Thanks, folks. As usual, it's made of my old standard..... white styrofoam. I had a really unique piece from a packing crate that was perfect for the rib cage. The skull is a store-bought foam piece that I carefully cut the jaw loose from and lengthened the jaw bones with Model Magic clay.
I have a storage locker with a bunch of my household "spillover" stuff in it but that is partially full of the ship, so I think this is gonna be "stored" out in the backyard till Halloween (my wife'll shoot me).
Please post lots of pics. I'd love to see the other end too. That is just what I have been looking for. I really didn't think that a ship could look so good with white styrofoam. I'm very impressed with your work. Very original design. You made this without a wood frame? Wow.
Thanks again, folks. Yeah, I'll keep the photos coming as I move along on it. Buckaneerbabe, don't know if you've gone to my site, but the back end (wreckage of the steering deck) can be seen there. Of course most of it is buried in the sand (my lawn), since it's just wreckage, but you'll get the idea. Whenever I need to make a "frame", I use the really thick styro... the inch and a half stuff, to make ribs, support walls, whatever I need. The only thing you need to put these things together is Liquid Nails for Projects and Foam, and long wood deck screws. You can actually treat this stuff just like it is wooden plank, screwing the parts together gently after you apply the Liquid Nails. It's loads of fun.....
Yes, I had seen your site a while ago but didn't relise it was yours. When I first saw your ship, it was the one I decided I would use as a model. I was trying to see if you used a wood frame for your styrofoam but couldn't tell. Thanks for the tips and pics, just love it!
I really didn't think that the bow of your ship could look half as good as the aft, but do believe you are going to outdo yourself. The sheared-off mast is a great touch that I haven't seen before. And that serpent tongue, wow, that is really original. That is going to be one awesome scary ship.
Well this project is about 95% complete, so here are the last photos till Halloween. Still have to add the skeletal hands gripping the ship, darken and weather the tongue, and paint the metal bands black. Finishing touches for Halloween will be some old rotted sail lying on the mast, rope, and chain.
Im going to work on a pop-up next (pop-out, actually), then I'll build the figurehead for the HMS Swift. I have more photos, so I'll probably trade these out tomorrow. Enjoy!