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  1. This is my first ever model ship kit, so this is all new to me. I wish I had started taking pictures for a log earlier, but didn't. I actually started thinking about starting a wooden model ship kit after recently reading the Horatio Hornblower novels, and when I walked into a local hobby shop and saw a kit for the HMS Bounty I started down this path. I have looked at several other models for the HMS Bounty, and some of the others look more realistic, but I must say, the instructions have been pretty exceptional for a beginner. I probably jumped into the actual build a little too quickly but have since learned a lot. I am sure my next build will be the better for it. Here are a few of my best mistakes. The build is plank on bulkhead and I didn't do a good job of making sure the bulkheads were flush and level, so it is a little off kilter. Didn't do an exceptional job of planking. The gallant rails were supposed to be 1mm above the deck at the cutwater, but instead are flush. I had a lot of clinkers, crowding, blah, blah, blah. It doesn't look pretty, and I fixed it up with some wood putty. Not professional, but for the uninitiated, it actually looks okay. Had a devil of a time with the head rails. They didn't want to stay bent, and ended up not aligning them with the cat davits. I slipped while driving a nail through the cat davits into the gallant rails. ended up knocking off the head rails on the larboard side, and breaking them into three pieces. Also knocked off the knightsheads, and a one inch piece of the outer third of the gallant rail. I almost cried, but it glued back together okay, and looks okay. I am not sure this matches up to professional standards, but still think it looks pretty cool.
  2. I recently finished a ship in a bottle (build found on here) and was hooked instantly, as soon as I finished it I made a trip to a local hobby story and picked up another wooden build, this one being a bit more involved. I am just starting out so I figured I was better off getting a kit with the hull already shaped. It’s going slow so far, but I’m loving the process. So far the only problems I’ve had with the kit has been because of own lack of experience, but everything seems to fit together perfectly and the directions tell you everything they need to. Will post more as I get further along in the build.
  3. Here we go again! This is 'Le Camaret', a kit by Constructo representing a lobster fishing boat. Named after the small port of Le Camaret (or Camaret sur Mer, as it's now known) in Finistere, France, it seems to be a 'typical' Atlantic lobster boat rather than a specific historical craft. Never mind. The pictures suggest that the model has plenty of built-in character, and my guess is that there's potential if I want to add bits of detail here and there. The kit arrived safely (good old Royal Mail!) and everything looked intact on opening the box. My first instinct was to dig out the instruction book and see what Constructo told me I should do first. Hmm, no instructions. Three huge plan sheets, plus a smaller one for the sails and a scaled-down sheet showing the keel and bulkheads, but no instructions, and no parts list either. I know there should be instructions. There's a build log here by greatgalleons, in which there's a photo showing a document with the word 'Instrucciones'! And in 'La Royale' (French equivalent of MSW) I also saw photos that confirmed the existence of a parts list. So OK, I've contacted Constructo and asked them to send me the missing paperwork. I hope they'll be helpful. It shouldn't prevent me from taking the first steps, however. And even without the instructions I'm sure there will be sufficient guidance in MSW and La Royale to help me progress through this build. - - - - - - - - - - The kit: The plans look good, and very detailed. According to reports I've read, the Instructions are sparse and unhelpful. But I need them for info about planking (which I believe is single, not double), and as a check that I'm not doing things in the wrong order. Come on, Constructo! Don't let me down! The stripwood and dowels appear straight-grained and probably OK. They've never been a problem (for me) with previous Constructo kits. The plywood parts? I'm not sure. The keel and bulkheads are neatly cut, but the plywood itself seems rather flakey. The thinner plywood sheets look like cheap stuff, too, the parts being stamped out of them rather than laser-cut. Should be workable though. The small parts (metal ones, rigging blocks, deadeyes etc) all look OK and usable, but I'll probably look for better rope when the time comes. All in all, pretty much what I've come to expect from a Constructo kit. I'm looking forward to getting to work on this one.
  4. To celebrate this years Americas Cup i decided to build a model of the original ship. This was a kit i had for many years. When i open the kit i was shocked to find that powder post beatle had attacked the wooden parts. At first i decided to just remake the damaged parts but as the work progressed i decided to make a second scratch built model using the kit to make the scratch built parts. As with my other projects i plan to make a video of this build.
