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  1. ccoyle

    Shrimp Trawler

    I like their product line, though, and I think the owner has done a smashing job of locally producing kits of local indigenous subjects.
  2. ccoyle

    Shrimp Trawler

    Wye River does Chesapeake Bay working boats, but no shrimpers such as the one in your photo.
  3. ccoyle

    Shrimp Trawler

    I grew up in Northern California, which is ground fishing, trolling, and crabbing country, and a lot of the boats engaged in the industry have surprisingly attractive lines. I imagine that there are subtle differences in hull form between Atlantic and Pacific boats based on prevailing local conditions and preferences. Either way, not too many (if any) kits of American types, that I know of. European types are well represented in wood and card stock, probably plastic hulls for RC, too. My guess would be that you are more likely to find something like what you're looking for if you search RC suppliers that sell pre-formed hulls. Good luck -- would love to see a model like this being built!
  4. ccoyle

    What have you received today?

    I finally, FINALLY received one of my Christmas presents over the weekend! I received a set of six 1/250 card models from Paper Shipwright (https://www.papershipwright.co.uk/), designed by David Hathaway. I will be doing some reviews of these in the not-too-distant future (probably -- ya never know).
  5. ccoyle

    Greetings and Thanks

    Part of the fun of building models is to push the boundaries of what can be done with any medium -- even wood modelers do this. I have seen unbelievable models built out of toothpicks, and Doris has built the most exquisite creations out of paper. This is, after all, a hobby, so enjoy it!
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    Model Shipways Constitution

    I partially agree with that statement. I think it is more accurate to say that MS instructions tend to assume some degree of prior experience on the part of the builder and therefore tend to offer less in the way of a step-by-step process.
  7. Has there ever been a better time to be a kit builder? The new manufacturers such as Disarmodel, Master Korabel, Marisstella, and Syren (apologies if I forgot anyone) have really upped their games -- and soon Chris Watton will have an oar in the water, too! Great review, Dirk, and I look forward to seeing more subjects from this company.
  8. Shouldn't the answer be self-evident? Start the next model! 😉
  9. My avatar approves! One thing I notice on your model is that the steam pipes on the forward funnel appear to be on the outside of the grab rails; is that correct? I have a partially completed 1/200 HMV version of this model, and I couldn't tell if the pipes went to the inside or outside -- I ended up putting them on the outside only because I could not figure out any way to put them on the inside. Cheers!
  10. ccoyle

    Greetings to MSW from Maryland

    Chain plates are the metal straps that secure deadeyes to the hull. Twisting them from wire is one way to make them for a model. But as the name implies, chain plates on real ships were once made out of links of chain; later they were made from metal sheet. Either way, they're not wire. But -- as I said previously, you can make them from wire. Just get yourself some annealed brass or blackened wire. The plan sheets probably show how to twist them somewhere. Good luck!
  11. ccoyle

    Greetings to MSW from Maryland

    I'm uncertain about what the first three items are supposed to be -- perhaps you could show us from the plans what they are? Sounds kind of like they are referring to head rails. As for chain plate wire, forming those from wire is a short-cut method for making those parts -- they look okay, but the technique is not really true of the original. If you choose to use that method for making chain plates, you can replace the kit wire with annealed brass wire of the same gauge -- you can even get it pre-blackened, if you so desire. Look for it online at hardware suppliers. Cheers!
  12. ccoyle

    Model Shipways Constitution

    That depends. There are, to be sure, first-time modelers who have completed projects of that magnitude, but honestly they are rare. Most new modelers find there's a bit of a learning curve for sailing men-of-war, even if they have prior modeling experience (I know I did). I always try to steer beginners toward something relatively simpler for a first project. There is, of course, a large number of kit subjects available of smaller vessels from the same time period as Connie, so you may find one of them sufficiently interesting. Cheers!
  13. Beautiful work, Isidro! I modified your title to sound more like how we would say it in English.
  14. This sounds like the correct explanation to me.
  15. ccoyle

