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About TonyUK

  • Birthday 08/25/1966

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  1. A beautiful build mate, great attention to detail and accuracy. I looked at getting this Mantua model, but as my first build i decided to get the Gorch Fock, which was far less complex. https://modelshipworld.com/index.php?/topic/7701-gorch-fock-by-tonyuk-mantua-scale-1-90/&tab=comments#comment-512270
  2. Bob, part number 44033 http://www.cornwallmodelboats.co.uk/acatalog/mantua-laser-etch.html Scroll down this page. Laser etched sheet. I have these few bits left over if you want them. cheers
  3. My finished model photos. I really enjoyed building this beautiful ship. When I look at some of the scratch builders work, mine seems less impressive, but for my first build I am very happy with the result. Cheers
  4. Looking great Nils, and great pics...always love having a zoom in and seeing your exquisite detailed work. I would love to build a steamship kit. Though apart from Titanic, there doesn't seem to be any others that I can find. I fancy building a ship with funnels. Lol. Where do people get the ship plans for scratch models?
  5. A vast amount of rigging on this fantastic model ship Nils....brilliant work.
  6. Thanks Tomasg. As its my first build, I don't really know how the quality compares to other kit manufacturers. The Mantua kit, which I managed to get for half the RRP, seemed pretty good to me. Good quality materials, clear plans, but not particularly helpful instructions (amusingly translated from the Italian by someone who might just have about passed a GCSC in English), they seem to just suggest the order in which to build the ship. Though half of the fun of building a model like these is working out how to do it. And with the vast resources available online, that was easy enough. The kit did have a few things missing, not enough portholes, dowls, eyelets and some of the decorative wooden strips missing. Though these were easy and cheap to buy. Other than that I'd recommend it. Cheers
  7. Thanks very much Nils. Your build updates are the first thing I look for whenever i visit the site.....brilliant and inspirational! My kit build has been slow and steady over nearly 2 years, but i am nearly finished. Goodness knows how many hours i have spent working on it, but... i'm not counting! Rather than watching the box, i put some music on and sit at my work bench and try do the best i can with every part of the build, i know it cant be perfect, but make it as best i can. It has become a labour of love. (Apart from doing the 100's of ratline knots!) Here are some more pictures from along the way.
  8. The hull gets painted With the water line lightly penciled on.
  9. Have just spent a very enjoyable hour or so with a glass of beer enjoying reading this build log. What a beautiful ship she was. Incredible modelling skills. I am nearing the end of my first model kit Mantua Gorch Fock, if only this steamship came as a kit! Cheers from the Scottish Highlands, Tony

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