Early in 2012, I had the opportunity to buy a box of second-hand Sylvanians Families figures and items from a childhood collector in Mosselbay. The Sylvanian Canal Boat, The Rose of Sylvania, was one of the items in my box, and I decided that it would be the first project that I would start on, as it was badly faded and thoroughly loved through the years.
When I got the boat, the stickers were badly faded and most of them were peeling off or torn. Most of the plastic had also faded from sun exposure and the whole back side of the boat was badly sun-bleached, causing it to be badly
mismatched in colour all around. The boat also didn't come with most of its original accessories, but I was lucky that the toilet seat and all of the covers for the boxes as well as the little table, stove, most of the doors
/ windows and shower the head were all still intact. I was only missing one outside door.
My project began with a little Googling to find inspiration! I did some research on narrowboats to find their origins and found that they are usually
decorated in a specific style. I tried to recreate this style as closely as possible and all of the flowers and embellishments on my boat, are hand painted by myself.
I decided to use Tamiya's model spray-paint for this project. It is very easy to work with, and you get great results with a minimum of effort. I stripped the boat, removed all stickers and sanded the damaged areas flat. My boat
had some gouges in the plastic that have come with age, but I managed to remove most of them. After that, I cleaned all of the individual parts with alcohol and then gave them a good wash in lukewarm water and soap.
When they were all clean and dry, I started the meticulous task of priming with Tamiya's matt white primer, followed by a few coats of the individual colours that I decided on. I managed to strip the whole boat, except for the
little yellow panes around the windows. After the paints were dry, I used the smallest brush that I could find to hand-paint all of the flowers and details, as well as the golden railing. The original idea was to have new stickers
made, but I like the idea of imperfections, paint smudges and a bit of unevenness! This is supposed to be a living space, not a clinically perfect showpiece after all. I also doubt that the real canal boats have perfect