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  1. Hi all Having completed my last build, the Lady Nelson and being pretty chuffed with the outcome, I'm moving on to the next which arrived today. My nephew has been fascinated with my last build and has been begging me to make a boat for him so i let him have a look through a list of models and pick one he likes. He saw HMS terror and said 'I'm a terror, I want that one' so thats the one he gets. It also seems like a decent natural progression to move from a single masted ship to a double masted with the extra complexity that brings. The box arrived today and looks quite pretty with a little display window for the fancy bits and a close up of the fancy bits A lot of these seem to look a bit plasticy so I'm considering ditching them and replacing with some wooden ones as they seem to look quite a bit nicer. I'm also not keen on the little metal boats so I reckon I'm going to try scratch building some (Dunno how easy that will be to do such small ones so that might change) That will be a first for me so will be interesting for sure. The main parts Seem to all be in decent shape and none of the warping that i've heard from some accounts on here. A little worried about the gap in the dark brown one hoping its intentional and not a missing piece. The threads and the sails. This will be my first time using sails, and still not 100% sure I want to use them as I like the sail-less look, but I guess that will be up to my nephew. Finally the wood, looks really nice, no bits chipped off or flaking, the thin veneer for the 2nd planking looks really nice and bendy so should go on really easily. The instructions at first glance look to be very pretty but also seem to have lots of random pictures of someone gently caressing the model with a dry brush and not so much info on how to actually go about building it I'm also going to try something a bit different and live stream some of my building efforts. If anyone wants to have a look, offer advice, or mock what i'm doing i can found at http://www.twitch.tv/sirrod (I know a lot of places have rules against self promoting streams and apologies if that is the case here). I do stream other stuff there too so if i'm not building you might catch something weird. Overall I'm looking forward to building this one, the step up in difficulty should be fun especially if I have to wrestle with the instructions to make progress -Paul
  2. A brief introduction - This is not my first kit but, the first attempt I feel confident in showing to others. As mentioned in other posts on this Forum there is a lot of plywood and coarse grained timber planking supplied. Also some good quality fittings so overall I am happy with materials and plans supplied (I also have plenty of research material and, a well stuffed spares box). Assembled keel. Very slight warp which will ease into position later.Supplied stem, rudder and stern (poor plywood) being replaced with 5mm lime sheet from spares box. I intend fixing these pieces to keel before ribs and lower deck are fitted.
  3. The shipyard is open. The kit arrived today. In my new member post I suggested that Canada Post might be slow. They were fine, USPS took 13 days from L.A. to the border. There was some damage in shipping. The false keel was crunched at the stern. Pictures and fix below and the parts box let all the little eyelets and rings circulate through the box and the shrink wrap. Just about every length of brass bar was bent or crimped. I am ready to go and I'm sure I'll have lots of questions. Broden
  4. Greetings all. Yet another HM Bark Endeavour build - there are quite a few of them in this community which I have enjoyed perusing - hopefully I can produce something that is worth your time 🙂 This is my third build and I gravitated towards it as it's a very recognizable ship, has a painted hull which is a first for me and there is a huge wealth of information available to help me with any doubts I have.
  5. Hi guys, This is a restart of my building log of the Diana by Occre. The first log couldn't be found anymore. The administrators did there best, but no luck for me. Thanks guys for the search!!! So here we go again. To hot to build so now is time to restart the log. The box Dry fitting together with the little sister Start to plank the lower deck Upper deck finished planking Adding some bow fillers and fairing the bulkhead frames Start of the first planking The plywood quality isn't really good. After an half hour soak it starts to delaminate. I had to glue it all back together. So be carefull.. Thats it for now.
