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Paul Jarman

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About Paul Jarman

  • Birthday 04/11/1954

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    Emmer Green, Caversham, Reading, Berkshire,UK
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    looking after my dog Cassie. Building model ships both wood and plastic. building model aircraft.

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  1. Cracking job of this kit. Well done. I have this kit in my stash and will look forward to building it having seen how good the kit is. Paul
  2. Welcome aboard Chris. Lucky you retiring so soon, I have to wait until November. look forward to seeing a build log. you are already getting good advice and will get a lot more from other members. good luck with your build, will drop by every once in a while to see how you are getting on. Paul
  3. Hi Anna, Thanks for your compliment. I will get back to building it once I retire in November. You will be amazed at how soon you can get to the stage that you will be building advanced level kits. In some respect they can be easier than beginner level kits because of the scale you work at. I am building the AL Marina II and that is a good kit as are most of AL's kits. The Mamoli Baltimore Clipper looks good, another kit in my retirement stash. Billings do some very good kits. They just let themselves down with plastic fittings and the instructions need careful reading. At the level you are working there are so many kits to choose from and I am certain you will get some good advice from other members. I know how the oops were does that bit go syndrome works. Usually it's a piece that has been forgotten or needed to be added before certain areas are built. Paul
  4. Welcome to MSW Gary, Know how you feel. I still work so am a weekend modeler. I will be lucky enough to retire on November 6th this year. You have come to the right place to share your hobby with others. Once you have started your kit you might consider starting a build log. Looking forward to that if you do. Paul
  5. Anna, You say first build log, but is this your first wooden model. If this is your first you are doing a cracking job. Especially building an AL kit. I have this kit in my retirement stash and am currently building the AL Marina II. Brilliant advice on plank bending around jar tops and glass rims. As for the instructions, even with English as a first language AL's instructions can be daunting to follow. They don't tend to be in any real order. But I find that their picture instructions are easy to follow. You have been given some great advice so can't really add a lot other than that you should always think at least ten steps ahead. Keep it natural or paint it is all down to personal choice, I personally prefer to paint my models. Little mistakes here and there are how we learn in this hobby. I make loads of them. Look at my log for the Amerigo Vespucci and an expert will pick out quite a few mistakes, but for me it looks like it should so I just don't concern myself with them. At the end of the day you build for you and the finished model once displayed is a joy to behold especially as you are the one that built it. As for ship terminology, I know a smattering of it but it does not concern me. The hull is the hull a block is a block and a rabbit is something kept in a hutch not a groove down the keel. (LOL) I look forward to following your log. Keep up the excellent job you are doing and above all enjoy, enjoy, enjoy. Paul
  6. Personally I have never bothered with grit numbers. I use three types of sanding paper. Rough for bulk sanding and any area's where I have added a fair amount of filler. Medium for smaller area's and second sanding. Fine for the final finish before painting. Paul
  7. Looks like a good model. Nice lighting effect. I have this kit in my retirement stash. Paul
  8. From the age of 13-14 I was and still am a big horror/sci-fi fan. Most of this was TV made series, Doctor Who, The Invaders, Outer limits, Star Trek and Space 1999 and the old Dracula, Mummy, Wolfman and Frankenstein films to name but a few. This is going back to the mid 60s to 70s. On my Birthdays and Christmas my Grandparents, Aunts & Uncles would buy me plastic kits of characters from these movies. The first one I built was the Wolfman followed by the Mummy. That was it I was hooked. From there I progressed to plastic aircraft kits then on to ships. My first ship build was the Tamiya USS Missouri. After many plastic kits I wanted more of a challenge and made the move to wood. The Cutty Sark being my first build. I have built many wooden kits over the years. Unfortunately due to moving and not being able to transport the kits, silly accidents that have broken kits beyond repair and kits that I found too frustrating to bother with I have never managed to complete one. As I retire on November 6th this year I will have the time at last to concentrate and finish a few. Paul
  9. Hi all, first off, I am still building, but have recently moved into a new flat. Two months ago, seems like longer. Sorting the move, moving in, decorating and furnishing,sorting bills and utilities. Before you know it four months has gone with no modelling. But that is the beauty of this hobby after a break you soon get back into it. 10 months to retirement so am keeping my main model till then. In the mean time I am building the AL Marina II. Anyway i digress: This is a good thread and some great advice, as always from members of this forum. Good call with Billings, they have some great models let down by instructions and also fittings in plastic, real downside to their kits. My first wooden kit was the Cutty Sark. Cant remember the kit manufacturer. It was not a beginner kit but was a joy to build. It's a good question of where do you start. My own view is that a beginner kit can actually be harder than a mid range or over kit to build. I find that a beginner kit has so many small and cumbersome parts that it becomes frustrating to build. Whereas a mid level kit is a good size and the parts especially the fittings are easier to handle. A good place to start if you have never built a wooden model, and I realise this may sound silly is with the AL Heritage kits. I have the printing press and London telephone box. They are simple to build. but they also have a decent bit of woodwork required to build. IE cutting out, measuring up and adding a few fittings. They also don't require a lot of tools, just the basic modelling tools. If you can't get on with these kits and find you give up and find building in wood a challenge then you have not lost a lot of money. On the other hand when completed you will have some nice models and can then move onto wooden ship modelling with confidence. Another big no-no is not to go out and spend a few hundred pounds on tools, paints and other equipment, especially powered tools only to give up after a few weeks and everything gets skipped out of frustration. The most important thing to remember is that no matter which level model you choose you will be participating in a wonderful hobby that will keep you occupied for years to come and on completion of your first ship, you will always enjoy. When I got back into wooden kit building after a gap of around 30 years I gave up on at least five kits because I found them too small a scale but with perseverance I found the perfect kit for me in the Amerigo Vespucci, and I look forward to carrying on with this build come my retirement. And of course there is this forum where you will always get plenty of good advice and tons of encouragement from its members. Below is my model station finally set up in my new flat.

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