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  1. Log has been started and I will use that for all future questions. Thanks to all! Dave
  2. This will be my first build and I welcome any comments, suggestions and questions. Living in a duplex that’s built on a slab we don’t have a basement and the garage isn’t heated, so I’m using a desk the spare bedroom. I’ve done what I can to protect the desktop and the carpet below the desk. Since we will be spending the next week enjoying our last camping trip of the season I won’t be able to start my build until the weekend of October 20th. But I do have my work area set up and spent 1 ½ hours doing the kit inventory. My plan is to explain my next step as I go along and then wait for feedback from more experienced model shipwrights before actually doing the work. When I return next week I will be cutting loose the 3 sections of the false keel, marking the reference line and bulkhead stations on both sides and assembling the false keel. Any suggestions on cutting loose the false keel sections without breaking / damaging anything? Any suggestions on the best way to transfer the reference line and bulkhead stations from the plan to the wood? Looking forward to starting my first build, Dave
  3. I'm about to start my first build, Model Shipways "Bluenose". My work area is ready, the kit invitoried and plan sheet #1 hung. Before I assemble the 3 piece keel I have a beginners question. I see the reference line will need to be drawn on both sides of the keel sections before they are joined together. I was thinking that using dividers to transfer measurements from the plans to the wood might be the easiest way to go. I could take several measurements from different points of the keel plans. Is this the best way to transfer these measurements? Would using the same method for the rabbet and bearding lines work? Is there a better way to transfer these measurements? Dave
  4. Great advice! And thanks to all. Could you tell me more about glues? I see there are different viscosities of CA and wood glue may be used as well? Never fear, haven't purchased any tools yet; just asking questions as part of research. I already own a cordless Dremel but would have reservations about using it until I had much more experience (it could remove a lot of wood very quickly). The kit will arrive on Monday but I'm leaving for Arizona on Tuesday. So the box will remain unopened until I return home the following week. Dave
  5. I've decided on my first build , downloaded and read over the instructions and also read Frank Mastini's book "Ship Modeling Simplified". In order to spread the cost of buying good tools, I'm going to purchase only what I need for each stage of the build. I used the kit instructions and Mastini's book to make my tool list but have a few questions for the more more experienced builder on a few items. 1. Block plane: Size and manufacturer? 2. X-ACTO Razor Saw Blade: X239 extra fine 54 tooth or X235 medium 40 tooth? Or both? 3. Miniature File set: number in set and manufacturer ? 4. Miniature Chisel set: number in set and manufacturer ? 5. Is a coping saw needed in addition to the X-Acto saw? If so, size and manufacturer? I should add the model will be the Model Shipways Bluenose II in 1:64th scale with a finished length of 32 inches, as this may determine the size of the block plane and other tools on the list. Thanks in advance for your assistance, Dave

    asking input on first build.....

    I could get Bluenose in a double plank kit made by ARTESANIA LATINA. But after viewing the results of the ongoing poll on this site I feel better about the MS kit, even though its single plank. I would like to give myself every advantage for my first build and getting a quality kit will help to that end. I have received, and read through Franks Mastini's book, Ship Modeling Simplified. Hardly seems like anything is simple about this craft but Mastini's instructions give me hope and a sense of confidence. After reading the book my head was spinning but when I thought about taking one step at a time (just think about building the hull) and not getting ahead of myself, I felt much better. It's a tough choice for me between these two kits as they are both beautiful ships and while the Latham is a slightly larger scale, the Bluenose cost less; money that could be put toward tools. But I have to get my feet wet sooner or later so I will be ordering the Bluenose. Dave
  7. "....... but I will add this if I may: your build should govern your tool kit. Not the other way round." Chris I appreciate everyone's advice and comments, thank you all for taking time out of your day to post a reply. After reading the advice from Chris (quoted at the top of this post) it suddenly struck me; what's the hurry? I realized I was getting ahead of myself with some of these inquiries. And if I'm not careful I'll get ahead of myself with the build. Time to slow down. I think it best to purchase tools as I need them and, as others here have advised, buy quality tools. After all, "haste makes waste". And if it takes a few days to obtain a needed tool it will make little difference in the overall time of the build. How ever I will ask about the brands of quality tools for this work. I have my doubt that Snap-On, SK or Klein would have the type of tools needed. Dave
  8. The advice I've received on this forum is to choose something I really like for my first build. With that in mind I have picked 2 different models and would like to hear from more experienced builders if one of these would be better for a first time build. I believe, because of the model numbers, these are Model Shipways Kits. Both are plank on bulkhead. Model Expo No. MS2109 Benjamin Latham Length 33" / Height 27" / Scale 1/4" = 1 ft. (1:48) https://modelexpo-online.com/model-shipways-benjamin-latham-1-48-scal Model Expo No. MS2130 Bluenose Canadian Schooner Length 32" / Height 26-1/2" / Scale 3/16" = 1 ft (1:64) https://modelexpo-online.com/model-shipways-bluenose-canadian-schooner-1-64-scl Any comments are welcome! Dave
  9. As stated in my New Members Intro "still deciding", I'm in the process of assessing this craft to see if its something I want to undertake; a decision I'm not taking lightly. While cost isn't a big concern, I wouldn't want to purchase something I really don't need or won't be comfortable. I have 2 questions for the experienced shipwrights on this site. The first about tools because as with anything from vehicles to RVs to boats, the right tools make the job easier. The second about workstations. It appears that this work is not something to be done at the kitchen table. 1. Tools. I see there are various tool kits offered on the web and wondered if these are workable for the beginner. Do brands make a difference? Tools needed but not included in these kits? Tools / supplies you find indispensable? 2. Workstation. Do you find a standard table and chair height comfortable or does a workbench with taller stool a better choice? Seeing this work demands time and patience I would think comfort is key. How much work space is required? Lighting? Dave
  10. Thanks you all for the welcome and much needed advice. As things progress I will have many more questions and hope to learn from all of you. There's no replacement for experience. Dave
  11. Hi all, and thanks for letting me explore your craft. My interest in ships and sailing began with a vacation to Cape Cod, many years ago. Knowing that I would be near the old whaling center of the country I decided to re-read Moby Dick and visited both the New Bedford and Nantucket Island whaling museums. Returning home I took sailing lessons and eventually purchased my own small sloop. I had the pleasure of sailing the Great Lakes, making a few solo crossings, as well as spending time in the Gulf of Mexico and the Leeward Islands. Being a bit older now, and having sold my beloved 30 foot S2, I’m interested in perhaps building boats rather than sailing them, although I do on occasion sail a small Pearson Ensign with a friend in Milwaukee. Not wanting to dive into something that could be expensive without knowing more I happened on this web site, which seemed to be home to serious model shipwrights. And after browsing around I found what I thought to be solid advice for someone like me. I invested $9.25 in Ship Modeling Simplified and Techniques for Model Construction from Kits by Frank Mastini. It’s my hope that this book will not only give me insight into the world of model construction, but also give me some idea of necessary tools and work area. Once I receive this book and have time to digest it, I’ll be back looking for further advice or to say this just isn't for me. Dave K

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