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  1. Hello All , Looking at starting my second boat build in the not too distant future . I think I have come to the conclusion of trying to build the 19th century racing yacht "America" . There are a number of companies make this model , so Im trying to choose the one with the most detailed pieces which will look authentic once finished (any ideas) ? one thing I have picked up for plank on bulkhead models is that the fore and aft bulkheads are better for planking if you use some sort of filler to help support the planking as it bends round . Has anyone any simple / cheap ideas as to what can be used for this purpose ? Just out of interest I have been looking at Mamolis version ??? Thanks Mike
  2. Hello Irish chick, Welcome to the forum which model are your plans for? Mike (UK)
  3. Hi Neil, Para Reg mate. I am making my first plank on frame model boat, the "Marie - Jeanne" French Tuna fishing boat which has really nice lines with sails, which is why I chose it. Taking it easy and using other people's build projects from the forum. It's coming on good and using my own skills which I've worked out myself from a previous boat build from scratch using my own plans. I must say this is a very relaxing hobby and takes me back to my own childhood making airfix planes (spitfire being my first). Pity today's kids don't follow on doing this as it gives you a good grounding in practical skills. Cheers Mike
  4. Hi Neil, old Yorkshire lad by the sounds of it, using the " Ridings" titles. I'm from the NE coast shipbuilding area which is probably where I get my love of maritime and my Grandfather was a Lloyd's Registered Surveyor of shipping. Like you I'm ex squaddie but after a bit ill health I find it relaxing going back to modeling plank on frame. By the way my Mam was born in Hull. Cheers Mike
  5. Hi Steve, Welcome. My advice is to use the forum and the members wealth of experience. When doing your first wood ship build, choose your first model after lots of research and use YouTube for ship builds for your particular model. Mike
  6. Bonjour Captgino , A most spectacular tutorial both written and photos . I will soon be undertaking the same build and hopefully trying to get as near to your standards as possible ! I will certainly be following your guidelines very closely . I may have to ask you a few questions if you don't mind . Thank you . Merci et Auvoir Mike (UK)
  7. Hello All UK Modelers , Can anyone kindly supply me with the shops / stores in the UK that stock Pearwood strips , 1-2mm thickness / 5-10mm width Thanks Mike
  8. Absolutely beautiful keeping it in natural wood and I also love the classic lines of this boat . I would very much like to make the Marie-Jeanne and noticed that both Billings Boats and Artesania produce the same model , could you tell me which is the better make model and why ? with thanks . Mike
  9. Hello Jim , Forgot to ask your advice regarding what sort of deck equipment / supplies (barrels of water etc) would Vikings be carring on their ships ? Just for extra pieces to add to the model for a little authentic showing . Mike
  10. Hello James , A very interesting build , especially as I intend to build one myself . I only wish it were a little larger specifications ( say around 2ft to 2ft 6" in length ) . As you say you consider this to be the best on offer of this type of longship , is there any other model you would recommend ? Out of curiosity , what thickness are the keel and bulkheads and also dimensions of the planking ? as my first intention was to scratch build a Viking longship (I have done similar before ) . Kind regards . Mike

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