Photograph of my "Scotland" model
The Baltic Ketch/Yachts - 18th Century
The Scotland is a ship which dates back to the end of the 18th century. It belongs to a category of vessels known as Baltic Ketch/Yachts. It was used chiefly to transport cargo and passengers in the Baltic Sea and also used in navigable rivers and important lakes in the area.
Whist being traditionally a work boat, so called because it was used primarliy for for commercial purposes, the Scotland could be distinguished from the multitude of different kinds of small trading boats between 50 ft and 60 ft long by its impressive sails and the pleasing soft lines of its hull.
Research was unable to locate any details of her life and the voyages she undertook.
Another view of the "Scotland " Model
A Baltic Ketch-Yacht
Although designated by the kit makers, Corel of Italy, as being suitable for beginners, it does rely on the modeller being familiar with many aspects of the
process. Because it is quite small, being only 440 mms in length, it can give the impression of being an easy challenge. Admittedly the size dictates the amount of planking involved etc. but the smaller the craft the more difficult it is to reeve the minute blocks and handle the small dimension cottons used
for the rigging. That is the real challenge! For example, the dead eyes used at the base of the shrouds are 3 mms across and the three holes to thread are contained therein. One needs good eyes and a very steady hand! Generally, the fittings are good and the
end result very pleasing and realistic.
Nevertheless, with the appropriate patience, the Scotland can be made into a very attractive table top model. The bright colour on the hull of ochre contrasting with black boot topping works well. Mine now sits proudly in the lounge room of my eldest grandson in his recently acquired apartment.
Although on a scale of 1:64, it is a small model but actually took 4 months in late 2008/9 to complete which translated to a leisure
time of around 250 hours. This was about the last that was fitted with sails.