  6. To quote one of my favourite movies:"Here we go again.." After building HMS Terror, I was completely hooked, and as Corona is still roaming the streets, I managed to get my hands on Frigate Diana, also by Occre. Here's some history I picked from the Occre site: "The frigate Diana was launched on the 10th of March 1792. It formed part of the series of frigates known as "Mahonesas", as they had been built in the city of Mahón.Thanks to its design, it could sail faster than its predecessors. It took part in the war against France along the Catalan coast although, during the war of Independence, its base was in Cadiz. As a member of the naval forces of Havana, it took part in battles against the corsairs in the Antilles and made various trips across the Atlantic. It was broken up in 1833 in the naval shipyard of Cartagena." Apologies, I did not make an unboxing video 🙂 , but I was a bit stunned at the amount of stuff in there, from the hull planking strips (long enough to cover the hull this time😄 )to dowels 10mm in diameter (Terror's thickest dowel was 6mm), to a 1:1 profile drawing of the entire ship, causing the Admiral to comment:"And where do you intend to put that?" Studying the plans, I luckily found a lot of techniques also used in Terror, but plenty of new stuff here as well: no hull paint to cover any second planking mistakes, much more detailed work on the bow and the deck. Pretty challenging for a newbie like me (again). So I took a deep breath, cleaned up the shipyard and got unpacking: Lesson learned from Terror, part 1: sand the deadwood before glueing the bulkheads: then dry fitting all bulkheads and check for issues. Nothing major, just bulkhead 2 misbehaving a bit, nothing some sanding couldn't fix. Then tried fitting both decks: Again, no major issues here, fits were spot on or close, no burn marks on the wood. And then, after second inspection, glue half of the bulkheads: And that's where we are today. Tomorrow the other bulkheads, and then on to deck planking 🙂 . Thnx for dropping by!
  7. Although I had started a couple of other kits, they had to put aside because reasons. So I'm concentrating on this kit and I'm going to try to see it through to the end. I like Occre products a lot. The full color photos and quality of parts is excellent. I could probably go a little further with this tonight but I'm hoping to get some feedback on my progress so far, in case anything needs to be fixed/adjusted before I do anything else. Instructions can be viewed here: Palamos instructions Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. This was a point where I wasn't sure how to proceed. According to the instructions: 11. The false keel in the bow area will have to be reduced until it is approximately 2 mm wide. 12. You must also obtain a width of 2 mm in the stern area of the false keel. Did I succeed? Do I need to sand this down more? I have no idea. Stumbling block #2 13. Line one side of each of the bulwarks (no. 18) using the lining (no. 19). For this operation use contact adhesive. I have no idea how to identify how to identify the lining for the bulwarks. The size of the wood strips for the bulwarks is the same as the the boards used for the deck. The deck boards are "sapelli" color, which is the darker, so I'm guessing the "sycamore" colored strips are the ones I needed to use. Missing a small chip there. I can probably trim a piece down that will fit. A little frustrating but I'm doing my best to work through it.
  8. Reflections on the kit and build: I thought it might be more useful for others, who might be thinking about building this kit, to write a short summary about my experience, and put it in this first post so it is easier to find. First off this kit is meant for first time builders, which I am, and I think they got it right. Its detailed picture-based instructions and the accompanying videos make it very clear how to build everything. There is no guesswork involved. I had only a few moments with the final sail rigging where the instructions were a little too brief but even then the videos helped fill in the slight gaps. The quality of the kit was also very good except for the deck planking strips but for my level of building that is a nitpick. However, the thing that I most liked about the kit is its level of difficulty; it was definitely challenging but not overwhelming. I felt that the time put into the build (which was 77 hours for me) was truly well spent. It really has a bit of everything so that when I now look at other more advanced builds I have a good appreciation of what level of attention and effort is required to achieve good results (which is actually very humbling). The other thing about the kit is that it's fairly forgiving with mistakes. I made a bunch of them and didn't executed things as well as I might have hoped but the design and relative simplicity of the boat is forgiving enough that you still end up with a good looking vessel. All in all I'm very please with the experience. It has whetted my appetite for more and that is a good result for a beginner's kit. Now back to the actual build log. Enjoy.... Another first time builder here, attempting to build OcCre's beginner kit: Polaris. I know nothing about ships or their historical accuracy and such, just want to get my feet wet and the Polaris seems like a decent enough kit to start out with. [There is a MSW review of the kit: here] I've managed to assemble the bulkheads/ribs to the false keel. This was relatively simple using small metal angle plates with clamps to get each rib square using Titebond II: I have to say there was quite a bit of play in the joints and while I did get the ribs square to the sides of the false keel, I wasn't paying attention to making it square along the top: And you can see that false keel has a slight bend too. However, I'm thinking it's not a problem as tolerances for mounting the deck shouldn't be that demanding. Well, I hope so. Currently working on the decking: Again using Titebond for glueing the deck planks rather than using contact glue per the instructions. I'm able to get a thin bead of PVA onto both the plank and deck, using the dispensing bottle shown in the picture above, and smooth it over with a small brush to avoid beads of excess glue forming. Working out really well. I get down 2 or 3 planks at a time and then use heavy books to press the planks while they set. Not so happy about the planks themselves. They have a lot of large grain criss-crossing them and I think ruin whatever scale effect the planks might have had to begin with. Not really a problem as I'm not looking to create a realistic model this time out. I'll be glad to just have something that doesn't look like a dog's dinner at the end of all this!
