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Building the "Perfect Storm"

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"MSW crew-mate Guido Hopp (Tailor) gave us a special treat within our"Divine Waterline" Campaign, a wonderful scratch-build project of the Andrea Gail, a commercial fishing vessel which was lost at sea with all hands during the "Perfect Storm" of 1991. This "Build Story" chronicles the entire project, from start to completion!"

in the beginning...
I spent considerable time researching the subject, and found that the real Andrea Gail went down in the storm in 1991, and the boat in the movie was just a representation. Originally I was aiming at building the real Andrea Gail, so I tried find reference on the net. An evening’s research result presented me with only 2 pictures of the real AG.

It was quite obvious that the real AG in her final configuration was completely different from the ship seen in the movie. The type of ship is not uncommon at all, but the AG was heavily modified by her owner. The available information presented me with too little reference to go for the real deal. So I decided to go along the lines of the movie vessel.

Her real name is “Lady Grace”....Google her and the AG and you’ll come up with a whole set of good photos and reference, especially if you follow the links to other forum, which in turn, will lead you to private photo collections. Having such information aplenty, I started a worksheet to note down the dimensions and the relevant scale conversions

Pretty soon it became evident that 700th would be too small for my taste so I switched to 350th!

About the Author

About Guido Hopp (Tailor)

Too old to be young. Too young to be old. Happily married, one son. Living just North of the German Ruhr area . Trying to concentrate on ship models, but having way too many soft spots for other fields of interest. Please remember: Vee Jermans hef no sense of humor (at least Dave of WEM says so) ...


This is exactly the reason why I check these kind of places day after day after day, because sometimes I let my jaw drop a bit at the sight of something truly original and greatly done like your work Guido -and what a great step by step too!
MAR 10, 2010 - 07:48 AM
Hi Guido! Could you describe your low-light photo techniques? --Karl
MAR 10, 2010 - 10:57 AM
Thank you for your praise, gentlemen! It means a lot to get so many kind words from such an elect group of modelers. The low light technique is really quite simple. You switch of all light and illuminate your model with a hand-held torch/ flash light. Of cause you need a tripod for your camera. Your camera will decide for you when it has collected enough light to close the shutter. You can use colored transparent paper to achieve effects like sunrise/-set. The “art” is to crop the pictures to their maximum effect. Take your time. Experiment a bit. Cheers, Guido
MAR 11, 2010 - 03:23 AM
Still beautiful - I hope you bring it for the weekend - I would like to see it in real Cheers/Jan
MAR 11, 2010 - 04:08 AM
Of cause, I'll be taking her with me to Luebeck! Guido
MAR 11, 2010 - 04:33 AM
It looks great in real life too Cheers - or ...Haaarrrrg! /Jan
MAR 15, 2010 - 01:30 AM
Hallo Guido I had the privilege of seeing it born from plain Evergreen sheet and Styrofoam, with bits of PE from the spare box, and some brass masts... this is the proof that you can make a stunning diorama, a excellent ship (boat in this particular case) with a low budget, and still, be a show stopper! Thank you once again for all your effort in making this a great place to learn, enjoy and have fun with our hobby! Tschuss, Rui
MAR 16, 2010 - 07:19 AM
There's no other feeling like it, the heat of the angle poise on your neck, Beethoven on the MP3, and a wealth of models to build - G'dammit you're a model ship builder! - start theme music....... Another masterclass, Guido, well done, and bring him to Telford. Peter F
MAR 16, 2010 - 08:30 PM
Nice interpretation of the "swordfish captain speech", Peter! Cheers, Guido
MAR 16, 2010 - 08:42 PM
I already made my comments in the Group Build, but this is so good bears giving you a second BZ. I also want to (yet again) thank all the expert modelers who take the time to record and detail their WIP for the rest of us to learn from. Cheers
MAR 20, 2010 - 06:16 AM