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RickyGene

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  1. Oh yea, nice kit. I saw the same kit you are talking about as well. Also seen another on the web and that was the one I was referring to f/$600.00 I believe I was mistaken on my comment about building the Winston from Billing Boats. I believe I was referring to a Bluenose build! How about some what's in the box shots if not too much trouble. Thanks for sharing this. Rick
  2. To anyone wishing to build a USS Susquehanna, you can still do so. Woody Joe produces this kit in 1/120th scale. Is as the norm for them, everything about the kit is of the highest quality. Their version is of the refit that shelled Costal Forts off the North Carolina cost and other Civil War Engagement's. When I checked on the Web Page f/Woody Joe I found the kit for around $430.00 USD. The Imai version is of the early version as used to take Cmdr Perry to Japan to get a treaty signed to open trade/commerce with Japan. That in itself is a very interesting story. I am sure many here have seen the Movie "The Last Samurai", the results of the treaty! A Footnote: Tamiya produces a small gear box that can be installed in the Woody Joe kit that makes the stern wheels rotate.
  3. I remember this kit as well, I always have liked the hull lines of the Last Lion. I never had the Imai version, but I did the Billings Boat one. That was a un-usual build. You build 2 sides and then join the two to make the complete hull. But all in all, builds into a fine desk piece. The Woody Joe version does remind me of the Imai kit. What scale is yours and do you plan to build. If so, rest assured, I will most definitely follow. Rick
  4. I am honored to have you to reply to the thread. I have followed your blog and enjoyed many of your past projects. It was you who turned me onto Woody Joe kits. I have only built one of their small day boat kits and did order one of those outstanding little saws. I was surprised to learn that Imai was Woody Joe's predecessor. I remember some of their kits with great fondness. I am afraid we shall never see plastic kits like those again. Then I discovered they also produced wood kits. I was just getting started building in wood at that time and could only afford the smaller kits. But I did so want one of those huge boxes that contained all that goodness called a scale ship. One never knows, the 1/50th Kanrin Maru may will turn up somewhere. I have not seen the USS Susquehanna for many years, and then one day, there it was on eBay! Rick
  5. I remember this kit from back in the day and others. Of course, back then my pay grade would not allow such a purchase. I did however purchase one of their smaller Cutty Sarks. I did come across another of Imai's Big Kits,again a Cutty Sark. But I elected to purchase the Susquehanna instead. And of course the price of the Cutty Sark was $600.00 and I paid $280.00 f/the Susquehanna. It is my plan to build this monster and I promise I will post a build thread here when I do. Rick
  6. Imai is no longer producing kits. But you can luck up and find now and again. Here is one such kit. Imai of Japan 1/80 scale. That works out to a hull over 51" long. The kit is made up of wood, plastic, brass and white metal. The instructions are in Japanese but the drawings are easy to follow and one can spend the time to translate. This is the largest wood kit Imai produced in this series of kits.
  7. I am a Big Fan of Dusek Kits. I really like these types of vessels. I have built the Heller kit and see this as a future build. I have also built Dusek Kits as well. I have no problem w/resin parts and there can be used to great effect. But for the cost of a Dusek kit here in the US, one is felt let down for having resin parts. I purchased the French Cutter and it was almost $300.00 and then had to pay another $79.00 plus ship for brass cannon barrels. I really like this kit and thanks for sharing. Rick
  8. Oh and the length @1309mm = over 51"...………...😲
  9. I have built a Woody Joe Ship. I love their kits. I was wondering have you seen one of these. It too was kitted from Japan. Imai 1/80 Susquehanna. I purchased off of eBay for $280.00. Years ago I built their smaller plastic version.
  10. Have enjoyed your thread very much. I have been eyeballing one of these from a local dealer here in the US. I am very impressed with the quality. I too enjoyed your tutorial about melting PVA w/a iron. Does work with thin wood. I use a iron, I used to apply Mono-kote to RC planes. Works great for the applying glued planks and adjustments. Looking forward to more of the build. Rick PS: I have noticed several times, individuals talking about contact cement. This also works after you get the piece just where you want and lightly run a iron down the plank, warms the material and flattens the plank for a tight lay with no edge curl. Burnishing also works well. I am no big fan of contact cement, in my past working life, I applied Formica to counter tops! Can not stand the smell of the stuff anymore.
  11. Great project and you look to be off to a great start. What mfg. is this one. I have a 1/200 scale Moly. But it is just so huge at that scale, I have tucked away. Looking forward to more of your build. I too am a Kartonist. Rick
  12. I am impressed by the ambitious project you have taken on. I have used Shape Ways parts many times. A tip, clean well. If not, the part will frost up after painting. Rick
  13. Great book for references. At one time I had a good collection of them. I still have a few. I last year bought a copy for the HMS Victory, paid a high price for it from eBay. The book was folded in 1/2 and looked like it had been dragged behind a dump truck! The older books are a hard back/card and the newer ones are paper back! Looking forward to your build. Rick
  14. I have no words! There are builders, then there are the craftsman and then you have the artisans. You sir fit all of them.