  9. In May 2020 I started the Dos Amigos slave ship by OcCre kit No.13003. Since this build is only my second build, and since I am a former technical writer, I paid close attention to the instructions. I will be playing catch up for awhile since the build has been in progress since May.
  10. Hello there! Sorry for taking so long this building log. I worked on the ship during the spare time I have and there is my progress (and some comments for my problems and solutions. Here we go. Problem here: as you can see I glued wrongly one at the bow, since it wasn’t a big deal y fixed it with a bit a sanding, lets hope it didn’t come on a bigger mistake. Nevermind now, lets continue. You can’t appreciate from the picture, but there are three small mistakes of cutting too much, but I fixed somehow with spare bits of the wood after cutting the form, it’s hardlyt noticeable unlees you search for it (and in futher building even more hard to nitice). Time for some walls and doors. After this point I made a little stop. I took my time to reorginze mi “work station”. Maybe I will update later with a photo of my little corner.
  11. I've started my first model ship kit. The Polaris seemed a good starter kit, all the build videos OcCre has sold me on this one. I'm building this on my time off, so updating may be slow in posting. The hull is started. Fitting the bulkheads to insure they were flush with the false keel, I put a witness mark on each so when gluing up they went in the same orientation as when fitted. As it turned out this was unnecessary as they were flush either way. Don't know if I got lucky or if this an indication as to the quality of the laser cutting. I will be using Titebond II on all non-visible parts.
  12. Hello everyone. Here I am starting my first build log with the OcCre Buccaneer. I should have the beginnings of it later today after the kit arrives, but we shall see. In appearance this kit looks much like the golden hind kit from OcCre, however there are some somewhat subtle differences. For one, the cannon placement is different, and also according to their store page, the golden hind is 1:85 while the buccaneer is listed as 1:100 to name some of those differences. I'm not sure what this scale is based off of for the buccaneer though, as this kit is one with no namesake. I think posting the kit picture here would be interesting as a start. Then if anyone wants to compare any differences I may do, there is a point of reference.
  13. 1:50 Polaris OcCre Catalogue # 12007 Available from OcCre for €69.95 First of all, there is no actual ship called ‘Polaris’ in the format you see here. This model is designed with a specific purpose, and that is to guide a totally new modeller through a series of easy-to-follow stages and give them the very best chance of completing what may very well be their first proper ship model kit. Why ‘Polaris’? That’s simple. They chose the name because the Polaris star is known as the ‘Guiding Star’, helping seafarers safely navigate their way home. OcCre have most certainly gone out of their way to create an ideal kit which is absolutely aimed at newbie market, yet at the same time, producing something which looks very attractive and realistic. The kit itself comes in two flavours. You can have the standard edition (which is what we have here), or the ‘Starter Pack which also includes tools, glue, cutting mat and paints. OcCre has also released a whole suite of build videos for Polaris, and you can find them here: Model dimensions are: Length: 580mm Height: 446mm Width: 124mm The kit Polaris is packaged into one of the smaller OcCre standard boxes that has the product label pasted to the lid, alongside the small window which gives the modeller a view of the fittings tray. I know when I started out, I used to love looking through the fittings boxes in kits, so I know what a huge draw that can be to a newcomer. Lift off that glossy lid and you’ll see a nicely compactly designed inner box with tabs and small pieces of tape that hold everything together. Cut through the tape tabs, lift out the fittings box, and pull out the side flaps. The top can then open and reveal the contents. On one side we have the various strip wood bundles, and on the other, the two sets of instruction sheets and an envelope containing the sails set. Underneath all that, various