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toy boats at the national maritime museum

Okay, I have a new obsession, it's the amazing exhibition of toy boats in Greenwich right now. Here's me back at the studio playing with the boats I brought back.



Here's a quick sketch I made of the world's cutest battleship, and a side photo of said vessel. (Look at those little red gun turrets, aren't those the best thing ever?) I'm going to try to make a better drawing of it tomorrow.



I am so going to go back there and do some more drawing! The exhibition runs until 31 October, Toy Boats at the National Maritime Museum. Steam-punk fanatics are going to go nuts over this.




















And the little tin boats I bought for just over a fiver in the shop:

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_w_o_o_d_
May. 19th, 2010 12:09 pm (UTC)
My favorite toy boats are the tiny steam boats that work with a little candle and go "pop ! pop ! pop !" on the water.

Sold in France under the name "bateaux pop-pop"

jabberworks
May. 19th, 2010 02:17 pm (UTC)
Ha ha! That's so cute, bateaux pop-pop. I just astonished/annoyed Ellen and Gary by attempting to read out the first few lines of the website.

One thing about the exhibition was that, even though it featured a lot of French and German boats, they were playing a music loop of Rule Britannia and what I suspect was HMS Pinafore, it was a little much after awhile, hehe.
_w_o_o_d_
May. 19th, 2010 02:59 pm (UTC)
Apparently, they're pop pop boats in english.
demongoldfish
May. 19th, 2010 04:22 pm (UTC)
oh wow! i had completely forgotten about these things! now i must track one down.
jabberworks
May. 19th, 2010 04:28 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah! There's a guy in England who takes a stall around to festivals and sells those things. They're great.
crazycrone
May. 19th, 2010 12:21 pm (UTC)
Unda-Wunda!
Love those big-headed matelots, too.
jabberworks
May. 19th, 2010 02:17 pm (UTC)
Aren't they great! :D
chrisschweizer
May. 19th, 2010 10:00 pm (UTC)
Gah! I'm nuts for this stuff. I've scratch built a couple of ships because so much of some of my stories are set on board (and 'cause it's so much fun to do), and I'm nuts for exibits like this.
jabberworks
May. 20th, 2010 05:57 am (UTC)
Aw man, wish you could come out and see it! I know what you mean, it's all such great reference material. And it makes me want to be an inch tall and on board one of the boats.
libbi
May. 20th, 2010 07:00 pm (UTC)
They look adorable, like a cartoon come to life.

I loved the Maritime Museum as a child. Can you still climb on/around ships and cabins?
jabberworks
May. 23rd, 2010 01:49 pm (UTC)
It's true, like something out of Tintin! The museum earlier had an exhibition called 'Tintin at Sea', and it was the same fab aesthetic.

Yes, there's one interactive kids area with some ship stuff, but they're renovating a whole wing, and I'm guessing there might be more climbing-around stuff in there when they've finished.
dlasky
May. 21st, 2010 10:49 am (UTC)
toy boats
I love the boat which appears to have a wind-up key on top of it. Thx for the photos. And I'm still loving your new glasses.
jabberworks
May. 23rd, 2010 01:51 pm (UTC)
Re: toy boats
I love old clockwork stuff, so beautiful. And thanks! I'm loving the glasses, too, although they're heavier than my last pair so I sometimes get sore ears...

Hey, are you going to Stumptown next spring? I'm thinking about perhaps going. Trying to work out if it's worth the time away from work and the money, but I'd really love to see what it's like.
dlasky
May. 24th, 2010 11:40 pm (UTC)
Re: toy boats
I usually go to Stumptown. If I knew you were going to be there, then for sure!
jabberworks
May. 25th, 2010 09:18 am (UTC)
Re: toy boats
Okay, I still have to work out the logistics, but let's try to do something, yay! Will your Carter Family book be out then?
dlasky
May. 25th, 2010 07:04 pm (UTC)
Re: toy boats
It's hard to say when the Carter Family book will be completed. Probably not in time for Stumptown, but who knows?
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