Articles - Boats
05/17/2014
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Well over ten years ago I bought two N-scale kits that were going to populate the waters of my N-scale layout. They never did. As a matter of fact, I only just recently found them at the bottom of the bottom drawer of one of my cabinets. When I switched to S-scale, I sold nearly everything that had "N-scale" written on it, except for these kits. I thought a scale conversion might be a nice project. The time has come to finally dust the package, open the kit, and see what we have. First up is a pair of N-scale lobster boats. These will become S-scale row boats.
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Next, we have a small freighter kit which will become an S-scale sail boat. To some extent, boats are kind of like trees; you can use them in almost all scales.
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These are the parts found in the N-scale lobster boats kit.
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And these are the parts in the small freighter kit. I will hang on to the non-hull parts, but I am not sure yet if they are going to be any use to me.
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I took the two small N-scale lobster boats to the garage and used my drill press to mill out the interior of the boats. I didn't want to go too deep for fear of breaking through the sides of the boats. So, a steady hand and some patience got me to the stage you see in the photo below. As I looked at the boats sitting in the Chartiers creek, though, the interior bottom looked too high to me. So, the next step is to take another stab at milling out the interior of these cast-resin boats. Stay tuned!
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