I knew that I wanted to model this Aeronef, just as soon as I'd seen it and after the initial sketches, the hull was carved from three pieces of balsa - the bow, mid section and tail. Once they were about the right size and shape I glued them together and sanded them smooth.
The reason I carved them in three sections is that this particular hull is quite complicated and having tried to model it in one, I gave up. This revised technique suited the hull shape better.
The two 'work-in-progress' shots, show the model completed and undercoated. The main items of construction are; Ram section - sticky label, Main wheelhouse - thick white plastic used for double glazing, Mast - cocktail stick, Engine room - more thick plastic, Boiler - section of plastic pen, Tail - plastic card, Gun platforms - sections of knitting needles and Guns - plastic card and plastic rod.
I have named the Aeronef 'Florence' after my Mother-in-law, I know that she likes the idea as many years ago I modelled an O'Gauge steam engine and named it 'Joseph' after my Father-in-law.
The model is painted with acrylics and the flag was hand painted.