Although they are mainly known for their excellent terrain and scenery, Sally 4th also offer a number of MDF models which may be used in various games. Amongst the latest offerings are two ‘narrow’ boats or canal boats, once a common sight on the waterways of Great Britain.
The canal boat has been around since the Industrial Revolution and helped to move goods around the UK using the extensive canal network. Over time, they became homes as well as working boats, with individuals and families travelling the canals, mooring as and when they wished.
The first kit is of a Working Canal Boat, designed to carry cargo of various types. The kit itself consists of various laser cut MDF parts which, when assembled, create the main hull and supports. The mounting board is used to construct the cabin and roof, with parts designed to simulate the various hatches and windows. The supports for the various bulkheads in the cargo section are designed to support a suitable piece of paper (not supplied) to represent a typical piece of tarpaulin that is used to protect and secure the cargo.
The second kit is designed to represent a Recreational Canal Boat, used for holiday purposes or as a home. The basic construction is similar to the first kit, with a series of bulkhead supports and braces. Having constructed the MDF lower hull and added the supports, the mounting board cabin and living space is folded over the supports and glued in place. With a little extra work, it may well be possible to rig the roof to be removable, allowing for gaming within the confines of the boat.
These kits are fairly simple to construct and look the part. The subject is unusual in that there are few kits of this type available on the market at this time. The basic design of the canal boat hasn’t really changed that much since Victorian times, so the same vessels can do sterling service from the mid-1800’s all the way down to the modern day. A couple of useful kits that would add something different to a UK-based tabletop.