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  1. Beautiful! Great work. I'm thinking of buying the kit but have not decided yet.
  2. I would suggest the Pinta as a good starting kit from Dusek. I have built it and it is an fairly easy build. The instructions are very good. The kit is not that expensive either. So if it matches your criteria in period, accuracy and so on it is a good one to start with.
  3. There might not be a good tutorial for the model you choose. Hopefully there is a thread here on this forum, but don't count on it. Check out the ships from Dusek. I have built two models from them and have a third in the closet. The instructions have been very good. In many cases they are available on their webpage to down load. that way you can have a look at them before you decide if you want to go ahead and buy and build. If you really feel for a more advanced model go ahead and buy it and start to build! It is a hobby after all, nothing "important". In the absolute worst case
  4. Are you a complete beginner to building models or do you have any previous experience with other forms of models? Have you built plastic models? Have you worked with wood, building other things in wood (model houses, wagons, cannons?) Are you patient? Do you enjoy doing the same thing many times over without being bored? Building ship models demands patience and the ability to do repetitive tasks again and again and again. Finally to be a bit blunt if you tried the Golden Hind and failed chances are you will fail with the next "big" model also. I STRONGLY suggest you st
  5. Long time no posts😀 I'm currently working in country where there is no possibility to do any modeling. But late summer 2020 I will be back in civilization! So to prepare for that I have started to scout for suitable models! Back home on the workbench Occres Cazador Is waiting, but I think about Billings HMS Renown. That is a small quick easy build of an interesting boat/ship. I also, by mistake, found out about Artesanias Sopwith Camel in 1:16 scale. As soon as I saw it I got a tightness in my chest and I know I will build it sometime. Sometimes
  6. Very interesting thread to follow. Did the guns have some kind of cooling system for the barrels?
  7. Great build. Very nice. What are the leading edges made of? it looks like thin brass or some kind of metal foil?
  8. I've built the model Airways Fokker. Haven't built this one so I cannot compare the two. But, the instructions for the Model Airways was very good. In the beginning I did not like the instructions but as the build progressed I really learned to read the instructions and follow them exactly and things would go fine. It was not an easy build but by being careful, dry fitting parts, following instructions and having great patience it finally became finished. Like most models it is not the "difficulties" that will beat you, it is doing the same thing over and over and over again that w
  9. Thanks! The reason (according to Shepard Paine, legendary diorama builder) is that if objects are parallel to the edge it plays a "mind trick" and it looks like the scene is constrained by the frame. It is difficult to "imagine" that the diorama is a snapshot/cut out of reality and goes on outside the diorama. With things parallel it looks like the scene is made to fit inside the frame (I hope I'm not too unclear) I find it very good advice. Just moving objects a few degrees of 90 degrees makes a huge difference. Of course it doesn't matter if a few small things are parallel but ma
  10. Well, drum roll... It is done! I´m pleased with it. It was a fun kit to build. Some processes were difficult, I would not recommend this kit unless you have some experience in model building and working with different materials. I remember that I did not find the instructions clear in the beginning. I take that statement back. the instructions were very good. Read the carefully and follow the exactly and things will go fine. A very tricky part was adding the rudder wires through the rollers. Take care when you build the rollers and maybe install the wires before adding
  11. I was going to finish this yesterday. Then late thursday my boss/watchcommander called and said i needed to work friday (which was my day off). So no luck. Work this weekend and next week, but maybe I'll actually be allowed to have my day off next tuesday?
  12. It is close now! The map has been glued to the picture frame. The propeller isn't finished, it needs more sanding and then varnishing. I also need to strengthen the pro-shaft to avoid it "drooping". I might leave the engine cowl off to show off the engine. I have also ordered a replica Pour le Merite model to add to the base. There is also the last metal cowling to add to the right of the MG:s. Hopefully it will be 100% finished next week. I started building 3rd of december last year so it has taken slightly more than a year to build. But it has been a very leisurely p
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