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  1. Just setting up my build log for this group projet. I'll be traveling a lot between now and the end of the year, so I'll look to buy my kit around the 1st of the year or whenever the stock is replenished around that time. Looking forward to this.
  2. I've already set aside funds for this. Patiently waiting for you to release it out into the wild. It looks fantastic, and I'm eager to try to do the kit justice.
  3. This looks like alot of fun. Count me in. As someone pretty new to the model ship building world, I could stand to build something in parallel with others with the idea that maybe I learn a bunch of things.
  4. deaz

    Greetings from Arizona

    Sweet, I figured there had to be a few around, certainly going forward I'd like to possibly meet others, maybe learn a thing or two. I see you're in Phoenix, I'm located in Tucson.
  5. deaz

    Greetings from Arizona

    Thanks! I'm not afraid of a challenge, so we'll see how it goes.
  6. deaz

    Greetings from Arizona

    Yes, mine came with sails. They were already sewn, so that was one thing I didn't have to worry about.
  7. deaz

    Greetings from Arizona

    Thanks for the head's up ccoyle. I've already got the kit, had it for 5-6 years sitting on the shelf waiting for me to finish the Swift. I've been looking over the instructions and plans and already realized the instruction booklet wasn't going to be much help. I hadn't made it to the rigging diagrams yet. As a mechanical engineer by day, I'm quite use to incomplete, inadequate, sub-par documentation (sometimes my own fault, more often than not someone else's). Most of the time I can figure out what's suppose to go where and such. As for this Fish kit, the wood looked pretty good, at least better than the Swift's. Though I'll freely admit, I probably haven't seen a kit with great wood to begin with. As for your other points, at this point in my skill level, I'm not really looking for a ship that's correct in every aspect, I'm looking for something that will allow me to develop the skills (planking) needed for those ships that will cost an arm and a leg, where I expect to have nothing but the best materials, period correctness, etc. All that being said, as I start down this next journey, I'm sure I'll be back with questions about how to do this or that and complaints about the kit. At which point you can enthusiastically say "I told you so" because I'd probably say something of the sort if roles were reversed. Cheers!
  8. deaz

    Greetings from Arizona

    Ugh! So many mistakes... I laugh now, but at the time... Those pieces you're referring to, I worked really hard at getting them to fit, and still look like they belonged. And the holes that were suppose to go through to the deck for the anchor ropes/chains, I couldn't figure out why the instructions were calling for a 0.5mm hole...but I drilled them as 0.5 only after stringing the rope for the anchors and finding some additional fittings did I figure out they should have been 5.0mm. I left them; artists discretion, right?! Add a few other mistakes found in the plans, the last 6 months weren't without their own frustrations, but I made it through. And like I said, learned to enjoy the process.
  9. I'll start off by saying I've finished my first wooden model boat. An A.L. Swift 1805. I started it a few years back, then due to planking frustrations, life, etc. it was set aside. The unfinished model always lurked in the back of my mind; needing a distraction from life events that were out of my control, I pulled it out of storage about 6 months ago. I decided despite my mistakes (there have been many) I was going to finish it. I pushed through, telling myself that it was my first wooden model, there were going to be mistakes, it's part of the learning process. I started having fun, really enjoying the process. And as of last week, it was completed. Overall, I'm happy with how it turned out for a 1st timer, I learned lots, still have lots to learn. But I think more than anything, I've grown to enjoy the process rather than the final result. At 35 years old, I have time to become better. I think I will take some time off before starting the next model, but am looking forward to the next one. I have a couple on the shelf to choose from (bought several years ago on a whim, they were on sale...). I find myself leaning towards Corel's Flying Fish, alot more challenging than the Swift, but I still think it's doable with my skills where they're at. So without further ado, here is the less than perfect, but I'm happy with how it turned out, Swift...

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