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About EJ_L

  • Birthday 03/29/1984

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    Wichita, Ks
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    Obviously I enjoy scale model building, ships and my HO scale railroad layout are my main areas right now but I still do the occasional car model for people.
    I also highly enjoy wood working, especially lathe work. I make many things from pens and ornaments to bowls, plates, vases and goblets. Always experimenting and trying new ideas as I see them.
    Outside of these I also enjoy my wife, two dogs and outdoor activities like biking, camping and fishing.

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  1. A better modeling experience

    Welcome to MSW William! Great to have you with us! You will soon see that many of the builds on here are measured in years so no worries about being slow. Good luck to you and I look forward to seeing your progress!
  2. Just like in school!

    Welcome to MSW! You are not the first person to end up in this situation and as you will soon see from what I bet will be a long list of both welcomes and suggestions there really is no one "beginner" kit. There actually are a few threads on here that go into great length about many of the kits though. I will agree with the statement that it is possible to start Victory on your first run. You are definitely in the right place for all the help and advice you could ever want. Also, it sounds like you are not inexperienced. The pile of loose parts and materials is daunting to be sure but take it in small pieces and you will be okay. However, if you want to take the much more advisable path, look for something simple in scope and design. A one masted ship, minimal cannons and rigging, small hull, and limited decorations. Just something to get your feet wet with practice of learning the techniques needed in planking and rigging. Whichever path you choose, start a build log on here and keep it updated with progress pics. Ask questions, even if they feel dumb. This is a great group of modelers who are more than happy to teach and share knowledge and tips. Also be sure to look at other build logs of the same model (and others) as they are great ways of seeing some of the issues you may have yourself and with some luck, avoid some of those problems. I wish you the best of luck on your new build and I look forward in sharing in that journey and seeing your work!
  3. Greetings

    Welcome to MSW! Best of luck on round 2 with your Victory!
  4. Got lost for awhile

    Welcome back Ron!
  5. Hello

    Welcome to MSW Philippe! Good to have you with us. Looking forward to seeing your work.
  6. New to forum

    Welcome to MSW Jim! Nice painting! I look forward to seeing more of your work, both the models and the paintings!
  7. Never too late.

    Welcome to MSW Adrian! Just looked through your build log and you have some very nice work taking place there. Looks like a fun build I will stick around to watch.
  8. Terrified

    Welcome to MSW! I will agree with the sentiments of it being a smart move to start of with something simpler and smaller. Take your time on the build, be sure to read ahead in the instructions and plan sheets and don't be afraid of asking a "dumb" question. Most of all, have fun! Best of luck to you on your first build!
  9. What have you received today?

    Another book to add to the ever growing library. I really enjoyed Lavery's The Ship of the Line and have been wanting to get this one as well so when that Barnes and Noble coupon made an appearance in my email, I had to click buy now.
  10. Very nice room and an even nicer to-do list!
  11. Planking is moving along on Le Soleil Royal with the lower half of the starboard side complete.
  12. New member

    Welcome to MSW! Good to have you with us. As suggested already, start up a build log and post some pictures of where you are at and of what the finished piece looks like if it is shown well on the box. We have many experienced builders that might have built her or are good with scratch building that might be able to give you some tips to create it.
  13. Welcome to MSW Chris! I would do as Mark has suggested and contact Mantua. Most of the manufacturers are good at providing missing pats and instructions to their kits. Plus then you know you have exactly what is missing. Good luck to you when you start working on her.
  14. Hello New Member Here

    Welcome to MSW Matt! Good to have you with us and I wish you the best starting out. Be sure to start up a build log and I look forward to seeing your work.
  15. New member HMS Pandora

    Zach, welcome to MSW! I hope that you will start up a build log in our 3D/CAD section so we can see your work. There have been some really incredible models done in 3D and I know I would love to see what you do with yours. Best of luck to you!