I was fortunate enough to obtain this beautiful pull from Will Babington's ill-fated molds directly from the man himself in December of 2009. This model will build into a 7' long version. It is hand laid in fiberglass and is very heavily built.
This particular model was built up as a static display for a local Florida restaurant and I was fortunate enough to see it delivered and installed in person!
December 12, 2009
Here are some photos of the model as I received it. The wheelhouse and other detail pieces are missing and will need to be scratchbuilt by me when I get the chance.
July 11, 2012
A build has commenced (tentatively)!
A potential customer of mine has asked for a Babington model for one of the rooms in his restaurant here in SW Florida. I managed to locate an unbuilt early version of one of Will Babington's boats that comes complete with all the detail piece castings (which were missing from the hull that I got for my personal use previously). I plan to mold and cast new parts from these for my other 7' boats and use these pieces on this build.
Before I can start in earnest I need to get a deposit from the customer, however its looking promising right now.
In the meantime I've decided to bond the hull halves together in preparation for the build.
This is an early version of the Babington boat, and its molded in left/right halves, unlike the later boats that were top and bottom.
September 12, 2012
Well, this will be a bit of a jump, but I'll hopefully be able to fill in some of the holes with great photos!
The build is 99% complete, with just some window frames to add. I have to say that the kit was not the most pleasurable one to build up. The fiberglass was still sticky for some reason, most likely due to age and a bad mixture of resin during layup. The parts did not mate up very easily at all, and there were an enormous number of air bubbles in 90% of the rivets. Seams did not line up well at all either.
That having been said, I think the finished product is pretty outstanding!
I've made molds of some of the detail parts that I should be able to adapt to the other Babington kit that I have along with the Sanders kit which is very close in scale.
The wheelhouse in this model is completely removable, allowing access to the motor wiring and LED lights. The model is lit from the inside with two high-powered LED bulb sets that I built myself. A small 12V electric motor drives the propeller at about 1 revolution every two seconds or so (guessing 30 to 50rpm).
The paint job consisted of primer, base coat, airbrushed panel highlighting, rust wash, wipedown, clear seal, and a light mist of bronze spray. Lots of work, but the end result is really good.
The new owner should be taking delivery this Sunday. I will hopefully be able to get photos of it in its new place of honor in the restaurant where it will be displayed.
September 17, 2012
The model is complete and yesterday found its way to its new home at the Bubble Room Restaurant on Captiva Island here in FL!
These photos don't yet reflect the tidied up wiring that the owner will install to provide power to the model, but the extension cord gives you the idea!
The Bubble Room itself is an absolutely mesmerizing experience. There are three levels, five dining rooms, and literally thousands of pieces of memorabilia from the 30's through the 50's in every nook and corner of the restaurant. My wife and son joined me to deliver the model and we enjoyed a spectacular lunch. We're really looking forward to heading back for dinner. The hour and a half drive is well worth it!
Enjoy the photos!