CAPTAIN ABSOLOM BOSTON 2 Unpainted Model Figure

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This is an unpainted model figure.

Absalom Boston was born in Nantucket, Mass to an African-American ex-slave father, and Thankful Micah, a Wampanoag Indian mother. His uncle, a slave named Prince Boston, was part of the crew of a 1770 whaling voyage, but refused to turn over his earnings to his white master. Instead, he went to court and won both his earnings and freedom, making him the first black slave to win his freedom in a U.S. jury trial.

Boston spent his early years working in the whaling industry. By the time he reached 20, he acquired enough money to purchase property in Nantucket. In 1822, Boston became the captain of The Industry, a whaleship manned entirely with an African-American crew. The six-month journey returned with 70 barrels of whale oil and the entire crew intact.

This mini could be any 19th century officer of a whaling ship or any merchant vessel of that period. In this pose the jacket is unbuttoned.

The figure is based on a human roughly 5 foot 6 inches tall. He is looking through a spyglass. The harpoon is not included.

This is an unpainted model.

Shipping Information

These products are fulfilled by Shapeways and are made after you order. Please allow 3-10 business days for your figurines to be made, and additional time for shipping. It may take 3+ weeks from the date of your order for the figurines to be delivered.

Figurines will be shipped to you directly from Shapeways.

About the Designer

Frank Shurick is the developer of these figurines and has provided them to the NRG.  He may also offer custom modifications to the figurines for an additional fee.  Please contact him at for information and pricing regarding other characters, poses or scales.

Model Scale

Before purchasing, check the size and the scale desired to ensure that it is suitable for your project. Blueprints and purchased models are not always exactly to scale. If unsure, buy one to verify suitability prior to committing to a larger order.


Each figurine is 3D printed at a specific scale and in a specific material.

  • Gray PA12 Nylon is gray nylon plastic.
  • Smooth Fine Detail Acrylic is acrylic plastic featuring high detail and a white semi-transparent appearance.
  • White Natural Versatile Nylon is a white nylon plastic with a slightly rough matte finish.

Painting your Figurine

These figurines are delivered unpainted.

Prior to painting, it is suggested to clean and prime the surface. To clean, dip in acetone to remove dust and oils. Then, apply a 3D primer such as Badger 3D prime to seal the striations and porosity associated with the printing process. 2 to 3 coats should do the job. The primer can be applied with a spray gun or with a brush to provide a nice smooth surface for painting.

Paints come in numerous colors including many flesh tones and others common to the navies of these times. Choose a paint that is compatible with nylon plastic material. You may protect the paint with a coat of varnish or lacquer.

Additional Notes

These products are not food safe. Do not place in your mounth.3D printed products are porous. They are not safe to be used as toys for children and not FDA approved.