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Black Pearl Finished (Pics)

Posted: Tue May 01, 2012 10:25 pm
by pstanfield
Well, as usual I find myself struggling to call it done. Is a model ever really finished. Even as I was taking the last pictures I noticed even more touch-ups I have to do. But, all that aside I'm posting the finished build for everyone to see.

My goal was a story of sorts. But I wanted it overly dramatic, rather than historically accurate...not that the Black Pearl is in any way a historically accurate ship, but you get the idea. I wanted it to be "movie-like". I believe it was the second movie where we learned that Norrington had lost his ship in a storm off Tripoli while chasing the Pearl. Disgraced, he resigned his commission. This is the Black Pearl the morning after the storm. She's been running full sail all night and the seas are still rough, though not as bad as during the storm.

At the bow we have the night watch having a little "breakfast" before turning in for a couple of hours. Other crew goe about their business.

On deck, the crew busily (if that's what you can call it) works, taking up lines and securing loose cargo. To the left of the launch is the Missionary they picked up a few days earlier in Tripoli, trying to focus on his scripture and not on the strong urge to vomit as the ship pitches heavily. Gibbs insisted they take on the "man-of-the-cloth", saying they could use any luck they could get. The Missionary was on his way to Tortuga to "save some souls". Boy was he in for a rude awakening...

At the stern, one of the morning watch peers out for any signs of Norrington, while at the wheel Cotton wonders where his cowardly parrot had gotten off to this time...

And Jack?...

He's been up all night, preferring to ride out the storm on deck. He looks down at his compass, with his usual frustration. You see, at this point in time Jack still doesn't know what it is he wants the most.

The compass spins madly...

I must say this has been a very fun build. All that's needed now is to make the clear case for it and then take it down to Jackson and its new home at my daughter's house. I've decided put off a new build for a while since I can't decide what I want to do. Instead I've pulled down Le Chebec for a much needed overhaul. Not a whole lot to do. Mostly detail stuff and rig the guns.

Here's a few more pics of the Pearl, as well as the water-base. Enjoy.

Build complete!



Re: Black Pearl Finished (Pics)

Posted: Wed May 02, 2012 12:07 am
by Michael D
Phil you did a wonderful job on every aspect of her, thanks for whats next, the Flying Dutchman? x7x. I did my own version of the Black Pearl years ago using Revell's English Man-o-war, I built it out box for the most part with the exception of paper sails.

Michael D.

Re: Black Pearl Finished (Pics)

Posted: Wed May 02, 2012 12:14 am
by drmcoy

Truly inspiring.

Thanks for sharing so many progress pics along the way.


Re: Black Pearl Finished (Pics)

Posted: Wed May 02, 2012 6:57 am
by Maurice Wilcox
An impressive build Phil, showing great artistry, well done.


Re: Black Pearl Finished (Pics)

Posted: Wed May 02, 2012 12:44 pm
by bobjacon

Thanks so much for taking us along on the journey! It was fun and also very inspiring!


Re: Black Pearl Finished (Pics)

Posted: Wed May 02, 2012 6:52 pm
by Rob
Excellent Phil, your daughter should be very impressed.
I know I am.

Re: Black Pearl Finished (Pics)

Posted: Wed May 09, 2012 4:34 am
by Force9
The very best Black Pearl I've seen out on ANY forum!

Wonderful and skillful seascape!

I think I'll join the scalawag on the bow and hoist a bottle in your honor!

Re: Black Pearl Finished (Pics)

Posted: Wed May 09, 2012 7:30 am
by Pete Coleman
xYayx xYayx xYayx
Sorry Phil, just noticed that I have not posted on your completion.
What can I say that has not already been said, I'll just say that I am proud that you chose our Forum to log your build on!
You have definitely set a benchmark for others to aspire to with this model...

Re: Black Pearl Finished (Pics)

Posted: Wed May 09, 2012 11:13 am
by dafi
Also congratulation from my side!

A wonderful and trueful presentation of this kit :-)

All the best, looking forward for the chebec,


Re: Black Pearl Finished (Pics)

Posted: Fri May 10, 2013 2:40 pm
by Bill Code
A superb job.... really love the rough sea's!

Re: Black Pearl Finished (Pics)

Posted: Thu Dec 26, 2013 1:10 pm
by Capt-P
Lovely job Phil.

She looks all ship shape and sea worthy x26x .

Nice build thread x36x

Cheers Capt-P x27x