Model Boat Mayhem

Mess Deck: General Section => Chit-Chat => Topic started by: BFSMP on December 26, 2015, 06:45:53 PM

Title: Bassett Lowke Apprentice Models
Post by: BFSMP on December 26, 2015, 06:45:53 PM
I have read over the years in various books including Model Boats and Model Shipwright to name just a couple about the excellence of models produced by their apprentices, and am always amazed at what some people will try to pass off as such models.

Surely this model though is even beyond the realms of belief that Bassett Lowke tutors would allow their company to be represented by such na´ve work as this person is trying to pass off as their work.

I am not knocking the work of the person who built it, or the model itself as I have absolutely no expertise on building model ships at all and have yet to begin on this wonderful hobby.

What I am worried about is that someone could or would intentionally put such a venerable name as Bassett Lowke to a very na´ve piece of work in order to try to sell it.

What do other members think as to it's provenance to being of such history?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/RARE-BASSETT-LOWKE-WATERLINE-SAMPLE-APRENTICE-WOOD-SCRATCH-BUILT-MODEL-BOAT-SHIP-/321958756534?hash=item4af63cc0b6:g:kLIAAOSwNphWWfKU

Jim
Title: Re: Bassett Lowke Apprentice Models
Post by: joppyuk1 on December 26, 2015, 07:00:05 PM
I think I'd want to see the evidence, as seller says it is 'confirmed' Bassett Lowke, then do my own research. Not that I want to buy it.
Title: Re: Bassett Lowke Apprentice Models
Post by: cos918 on December 26, 2015, 07:37:11 PM
He could be telling the truth ,as we all started model making some were and have only improved our skills . If this has no authenticity other than his say so  ,then it is hard to prove what it is. It is up to any buyer to do there OWN home work . If they dont and they get there fingers burnt then thats there look out.


John
Title: Re: Bassett Lowke Apprentice Models
Post by: Colin Bishop on December 26, 2015, 07:51:54 PM
I have the book on Basset Lowke waterline ship models and there is nothing in it remotely as bad as this!

Either the seller is name dropping to try an boost the value or it may be a genuine mistake in the way that things which are handed down through families can often 'acquire' enhanced apparent value. For example Grandad may have said that 'this is a waterline model just like the ones sold by Basset Lowke' and over the years it becomes a 'Basset Lowke' model.

The photos are there so prospective buyers can make up their own minds.

Colin
Title: Re: Bassett Lowke Apprentice Models
Post by: Brian60 on December 26, 2015, 07:58:11 PM
I dare say it could be true - as long as the apprentice was a one eyed chimpanzee with an arm tied behind his back.
Title: Re: Bassett Lowke Apprentice Models
Post by: radiojoe on December 26, 2015, 08:08:41 PM
I think my dog could do better than that, mind you she is a clever dog.  %% %) {-)
Title: Re: Bassett Lowke Apprentice Models
Post by: tigertiger on December 27, 2015, 01:32:55 AM
Taking just a look at the case tells its own story.



Title: Re: Bassett Lowke Apprentice Models
Post by: Brian60 on December 27, 2015, 07:50:03 AM
There is another giveaway there. While it was invented in the mid 30's, polyester resin did not 'find a use' until after 1946, even then it was a rare commodity to use.

Why do I mention this? Well to me it looks like the ship is floating in 'water clear' resin of some description. water clear resin for casting is a relatively new product and certainly was not around when this was allegedly built.
Title: Re: Bassett Lowke Apprentice Models
Post by: Nemo on December 27, 2015, 01:37:00 PM
'Caveat emptor' indeed!!   %)