Hi all, newbie to wooden ship building. Read a few books I've picked up, preparing for my first build. Next step is to make a base board to hold the false keel. Spent yesterday afternoon modifying clothes pegs to hold planks etc. Have a couple of newbie questions which I'll post in the relevant sections. Have some past modelling experience. Built several flying models in balsa and ply in the past so hoping for some skill transfer from that. At the same time I realize there is a big challenge ahead learning all the new term, skills and techniques in model ship building. One of the main attractions is to turn my modelling skills to something that will be displayed in the home for years to come, rather than another project that is hidden or given away when the latest new thing comes along which I often found was the case with RC flying models.
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Hello to all!
Posted 03 January 2017 - 07:15 PM
What model are you going to build?
This is a great site for learning/sharing tips and techniques. Feel free to start a buildlog.
If needed, you'll find plenty of help, advise and encouragement from everyone.
Enjoy your stay here and I wish you smooth sailing and happy modelling.
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In the shipyard: Schooner Hannah - POF Hahn style - First scratchbuild
Completed : Albatros 1840 by Constructo
Posted 03 January 2017 - 07:54 PM
Hi Anja thanks for the welcome! I'm not supposed to know yet what my first build is as my Birthday is not until Saturday. I suspect though the big box hubby has tucked away contains a Billing's Boats Bounty. My 50th birthday pressie!
I've developed an attraction to infamous ships. The Pirates of the Caribbean movies played a part in getting me interested in ships, which has led to some research on the real pirate ships of the day and the recent discoveries of ships such as the Queen Anne's Revenge just keep fueling my interest. Though the Bounty is a little later in time than the Golden age of piracy and not a pirate ship as such, I figured it would be an easier subject to research as a first project as there is plenty that is known about it.
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If it is not a challenge, it is just a chore...
Posted 03 January 2017 - 11:35 PM
It sounds like you have a plan... Go for it.
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"The shipwright is slow, but the wood is patient." - me
Licorne - 1755 from Hahn Plans (Scratch) Version 2.0
USS Constellaton (kit bashed to 1854 Sloop of War (Gallery) Build Log
Member of the Nautical Research Guild
Posted 05 January 2017 - 03:40 AM
Welcome to MSW Gemma! I hope that big box ends up being just the one you want! Good luck to you on this first build.
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Completed - Wood - Rattlesnake - Model Shipways, HMS Bounty - Constructo
Plastic - USS Constitution - Revel (twice), Cutty Sark.
Unfinished - Plastic - HMS Victory - Heller, Sea Witch.
Member : Nautical Research Guild
Posted 05 January 2017 - 08:29 AM
You'll find either your answers in the database, the various build logs, or the subject related fora, but you get the best information when you start a build log once you have decided which model you will build. Enjoy MSW, it will come to grow on you ...
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Scratch: Sea Witch 1:109
Posted 05 January 2017 - 11:51 AM
If you have an infinity for pirates (do not know if you get STARZ) but they have a series called Black Sails based on pirates in the Caribbean. It is the best program as far as realism, costumes, ships and the sets I have ever seen. If you can get it watch it it will really pump you up and get you going on your build. Then after the infamous Bounty you can build your pirate ship next sans Johnny Depp.
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Current build Mamoli HMS Victory
Diligence English Revenue Cutter-Marine Model Co.
On deck Maori (Waca) war canoe
and Double hull Polynesian canoe (Holakea)
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