Well it is a reflective time when I finish a model, particularly one like the Victory that has taken almost 4 years.  I have a couple of small details before it is complete but must await a flag that I ordered from England.

Not letting any grass grow under my feet, I have already started my next project.  It will be The Mathew the caravel that John Cabot sailed in 1497 to discover North America (or rediscover if you believe the Vikings)  John Cabot was Italian and traveled to Bristol to find a sponsor for his voyage of discovery.  The Mathew was supplied by local merchants.  It was a small (50 ton) craft more suited for local freight delivery around the English Channel and maybe into Spain.  He sailed across to what is now believed to be Bonavista in NewFoundLand and later explored the coast of Labrador and possibly Nova Scotia and claimed the land for England.  As such he actually preceded Christopher Columbus in reaching the mainland since Columbus had only landed on Caribbean Islands at this point.

The first step in building a ship or a model is laying the keel (in this case along with the sternpost, and the stem)  That is as significant a date as the actual launching.  I had a few glasses of wine to celebrate that evening (granted not much different than many other nights.   This model has been commissioned by Ryan and Corrie.

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