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  1. 1:10 Blériot XI Amati Model Catalogue # 1712/01 Available from Amati for €284.43 “England’s isolation has ended once for all!”, so was written in an English newspaper, on the day after Louis Blériot flew across the English Channel from France. The French aviation pioneer, in his modified type XI monoplane, took off from Les Baraques near Calais at 4.41am on July 25th 1909, and landed at 5.17am in Northfall Meadow, near Dover. The Bleriot XI made its debut at the Paris Salon de d’ Automobile et de l’ Aeronatique in December 1908, along with two other Bleriot plane
  2. "Welcome to the 21st Century..." That's what my son said when i told him of my intention to start a builder's log for my next project. Well here it is, and here we go !! Kicking and screaming and all that stuff.... This will hopefully be my build log for Amati's New Bedford Whaleboat. 1/16th scale with a few modifications ad changes of materials to make the finished product a little better that the standard kit. But a word of warning before I start. It will not be quick and the updates may be a little spasmodic due my shift workings and my desire to concentrate on the building rather t
  3. Starting this thread makes me feel like a teenager writing a book called, "How To Live Your LIfe." The kit finally arrived late today. It's late and I didn't want to open everything up so I just set up a quick photo shoot of the contents So far, the only problem I have is with the instructions. You are probably asking yourself, "Because they are in Italian?" No, because the print is so small! The last time I built a model ship was in 1965 and it was plastic. This kit is made like an Oyster compared to that. Since I can't afford an Oyster, this will do. And I'm gon
  4. After finishing the side wheeler Portland i decided to build a smaller model of the Robert E Lee by Amati. The kit is very detailed with great metal parts and good plans. There is a english and Italian plan set. The drawing are in Italian but you can cross reference from the english to Italian. The different decks are built as individual boxes. The bluejackect model had slab sides which made it rather difficult at times. This is my 8th wooden ship . I woould recommend this kit to anyone wishing to build a paddle wheelr.
  5. I'm ready to get started on my first ship model. Gathered the right tools to get going. The kit was lacking quite a few essential tools and I'm sure I'll add as I go. I have english translated instructions from Italian that are pretty good, but the figures pages are all Italian. Took a couple pics of my workspace.
  6. Good Evening All This is not the most positive way to start a build log but I guess it was to be expected for a newbie like myself. So I have finally received my HMS Pegasus from Amati. The box is barely open and I already have problems. This would be a great point to recommend a build log or other resource for this build. I have found many but Im struggling on that covers the finer details that a rookie like myself needs. The instructions make no reference to a rabbet or bearding line, I have however come across reference to this in virtually every sin
  7. Well I'm back from vacation, and it's time to dig into the Titanic, which I've had in my sights since I started modeling a couple of years ago. Here's the "What's In the Box" post: Manual with picture books plus lots of plan sheets A large wall poster of the entire model The stuff: plywood laser cut sheets, parts, wood strip, etc. Just on the surface, this looks like it's going to be a different kind of build from the Amati ships or other boats I've built. Because there isn't a complete log that I can find, I'll try to post frequently as I
  8. After completing (except getting it in the case) the US Brig Niagara I decided I was "done" with square riggers (and square rigging) for awhile. I had intended to build this one to go over the fireplace in my house in Virginia (it would have replaced a "cheap" model of the 1934 Endeavour that was purchased from a model home) that is about the same size. But that house is gone and finding a home for this one will be a challenge but I will press on anyway. So here is the box on the relocated (from Niagara days) workbench
  9. Having spent a number of years scratch building HMS Cornwall (Type 22 Frigate) at 1:96 scale I felt I wanted to tackle something a bit quicker and easier. I also wanted a model that provided the opportunity for enhancing the kit to create something a bit different from the norm. After a week or two trawling through the range of kits on offer I decided to build Amati's Endeavour at 1.35 scale. Although the kit features Endeavour in her 1934 guise I decided to model her as restored in 1989. To do this I have relied heavily on the web based photographic resources. The kit was a Christmas present
  10. Egyptology: The Byblos-ship. or "Do herons quack?" Ruing the scarcity of ancient sea-faring vessel kits in wood, I thought I would try the Egyptian trader vessel (the so-called Byblos-ship) of the early Bronze Age which I could add alongside my 3C BC pentekontoros. Ancient boat models like these are sadly few and far between, despite there being a potential market for them now that PC games like Rome Total War II, Europa Universalis IV, Fields of Glory II and the like have made these boats somewhat familiar this past decade. Oh well, fingers crossed.
  11. I am waiting for a few items for my Mayflower build and I made the mistake of opening the box of my next build the Viking Drakkar by Amati. The kit is detailed on other logs so I will not go into it other than to say the wood quality appears good not great. I have decided to use the kit supplies wood and other accessories although I might add a few items done the road. I’ve been working on the ship for a few weeks so I will catch up with this log. The keel and frame assembly is pretty straight forward. Three of the frames have notches in them to help align the strakes which are all precut and
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