on the About Me page. In the mean time please enjoy these photos.

The Belafonte

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If you do want to commission me I will throw in this Steve Zissou lego figure I made.

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