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  1. Hi All, After having been away from the hobby for a while I purchased the combined USS Monitor and CSS Virginia kits from Bluejacket. I completed the USS Monitor and a build log if it can be seen here: Now moving on to the CSS Virginia. It is a noticeably more complex kit than the Monitor but of equally high quality. The hull is well formed and the various metal pieces come in a nice segregated and sealed bag. The plans are also well drawn and quite descriptive. Thanks to @MrBlueJacket and company for again making a great kit. Looking forward to getting into the thick of building it. The kit contains a number of individual metal pieces all nicely packaged. I couldn't resist setting the completed USS Monitor next to the bare hull of the CSS Virginia for scale.
  2. Have you ever browsed through your favorite build to see what the full build looks like at the present time? Have you ever wondered what else is being built on MSW 2.0, it may be a kit, scratch, R/C, card or plastic, or any other material, including digital reconstruction. I am inviting all members to post a latest photo of their build (side elevation)and a link to that build, so everyone can see what it looks like, and give others an idea of what else is going on. I am not trying to create a multitude of build logs under one topic, just photo’s so we can all see what is going on. This will possibly help others in deciding on what to build next Anyone interested?
  3. Hello all, Since my Victory is on hold, I decided to start something smaller and easier to fit in my busy schedule and my skill level better. I don't have much time to work on this model, (between 0 - 1 hour a day if I am lucky), so I thought the Hermione would be much better choice. First off, here is how the kit arrived Its funny how it has a big red sticker on it, and it was crushed! UH OH! As you can see, I was a little hesitant to open it. I closed my eyes and opened the box and luckily no pieces were damaged! That was a relief! I was trying to find the instructions to no avail. Then I realized that they were all in pdf and jpg format on the included cd! That isnt too bad cause at least I can zoom into the photos if I need a close up. I do like how there are MANY photos to help me understand what the instructions are trying to say. I noticed that the pictures help more than the English text does! I guess a picture is worth more than a paragraph of words! Next comes the plans. It included 1 sheet of plans which just had different views of the conpleted model. I was a little disappointed that it didn't come with plans that showed any cross sections of anything. Bummer. Pretty much all the parts are basswood and ply. The few pieces that were not basswood were the deck planks. I think the reason they didnt include much other wood was to: 1) save money on making the kit 2) pretty much all parts will be painted ,except the deck planking, so why include high quality wood if it will just be painted later? The laser cut parts are very detailed with very little burn marks. I was impressed with the amount of detail they could put into those small laser cut pieces. Here are a few of them The only pieces I have some gripe with are the basswood strips. Most of them do not have good edges like so I would say a good 30% of the strips have bad edges on all sides. I think this will make planking a little more challenging, but I will have to wait and see. I will be posting later tonight on my progress but wanted to describe the kit first. I'm already farther on this model than my Victory! So far, this is turning out to be a much better choice! Jeff
  4. Hey mates—Be careful with the EuroModel kit for building the Renommée frigate. It's likely the Swedish Jupiter and not a French ship at all. Take a look at www.larenommeeship.com in the "Sea Bag" for the article about EuroModel's error. Nice model, but wrong ship.
  5. Hello all, Since my Victory is on hold, I decided to start something smaller and easier to fit in my busy schedule and my skill level better. I don't have much time to work on this model, (between 0 - 1 hour a day if I am lucky), so I thought the Hermione would be much better choice. First off, here is how the kit arrived Its funny how it has a big red sticker on it, and it was crushed! UH OH! As you can see, I was a little hesitant to open it. I closed my eyes and opened the box and luckily no pieces were damaged! That was a relief! I was trying to find the instructions to no avail. Then I realized that they were all in pdf and jpg format on the included cd! That isnt too bad cause at least I can zoom into the photos if I need a close up. I do like how there are MANY photos to help me understand what the instructions are trying to say. I noticed that the pictures help more than the English text does! I guess a picture is worth more than a paragraph of words! Next comes the plans. It included 1 sheet of plans which just had different views of the conpleted model. I was a little disappointed that it didn't come with plans that showed any cross sections of anything. Bummer. Pretty much all the parts are basswood and ply. The few pieces that were not basswood were the deck planks. I think the reason they didnt include much other wood was to: 1) save money on making the kit 2) pretty much all parts will be painted ,except the deck planking, so why include high quality wood if it will just be painted later? The laser cut parts are very detailed with very little burn marks. I was impressed with the amount of detail they could put into those small laser cut pieces. Here are a few of them The only pieces I have some gripe with are the basswood strips. Most of them do not have good edges like so I would say a good 30% of the strips have bad edges on all sides. I think this will make planking a little more challenging, but I will have to wait and see. I will be posting later tonight on my progress but wanted to describe the kit first. I'm already farther on this model than my Victory! So far, this is turning out to be a much better choice! Jeff
  6. First build here, i read somewhere that the first kits have detailed instructions that build your knowledge base to know how to fill in the blanks when it comes to the less detailed instructions on the larger / more complex kits.. if that's the case I sure am glad i started with this little guy because i'm really struggling with the instructions! The miniature furniture kits / scratch-build tutorials i've worked off of have been drowning in detail. The build was going reasonably smoothly until I got the planking, where the instructions call for installing the sheeting, after rummaging through the kit a few times looking for a sheet of planks I decided it must be another name for strip wood. I didn't question this until i was securing the deck and the spacing between planks grew out of scale that I started second guessing and, digging through the kit one more time, found a pile of veneer strips - at this point i'm not sure if i've used my hull materials as planking or not! The images all appear to be strip wood, so i'm going to carry on and assume everything is fine. It's incredibly difficult to tell from any of the images online which wood was used, i seem to be the only one having this existential crisis. Yesterday was spent sanding / sealing the decks and today I will tackle filing down the ribs so I can start working on the hull.
