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Malcolm Greig

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About Malcolm Greig

  • Birthday 12/26/1958

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    New Plymouth New Zealand
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    Period ship building, model railways, golf, rugby,cricket, and my dog Robbie

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  1. Denis Looking forward to the return of you and your expertise. malcolm
  2. In 1987 I brought Artesania Latina's Endeavour. It was well beyond my ability and knowledge. No internet to help back then of course. It ended up in the parts bin one third poorly built. 25 yrs later I started Caldercraft's Mars. Nice kit. I'm rigging it at the moment. With this forum's resources I've had no problems I could not solve or fix. I'll finish it. My ambition is to build Chris Watton's Victory (if it is ever released), as a retirement project. But I know I'll have to get a few builds under my belt before I buy a kit like that. I support the moderator's advice. If I had started with a smaller less complicated build in 1987 I may have had a house full of finished model ships by now. Anyway that's my view. I'm pleased to have returned to the hobby.. I'll post a picture when the Mars is finished. I think I'm just too slow at present with working full time to do a build log justice. Malcolm
  3. Rigging my first build. Slow and huge learning curve. But every block and tackle completed is a good feeling. Malcolm
  4. Excellent work Denis. I am very much enjoying your building log. Malcolm
  5. Well done Denis. Deck looks great. Very clever solution to the kits deck width plank inconsistencies. I also very much like the deck colour. Malcolm
  6. Hi Denis Your Revenge is looking great. I'm enjoying following both Martin's and your progress. Q? What process do you follow to accurately identify the many thread sizes? Malcolm
  7. That's terrible Denis. I thought I had the printed decorations missing on my Revenge, but I found them amongst the plans after a brief panic. I have part 69 missing, but I can make a new one. Everything else is present. I agree with you that the MDF is OK. Best of luck with the retailer making good on the missing parts. Malcolm
  8. Dennis I have the Revenge kit sitting under the Christmas Tree. It will be great to follow along with your build and learn from a master craftsmen. Malcolm.
  9. Great discussion. I brought the AL Endeavour in 1988 that got quarter finished and it ended up in the parts bin long ago. I'm rigging my second kit at the moment, Caldercrafts HMS Mars. I've made a personal commitment to myself to finish it before I start another build. I have the new Revenge sitting under the Chrismas tree, looking forward to starting that after I finish the Mars. I have carefully read comments about instructions and all of course are valid from the writers point of view. My opinion is that I find wooden ship instructions a challenge. The AL instructions and isolation broke me 25 years ago, while the Caldercraft instructions provide plenty of thinking and pondering they are generally OK. The plans are pretty good. What is the big difference this time is MSW and You Tube clips. Thanks to all the contributors. Novices like myself can enjoy the hobby and be confident that gaps in knowledge, mistakes and problems can always be solved. Malcolm
  10. I'm 56 and built all sorts of models until I was about 15. My son loved trains so it was a great excuse to start building models again, re-starting about 18 years ago. Building models brings back many happy feelings and memories of childhood. My son is a man now but when he comes home he still likes to get down into the model room on a Saturday afternoon with his old man and then enjoy a cold beer afterwards. What is so impressive is the improvement in the quality and variety of all types of models.Great time to be involved in model building. (I don't tell many people I'm into trains as it does attract a fair amount of mockery and banter). People seem to accept building wooden model ships much more favorably. Anyway, I have no fear of having nothing to do in my retirement (still a few years away). I am working towards being an accomplished enough wooden model ship builder to tackle Chris Watton's Victory and Mantua's Sovereign of the Seas in a few years. Malcolm
  11. I'm only a second time builder (and the 1st ended up in the parts bin) so I'm not qualified to help. But I will say you have made a courageous decision to start with the Victory and good on you.. If this site had of existed during my first build I may have succeeded. It's being a huge help during my second build (HMS Mars). Good luck. Malcolm
  12. Those rope coils in the life boats are superb Dominic. I've spent hours trying get a rope coil looking like that, without success. How'd ya do it? Malcolm

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