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  1. Also highly recommended is the book : "The making of Master and Commander" by Tom McGregor (Norton 2003). Plenty of terrific photos of the making of the movie as well as some great detailed images for the model maker. Grant
  2. Hmmmm...... What boxes to tick? 1). Is the ship real? ( as opposed to fictitious? 2) Does the ship have an interesting history? 3) Is the ship beautiful? 4) Does it have a cool name? 5) Are there logs on MSW to help me? Soooo.... HMS Diana it is! Grant
  3. hello Bjoern Good luck with your build. I have the same book and one day hope to attempt a scratch build. Your build will be of great interest to me and a source of good ideas. Grant
  4. Hi Bigcreekdad I know the feeling well. What I like to do is put the present, tedious aspect of the build to one side and work on something else on the same ship. Shape the spars, perhaps, or deck furniture. I feel I am making a lot of headway and can return to the other task after a break. It's also nice to find, months later, that you have a ready set of shaped spars ready to go. Grant
  5. My very firstly model as a boy was an old plastic Airfix Revenge. Waaaay too ambitious. Years later I found it and donated it to a friend who gave it some sort of immortality in an aquarium. It was fun to see the goldfish swimming around the wreck. Grant
  6. Hello everyone. I work as a high school science teacher specialising in the education of gifted students. It's a great job that has taken me (and the students) all over Australia, Thailand as well as the US and the UK. I have done nothing else since graduating (56 now). Retirement? Maybe in 10 years but I am having too much fun at work now. Grant
  7. Dick As a West Australian, I am hugely interested in this build-both because of the history of the vessel and the WA hardwoods. I have found Jarrah to be a beautiful wood but a little splintery for fine, detailed work. No problems for you, though. A terrific start. Grant