Building a Gozabune (Kobaya) from Paris Plans – Part 6

Latest update on HSPMS member Clare Hess’s build of a 1/32-scale model of a Japanese row galley used up until the mid-19th century by the government of the Shōgun. The model is being constructed based on some drawings done in 1868 and published in the French book, Le Souvenirs de Marine.

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The Paint Scheme from Paris

Having made some great progress on the model, it’s time to begin consideration of the paint scheme. From the very start, as a gozabune, it’s been very clear that this is a highly ornate ship, painted in black and vivid red lacquers, and decorated with gold trim.

Model of a large gozabune I found on the Internet.

I’ve noted that modeler Yukio Nakayama’s gozabune models, as well as those made by other Japanese ship modelers, are painted inside and out. Pretty much everything except the decks. This left me wondering how I would end up finishing this model.

I’ve been in a quandary because I do like the look of the interior painted bulwarks and beams with the bare wood deck. But, I recently looked more closely at the notes on the Paris drawings and discovered that interior painting information is actually there in…

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