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    Previously an avid golfer, swimmer, woodworker, and modeler. Since 2011 restricted to modeling/woodworking in wheelchair.

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  1. Very impressive ship. You did a very professional job of it. I especially liked the carving job you did on it. My grandfather was born and raised in Sweden till he was 22 when he came to America. He was a finish carpenter/ builder and very good at carving. We have a house full of some of the furniture he made from scrap materials collected during the depression with many details that he carved by hand. I would bet he would also have been impressed by your work.
  2.         Nice job!  Quite a handsome collection of all three ships in Columbus' exploration fleet. :)  How long did it take to make all three?  I'm assuming that they are all made to the same scale.

    1. igorsr


      Thak you Dave!


      Its hard to say how long i spent to build it, its depend of many things.

      Let it be 6 months for Nina and Pinta,

      6 months for Santa Maria.


      Santa Maria scale 1:66

      Pinta scale 1:65

      Nina scale 1:65



  3. I recently ordered Rigging Period Fore-And-Aft Craft by Lennarth Petersson. I picked it up from Amazon in the paperback edition for about $24.00. I would highly recommend this book, especially for anyone new to ship modeling that may be confused by the multitude of rigging lines. It’s 111 pages long with about 200 diagrams that clearly show you where each separate item of both standing and running rigging lines are fitted, led, and belayed. The book is divided into three 18th century ship types. The first one is an English 18 gun naval cutter similar to the Expedition. The second section is a French 8 gun 3 masted lugger similar to the Le Coureur. The last section deals with a 2 masted American schooner similar to the Experiment. The book clearly illustrates the details of the connections of the various lines including their attachment points and tackle arrangements. I found it to be well worth the investment. As a matter of fact I plan on getting a copy of his previous book Rigging Period Ship Models.
  4. Back in 84 when we moved into our current home we sold the old house to soon and had to move our stuff into the garage. Things were piled to the ceiling including my modified Revel 1:96 Constitution. In the process of digging our stuff out of the garage and into our new digs the ship set sail and had a too close encounter with the concrete floor. I had just finished it about a month before the move having replaced the plastic deck and masting with wood and was just figuring out where to put it when disaster struck. It is currently still in dry dock for repairs as the only mast to survive was part of the bowsprit. Every time I think about repairs I just cringe and can't seem to get the ambition to get going on it again. Maybe having built it twice before I was tired of it.
  5. Time spent actually doing the work on the ship is only an hour or two a couple times a week. However I spend a lot more time figuring out how I'm going to do the work on whatever portion of the build I plan on doing before I do it. There is usually more than one way to accomplish that task and I keep looking for the best way to handle it. I usually try seeing it in my head before I actually do it on the ship. Avoiding a mistake is usually easier than having to do it over. When ever I was being rushed to finish a job I would always say that there never seems to be enough time to do it right but always time to do it over.
  6. In my case just about all of the ships that I have built and sold were just sold for the price of the kit. I never thought to make a profit, just to have the fun of building it and getting another one to take it's place. I always thought it was like having the fun of the building the ship for free!
  7. Welcome to MSW from an old WI cheese head. My two cents would be to go with something simple but not too small a scale. My first wooden ship was the Challenge, an A.J. Fisher kit at 1/8" scale great lakes schooner. That was an enjoyable build, but the scale was a real hard one to deal with for a first attempt. I built it for a former Coast Guardsman so I had motivation to plow ahead with it anyway. I had previous experience with 1/8" scale plastic ships but a lot of the small parts in those kits (especially in the rigging), were actually out of scale and easier to handle. Perhaps the Dancing Feather by the same company would be a better choice as the scale is a bit bigger at 3/16" scale. The rigging is a lot simpler than a square rigged ship, something that a first time builder can find to be quite frustrating. Check out their new website at
  8. I just spent a bit of time on the site this morning reading info on the donations. I had a gift card from X-mas that still had money available so just sent in the balance to clean it out. I felt that it was money well spent, as it's one of the few sources for info on this hobby of ours. I thought that I should do my part to keep the site viable. If there are any other members that haven't donated yet, perhaps they should just stop to realize that we are a rather small select group that without our support could lose a very valuable resource that most of us make use of on a regular basis. After all, bad things can happen when good people do nothing to prevent them.
  9. As of today the site is apparently no longer available. Per error 404.
  10. I have bought and used the model shipways paint and have to agree with Brian that it is very inconsistent. I have several jars of their paint that were never opened before and yet when opened the paint appeared to be a shrunken hockey puck! Some of them were more the consistency of paste, and even with prolonged mixing and thinning with water, required much sanding to eliminate the coarseness of the finish. I don't know if somewhere in shipping they were frozen or what. On the other hand. some of the others that I was able to use seemed to work just fine. So my opinion is to search for another brand or hope you get lucky. Dave
  11. I guess that Ships in Scale would be my suggestion also. I have been getting their mag since 2000 and have been quite happy with it. As a matter of fact I also decided to order the digital copies of the previous years and the digital copies of that Model Ship Builder mag that quit publishing awhile ago. I only have a few copies of that one, but liked what I saw.
  12. Dave

