Model of the HMS Bounty by Nigel JONES
James M. Norton
Pierre Alain Fournier
Bruce E. Godbout
The AL kit
Tips & Tricks
First Bounty : Billing Boat
"My first bounty took me 11 months to build and it is a Billing kit..... (continuation here)"
Second Bounty : Del Prado
"My second bounty is a Del Prado kit. It took me about two years to build, it is bigger than the Billing kit and has better details... (continuation here)"
Third Bounty : Amati
"My third and last Bounty is now under construction this is the Amati kit. If I can build this successfully it will be the best of all the kits I have done. the details are the best Ihave seen. I was at first going to bye the Caldercraft kit because it is the only kit that has got the copper plating under the water line but the model is only about three quarters the size of most Bounty models ."
Conclusion : "In my opinion the Del Prado kit is the easiest kit to build, the second easiest is the Billing, the hardest is the Amati. This is only because the wood used in the planking is difficult to bow."
Nigel, may 2002.
"My first bounty took me 11 months to build and it is a Billing kit. It comes in two separate parts, the first part was all the wood, the second part was the cannons, the rigging, the sail and the anchor.
I started building this model at least 7 years ago, it was the second wooden model ship I had built, the first being a fishing boat, which was easy to build. I had no idea how difficult building the Bounty would be until I had started it. The most difficult thing was the planking, I had to try it over and over again until I got it right. The thing with the Billing kit, I found, was the instructions simply did not give you enough information. I know it sounds silly but I used to lie in bed thinking about how to overcome the next piece of work to be done on the model.
If you actually get a Billings kit you will find that it does not seem to have the detail of most other kits, for instance, in the picture of the stern that I gave you I had to make and decorate that myself, because in the kit instead of the fancy blue and yellow surrounding the stern, it was just like a long plank of wood. As for the lanterns, I made those myself out of a biro pen which I cut to size put tops on shaped out of wood, and finished off the smaller detail with wire. The flag on my ship, was taken from another old model and was not part of the original kit either."
"My second bounty is a Del Prado kit. It took me about two years to build, it is bigger than the Billing kit and has better details.
About 2 and an half years ago, I was watching tv and an advert came on advertising that you can 'build the bounty' I just had to do it ! The advert said that if you buy the magazine, you will get free bits of wood that over time would build a fabulous replica Bounty. Little did I know then that it would cost me £14.00 per month for two years. However, unlike the Billing kit the instructions were superb. And you also got booklets which told you all about the Bounty with illustrated pictures and so on.
The Del Prado model that you see, was originally open sided, inside the model there are all the cabins, barrels, spare sails, rope, bread fruit etc...I decided to plank over the open side of the model, for the simple reason they supplied a cheap looking plastic see through side, which I thought looked dreadful, so I simply planked over it. I found the Del Prado model a lot easier to build than the Billings model, not just because of the better instructions but also because I think that once you have built one model, you understand how the wood works, and you are more confident.
The details on the Del Prado model were much better than the Billings model, overall I think it is a better model, it is also slightly bigger. In the instructions they gave a very good tip on how to make the sails look weathered, and that is that you soak them in cold tea, without the milk or sugar !! Once again the lanterns were not included, so another biro pen was destroyed. I got the details of the painting from certain internet sites that I found and from a few books, I don't think their completely accurate, but it think it looks nice."