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  • Birthday 10/09/1952

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  1. I agree, Al, this is a well-designed work of art!
  2. RGL, I've been following your build log of this off and on, and all I can say is Wonderful Work! Truly outstanding attention to detail and your weathering is second to none - I also enjoyed your Dreadnought and Artwox Varyag builds - thank you for sharing, Steve M
  3. Absolutely awesome!! That sure represents a LOT of excellent work!! I especially like the round mast top, so cleanly executed, and the spritsail topmast.....Steve M
  4. Just WOW! Perfect amount of weathering!
  5. This IS awesome - how unusual!!
  6. I hope you both enjoy the book as much as I did! You may also find this website very helpful and interesting. and this These two are links to the Naval History and Heritage Command website - it's quite comprehensive and has directions on how to order reproductions of prints and has downloads of some vessel plans available, such as the USS Kearsarge and Kentucky sister battleships.
  7. I have one book that I really enjoyed "The American Steel Navy" by John Alden. Try Amazon - it's pricey, but read the reviews! I would also recommend using the search term "great white fleet" on the different book websites. Steve
  8. Hi Norton, and welcome to the forum - this is an older kit that you have from a company that no longer exists - the date on the plan(s) is probably the date that they were originally drawn up. Sooner or later someone may come along here that might have a copy of the instructions, if there are any, but even so, they are sure to be very vague. I believe just about all of the Marine Model offerings had tapered spars, which should help somewhat. Your best bet would be to look at some of the build logs for other solid hull kits, such as the Phantom or Harriet Lane by Model Shipways - the techniques will be the same. A book that is oriented toward solid hull building such as the "Neophyte Shipmodeler's Jackstay" by George Campbell would also be of great help. The most important thing is that you have the plans (hopefully all of them!) to check dimensions and details against. Since this is your first model, the important thing would be to study the book and other's build logs first and then actually DO IT - that's the hard part, and that is how you will grow in your talents and abilities - don't be too hard on yourself - have fun and start a build log here for it - there will be plenty of input and advice! You don't want to end up a box collector like I am! Steve
  9. Great job Mr. Blackwell, overall very clean with taut rigging and especially like the color combination - the green with white and natural details.......Steve M
  10. Great job, Mitch! Clean, tight, crisp and ship-shape!
  11. Fantastic work with outstanding level of detail!
  12. Foxtrott, that is outstanding work - what scale/size is it?
  13. Ok Brian, just placed my order at Amazon and looking forward to reading it - after all, I do tend to get a lot more books read than models built (exactly zero). Seriously, they had only 3 reviews on it, two of which were five stars and the third which was one star, was very vague, only one sentence long and accused the book of being full of inaccuracies without giving any evidence, so I ignored it..........Steve
  14. Here's a couple for you - the 17th and 18th century ships have beautiful sterns, but are expensive/troublesome to build in any decent scale - how about a stern only build like the Victory prow section that Panart offers - only not Victory - I'm kinda tired of that one, besides, with the new mediums available, I would like to see better decorations instead of the vague, chunky metal ones, I don't think people are too biased against resin or (choke!) even plastic if done properly. Another thing I would like to see is the aforementioned sharp and rakish civil war era ship, say like the Harriet Lane that MS offers, but in a larger scale to better show detail. Also would absolutely love to see a midship cross section of this ship with the interior machinery and hull framing, with or without a mast and the paddlewheel shaft (eliminating them would save time and cost). If you can catch my drift here - the cross sections aren't too well represented in the market right now, and would be more affordable and less time-consuming to build and not require too much space to display, not to mention the expense of a case to protect it. I'm a lover of detail, but severely limited in both time and talent! Price point will be consistent with the quality - I like to have something to start with a la the Cheerful and launch kits, with the option to upgrade or not with timber sets, and masting/rigging sets as originally planned for the MS Essex, which can stand on its own as an admiralty style. BTW, I'm liking what I've seen lately with the new offerings from the mfrs that sponsor the website.
  15. Absolutely love it!! Of course, building the old Revell big sailing ships, it's what made them come to life for me - the rigging is at the same time part of the beauty of a ship and the very life of it, for the position of the rigging/sails determine the movement, life and death of it. I love the hull lines of the sharper ships, but when they are in the water, they are for the most part, hidden from view, and this brings the position and rake of the masts into the fore, and the ballet, as it were, of the rigging into play. And of course it helps when you like 'busy' designs - one time I showed my sister a picture of a model of a clipper shp and she exclaimed "Look at the strings on that thing!"