My little guy is on a pirate kick, and his enthusiasm has rubbed off on me. I've been thinking about giving this kind of project a shot for a while, and finally had the spark to get started.
This is the progress I've managed to make today...not bad for a first day of work:
It isn't based on any particular ship, though I did use some reference pictures of the Black Pearl to get me started and orient myself to the basic structures and geometry of a ship like this. It's flat bottomed at what I figured might be the water line, and the captains quarters and forward raised section of the ship will be additional structures that I'll add later. The interior section has been roughed out, and I'll add a panel on top of it with a grate and the housing for the central mast when I get to that point. My plan is to make this playable, and the scale is designed around that basic Star Wars figure/1:18th range (though like I said, there are no exact measurements...I simply want the figures to look like they belong on this thing).
Now...I want to fill in the contoured sections of the hull with some kind of sheet foam...I've seen people use pink styrofoam of some kind. Is that some sort of hardware store insulation product? What I'm thinking is that I could stuff the cavities of the frame and carve the foam to shape, then putty and detail on top of it, or layer a thinner material over it. Does anyone know if this would work? Am I crazy?
Thanks for looking.