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  1. Thanks for the welcomes, everyone!
  2. Greg, you're right about the bow in the photos.. maybe it's just a weird angled photo that I attached. This looks pretty frickin close to me (Marquardt's book cover on the left, Occre model on the right):
  3. Hello Mark, and thank you for your response! I was going to base my build off Karl Marquardt's book, "HMS Beagle: Survey Ship Extraordinary (Anatomy of the Ship)." I just ordered a used copy and haven't received it yet, but I'm making the assumption that the book has enough information in it to support a scratch build. I was comparing the Occre photos to Marquardt's build and Occre looks to be close. Photos of Marquardt's Beagle from "The Voyage of the Beagle: Darwin's Extraordinary Adventure Aboard FitzRoy's Famous Survey Ship," by James Taylor. Occre photos: Here's another build, based off of Marquardt's work: http://www.ajmundo.com/boats/beagle/
  4. Hi All, Just started posting after months of lurking, and am very happy to participate in the discussion of this hobby. I posted my intro just moments ago, and here's my first query to you all: My magnum opus in this hobby is to build as accurate a rendition possible of the HMS Beagle. I am aware that a lot of information on it is muddled or lost. I'm guessing that no one bothered keeping tabs on it during its existence... understandably so, when their most famous passenger didn't receive worldwide acclaim until decades after *the* voyage. I am also aware of the issues surrounding the authenticity of the Mamoli kit, being likely based on the Revell kit, which in turn was a cash-grab reissue of their Bounty. Occre recently came out with a Beagle kit. it even has a little beagle figurehead! How cute! I was wondering if anyone can comment on the accuracy of this kit? When I compare the few photos I've seen of it to Marquardt's build, some of the details, albeit out of scale, seem impressively dead on, yet details like the bow shape seem completely different (Marquardt having a bluff bow and the Occre kit being a pointy one). Are these differences historically arguable? Given my ambition, is this kit close enough where I can probably make minor corrections as needed to the kit, or should I just scratch build the thing? Thanks guys, Raymond
  5. Hi Everyone, I've been an on and off modeler since the late 90s... fairly recently just got switched back on. I was a member of drydockmodels but I see that it's no longer around. In this iteration of my foray into modeling: Current build is a Midwest Sakonnet day sailer to remember what it was like to glue my fingers together again. I'll post a build log in the near future. Long term ambitions: -- An accurate rendition of the HMS Beagle (just purchased a used copy of the Anatomy of the Ship book for this.. the price has risen to over $100 since it's been out of print but my wife has convinced me that I should either cough up the cash now or regret it later when it gets even more expensive). -- The Model Shipways USS Constitution, which is both a tribute/homage and an adult do-over for my first ship kit that got me into this hobby in the first place: the Revell 1:196 resin hull kit that I built when I was a child. Other kits that I've picked up recently to hone my skills for these two ambitions: -- Model Shipways Glad Tidings / Pinky -- Model Shipways Armed Longboat 1:24 -- Model Shipways Syren Also picked up some Byrnes tools that i ogled years ago: the table saw, thickness sander, and disc sander. To me, this means that I'm putting a ring on it, and declaring my commitment to ship modeling. So, as you can see, regardless of how my involvement may rise and fall in the upcoming years, you guys are probably stuck with me for life. I've also concurrently taken up woodworking, as I'm thinking that working at a miniature and real life furniture scale would do well to build complementary skills. Other hobbies: Martial arts (i've been in the off phase for the past few years, but have ~15 years of practice minus the sabbaticals), amateur motorcycle road racing (600cc production and supersport, and 450cc production and supersport; still active in this), and freshwater planted aquariums (this one is in its off phase). I've actively been lurking on this site for the last several months. Although I'm much more of a reader than a poster , I hope to get [re]acquainted with you all. It'll be a fun ride. -Raymond

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