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  1. Your planking job, looks great so far. When I plank solid hulls, I usually used contact cement. I measure out my planks, smear on the contact cement on both the plank and the hull and then lay on the plank. But I also color or stain the solid wood hull a dark color so if there is any minute gaps between the planks, it will not stick out like a sore thumb. I use a low shine varnish and usually rub the finish with steel wool to give it a waxed appearance.
  2. First off, no matter what your next build is, it can be any model, but it's up to YOU to make it that show piece that would make you proud to pass down to future generations. A kit is a kit and only a starting point. But it's up to the builder on how much time, effort and research (oooops, there's a dirty word) that will either make an acceptable model or take that same acceptable model to the next level. I usually spend as much time researching a particular build as I do actually working on the model. I have built two out of the three you mention, the Model Shipways Bluenose, which went to a fellow in Canada. This is a great model for the beginner, easy to plank and it give detailed instructions on the proper way of deck planking. Model Shipways The Pride of Baltimore went to a fellow in Niagara Falls NY. It also was a fun model to build, but more of a second intermediate level model. It too has great plans and if memory serves, the plans on both were by Ben Lankford, who is one of the best at it. A piece of advice, never look towards your next build until you have a few models under your belt. I have finished several models where the owner had all the intentions in the world of finishing them, but life gets in the way and they just never got around to finishing them. Then someone like me steps in and finishes the model. Ebay is full of them. The last two models rear paddle wheeler river boat, Chris Craft mahogany runabout I finished where latch key kids abandoned and not to mention the next two, a 1930 Chris Craft Runabout and a Vietnam Gun Boat I will have to finish. Good luck on your current build and future builds, mike
  3. Ok folks, the final journey of the Montanes will be coming to a happy conclusion soon. The Waterman Hospital located in my area and the same hospital where I had open heart surgery recently is going to accept the Montanes as a donation. They have a Gala event in February each year and auction off various items and then use the money to obtain equipment or fund special programs like caring for the homeless when they are in need of health care. The manager of the Cardio Rehab Facility is really excited about the donation and hopes to possibly get some new workout equipment with funds from the Gala. I'll post how the process goes as it progresses. mike
  4. Hey RG, take some pics and show us what you got for your money. Model Space in my opinion is a great company, great support and what better way to spread out a build and the cost of the build over an extended period of time. The Sovereign is the only tall ship model that would make me want to build another. mike
  5. WOW CD, moving from a temperate climate like Florida and moving to New Hampshire, is a big move and require big adjustments I'm sure. Why don't you move over here near me and get out of that Tampa rat race. It's a bit more laid back here, although the lack of hobby shops is a downer. I wind up ordering just about everything I need on line. I'm just busting your chops, I'm sure you will get around to it one day. I know if I have an unfinished model laying around, it will nag me to no end, usually through my wife until I get back to it. mike
  6. That is a bit shameful CD hahahahahahaha, like they say admitting it is always the first step.
  7. OK, I'm just getting started on the 1930 Chris Craft, I had to finish up a tug I was working on. I took some fiberglass resin, thinned it down a bit and thoroughly coated the inside of the hull with it to repel any water that might get in there. I'm going to be working on the front deck and at least get the false deck down before I start planking the hull with the finished mahogany strips. I'm not quite sure how old this kit is, but I'm thinking it's an 80's or early 90's kit. A lot of the wood is quite brittle. I may wind up having to cut new pieces depending on how it goes. I'm trying to moisten the wood a bit with a damp cloth that I place on the wood for an hour or so just to try and moisten the wood a bit until I can get it into place. I'm curious as to how the planking strips will be. I'm now on the hunt for a 800-850 sized brushed motor for this hog. It's a single prop, so I want to make sure it has enough power to get on plane. I hope I don't have to order the motor from Cornwall models in England, like I did the last time I needed two 850 brushed motors, but finding them stateside is like hunting for a Unicorn.
  8. "How rare and wonderful is that flash of a moment when you realize we have just discovered a friend". Thank you for that quote Dave, that is the same way I feel about you my friend. mike
  9. "Unfortunately some times people are educated beyond their means of intelligence". Meaning, you can send someone to Yale or Harvard, but there are just some cases of stupid that even a high end college education can't cure. mike
  10. Very nice work Grandpa, she will be a real beauty when you finish with her. The Mantua Victory was always one of my favorite representations of the Victory. Oh and by the way, Grandpa, your not going to mimic every single thing on the model to the real ship, at best all you can do or hope to do is suggest, which is what your carving are doing, and a fine job I might add at that.
