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  1. I was thinking of ordering one of Falkonet's small boat kits. The pictures look good and the price is very reasonable but I have not seen any build logs or discussion of the kit quality. Anyone have any experience building one?
  2. New Builder Kit Recommendation

    Lots of good kits available that meet your criteria but I would recommend that you go with one that is not to complicated as a first build. Model Shipways "Armed Virginia Sloop" might be one you would be interested in. Instructions are excellent and it builds into a very nice model. Here is a picture from the Model-Expo website of the finished model.
  3. Bench Vise

    I bought this 2 1/2" vise from Harbor Freight that I really like. I know HF sells junk right?. Well this vise is a lot better than I had expected and for $20 is hard to beat. Very useful for working on parts that need to be turned a lot while in the vise. https://www.harborfreight.com/2-1-2-half-inch-table-swivel-vise-97160.html
  4. You might try soaking the wood in super glue before you drill it. This will harden the surface and bind the fibers together making it less prone to splintering.
  5. Have to agree. If you look at ships in dry dock even in the close ups of the bottom the nail heads are hard to see. I would guess that at just about any scale that you want to build in the nail heads would be very hard to see. This is especially true if the ship is shown in service. The oxidation of the copper would tend to blend in the nail heads with the copper plates as far as the observer would see. This link goes to some pics of USS Constitution in dry dock. You can see the copper plating very clearly in some of them. http://gcaptain.com/ship-photos-of-the-day-uss-constitution-enters-dry-dock/?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzEmail&utm_campaign=0&utm_content=261222#.VYRYhkbz63M
  6. Kit Imperial Standart

    You can use Google translate ( https://translate.google.com/ ) for the text. Copy and paste into the google app and select the language you want it translated to. Not always the best translation but you can usually figure out what the meaning is. This is what the paragraph next to the picture says in Swedish; i skala 1: 130 Samla dina egna händer en stor modell av denna magnifika yacht i en strikt svart uniform med en guldinredning som gick under den kejserliga standarden fram till utbrottet av första världskriget. I samarbete med FGBU "CENTRAL MILITÄR OCH MARITIMUSEUM" MINISTERIET FÖR FÖRSÄKRING AV DEN RUSSISKA FEDERATIONEN
  7. You might try laying a piece of clear scotch tape over the area of the stealer on the hull and tracing the required shape. Lay the tape with the tracing on your .5mm strip and cut along the traced line to get your stealer. I always cut just a hair oversize and then use very fine sand paper with a block to get the final shape.
  8. https://www.amazon.com/Chatham-Directory-Inshore-Craft/dp/1861760299
  9. Just got this book and am really impressed with it. Some of the descriptive material is kind of scanty but the drawings and photos make up for it. Excellent reference for anyone interested in the small boats of the British Isles.
  10. Was cruising the model boat listing on eBay and came across one that really sets a new standard for chutzpah from counterfeit model sellers. The listing was for a boat kit that is clearly a copy of one made by a legitimate manufacture. This is the part that really takes some gall to do. It looked like they were using pictures of the actual legit model to illustrate what they were trying to sell. One look at the picture of the kit contents and it was easy to see that the pics of the completed model were not built from the kit they were selling.
  11. I have been looking at kits of cutters and have found two that are of the same vessel in the same scale and about the same price. One is the Soclaine 1:50 scale Le Renard and the other is the 1:50 scale Artesania Latina model of the same ship. First impression is both kits are about the same but I know that can be wrong so here goes. Question: Which of these models is the better choice? Quality, instructions, fittings, historical accuracy and general fit and finish? I found the build logs and gallery photos of both models but they were not real helpful in making a buying decision.
  12. British Beginner

    Hi Mark Your experience sounds a lot like the experience of a lot of first time wooden model builders. The difference is that you saw the problem and looked for solutions rather than quitting. That right there puts you ahead of a lot of people. Keep at it, ask questions and don't get discouraged.
  13. Beginner Plank on Bulkhead Model

    Any of the the Midwest Products Level 2 or 3 apprentice kits would be a good choice. Midwest no longer makes them but they turn up on eBay regularly. The best are the Flattie, Sharpie Schooner and Skipjack IMHO. If you want to venture into POF their open boat kits (Peapod, Seabright dory and Boston Whitehall) are a good place to start. There are several other kits of varying difficulty to check out.
  14. Who is selling this kit in the US? I found a place that sells it in the UK for 86Euro (minus VAT) plus shipping but I think shipping would probably be costly.
  15. I don't have any experience with the Billings Marie Jeanne but I do have the AL one. My impression is that the kit is pretty decent. The laser cutting is very clean and sharp. Fittings look good and the strip wood is African Walnut, Ramin and sapele. Keel and frames are ply. Instructions could be better but arn't the worst I have seen. The illustrations are very helpful.

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