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  1. Hi Keith and welcome! I was a total beginner also last fall and decided to start learning with something small and simple so I purchased the longboat. It took me 2 months to complete and I learned a lot! The small size presented a challenge but you get a good introduction to a lot of the basic techniques in wooden ship modeling. You don't need a Dremmel for this model and there is minimal sanding required. I only wish I had found this site before completing it. I used only the instructions that come with the model and would have benefited from the build logs here. Just take your time, read way ahead in the instructions and get a good understanding of how everything comes together before doing any glueing. You will enjoy the build! Good luck.
  2. Welcome aboard buddy! Very good site. Perhaps we can locate some other ship builders in the Piedmont area of N. C.
  3. Thanks to all that replied with advice. I will follow it, especially to check the build logs before choosing and purchasing a model. I look forward to starting my second project soon. Smooth sailing to all.
  4. Hello everyone, I live in North Carolina and I am just getting started with model ship building. I am retired now and was in search of a good hobby for some of my spare time. I enjoyed building plastic models as a kid and though that I might like trying my hand at wooden ships so I bought a kit for an 18th Century Long Boat by Model Shipways about 2 months ago. It seemed to be a good beginners project. I am almost finished the build and have enjoyed the challenge. I need the help of some of you experienced crew members to help me decide on the next model. I have read the pdfs on Model Ship Kits and Kit Selection where I found much good advice. Can you recommend kit makers who are known for their good quality and excellent instruction manuals? I also need recommendations on which models would be best to consider for my second build. Thanks in advance for any sound advice you can give me. Jedd

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