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Offline Arteis

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A colonial New Zealand Wars gunboat from a cheap plastic toy
« on: February 24, 2018, 10:54:25 PM »
When we think of gunboats for colonial wargaming,  we normally picture a chunky  paddle-steamer chugging up the Nile, or a little steam launch chuffing down the Congo. However, few people know that gunboats were also used in New Zealand during the colonial period.

I've just completed a model of the 'Avon', an armoured paddle steamer that plied the Waikato and Waipa Rivers during the colonial New Zealand Wars.

Shes's converted from an el cheapo Chinese plastic toy!

More pictures and background info here: https://arteis.wordpress.com/2018/02/25/send-a-gunboat-to-colonial-new-zealand/





« Last Edit: February 24, 2018, 11:05:23 PM by Arteis »
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Re: A colonial New Zealand Wars gunboat from a cheap plastic toy
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2018, 11:05:49 PM »
I am unable to log into your account but it looks a very nice boat.
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Offline Arteis

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« Last Edit: February 25, 2018, 12:50:10 AM by Arteis »

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Re: A colonial New Zealand Wars gunboat from a cheap plastic toy
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2018, 01:52:28 PM »
Yep - that works a treat! ;)

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Re: A colonial New Zealand Wars gunboat from a cheap plastic toy
« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2018, 05:17:21 AM »
Fantastic! Great conversion  :-*
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Offline Montefortino

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Re: A colonial New Zealand Wars gunboat from a cheap plastic toy
« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2018, 05:32:33 PM »
That's a very impressive model you've converted. I am hoping to do something similar for a slightly earlier period so it was good to see this.

Offline ARKOUDAKI

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Re: A colonial New Zealand Wars gunboat from a cheap plastic toy
« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2018, 11:51:23 PM »
Great work on that gunboat, it looks the part!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Offline DintheDin

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Re: A colonial New Zealand Wars gunboat from a cheap plastic toy
« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2018, 02:21:23 PM »
You did a really great job there! Cheers!
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Re: A colonial New Zealand Wars gunboat from a cheap plastic toy
« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2018, 02:53:44 PM »
That's a fine looking boat.

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Re: A colonial New Zealand Wars gunboat from a cheap plastic toy
« Reply #9 on: March 07, 2018, 08:32:46 PM »
Fine project and excellent end piece, like it a lot.
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