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  1. Hi everyone, I have done a couple of Revell plastic model kits and I am DONE with all the flashing and poor fittings. I just purchased the new Revenue Cutter from Bluejacket, which seemed like a nice beginner's solid hull kit. Any tips about hull shaping would be appreciated, if there are any specific sanding tools or techniques that help. The hull forms look pretty good, and are well drawn. Also the model is 1:48th scale. I think this kit is too new for a builders' forum or a blog yet, but any advice along these lines would be great. I will be actively checking in as I go along and I am looking forward to the build. So far, the plans seem very well done and it comes with a pretty concise and easy to understand instruction book. Finally, anyone who can steer me toward any good books on the early American Revenue service would be greatly appreciated. I think this is an 1815 model, like the "Dallas". Eric
  2. I have a small scale Sterling kit (about 1/80th, rather than the large RC kit) of the Emma C Berry, that I got so I can display this 2 masted version with the MS 1/32nd single masted one. She was built with the single mast, and several years later, converted to a 2 masted schooner. She sailed in this configuration, until donated to the Mystic Seaport museum, who restored her back to the as build setup. My question is how to reinforce the soft balsa solid hull. I know that such hulls dent and crack easily, and want to add some type of "substance" to toughen the surface. I'm looking for something tougher than regular paint.
  3. I am a beginner at ship modeling but an experienced model builder of trains and structures used on model railroads. I work in O Scale (1:48) in model railroading. I have an old kit from Model Shipways I purchased many many years ago. It is solid hull. I have the complete kit and the optional hardward that was sold separately from the basic model. I know this is an advanced model but it is the only kit I have. The rest of the ship models I want to build will be all scratch built. I figured I should get me feet wet on the Flying Fish. In future ships I build will not be solid hull. I was looking for but can't seem to find on the internet any tutorials focused towards solid hulls. I do have a number of books on ship modeling and there is not too much on that type of hull. I also downloaded the Model Shipways tutorial but it deals with the newer kits which are not solid hull. Any advice, other than don''t do it, would be appreciated. Jay Beckham
  4. I am curious if anyone have carved or created a solid hull ship out of a block of wood? This would be similar to what you find in some of the MS kits like the Phantom or Sultana. What are the best power tools and steps to be able to accomplish this? Thanks JB