I thought I would share one of my recent 1/76-scale dioramas, which depicts a lobster fishing boat undergoing maintenance at low tide. The setting is the fishing harbour in Douarnenez (Britanny, France).
The boat is based on a very basic card-kit hull and wheelhouse and has been extensively modified/detailed to represent a typical lobster boat. The harbour setting is entirely scratch-built, and the figures converted from various model railway items.
Really well thought out little scene. The hull being painted is a nice touch. There’s a good balance to all of it
Wow, Paul, that is some absolutely stunning work. Well done, sir!
Love this! Please describe your scratch build work for the dock and etc
Nice work, I use those railway figures as well, I like the imagination in this one
I’m no expert, but shouldn’t tide be a problem in real life ?
The locals know the tide times to within seconds and on calm days they will start painting as soon as the keel touches the bottom … Once the tides fully out from these little coastal harbours/fishing villages, you can easily have a 6 to 8 hour time period which allows for work on boats…have seen it many times in places like Padstow, St Ives, Mevagissey, Hayle etc …
@ pbennet (Paul). All these elements combine really well in your beautiful presentation. And the unfinished paint job is the icing on the hull!
“Now that’s enough chit-chat, get on with painting before the tide comes in.”
FWIW: The movie ‘Dunkirk’ 2017 has some dramatic scenes illustrating tidal ebb and flood.
Thanks Johnny. I guess I was misled by the time it would take me to do the job…
Haha… But when we do it, we’ll be priming, painting, panel lining, a wash or filter, then a pin wash…
To you all,
I really appreciate your positive and complimentary comments.
I will follow with an explanation on my scratch-built harbour building
technique over the next couple of days.