  5. Hello, This is a log over my first build, the yacht 'Gjøa'. I didn't plan to make a log - having very little spare time I thought I'd spend it building rather than writing, but a few days ago I found myself banging my head with the question 'what was that stain I used on half a year ago?!' Then I realized the value of a log.. especially when the progress is slooow. I've always been fascinated with polar exploration, not only is it the last frontier (or at least latest, since new frontiers tend to be opened up) but I also admire the lunacy required to venture into these areas. Gjøa was the first vessel to pass the North-West passage, captained by the greatest polar explorer of them all, Roald Amundsen. Being a small one-masted vessel it's also appeared to be a good starter model. And I really like the look of the rig. Gjøa is a hardangerjakt, which I believe would translate as Hardanger yacht, a vessel typical for the Hardanger fjord area in the 19th century. They were used for fishing and trading and several originals are kept in sailing conditions. Here's a whole bunch of them: Gjøa was built in 1872 and when Amundsen bought her in 1901 she had already spent many years sailing in Arctic waters between Greenland, Svalbard and Norway. She was rebuilt with a 13 hp engine and iron reinforcements against ice pressure. Much readings about the expedition through the North-West passage can be found online; I'll just mention that after the three-year long journey Gjøa was left in San Francisco where she stayed on display until 1972, when she was returned to Norway. Recently she was further renovated and now rests in a museum in Oslo together with Nansen's Fram. There's plenty of pictures of her online, which is extremely helpful. But also frustrating: they show plenty of errors and simplifications in the kit, but more on that later. I've been taking pictures of the built, so I will make a recap in the following posts.
  6. Hi Everyone, here I go on my first build and I hope I can do it justice.
  7. Christmas came early this yaear I just got my new model Halifax. After I ordered this I looked around and found an Italian forum and they said that this was not a ship for everyone, pretty hard to build and I found some pictures of the keel with frames that was was very comlicated. Each frame were to build of 9 pieces and a special jig came with the kit. But the was not good so he had to make a new, And so on. So I was a bit worried but when I opened it today it looks good. No strange frames, the step-by-step instructions seems to be good and they even have pictures for every step. I'm really looking forward to start to build it and I will do that parallel with the Thermopylae. I will probably ask thousands of of questions and I hop someone is kind enough to help me on the way Booklet with step-by-step instruction and photos The bags with parts have the part numbers in it so it's easy to find everything Wish me good luck
  8. I don't have a great deal of time to work on this so don't expect frequent updates. And what I do, I want to make sure I do well.
  9. I've really wanted this kit for some time. Got a deal I couldn't pass up on it, so I decided to shelf the other build life and motivation had caused to stall. laser cuts on main plywood sheet are very good. Popped out with out any additional cutting required. fit together was top notch too, didn't require much if any filing for snug square fit. glue up went well.
  10. Well, my semester is over and my grades are submitted, so this build begins. I have been anticipating it for a couple weeks, but didn't have the time to really dig in, and I didn't want to chip away. So, since I'm a rank rookie, I spent that time reviewing the parts, reading the manual, stalking the site for tips and builds in progress, and doing some novice planning.... Also, spent a good deal of time on YouTube watching builds, though there was nothing available for the model I chose, and setting up a small modeling workspace in my garage/gym/reloading space/man cave. I chose Constructor's USCG Eagle for my first build. For a couple reasons: Firstly, I like her lines. Secondly, it is a beginning level model and doesn't require plank on bulkhead construction. There is plenty of deck planking to do and certainly plenty of rigging, sanding, fitting, painting, staining, etc., so I thought this would be a good starting point and a litmus test for my ability and patience with building these kinds of models. The only drawback is she has a hard plastic hull, but I figured for a first build this was not necessarily a bad thing. With regards to the Constructo kit, it was exactly what I expected after scouring around searching for my first build. The manual, which is in six languages, is short and to the point; the instructions are generalized; and it obviously assumes some knowledge of wood ship model building. I think if this were a blind build with no experience it would take some serious figuring out. It could be done, but luckily this site and the internet in general is very helpful with the process. All of the parts and pieces were intact inside the (nice) box, and well stored in plastic bags with cardboard item descriptors inside. The sail material is nice and already lined, and there appears to be plenty of line and wire. They are a little skimpy with the deck planking, and one of the thin topmast poles was broken, but it is easily replaced. The main deck laser cutout board (and, hence, the decks) was very bowed but I expected to be doing some soaking and shaping, so this was not a big deal. The main complaint I had was the quality of the plastic hull. The hull itself is thick and sturdy, and has great integrity and details for a piece of injection molded plastic; however, the graphics and colors were very much a disappointment. The CG stripes were dim and faded in color with blurred edges, instead of a nice bright and sharp orange and blue shown on the box and adverts. A small cheap CG sticker was in the middle of it and this really stood out to me. There were several shipping and/or manufacturing marks along the hull, and it's finish just looked shiny and cheap. So, to the point: I have already decided to modify this build.... I decided, after some research while waiting to start, to construct a generic American steam barque - maybe eventually a whaler. It will be patterned from the Mary and Helen of New Bedford (which became the USS Rodgers), though there are obvious differences - namely, in length and beam. However, if it evolves into a whaler it should be a good challenge with regards to scratch building try pots and a few whaleboats and davits..... So, anyway, on with the build.....