    HMS Surprise kits

    Juhu is correct. If you're looking to model HMS Surprise because you like the film or the Aubrey/Maturin novels, then you're in a bit of a quandary. Surprise in the film is played by the real-life HMS Rose; if you look closely and count the gunports, you'll see that HMS Rose is pierced for 24 guns, not the 28 of the fictional Surprise. The real HMS Surprise, upon which the fictional ship is based, began life as a French frigate, L'Unite. After her capture by the British, she was classified as a 28-gun frigate but rearmed with twenty-four 32-lb carronades. So, your options are to either build one of the not-really-HMS Surprise kits (which resemble neither the real Surprise nor HMS Rose, of which there is no kit), scratch build a model based on her admiralty drafts (which do exist), or wait for the Caldercraft kit (which has already been a very, very long wait).
  16. Folks, If you recently started a build log, and a few days or so later you noticed that someone has changed your build log title, then what you were seeing is a heartfelt plea from your devoted staff to please read this post. Thank you! P.S. Some of you have been around a while and should know better! P.S.S. Some of you are also multiple repeat offenders!
  17. Thanks! I feel inspired now to maybe actually finish the model (been sidetracked with some honey-dos for a couple of weeks). That last draft looks more like the kit model.
  18. Hello, all! Welcome to my to-be-much-abbreviated build log for the Master Korabel "cannon jolle" (gunboat) kit. I say "abbreviated" because Jim Rogers already did a fine build log for this kit, which you can see here. You can also read my initial review of the kit in the reviews section of the forum. Part of my reason for choosing this kit is to show members that yes, I do actually build ship models on occasion! Here's a couple of shots of the very early stages of construction, only a few hours' worth really. So far I have not had any issues apart from being a little confused by the instructions once or twice. This is only to be expected in instructions that are translated from Russian, so no big deal. Having patience and thinking thoroughly through the process has spared me any missteps to this point. As you can see, the hull substructure has A LOT of pieces. It all fits together very nicely but snugly and locks up tightly once glued. The finished model will really be quite small, as the hull is only about as long as my hand. That's all for now!
  19. I have this image saved on my PC for reference; it is, however, not quite the same vessel, differing from the kit version on several points.
  20. Hi, Rich Yes, the name "Blue Shadow" is pure fiction, but most of these dubious kit subjects were drafted from some plan source or another, e.g. af Chapman, Chapelle, etc., even if those drawings may have been reconstructions. So one possibility is to track down the inspiration for the Mamoli design and then simply call it whatever it is -- whatever that happens to be. It'll still make a nice model. You've got plenty of kits there to keep you busy. Good luck!
  21. With your skills, I believe even this oldie kit will turn into something approaching art.
  22. THE WORLD OF THE BATTLESHIP Bruce Taylor (Editor) Seaforth Books, 2018 440 pages, 24.5 cm x 26.5 cm Suggested Retail: GBP44.00 Verdict: It's a good read, as long as you aren't expecting it to be something it is not. I have to say that this large, coffee-table book was not exactly what I expected after first seeing its title. That's not to say that it's a bad book, just something unexpected. First, this is a book about battleships, but it is not a book about battleships in general. Rather, the authors have chosen to focus on specific battleships to create their narrative. The World of the Battleship consists of 21 chapters, each written by a different historian and dedicated to a discussion of a single battleship. Each warship is from a different country. In order to get 21 such ships, as you can imagine, the definition of the word "battleship" gets stretched a little bit. For this work, it is essentially an armored capital ship with 8" main guns or greater. The ships were chosen based on their historical significance for each country, and some are those the reader might predict, but others are initially surprising. Britain is represented by HMS Hood, which is a no-brainer, but Germany is not represented by DKM Bismarck. Instead, the book discusses DKM Scharnhorst on the basis of her more significant contributions to the German war effort. In a similar manner, Japan is not represented by IJN Yamato but IJN Nagato, the first Japanese battleship to significantly depart from British design principles. So, if you are interested in the ways in which individual warships impacted their respective nations' national identity, industrial development, international relations, and ability to wage war, this book might be for you. If you are looking for a book to use as a modeling reference, you might not be as satisfied. The book is profusely illustrated with B&W photographs, but there are no line drawings, color plates, cutaways, or other visual references. If you are looking for a book that gives a broad treatment of what we more usually think of as battleships, i..e. dreadnoughts and super-dreadnoughts, with plenty of examples of each of the different classes, you probably will want to pass on this as well. The ships covered in The World of the Battleship are: Chen Yuen 1882 (China) Garibaldi 1895 (Argentina) Iena 1898 (France) Eidsvold 1900 (Norway) Slava 1903 (Russia) Peder Skram 1908 (Denmark) Minas Geraes 1908 (Brazil) De Zeven Provincien 1909 (The Netherlands) Georgios Averof 1910 (Greece) Yavuz Sultan Selim 1911 (Turkey) Viribus Unitis 1911 (Austria-Hungary) Australia 1911 (Australia) Almirante Latorre 1913 (Chile) Alfonso XIII 1913 (Spain) Sverige 1915 (Sweden) Hood 1918 (Great Britain) Nagato 1919 (Japan) Vainamoinen 1930 (Finland) Scharnhorst 1936 (Germany) Littorio 1937 (Italy) Missouri 1944 (United States)

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