Caledonian MacBrayne Ferry 'Bute' - A Card Model.

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Here is the finished paper and card model Ferry. If you want all the emotions you can think of when making a scale model, get a card one! Enough said me thinks....

I've added some extras to it. Some bollards, ropes, rigging, funnel tops and various bits to the Bridge roof, including a radar. All just to try and give the ferry a bit more detail and life.

The folds all have to be painted in the original colour to hide the raw card. I just mixed tube paints to get close to them.

I made an imaginary docking slipway/quayside out of odds and sods. All sat on a piece of chipboard from an old kitchen unit. Painted and varnished.

So here is my first, and knowing what I now know after making it, my last card model. But who knows? Not I.

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There you have it.
There is no question, these models are difficult to make. Even this relatively small one.
To anyone thinking of having a go at one, the only advise I can offer is go for it, but choose something straight forward first. Superb though they look, don't be tempted into buying a 'Biggy' - Not yet anyway!

Cheers all and thanks for all your support and posts during the construction process.

Ron
 

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That has to be the best card model ever! Absolutely stunning Ron It was certainly all worth the grief. Terrific work
 

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Superb model Ron.
The dockside really makes it that much better.
 

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wow!

amazing.......until i got to last pic i was convinced it was at least 3 times as big!
 

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Bravo Ron

I lot of patience to assemble but the finished product is outstanding.

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Hi Ron
Impressive stuff. Your photos of your models are really top notch. I would love to have ago at one - do they do a rowing boat!?
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Wow!
Thank you one and all for your great comments.
It makes the cursing and almost bin time worth while when I receive such great posts.

Jim - The links posted during the build have some basic models. Go on, have a go.

Thanks again.
Ron
 

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Thanks Peter.
To nearly fool someone that it might be the real thing, even for a split second, is indeed the best compliment anyone can get in this hobby of ours.

A humble thank you.

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Blinkin flip Ron,
(Excuse the language)...permission to be truly blown away sir!:surprised:

Firstly I’d never of believed it was a card kit so hats off to the makers..
Secondly a hats off, nay a DOUBLE hats off to you for making such a smashing job of the build and thirdurly (:smiling5:)..the scenery and pictures you’ve taken are just the sweet, tasty icing on the top.
Sincerely excellent mate:thumb2:
 

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Well. That turned out brilliantly. You had me fooled too. Then I saw it was way to clean. A future project maybe?
I'll drink some of that iffy home brew, if this is the last card model you build.
Great job mate.
 

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He did the same thing to me Peter, until I remembered that he used clear plastic for the windows on the bridge. Your hand vs. the Fiat and the size of whole ferry itself, makes me dizzy thinking about how you folded all those pieces. This one for the record books Ron!!!

And amazingly, you still have a bit of your sanity left over…….Very impressive Sir!!!

WOW
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I'm really bowled over by all your excellent posts. Thank you.

Ian - In real life the MacBrayne's Ferries are kept in tip top order and really do sparkle. So no weathering needed.

Cheers all.
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Wow, I'm another that thought the first photo was real !
You certainly have the nack for doing a back drop, think a SBS would be of interest !
Brillent Ron, most impressed with the whole subject of card builds. I'd probably be safe with a brick version !
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Thanks very much John. Your positive comments are much appreciated.

Unfortunately I didn't take any pictures of the jetty construction. Next time I do something similar I will.

Like you with bricks, I think I'll stick with a big lump of harmless 3" X 2"

Thanks again my good buddy.
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Here is the finished paper and card model Ferry. If you want all the emotions you can think of when making a scale model, get a card one! Enough said me thinks....

I've added some extras to it. Some bollards, ropes, rigging, funnel tops and various bits to the Bridge roof, including a radar. All just to try and give the ferry a bit more detail and life.

The folds all have to be painted in the original colour to hide the raw card. I just mixed tube paints to get close to them.

I made an imaginary docking slipway/quayside out of odds and sods. All sat on a piece of chipboard from an old kitchen unit. Painted and varnished.

So here is my first, and knowing what I now know after making it, my last card model. But who knows? Not I.

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There you have it.
There is no question, these models are difficult to make. Even this relatively small one.
To anyone thinking of having a go at one, the only advise I can offer is go for it, but choose something straight forward first. Superb though they look, don't be tempted into buying a 'Biggy' - Not yet anyway!

Cheers all and thanks for all your support and posts during the construction process.

Ron
Hi Ron, found your Scottish ferry, wow pure awesome , what scale is she looks to be N scale, are the trucks and trailers card as well, what I have being looking for in 87 scale,
very dear especially since I will need a lot of trailers.

My next build would like to model a Channel ferry, will look good beside my Ro Ro ship at port.

Tony from down under
 

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Ron

Quite simply brilliant. Like others on here that first photo had me thinking it was the genuine article.

That really is truly outstanding!!

Excellent, excellent work!!

Very well done.

Andrew
 

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Gotta be 1/160 or smaller. Very deceptive in the photos. This 570 chap is a wizard with a camera!:thinking:
 

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Just seen this one Ron, and a what cracking build it is, and with the usual great photography.
 
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