  11. First off, would like to say thanks to Paul0367 and his amazing build so far, that hopefully I can avoid some of the pitfalls on this build. Next I would like to add, that this is not a historical representation of the Victory but more a decorative interpretation of her. That being said, I hope to build the majority of the kit to be more accurate and in the end it’s all part of the fun. Refference galore with all the usual suspects in there, Longbridge, McKay, Goodridge, etc Victory and man of war related as well as others. Commenced the build at the end of February, so now have some build to start sharing. Some framing Using the 4 butt shift method for deck planking, instructions in the kit are basically to lay big long lengths. On to the main deck Deviation here, decided to use walnut, narrower strips rather than the Sapely that is supplied. Also to add a little detail with the windows, as in the kit these are just left as blank bulkheads. So onto the next stage, did find this keel clamp by Expotools at a 1/3 of the price of the Amati, must say have found it to be of decent construction and allows me to work on the model in many different angles.
  12. Explore the Universal Series http://www.bestrc.com/constructo/index.html SPECIFICATIONS Stock Number: CNSB6116 Length: 15.75 in (40 cm) Height: 14.5 in (37 cm) Width: 5.3 in (13.5 cm) Scale: 1:100 This is where I have to work. There is a small table behind me. And this is where I am at at the moment. Starting on the chain plates.
  13. Hello Everyone! This is my first wooden ship model, the French 8-pounder Frigate La Flore. The kit is manufactured by Constructo of Spain. I would say the directions are fairly straightforward, and there are plenty of pictures in the booklet provided to help one build a beautiful model ship. This particular model is a very fascinating model of a real ship that served many masters, and sailed many seas... She was a member of the 32-gun Blonde Class 8-pounder frigates, and was built in 1756. She served the navy of Louis XV well, until being captured in 1761 by the English. Once captured, she was taken into the Royal navy as "HMS FLORA" and her main armament was upgraded to 12-pounders. She served the Royal Navy well for over a decade and a half, before being caught up in the American Revolutionary War where she was scuttled and burnt at Rhode Island by the British to prevent her imminent capture by superior French forces. This would not be the end of the vessel, however, as the Americans refloated her, repaired her, and sent her back to France after the conclusion of the war, where she was sold to the French Royal Navy under Louis XVI, as "Flore Americaine" in 1784. Shortly after, she was re-rated as a "Corvette" and her armament of 12-pounders reverted back to the earlier 8-pounders she carried prior to British service. Finally, she was sold out of the service in 1791, and purchased as a Privateer in 1793, renamed "Citoyenne Française"... She was returned briefly to the French Royal Navy in 1795, and then returned to her owner as the renamed Privateer "Flore", where she was finally captured by HMS Anson and HMS Phaeton, but not added to the Royal navy, and was instead Broken up, ending a career spanning over 40 years, and sailing the Seven Seas.... Here are the first images, I hope you will all enjoy, and offer your suggestions and constructive... I hope you all enjoy! I appreciate all feedback, suggestions, and constructive criticisms btw , thanks!! Sargon
  14. My build log went off into interspace in the Great Crash of ´13, but I have the photos, so I will try to resurrect it. It is my first build, so I have nothing to teach anyonewho knows what they are doing, but perhaps someone starting can learn from my mistakes. I had put the first plank on before I discovered Model Ship World, and learned how little I knew, and how it should have been done. So, acting on its advice, I took the plank off, and made the bow solid, with a ‘sandwich’ of thin pine planks, then put the plank back, as below. To be continued
  15. The more models i look at and the more photographics and paintings i see is the more confused i am about the deck layout of the America 185. Can anyone direct me a competitant deck layput of this ship? kevin
  16. I bought the kit in 2008. This far I have: Glued the frames to the keelson Glued the decks in place I am now at the stage where I have to shape the ribs. I am not sure how much I must do this? How is the part that must be beveled measured? The instruction manual mention marking the the edge of the rib with a felt pen. I'm not sue how and by how much? I also, on advice, filled the front between the keelson and the front frame with soft wood to make planking easier. Did I do it right?