  7. Hi guys ! This is Douglas from Hong Kong ! After building plastic models for years, I packed enough courage to start a brand new thing in my modelling life. This is really a new thing to me. I learnt a lot so far, and thank you Kerry at Vancouver for recommending the kit and teaching me. I will post progress photos here. I guess it would take me years to finish this model. Please do give me comments, so I could learn and improve.
  8. model ship kit by mamoli started a few years ago have continued work on it recently
  9. Hey guys, This is my first wooden ship model kit and log so I hope this turn out good There will be some mistakes of course but some tips will be appreciated. I love the view of pirate ships and the ones with cloths that's why I pick Corsair model kit. Plus for first kit I don't like to spent hundreds (or don't have spare money let's say ). Also bought some tools - cutters, file, hobby knife, glue, brush, sanding tool, hand drill and few others. So let's begin Here are few pics of the kit: In my kit the guide was only in Spanish and German which was kind a problem for me but after mailing the manufacture I've received English one Everything looks good in the manual but as soon as I start the build I hit my first trouble - the so called laser cut was not that precise so a lot of sanding was required... You can see that even after some sanding it was still pretty tight fit... At that point I was wondering am I doing something wrong or it's just this specific kit?! But we'll not give up in the beginning won't we? After initial pain I felt that it's not always necessary to be like that And once again I was crushed: With my good friend the file we got to work again (maybe a little bit too much somewhere... in the end...): After the sanding and fitting of the deck I start beatifying it: Need a little bit more work around the deck these days and I should go to the planking part which worries me the most Hope you like this log and eventually I'll try to post couple of times during the week
  10. Hello everyone!! I am excited to start my USS Constitution Model Shipways Kit# MS2040 blog. I hope this blog will benefit others who are attempting to build this ship and I hope I have a blast putting it together (the ship and the blog). I have been at it for about 6 weeks and really enjoying the build so far. I find it so relaxing to work on because the thought and attention needed prevents me from thinking about all of life's other little problems. I love going into "boat" mode and looking at a clock a couple of hours later and wondering where the time went. I will try too keep this blog as simple as possible. I have already found that I spend about 50% of my building time reading these blogs and formulating my plans and the other half actually building. It is much more complicated and detailed than I would have thought. I purchased the Practicum by Lauck Street Shipyards and have found it to be very helpful so far. The directions included with the kit were not nearly detailed enough for me to have any hope in being successful. I am still struggling to keep "stem" and "stern" straight in my head for goodness sakes! Or is it "bow" and "stern"? And don't even get me started on what a rabbet is - more to come on that... So let's have fun and build ourselves a ship. The journey of the Tortoise begins. Ok, I was going to post some pictures here but have not yet figured out how to upload them from my laptop. That's why I am named the Tortoise people. This was never going to be easy. Photos to follow once I figure it out. PS: I decided to post in blue so that people scrolling through the blog could easily identify the posts that I have authored. Let me know if the blue drives anyone crazy. The Tortoise 9/8/2016
  11. The following is the reconstruction of my build logs for the Sherbourne following temporary loss of the Model Ship World Site in February 2013. First posted May 6th 2012. === It started with a birthday present in January of £200 from my daughter. What could I possibly want that would have some meaning over the year? I suddenly remembered that as a younger chap I had really enjoyed rigging plastic model ships, and had had a long-time yearning to work with wood. So on to the web, find out about ship models. Amazon for books, found 'The New Period Ship Handbook' by Keith Julier. It didn't give much (any) detail, but I thought maybe the Lady Nelson would be good. So researched that. Found this forum. Many days reading the variety of experience. Asked questions, thought about the Chatham as well, tried to get it but it was out of stock, so bought the Sherbourne Kit. My plan was not to go for the perfection of the other builds, but to get a basic understanding of the whole process, as I knew I would be making some frightful mistakes, and likely to be a bit messy as well. How right I was! Read all the planking advice on the Database, how to make filler blocks etc, then plunged in. Bought the kit, checked all the parts, stuck the tiddly little ones into the bags in the photo, put the frame together. Thought I'd be a clever little so-and-so and follow Danny's suggestion of inserting nuts in the hull to take pedestals at some future date. Even lined the bolts up with the bulkheads and epoxied the nuts in -- ensuring no glue was caught in the threads. All well and good ... so far.