  11. With the above said, if i built the Victory again, i would build it without sails so the entire deck area as well as spars could be easily seen as well as all the rigging. I would also like to add here that the Victory and it's display case are quite large. The display case that I put here in was 54" in length, so it has a very commanding presents no matter where you display her. This was one of my motivating factors on the Library donation, I had the pleasure of building a HMS Victory model which was on my bucket list, I gained more experience and knowledge from the building and research of the model as well as marking another bucket list item off of my list which was to build a ship and donate it to a local Library so that anyone could enjoy, critique or marvel at the finished product without it costing them anything. Plus and this is a BIG plus, I get to go by and visit the Victory when ever I want without listening to my wife complaining about dusting the display case, cleaning the case or asking where can we move it next to get it out of her way. I went by the Library one day shortly after the donation and there was a fellow there taking pictures of the Victory so I asked him what he thought of the model and he thought it was great and took pictures of it to show friends since he was out of town and for future reference if he decided to build one. He asked several questions about the model and for the life of me I can't recall what they were, but I tried to answer them as best I could. When I was leaving the guy commented to the Library coordinator how knowledgeable I was regarding the model and she laughed and said, he should be, he's the builder of the Victory model. I smiled as I continued to walk out the door. I laugh when people say what a selfless act this was to build and donate a model, but only I know what a selfish act it was on my part and I'm good with that knowledge hahahahahaha. mike
  12. To me, an admiralty version is an option, but if I were to spend as much time, money and effort to build a ship model as grand as the Victory, I just couldn't and wouldn't see myself short cutting the whole experience by not fully building the model from stem to stern, to the mast tops with all the mind numbing tedious rigging inbtween. To me it's about the adventure and not the destination, from learning to the research. I spent probably as much time researching as I do building every model I have ever built and as of today, it about 45 models built with a few still waiting there turn, a Chris Craft mahogany run about 36" I'm working on now and then a Vietnam era gun boat named the Crockett. Both of these will be radio controlled.
  13. I'm adding my 1 3/4 cents about this kit in a mini review of the Dumas 74' Army tug. Mini Review: When I received the Dumas 74' Army Tug it was with the intent on building it for my 6 year old grandson's birthday. Nothing has changed there. I inspected the kit for fit and finish as well as inventory of all the parts. I love getting that new kit in the mail and I get giddy as a school girl on prom night when I see the mailman with a package addressed to me. I knew going in that this particular kit had a plastic preformed hull, which I can't stand, but as far as construction goes, the preformed hull does make for quicker assembly since you don't have to plank framing and then glass it with resin and fiberglass cloth. Now has this changed my feeling about preformed plastic hulls you ask? Nope, not in the least. Had the hull been plank on frame, the needed weight to balance out the finished model would have been quite a bit less if any at all. But due to the weight or lack of weight to the finished hull and the fact that the top cabin area caused the finished model to be quite top heavy and very tipsy. I found no issues or problems building this kit, the instructions and plans were more than sufficient for anyone to build this kit. I do have a slight confession to make, I deviated from the instructions a bit where it indicates using brass rod for the guard rail stansions. I chose to use 1/8 dowel rod for the stansions rather than soldering the railings together and the reasoning for this is, I SUCK AT SOLDERING yes, everyone has their limitations and sucking at soldering is mine. Yes, I have used $20.00 soldering irons up to $100.00 soldering stations and I still suck at it. Had this build been for a client on a commission, I would have subbed out the soldering part, but since it's for my grandson, I figure he won't mind. My final impressions of this kit: If you are looking for a fun project that won't break the bank ( cost of this kit is around $100.00 or less) that can take you a hundred or so hours to build and will give you a nice representation of a 74' Army tug when finished. But if you are expecting a museum quality model, then this kit won't be for you, as I have stated before, this is a kit museum quality models don't come from kits, there are a dime a dozen of them and also as the kit instructions state right off "This kit is meant to be a toy" so don't sweat it, build it and have fun.
  14. I'm getting close to finishing the old 74. It will be a birthday gift for my grandson, with radio, battery everything installed ready to hit the water. But this afternoon, while giving the old 74 a trial run in the tub, I found that she is quite top heavy due to the upper cabin. So in order for her to sit well in the water at the proper water line without tipping over, she will require a tad over a pound of lead or dead weight in order to balance her. I went with a 380 sized motor and a 7.4 2 cell 1500mah lipo battery. I started to put in a 540 motor, I have a few of them laying around an a 3s 3000mah lipo, but I didn't want that much power for my grandson in such a small boat. I really hate adding dead weight, but in this situation, I guess it can't be helped.

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