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    Model Boat building. History, Travel, photography and good French wine!
  1. There is also Greenwich and the National Maritime Museum which is a must for anyone coming to London. Superb Nelson exhibition and tons more. The Cutty Sark is also there, which although is outside your period of interest, is again well worth the visit. And also, do make sure you get to Greenwich by boat! One of the best River trips in the world. I Love London, just in case you can't tell!
  2. Hello Welcome to MSW! It is generally agreed that the Lady Nelson does make an ideal beginners model as there is not the level of complexity that you find in more “advanced” models. The hardest part of any model ship build, in my opinion, is the planking of the hull. So another kit to consider is one of the cross section kits like Occre’s Santisma Trinidad which introduces you to the many elements of model boat building but without the steep learning curve that is the “world of planking”. But whatever model you choose, the very best of luck and I hope you love it, like we all do here, Best wishes, Bettina
  3. Just a quick follow up for to all you kind folk who took the time in recommending a hand plane. I did buy the Lie Nielson No 100 and it is probably the best tool I have ever bought, worth every penny. Thanks to all
  4. The really big Billings boat 8 pictures down from the right hand corner is the HMS Warrior Best wishes, Bettina
  5. Dear Chuck, I will definitely buy some when available, Please do let me know, Best wishes, Bettina
  6. Dear Holty, I actually chose the Pegasus kit as my next build and the quality is tremendous. The difference between the Lady Nelson and Pegasus is vast in terms of wood and detailed parts. Either one will be a good choice but as Pegasus was made and designed just that bit later than Fly and is one of Amatis "new" kits, everything is just that bit better. Best wishes, Bettina
  7. Your family and friends eyes will roll and glaze over when you mention any words like “ship” “model” and “tools”
  8. I am in complete agreement with B.E. on this, as just two weeks ago I tried in vain several times to place an order online for an overseas delivery but to no avail. I had to resort to placing an order with you by fax. Plus I had no follow up emails to confirm the order, I only know the order was placed successfully as the amount was debited off my credit card. Please note, this is not a complaint but I also run a large online business and I can't emphasis enough the need for follow up emails confirming orders and dispatch with tracking number information, plus never mind the loss of potential overseas markets if folk cannot successfully place orders online. Again agreeing with B.E. implement Paypal as a payment option with multiple shipping options for international orders. Wishing you all the best, Bettina
  9. Hi I am not sure if you are aware of this but there is an excellent web site called Ships of Scale where a very talented gentleman called Donnie Driskell has done a HIGHLY detailed build log of the Occre Santisima Trinidad. I would highly recommend you checking this out as you can really see the quality of the Occre kit. Best wishes, Bettina
  10. Love the "on Deck" images. Very nice indeed
  11. Dear Danny Thank you for posting these images. Not only is it great to see these superb models but also just how popular this hobby is across the globe, Best wishes, Bettina
  12. Hi, I would 100% agree with Thom. The quality of the kit is good - not the best but for £85, a bargain. It all depends on your expertise. This was my first build many years ago and due to the lack of instructions, I made a complete hash of it.
  13. Dear Dave, yes you are so right. I hit a brick wall,, build wise, last October and finding this forum answered all my questions and really inspired me to thinking of new builds which I would NEVER have considered just a few months back, Best wishes, Bettina
  14. Thank you - yes dreadful here also. Mind you whilst its cold and miserable, I don't feel guilty about building my kit rather than being in the garden clearing up and planting! Best wishes, Bettina
  15. Dear Daniel, no I haven't - didn't realise they existed, will definitely be looking into this, Best wishes, Bettina