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  1. Hello and Greatings from south Florida. Here to share my builds and to stalk more wiser Jedi's to obsorbe there evil ship building powers I have been building models for about 20 years on and off since I was a smaller kid. Recently got hooked on wooden ship models and have really enjoyed learning new tequniques and realizing I'm way out of my comfort zone from my typical plastic tank kits. About %70 done with my second build the AL Bon Retour. My first build was the AL Jolly Boat. See a trend with the AL? Like I said I'm a newbie and had no prior woodworking experience so jumping into a $700+ HMS Victory would be just dumb and expensive. I have read a few posts bashing AL's quality, instructions, and accuracy. I agree the instructions flat out suck in places but that's the fun! You have the materials, other ship builders to look at for reference, and your own ideas to to make it work. As for accuracy I have to remind myself that I'm am at the crawling phase in terms of the basics. Planking, sanding, rigging ect. and look at this is fun practice for bigger and better things years from now. I lucked out this past birthday. I bought myself the ModeShipways Armed Virgina Sloop and the same week my girlfriend bought me the AL kit Independence! I have decided that I'm going to start the Indepence when the Bon Retour is finished. I feel the Independece is simply better progression from the AL beginner kits versus jumping into the Virgina Sloop. This intro is way way to long so I'm signing off. Hope to hear and write back as often as I can. Ohh and to post my progress from the Bon Retour! "If you dig it do it. If you dig it a lot do it twice" Jim Croce
  2. Hi all- I am currently building the AL Mayflower kit. It comes with two of those silk, sticky-back flags. My question is, how do you make those flags look realistic? In the past when I have done flags of this nature, they end up looking really unrealistic because they just sit there flat in the direction of the wind. How do you make them "hang" like a real flag would look? Thanks! Stu
  3. First ship model?

    Hi: I asked this question in my introduction topic but I think here is a better place to ask. These are the kits I have bought, some because are very old and I did not want to miss the opportunity of having them. - America yacht by sterling models (RC) - Dallas revenue cutter by Artesania Latina - Swift by Artesania Latina - Bluenose by mini mamoli My 2 candidates are the swift and the bluenose. I actually bought the bluenose to make it my first model but now that I have it seems very small and I think would be hard to do the rigging for a beginner, the main point is that it is solid hull construction which is easier but to be honest I do not like solid hull construction however it can be a good exercise for other techniques. Should I start with the mini mamoli? the swift by AL? or something bigger like the Dallas revenue(I wouldn't like to mess this kit because it is out of production)? The America yacht I think is out of play for now because this particular ship has a special place in my heart (childhood memories) and I want to start it once I feel comfortable with my skills as a model ship builder. Your help is appreciate it. Juan