sheets of laser-cut parts are included. Sheet and laser cut materials This kit contains three sheets of laser cut sheets and several loose laser-cut parts. One of these sheets, in plywood, holds the parts for the false keel and bulkheads. On this sheet you will also find parts for a building cradle/display stand, as well as various infill check parts that fit between the bow and stern bulkheads. Ply quality is actually very good, and my sample was nice and straight too, so no warping to deal with. As with the other sheets, all laser cutting is nice and clean, and the tabs to remove the parts are small and will be easy to tackle with a sharp knife. No laser cut parts are numbered on the sheets. For identification, you will cross-reference them against the parts plan in the instructions. More laser cut sheet material is supplied for all other structural components, and a single piece ply deck is ready to be planked. This is tabbed to ensure the plywood bulwarks fit in exactly the correct position. Those bulwarks also have their grain running short-ways, so they will easily wrap around the edge of the hull without needing to be soaked. Strip wood Four bundles of strip timber are supplied for everything from the lime first planking, to the second layer timber, deck planks and Ramin dowels. All strip wood is high quality and neatly sawn with clean ends, and all are 400mm long, so will easily cover the length of the model in separate pieces, should you wish. Fittings A clear fittings container holds all the hardware and non-timber parts your Polaris will need. This includes printed ‘Polaris’ star flags, rigging cord, PE parts (gudgeon, pintle etc.), brass wire, deadeyes and rigging blocks, anchors, barrels, eyelets, rope and brass pins. My only criticism here are the deadeyes and rigging blocks which are supplied in plastic. I would’ve preferred to see these in wood, but if the exercise is to learn the ropes (pun intended), then they are passable. Sails A four-sail set is included which is pre-sewn. These are nicely made and the finish is quasi-antique, so you won’t need to stain them. Sails are presented in a brown paper envelope to protect them until use. Instructions Two folded bundles of A3 instructions are provided. These cover the entire construction in every minute detail, all in colour photograph form. Text instructions are provided to accompany these with clear annotation and parts recognition. These really are done as well as anyone could hope to see and will be extremely easy to follow. Illustrations are also included for parts maps, mast detail etc. You can, of course, couple these instructions with the series of video instructions on OcCre’s website, showing the model built in various stages. Conclusion There are many, many kits which are suitable for the beginner, but this one is unashamedly marketed as being the ideal kit to introduce and teach the basic skills needed to continue onto what will undoubtedly be more complicated models. The instructions are so laid out that there is virtually zero ambiguity in each stage, with the photographs, and even a colour sheet to match the correct timbers too. They really did think of everything. The kit is also excellent value, especially when you look at the inclusion of a set of four ready-made sails too. Maybe you are a beginner yourself, or an expert who wants to teach a son/daughter etc. how to start out in the hobby. You could really do a lot worse than pick one of these off the shelf and set yourself or someone out on a wonderful journey into an amazing hobby. My sincere thanks to OcCre for the review kit shown in this article. To purchase directly, click the link at the top of this article.
  14. So I was a little bit scared to start a build log in the face of all the amazing work on the forum. But if you don't try, you don't learn. And after all no-one might read it and it'll just be a personal log for me to document my wins and losses. So here goes..... HMS Terror. Pretty early stages at the moment. I have the bulkhead and deck assembled and the seemingly endless deck planking done. The transom is attached and I have the bulwarks clamped and bending as we speak. I've given the deck a wash of tobacco brown stain that I have for one of my other activities just to give it a less brand new look. Already worrying about the planking......
