Ron Marlett over seeing his nephew Alexander build a model ship.

2010

Ron Marlett oversaw his nephew Alexander Newhall build the 1/250 scale Roman Warship by Academy Models. Ron recommended that the scale of the model should be changed to 1/72 so that the anchor, ladders, oars, and rigging would be the appropriate sizes. The bow ornament and bowsprit were removed so that the model would represent an 80-foot patrol boat. Ron painted eyes on the bow so that the model would accurately represent the Roman navy's painting scheme. Roman sailors believed that painting eyes on their ships would allow their ships to see and avoid hazards at night and in fog. 

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