Great choice Tim. Ready to watch and learn.
Thanks John - I too am learning, and I haven't even set knife to plastic yet!
Gotta love those mini-histories Pyro put on the sides of their boxes:
“Your model is an exact copy of a junk fitted out with high speed engines, deck guns and machine guns to combat the pirate smugglers and black marketeers plying their trade around the small islands and rivers of Hong Kong and Singapore. These junks are very maneuverable and extremely fast.”
After a little research it became evident that the model was more than just a generic pirate hunter – Pyro’s kit was at least loosely based upon a specific vessel, the junk Ningpo, which ended its long career right here in California. Cool. I had never thought much about Chinese war junks, but it seems the Ningpo (“Peaceful Wave”) had a fascinating history. Della Phillips, in her 1917 article “A Peaceful Pirate,” said of the ship,
“Over a century and a half of smuggling, piracy, slave-traffic, fighting, mutiny, murder and riot make up her record. Her uneven decks and huge camphor wood ribs have been crimsoned with the blood of some of the most desperate outlaws of the Orient as well as with that of their helpless victims... It was on this deck that the one hundred fifty-eight prisoners whom the Chinese government found too expensive to feed, were beheaded some time during the seven years the Ning-Po was used as a government prison ship for smugglers and pirates... Here also are some of the modes of torture that were practiced in China. Chi-lung is the wooden cage in which persons accused of piracy or crimes against the government were suspended without food or water until death came...”
Yikes! No wonder Pyro chose to print the “G” rated Chinese War Junk history on the box...