  15. Hello all. I’ve been looking at kits again after completing my little Hannah (well,nearly, I’m still waiting for resin to finish water and need to clean the bottle). I really like old ships, with sails and rigging etc. Since I’ve only built Hannah (and it took me nearly 5 years) it’s fair to say I’m very new to the hobby. I do have some experience with other models - wooden aircraft and plastic minis - so I thought I might as well jump into deeper waters when it comes to my first proper build. I have been reading various build logs here for last few days and couldn’t make my mind up as to which long boat I should choose. I really liked MS 18th century longboat, but struggled to find one available in UK - or maybe just wasn’t looking hard enough. Another contender was AL’s Jolly Boat and Bounty’s captain’s boat. Somehow I drifted towards bigger builds and I’ve noticed that even beginners were producing amazing models, so after careful consideration I’ve chosen my kit. Order was placed just now, my kit along with aliphatic glue should be here this week. The ship I chose - Occre HMS Terror. Story of this vessel is fascinating, size is interesting, look of it is amazing. I will be staring build on Sunday, I shall edit the title for a proper one when kit arrives. Looking forward to the challenge, but with resources on here I think it won’t be as difficult as I anticipate. Best regards Tom
  16. Hi all again, i'll try to put some photos about my current Project, step by step. I think it's not difficult model but they have a lot of job (and time, and fun,...). They Will be painted at black/white traditional pattern like the original boat, this is a challenge for me because i have no experience painting Wood. First, the deck finished with matte varnish not colored. I'm giving a small curvature to the stern mirror (i think this word is not correct...) Second, i'm testing chalk paint brown color (chocolate) for inside, i'll try to put first layer brown and a second layer black, degraded with the sandpaper. Third, my workplace 😄 Please if you have more ideas about painting, i'll make some test with spare wood. I know that i want but i'm not sure about the way 😅 regards and keep safe,
  17. It was suggested to me when I joined earlier this month that I should start a build log so here goes. This is my first wooden model but I have some prior experience with plastic models. So far I have completed the first layer of planking of the ship which after much sanding and application of wood filler seems to be shaping up nicely. The next stage is the second layer of planking. I have probably made many mistakes already but I am learning as I go.
  18. Relative new-comer to the hobby posting my first build log. Have long had an interest in building a wooden ship model (after a misspent youth spent on plastic models and scratch-building HO scale railway structures) and the corona slowdown seemed just the right opportunity. I started with the Dusek Knarr model (1:72 scale) and learned a lot from that (ie. made lots of mistakes that I hopefully learned from.) For my second model I was able to track down one of Occre's Buccaneer models. For whatever reason, I didn't find any build logs of this one in the forum despite the apparent popularity of Occre as a manufacturer. So here I am, hopefully committing to keeping up with the build-log as I move forward. Fair warning, I'm sure i have lots of new learning experiences ahead of me on this one and progress will likely be slow. While the virus has me working from home for my main job, my volunteer gig as mayor of my town is more than making up for it! So, to begin, the start of my project in a quiet corner of the house where it can, hopefully, live undisturbed!
  19. after seeing the hms terror build logs on here especially keith s build i made a start. have always had a fascination with the story of the north west passage and when occre released this it was a must despite the compromises with the kit. frames glued in place but deck still loose. also glued in the filling pieces between frames at bow and stern building slip to help keep the keel straight while planking don't know when next update will be as Victory taking priority at the mo! Take care all keith
  20. I'm starting this log on my HMS Terror build. I didn't find this site until last week, so my build is in process. DRY FITTING THE KEEL: WOW!! Looks great. I've been making some progress on my Terror and doing some reading. I've uncovered an issue with the shroud lines. The way Occre show to install them is totally incorrect. They show the shrouds being run through the gap between the lower masts and the upper masts, then evening them up on both sides of the ship. From what I've seen on line and in Mastini,s book, the shrouds should go around the mast and down the same side. They are then seized at the mast. You work with them in pairs on each side, one pair on the port side and one pair on the starboard side. You need to look at the Masting and Rigging section of the book (Ship Modeling Simplified by Frank Mastini). I got the bumpers bent last night and installed the water channels on the deck, I'll start installing the bumpers today. I've been dry fitting the keel and the bowsprit to the hull. I taped the first section and the curved section to help position the bowsprit and the keel. That looks like I will be able to fit them together just fine, but - I also showed that I have a noticeable gap between the hull and the curved keel. I've decided to fill the back side of the curve with left over strips of Sapelli from the second planking layer, then shape it to fit. I took a picture of it now I have to figure out how to get the picture from my cell phone to mt laptop, my phone has updated since the last time I did that and of course how you do that has changed. It is bad when the device is smarter than the user and I'm a 30+ IT professional. I'm going to have to stop now, The Blue Angels are doing a Fly Over here in Houston at 12:30 today. Here is the picture of the gap
  21. Hi everyone, I'm building the OCCRE HMS Terror model. This is my first ship model, and I described the reasons for wanting to build her in my "new member" introduction. I'm actually a fair ways along with this model, but have reached the point where I have questions about details and Royal Navy standard practice from that era, in an attempt to make my model as accurate as I can. Also I see other people are building this model, and I hope to trade notes with them as I go along. I guess I'll make a series of posts to start off, to show the various stages I went through to get the model to the point she's currently at. I am trying to make some improvements to the basic kit: to this end I have done a bit of research and also received a bit of help from a friend who is very knowledgeable about ships, the Franklin ships in particular, and is very generous with his advice. My model will incorporate some of the things I've learned from photographs of the real ship as she lies today, the kit itself, and also the advice of my friend. Also I have read and re-read the excellent blog by a member of this forum on the subject of HMS Terror, which I will study closely and try to make modifications to the kit to try and emulate.