  12. Hey guys, I browse these days a lot of online shops, especially the ones from kit selection pdf here and notice that most of the kits are marked as difficulty level 2 or 3 out of 5. So I was wondering is there any kit that is ranked at 4 or even 5 out of 5? I'm curios to see how it looks like, what's in the box, etc. Because for me as a beginner even the ones rated at 3 looks pretty hard (I'm working on level 2 right now - Corsair by OcCre). Or the people here with more models through their hands - what do you consider the hardest kit? I hope it's not duplicate topic since I didn't found anything like that in the search
  13. I started this build four or five years ago. We moved across country and haven't lived in a place I could set up shop until recently so am now outfitting a new shop while I restart this project. Many pieces on the bulkheads broke in the move so I basically started by glueing all those back together. I also just added the aft filler blocks and am roughing them in.
  14. I started this project in summer 2012. I choose this kit after browsing and reading many of the build logs in MSW 1.0, and because it has only one mast (I’m not much of a seaman except in the rather romantic way of reading Patrick O’Brian’s novels for the second time). The box contained all the promised parts in an orderly fashion, and a very short/thin instruction booklet. But there is help: Watch and learn on MSW 2.0 (in my case especially from Tony’s Sherbourne at http://modelshipworld.com/index.php?/topic/335-hmc-sherbourne-by-tkay11-–-caldercraft-–-scale-164-1763-a-novice’s-caldercraft-sherbourne/) Download the construction manual of Caldercraft’s Brig Badger, it explains and illustrates a lot of the details (i.e. principle of hull construction, guns …) which are very similar to the Sherbourne (http://www.jotika-ltd.com/Pages/1024768/Manuals_Badger.htm) Buy George Bandurek’s book “Super-detailing the cutter Sherbourne” (http://www.grbsolutions.co.uk/5.html), an inspiring guide to make much more out of a beginners kit Keel, bulkheads and deck came first, then balsa fillers fore and aft. Then I soaked the plywood bulwarks before bending them with the help of tea mugs and a good bottle.
  15. Here's a kit I bought about 20 years agowhenI was in Junior High School. It was my first wooden kit. Needless to say, it was very rough arround the edges when I finished it back then. So, fast forward to today, I found it again at my parent's house and want to refurbish it. Now so much more is avaliable for refrence and my skills have improved a little bit too Looking forward to any feedback! -Matt
  16. juansystem05

    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
  17. Hello friends. As I restarted my life in a new flat as a single in may of this year I restarted my hobby also - but my right eye got so bad during the last few month that I was forced to stop car driving. So I crashed the Ranger and got mad of being unable to built anything intelligent until today. I got a book at ebay and found the old Krick kit of the Alert! And I got mindsick and bought it spontaniously - due to the fact that 1/25 might be an intelligent way to outwit my eye. W'ht'n'heaven hav' I done? I first decided to bash the kit, and had to figure out that it was easier to rebuilt it scratch. Then I got the information to have copied the wrong plan. So I decided to make use of the 1829 30tons one due the rectangular hull lines. Because of this I changed the titel and set in this small statement for you to show the development of the buildingstory. So I'm awaiting the pacel and started looking for some literature and background information: https://www.uscg.mil/history/webcutters/Alert1818.pdf But in there is an intersing group of words: She was constructed of live oak, red cedar, and locust, with four ports per side. Does this text mean square formed ports with lids? ...and is the Alert of 1818 of the 57ft-Class with 75tons (without fractional number XY/95 ? I couldn't belief! ) the wrong prototype? And do I have to buy the AotS Book of Alert 1777? Perhaps you can help - during I'm rummage around in my issiue of Chapelle's book The History of the American Sailing Navy to find further answers... and start reading here: http://modelshipworld.com/index.php/topic/6400-alert-by-riverboat-krick-125th-scale/ Yours, Small Stuff
  18. Hello all, Im fairly new to the hobby, started in 2013 and joined the dutch www.modelbouwforum.nl community which has been very helpful. I've been mainly doing Warhammer miniature painting and plastic kits so my expertise is painting, not wood works :-) I finished my first wooden model kit the Pinta from Amati with the dutch forum help, and loved it so I started the Friesland from Mamoli soon after. I've been working on the Friesland for one year now and its been very difficult. The result is not bad for a beginner, but I needed something on the side as a "breather" so I started the Half Moon from Corel, a nice little kit similar to the Pinta. I plan to age and weather this ship heavily, possibly even going totally unorthodox and priming/spraypainting it completely, leaving no natural wood visible, then paint up the wood colors and details by hand. My first ship was done "traditionally" using blank and wood color varnishes. The Friesland I am weathering and staining using Warhammer paints/inks. For this one I want to try a third approach So without further ado: Currently assembling the frame, keel, bulwarks and main deck. All straight forward so far.
