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Paper models of narrowboats are hard to find, so I grabbed this one when I saw it, even if it is very, very simple and hardly worth mentioning for a "serious" modeller. However, I am not that serious, and maybe, one day, a complete canal scene will grow around it?
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|Just 6 parts, and all on glossy postcard paper. But when done it gives a good impression of the dimensions of a narrowboat of the late 19th century. Many of these boats are owned privately now and kept in shipshape condition. Narrowboat enthusiast associations have annual events where they tow these boats along the old canals.
|The bow with the tow mast and the 1-hp "engine". The towed "butty" boats have huge rudders and tillers.
The red-roofed cabin is about 2 by 3 metres and was all the boatmens' families had for a home for the season (which might be all year long). The cabins were painted brightly and decorated lovingly by their owners, very often in "castles-and-roses" style. Want to take a closer look? Then
The cargo hold was usually covered by tarpaulins, as shown in the model. You would not want a load of coal dusting you all day long!
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, last change 2011-03-12