  22. I bought OcCre's HMS Beagle a little over a month ago after seeing their fantastic build-videos on YouTube. Fascinated by both nature and adventure since a very young man, the Beagle, like Jacques Cousteau's RV Calypso, has always intrigued me. What must it have been like, at 22 years old, to hop on a [relatively] small sailing ship in the 1830s and sail off to the far corners of the world?! I have yet to read Mr. Darwin's account of his adventure, though it's been sitting on my shelf for quite some time. This is my second build log, and my first fully-wooden ship model.
  23. Hello all! I was recently commissioned to complete the Occre creative 1:60th HMS beagle kit for a cruise ship. I was given the commission early January for completion early February. This was my first real experience of working on a timber ship kit and it was great fun. The kit was lovely and I'd happily build it again, albeit at a slower pace. The ship is now gone and on its way to sail the seas of the Galapagos. due to the short timeframe on this project i had to take several modelling shortcuts which I'm sure stick out like a sore thumb but should be invisible to the general public. I also need to give some general thanks to those of you on this forum as your build logs were a great resource for me when doing the material and timescale research needed before taking on the commission.
  24. I am late to the terror party but I figured I’d add my build log to the pile and see what happens. Bulkheads went up easy and the deck was pleasing to build. I penciled in the caulking. The YouTube videos show some sanding after this but it just seemed to smear my pencil around so I aborted this plan. Sprayed with satin urethane. Then set out to label all the parts. One huge difference between ship and plastic models (at least for this one) is the “parts” list seems to be all the parts you need for each sub-assembly and not a straight list of parts in the kit. I seem to go back and forth between that list and the directions constantly. I also seem to have a brown E8 for whatever reason. Thanks I guess?
  25. Hi all Intreduced myself in newcomers area and got a suggestion to start a build log. This is basicly my first real wooden ship build. Started Bounty Constructo 10 years ango and almost finished the hull planking but qualitybwas terrible. I chose HMS Terror based on reviews and size of the ship. I think it will give me the basics of building and also test my nerve. At the moment I have finished 1st planking and didnsomeminitial rough test sanding. Im happy with the outcome taken into account its my first build. Im not uet sure if i paint the model or not. It depends how the 2nd planking looks and feels. I will probably need help with rigging. Ordered a lot of books about that so hopefully will manage it. In my mind i have accepted that it will not lookmthe best but it will feels one of the beat builds by being first and beautiful. Question: 1)What glue you use for second planking, would PU based wood glue be ok? 2) Should I apply wood filler before first rough sanding or after? Here is progress so far:

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If you enjoy building ship models that are historically accurate as well as beautiful, then The Nautical Research Guild (NRG) is just right for you.

The Guild is a non-profit educational organization whose mission is to “Advance Ship Modeling Through Research”. We provide support to our members in their efforts to raise the quality of their model ships.

The Nautical Research Guild has published our world-renowned quarterly magazine, The Nautical Research Journal, since 1955. The pages of the Journal are full of articles by accomplished ship modelers who show you how they create those exquisite details on their models, and by maritime historians who show you the correct details to build. The Journal is available in both print and digital editions. Go to the NRG web site (www.thenrg.org) to download a complimentary digital copy of the Journal. The NRG also publishes plan sets, books and compilations of back issues of the Journal and the former Ships in Scale and Model Ship Builder magazines.

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