  19. Wahooh! ... it arrived! After a long wait, my US Brig Syren finally managed to paddle across the pond and land in the UK. An interesting mix of nerves and excitement, but all good! I've decided to go for this particular kit as it's a model from a period that I particularly like, so it should keep me motivated throughout the long haul that I'll have ahead of me. Furthermore, as a total beginner I was looking for something that would be doable, yet be challenging whilst providing enough support through an excellent manual, the designer's presence on the forum here and a plethora of excellent build logs of other members. I also was keen on a plank-on-bulkhead model as it felt that it would stretch me a bit, whilst not being as challenging as a plank-on-frame model. The Syren it thus was. Yes, yes, I know... yet another Syren blog. :-) I've spend today unpacking everything (including some new hand tools that I had to order as my DIY equipment is too big and clumsy), categorising and counting everything. To my surprise, everything seems to be there although I had 11 pieces of a particular timber bit, rather than the required 17. I'll pick that up with Model Expo, no doubt they'll whiz over the missing 6 pieces. I don't think it'll hold me back any time soon though. I'm expecting progress to be slow. I'm a stickler for detail and a bit of a perfectionist, so things like this tend to take longer with me anyways. I also want to use it a bit as a test-bed for developing my modelling skills, so I want to try certain things on the ship that are perhaps a bit more advanced such as a bit of spiling of the hull planking, proper use of stealers and drop-planks, detailed tree-nailing and perhaps some other things, just to get my teeth stuck into it. Besides that, after ordering the kit we found out that my girlfriend is pregnant, that I got a new job which I'll be starting soon and that we're moving home. Yes, timing is impeccable as always with me! :-) It's like Xmas came early... or more likely, very late in this instance! Sorting, categorising and counting everything against the inventory log. A bit nervous about how small some of the pieces are, especially with my clumsy hands. Luckily I got some really good tweezers that should help me out! Kind regards, Martijn.
  20. Hi Guys, I have been away from modelling for a few years now, but my oldest boy saw the advert for build the "Pirates of the Caribbean" and he was really keen to build it. I mentioned that I had one in the shed, so I dragged it out an dusted it off. The boys and I are building the AL San Francisco. We have been at it for a few weeks now only spending a couple of hours a week, but it is coming along. I recognise a few of the names on the list - so a big hello to all. Cheers Mark from Tassie
  21. Hi, my name is Louis Nicholas. I recently bought this amati kit to make it my first kit build, and this is my first log. Nice to meet everyone in this website. Work starts on saturday this week, and on that day, I would go out to buy the tools. This seems like a wonderful project for the summer holiday
  22. Hello everyone, sorry for my bad english today and got my first kit ever, I am new to modeling, could you give me some advice, especially for painting? as soon as possible'll post pictures of the kit just arrived, and will update every time the post, with the progress made in the construction thank you all in advance
  23. Hello friends, under the Chrismas tree I found her! Possible to built her with clinkerd panking! Later more about these traditional Pommeranian and Prussian shallow water fishing barges. Here the very first pictures from the freshly opened box:
  24. Dear friends... after the complete proof that girls are evel (look here -> http://modelshipworld.com/index.php?/topic/4277-uncompletebale-small-boat-after-paris-by-small-stuff-gk-modellbau-no-2002-scale-164-2nd-wooden-build-smal/?p=132074)- I reboot the trial to finish a now boat. It will be again a Kammerlander model kit PoF wit the GK-Kit No. 2006. It can be built in scales from 1:35 up to 1:50 and I decided to built her in 1/48 to make the "useable" together with/on later builded ships. Measurements are L. 93 mm - W.: 3,2 cm - H.: 18 mm. So... I try to look on the bright side of life! Pictures following during the next hours, days or weeks...
  25. Hello Folks, I cought in the famouse X-bay two Breton Fishingboats of the first decade of the XX. century. The fist one ARMOR (A 1862) is a plastic kit from Heller scaled to 1/125 is dated before II world war, her the Box and the interiuere with out the booklet... the second SAINT GILDAS (GX 3864) is a wooden kit from scaled two 1/50 and is dated to 1908.looks like a variation of the Billing Boats Thuna Boat Marie Jeanne Lets start with the Heller plasic kit - the wooden one will need a little bit to come towards me. Christian, going to the bathtub to clean the model from the ress of lubricate by warm water & washing-up liquid

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