    “You’ve just got to know your limitations”  Dirty Harry


    Current build:  Modified MS 1/8” scale Phantom


    Past builds: [Done & sold] 1/8” scale A.J. Fisher 2 mast Great Lakes schooner Challenge, 1/6” scale scratch built whaler Wanderer w/ plans & fittings from A.J. Fisher, and numerous plastic kits including 1/8” scale Revell U.S.S. Constitution (twice), Cutty Sark, and Mayflower.

                      [Done & in dry dock for remasting] Modified 1/8” scale Revell U.S.S. Constitution w/ wooden deck and masting (due to a too close encounter w/conc. floor in move):(


    Hope to get to builds: MS 3/16” scale Pride of Baltimore II,  MS 1/2” scale pinky schooner Glad Tidings,  a scratch build 3/16” scale Phantom, and a scratch built 3/16" scale Denis Sullivan

  13. Bought one, used once and broke, was very fragile. Vertical pcs. had grain running horizontal and broke off with the grain. Should have been made of plywood for better strength. Made my replacement parts with plywood and was much improved.
  14. 2016 Tall Ships As you can see here, I had slightly limited access and was unable to go aboard the ships, but here are the pictures of the 2016 Tall Ship celebration in Green Bay, WI that I was able to take. I have also included stock photos from the tall ships website of the 9 ships and the mascot that were there. The first ship was the 115’ Viking longboat Draken Harald Harfagre, which had the most eventful voyage of all the ships there. On her trip from Norway, they had to make an unexpected stop in Iceland to restep the mast which had become unstable. As she did not have an aux. engine, it would have been an awfully long row to the celebration! The second ship was the El Galeon, a replica of a 108’ 18 gun galleon that was a part of Spain’s West Indies fleet of 1565. Following that ship was a 1990 reconstruction of Commodore Oliver Perry’s 123’ U.S. brig Niagara from the 1813 battle of Lake Erie out of Erie PA. The fourth ship shown was the 137’ 3 masted topsail schooner Denis Sullivan out of Milwaukee WI. She is a modified replica of a Great Lakes cargo schooner of the 1800’s. Normally of shallow draft with a centerboard, the centerboard was omitted and her draft increased due to the need to conform to U.S. Coast Guard stability regulations for her use as a small passenger & sailing school vessel. She also had 5 watertight bulkheads added below deck. By the way, the triangular topsail is commonly called a raffee. The last ship that I took pictures of was the Pride of Baltimore II , a 108’ 2 masted topsail schooner. She was built in 1987 in Baltimore MD as a replacement for the original Pride of Baltimore. That ship was sunk near St. Thomas by a wind estimated at 80 or more knots in a storm on May 14, 1986 with a loss of 4 of her crew of 12 , including her captain. Anyone looking for more info on the two ships should pick up a copy of Pride of Baltimore by Thomas C. Gillmer. The remaining 4 ships I didn’t get a chance to photograph but you can see the stock photos to see which ships they were. But don’t forget the mascot of the celebration, at 61’ tall and 11 tons, it’s the world’s largest rubber duck. BETAQDAVE Tall ships That sail is a triangular topsail called a raffee, and was a very common feature of these Great Lakes cargo schooners in the 1800’s. It’s my understanding that it was safer for stability than a full topsail and easier to handle, while still allowing it to be used in situations where a square rigged sail would be of benefit with a following wind. The ship attains its maximum speed with this sail set. BETAQDAVE
  15. Welcome to the club Bulwark. I think I know what you mean about tornado alley. While stationed at Ft. Sill, OK when in the Army in 72, I was in 4 tornados in just my first 2 months there! Concerning your upcoming build of AL’s Bluenose II, try to get your hands on Ships-In-Scale magazine issues JUL/AUG 03 thru MAY/JUN 04. It’s a six part practicum by John Earl that has many useful suggestions