  15. A most excellent choice for your next project. You also have a nice boat slip to bring your build to life. Might I make a suggestion. A slight warp can be dealt with pretty easily. But yours looks really worse for wear. Fire a e-mail off to Model Expo and I bet they will replace with a flat one. I have never had them not respond to a request for replacement. I too had to learn the hard way with a warped FK after thinking I had fixed it, resulting in that build being shelved. Looking forward to your build. Rick
  16. Have the frame/ribs/false deck glued up. Starting to glue up the decking. One of the things I do not like is the decking material does not run the length of the deck. So one must cut each plank 60mm, I use a pencil to color one side of the plank and one end. Then glue to deck. This takes a lot of time, but pays off in the end. The angled planks need to be cut down a tad to rep 2' wide planks, not too sure if I will do this since it too would entail a lot of time. I still can not find the down load cord to my camera, so tomorrow, a trip to Wallie World to buy a cheap one and finally put some build photos up...….hoora
  17. Hello Morgan, I have really enjoyed your build thread and look forward to more. For some time I have look @ De Agostini and have steered clear of. You know the saying, ignorance is bless! But after reading many threads of De Agostini ship builds here on the site. I had to give one the go. So many evenings looking, trying to decide which one, they made the decision easy for me. I ended up pulling the trigger on their HMS Sovereign of the Seas. They were offering a summer sale, 1USD got the 1st pk w/Stage 1 to 11. Then I got a 25% off the rest of the next 11 months subscription. Needless to say, this would be the most difficult project I have even thought about trying. But witnessing your build has give me the nerve to tackle. I am currently working on the HMS Terror, have received the 1st pack and will not start until I complete the current build. I figure I should have at least 6 packs by then, maybe? Anyhow, I will be following your work. Rick
  18. You now have another fan. Your re-take on the build after the 1st attempt shows that giving up is not a option when learning and building wood ships. Will follow along as you continue your journey with this most excellent example of what one can do when they put their mind to it. Rick😎
  19. Great work on a nice kit. This will be my next build. Hope I can do her the justice you have. Rick
  20. Funny you should ask this. On my current build I did just that. But you need to use plenty of glue and work fast. After I glued all the ribs, I then added glue to the false deck and started @ the front to the rear, setting each rib into the corresponding deck slot. Weight added on top of the deck and left to dry for 24 hours. Everything straight and level. No issues with a rib not lining up. Worked for me. Rick
  21. Ah, the Connie. What American does not love this ole gal. I have a couple of times, started to order this kit and then think, hey you have the Marine Models version that is the same scale but with a solid hull, well 2 really, one is Bass Wood, the other Mahogany of which I will mount as a Lift Model on a Board. I also lucked up and acquired a piece of wood from her during the last refit. I still do not know exactly where I will use, but a part of the real will be apart of the build! Your hull looks great. As you already know, most of the kit is Bass Wood. Might I make a suggestion, if you can, look at acquiring Box Wood. You will love how the stuff works and does not split or crack. I also like Holly and Pear. I lucked up and several years placed a large order with sadly now, Hobby Mill. I really miss that fella, he was a 1st class act. Anyway, you will be surprised at just how clean and sharp the wood looks. My plain was until I found out how hard and the dust can kill ya, use ebony, Box and Pear on mine if I ever get around to the build. But please do not take what I am saying as neg against Model Shipways supplied wood, it is all good. But if you every venture out from just what comes in a kit, you will see what I am talking about. Looking forward to more of your build. Rick😎
  22. Great job on the Whale Boat. Last year while in DC I went to the Smithsonian Museum of American History. In the back is a section dealing with Transportation. And this includes models of ships. The models there are just gorgeously done and as accurate as they are beautiful. Most dealt again as I said w/transportation. Now when I rounded one corner my jaw dropped to the floor. There behind glass was a real and used New England Whale Boat. I spent a hour photographing this treasure. You see, I do not have a Model Shipways version, but I have a Marine Models solid hull model from 1960's that is pristine. I have had the chance to side by side compare these two and I am amazed how just how close they are, then again, Model Shipways did acquire the rights Marine Models. I have the original USS Constitution as well and I have 2 hull blanks for her and one is solid mahogany. Anyway, what I wanted to point out is, you would never believe just how close the Model Shipways is to the real deal. That includes all the little details as well. You will notice I said I photographed this piece of History. I down loaded to my then Computer the 1st of this year, she died along w/photos I can never replace. You can bet when I go back to DC, I will again go to that Museum, as well as some other Museums and this time I will use the digital for color, but I will have my ole trusty 35mm film along too, BW photos can show details crisper. There were some very un-noticed details I was able to get in those photos. But believe me, the Model Shipways is as close as to the real deal as anyone could have designed. Most excellent build by the way. Loved that little sewing machine. By the way, I have the same tool organizer. Rick
  23. Good choice. And Model Shipways has their own Connie too. Will be watching for that longboat thread. Rick
  24. My favorite vessel, go figure😍. I remember fondly building this one and then the 1/96 version. I have tucked away a Marine Models Connie, a solid hull kit from back in the day. When I purchased it, I lucked up and got a piece of wood from the ship, during the last refit of her. I will use this piece of wood in the build of the Connie. Keep up the good work. Rick PS: Have a piece of wood from the HMS Victory too.

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