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Kristopher Knue

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  1. The 1/96 Constitution is a great kit for "learning" class. Compared to smaller, simpler kits it is good to train with due to its size. A larger model leaves more room to work with your fingers. I've built 3 ships of sail over the years, one wood and 2 plastic. Right now I have the 1/96 Sea Witch in my model shipyard. Each piece is a lesson in figureitoutness. With each piece and thread you will learn how to do it. And with time you will master. Be willing to invest your patience into the build. The hull and deck work will require steady hands and a selection of fine tip paint brushes to get good detail. As for the rigging, lay out the mast and yards on a sheet of Styrofoam and build. Have a box of pins from the house sewing kit ready. Again, with each string, thread and yard you will figure it out. Take your time, even the real Constitution took years to build, and more to maintain. I can't stress enough that a good set of tweezers are worth their weight in gold. Get a curved tip pair, this will allow you to tie knots like a pro. One last benefit of building Old Ironsides, she still exist. If you're stuck on a detail and want to know what it should look like for real, Google a picture. Or better, go to Boston and walk her decks yourself. When you're done you will have a show piece. And, a "I'll do that better next time" learning tool. As I was building my ships and looked closely at the detail of the rigging I developed a great respect for the men that put to sea on those ships of sail. I hope you do too, good luck. Kris USN (Ret.)

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