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Winches, Windlass and Capstans
BFM Accessories, Assorted Winches, Windlass and Capstans
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by: Mark R. Smith [ GUNNY ]

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Model Shipwrights

This MSW "First Look" style review is the first installment of our coverage of Battlefleet Models "Ships Accessories" line, this time, "Assorted Winches, Windlass and Capstans."

A winch is a mechanical device that is used to pull in (wind up) or let out (wind out) or otherwise adjust the "tension" of a rope or wire rope (also called "cable" or "wire cable"). In its simplest form it consists of a spool and attached hand crank. In larger forms, winches stand at the heart of machines as diverse as tow trucks, steam shovels and elevators. The spool can also be called the winch drum. More elaborate designs have gear assemblies and can be powered by electric, hydraulic, pneumatic or internal combustion drives. Some may include a solenoid brake and/or a mechanical brake or ratchet and pawl device that prevents it from unwinding unless the pawl is retracted

An anchor windlass is a machine that restrains and manipulates the anchor chain and/or rope on a boat, allowing the anchor to be raised and lowered. A notched wheel engages the links of the chain or the rope. A brake is provided for control and the windlass is usually powered by an electric or hydraulic motor operating via a gear train.

A capstan is a rotating machine used to apply force to another element, notably used on board ship and on dock walls, for heaving-in or veering ropes, cables, and hawsers.

the kit...

A short while ago, Harry Abbott, Battlefleet Models, introduced a new line of 1/700 scale resin ship kit parts to his catalog, "BFM Accessories". These full resin, accessory kits pack quite a punch for the buck, and can be used to highlight your builds for greater accuracy, as well as making your scratchbuilding subjects a whole lot easier with Harry producing some of the more common "fiddly bits" that you would use in many subject builds.

The first accessory kit we will take a look at is kit #BFM-7105, "Assorted Winches, Windlass and Capstans". This set includes 12 types, 2 each, of Winches & Windlasses, and 2 types, 4 each Capstans. 32 seperate parts total, all cast from BFM's quality resin, on a single resin wafer sheet. Packaging for the kit is simply a sealed, clear plastic bag, with the BFM label on it's front.

Each pair of BFM's winches/windlass has been individualy designed and cast for accuracy, as well as an all around good look. Most winch/windlass needs that you may encounter can be covered with the use of these resin pieces, as are the capstans, best bet is to check your reference images to choose the correct one for your individual kit build.

Detail is very good, considering the size of these parts, and easy to use? Sure thing! The parts can be trimmed off of the resin wafer with an X-acto, and after a few swipes with a sanding stick, are ready for mounting on your build. That's all there is to it! Definitely a good idea to have a couple sheets of these in your stash...


Wiki, Capstan

Anchor Windlass
Highs: Clear, quality resin casting, multiple types/styles of subject matter, great price!
Lows: None at this point!
Verdict: Overall, a nice selection of resin kit parts that will add a touch of realism to your kit builds OR scratch projects.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:700
  Mfg. ID: BFM-7105
  Suggested Retail: $5.00 USD
  Related Link: Official Company Website
  PUBLISHED: Aug 21, 2008
  NATIONALITY: United States

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About Mark R. Smith (Gunny)

I have been building models of all sorts all of my life, concentrating mainly on the coolest one's when I was younger, but now I focus directly on all military subjects, from armor to warships. After years of counting rivets, I put away the calipers, dial indicators, and micrometers and now just ha...

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Ah! This is a good set for those who like to enhance or scracthbuilt his models... I have made a few myself, and although it's not a very difficult task, the end result is a big leap against the original plastic ones. On resin models, since these parts are most of the times separate pieces, the details is better. From what I can see from Marks review photos, the detail is very good and you'll get a good amount of assorted types, which is always a bonus. Congratulations Harry! Good review Mark! A good AM Part! Rui
AUG 22, 2008 - 03:17 AM
I happen to find these little gems several month ago on the BFM site. They really improve on most plastic kit items. He does some 16 cargo winch set which also works well for replacement's on merchant ships. Chris
AUG 23, 2008 - 06:01 AM
I could use these!
JAN 01, 2015 - 10:55 PM
Also available in 1/700 are these late 19th and early 20th century steam powered winches.
JAN 02, 2015 - 06:46 PM

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