Pic 66:    The figurehead. Up until now the figurehead had only been in place temporarily, in the vain hope I could find a better cast one. To get it sitting at the correct height (the bowsprit just clears its head) it needed to be raised off the prow by about 5mm. That left a gap underneath which I filled, textured and painted gold to match. You can just see this in the photo, but no-one would ever know. The rather squashed stature of this lion also meant that the prow was left jutting out too far, so the surplus had to be fretsawed off in situ. I later painted the eyes black, which helped the appearance.

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