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  1. First ship

    I was originally going to try and build a pob model of the Bluenose. After pricing out the model, paints, tools, shipping, taxes etc I came out with a price of around $400Cdn. I passed it by the Admiral and got the 100 yard death stare, then she asked is there something a little less in cost to start out with first to make sure it's something you'll enjoy. So I'm looking at plastic now instead of wood for my first build. Was looking at Revell's Constitution in 1/96 scale. Your thoughts and suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Bruce
  2. I started my Revel 1/96 Constitution when my youngest was 4. It was slow going and I used to joke that I'll have it done in time to give it to her as a wedding present. I eventually just put it away as it was a little overwhelming. Well she's 23, and while she doesn't have a serious boyfriend, I'd like to fulfill my committment when the time comes. So it's unpacked and I'm sitting here and I'm stuck exactly where I was before. Except now there's the Internet. :-) So in brief, I can't figure out how to get the string through the tiny cannon door holes. Do you just drill very carefully? Use a hot needle? Something else? I'm sure there's some technique. Any ideas are gladly accepted! Thanks!
  3. Hi everybody! I have been looking for La Belle Poule from Heller in scale 1/200. This ship has been out of production for a while and is becoming very rare. There have been some for sale on a french website for a very good price (20-30 EUR) but the problem was that the seller was either not willing to ship it to Belgium or the item was already sold. So, my question for you, do any of you happen to have this kit or know anybody that wants to get it of their hands for a good price? There are some models out there but I'm not prepared to pay €60 for a kit in that scale from the seventies... I can get a "Le superbe" or "Glorieux" kit for that kind of money with twice the amount of parts and in a bigger scale. So please, any tips are very welcome! Thank you Grtz, Lukas.
  4. From the album HMS Bellerophon 1/150

    HMS Bellerophon. I built her following the blueprints of a traditional English frigate of the XVIII century. This model is a generic frigate, and has no relation with the real, second rater ship of the line HMS Bellerophon, which carried Napoleon to Saint Helena island. Hull is made of styrene, built with a plank on bulkhead technique. Cannons are brass and masts are balsa wood. The figures are taken from a train maquette kit and painted to fit the uniforms of the time. Sadly, no building log for this one.
  5. Several members over the last few months have inquired about some fiber optic lanterns I incorporated in my U.S.S. Constitution build and how to make them. Although some trial and error will occur for you (as with any new applied technique) I will highlight some of the details of the process I used to hopefully allow you to avoid some pitfalls. Let me start with tools you will need. Although this lantern process may seem tedious it is actually a lot of fun working with them and the rewards of lighting previously unseen areas of your build can't be beat. They do get easier as you do more of them. The tools I used are as follows: 1. Calipers (used to gauge the size of the plastic while it is being turned and shaped) These are EKG calipers that were given to me long ago. 2. Double end pin vise from Micromark tools: http://www.micromark.com/double-end-pin-vise,6729.html item #21104. I took mine apart and only used the large chuck (beneath the hand grip in the photo) to secure the plastic stock. 3. A slightly curved and cut paint stirring stick with blue painters tape applied. This is used to clamp the fiber optic into the ships bulwark and protects the model from the bite of the clamp. I added felt (not pictured) between the clamp as well for the same reason. 4. A plastic jig made from extra 1/8" plastic stock. More on this later... 5. Fine modelers sanding stick (or simply spray glue fine sand paper to another paint stick). 6. Micro brush - I believe this is a Microbrush product (http://www.microbrush.com/hobby/howtobuy/area.asp). 7. 1/8" Square clear plastic stock. This one is acrylic. I got mine from US Plastics item 44135 (http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/item.aspx?itemid=24195&catid=440&clickid=searchresults) BUT they only come in 6 foot sections! Shipping was more than the product...but there was plenty of it to experiment. Pictured is a 16" section. 8. Miniature drill bits. Any will do...mine are Micromark (http://www.micromark.com/20-piece-micro-size-drill-bit-set-with-index-61-80,6758.html) 9. 3" or 4" grip clamp to compress the fiber optic into the bulwark. 10. Leather punch for cutting out lantern reflectors. 11. Medium file with sharp fine teeth. Dull files will increase friction and thus heat, melting your stock. 12. An accurate ruler for setting the calipers. 13. A hand mini drill (Mine: Micromark http://www.micromark.com/micro-hand-drill,7045.html) NOT pictured: 14. Drill Press 15. Fiber OPtic cable (I bought plastic cable on Ebay - 0.75mm) 16. Dremel tool with a 1/32" engraving bit. 17. Beader's snips or tree snips. 18. Emory board 19. Flat Black Paint Next I'll describe how I used them.
  6. 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?

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