Well, here they are. In the graveyard of lost ships, there will be thirteen of these things from different ages of nautical expeditions. The more complete one is almost two feet long! I'm building these models out of cardboard and hot glue, plus some more aging with wet moss and of course bits of sail.
It will all be set in a miniature cliff eight feet wide, eight feet long and about nine feet tall. I still have to figure out how to shoot it- Make a harness cable rig with a motor on it that will descend the camera at a constant speed, build some kind of boom setup... There will be tests.
I'm hoping I can come up with some cool lighting with these things backlit- I'm afraid they won't really hold up to a clear closeup, but since I'll be transferring them to sepia toned old film, I should be able to get away with a lot!
Let me know what you think!