  17. First build. I'm hoping that this log can be useful to people in the future as well, so I'm going to approach it as a beginner, speaking to beginners. Went with Constructo's Albatros for a few reasons: 1. I have ambitions to do larger POB builds, but wanted to try the hobby out to make sure it was for me. I thought this kit was a good way to get planking experience on a small build. 2. Schooners have a special place in my heart, being from New England, and I like the sail plan and rigging options the kit allows. 3. Cost. First build! 4. Kit includes some tools, including smallish needle-nose pliers, knife blades and a handle, a sanding block, and a file. Note, only the pliers and knife blades have been useful; the collet on the knife comes loose too easily, the file is rubbish, and the block hasn't been a good size for anything yet. First thing I noticed was that the plywood sheet from which the keel-frame is cut had a bend the long way. About 2.5-3mm. All the advice I read here said to request a replacement, but I thought I would try to fix it so I trudged along. Cutting out, numbering, and sanding the bulkhead pieces took about an hour. I built a jig for attaching them to the keel-frame flush and square, and used binder clips for the ends: In the picture above on the right you can see the slight bend. My solution was to tighten the jig I'd built to hold it and simply warp it back straight using a screw, which acted as an adjustment knob. It worked pretty well: After fairing the bulkheads to accept the deck, I attached it using wood glue (TB II) and the included nails, which, quoting a previous builder of this kit, bend just by looking at them. I found using the included needle-nose pliers like this, with steady, gentle pressure, worked the best (if you don't want to get one of the nail pushers): After drying, I took it off the jig and the keel had stayed nice and straight, so I'm calling it a success. Planking next.
  18. Hello, Three years ago I received as my birthday gift (now that's what I call a nice present) a kit of the Union brigantine from Constructo, scale 1:100. Even if there weren't any ship of that name, Constructo says it is representative for its period (late 18th century, first of 19th). The box looks something like this: And the content: These are not my pictures, I posted them so you can have an idea of what's inside. The hull is solid. It needs a lot of sanding and filling to get the shape right and smooth, especially when it comes to joining the keel and the bulwarks. I didn't take pictures 3 years ago when I started, I was way too enthusiastic and I wasn't sure it will come to an end that I would like. I've worked for about 1 month then, taking a 2 year break after that. Two month ago I returned to this kit and I am posting now a few pictures showing the progress to this day.
  19. Its been awhile but I am finally back to building. I recently moved and I don't have a workplace anymore at the moment, just a foldable table setup outside. that's why I got this kit which don't require as much room and I can pack away after I am done building for the day. So far I have already finished the first planking. I didn't take to many pics but I ll add them in the next post.
  20. This is my first log and my first wooden ship build. I think it turned out pretty well - I learned a lot and made a few mistakes along the way. I tend to be a perfectionist so I took the time to do a few things over until I got them right (or "right-er" anyway) :-) I selected this kit in part because tall ships have always interested me and, since I've never build a wooden ship before, I didn't have any tools and this one came with a (basic) set. Without further ado, I'll post a series of pictures I took while doing the build. I hope someone finds this interesting, if not helpful... -- Sexy Author (aka Brian) Here are a few pictures of the completed build
  21. Well, I thought I better get my build log back from where I left off.
  22. Olá! Estou começando a construção do kit HMS Victory 1:94 da Constructo.
  23. Here we go again, my next project ! I decided to do another paddle steamer, this time a Constructo kit. First impressions, not impressed by the plywood parts. They don't use laser cutting which means you have to cut most of the parts with a knife. The plywood is very thin and quite badly warped but, being so thin I should be able to flatten it OK. Nice bundled wood for the model as I found with the Louise. Reasonable instruction book with photos and two 1/1 sheets showing side elevations and overhead deck diagrams. So, first thing as usual is to put frames on the false keel which will lead to double planking of the hull.
  24. OK, here I am, ready to go with this new kit once I've got most of the work on my Bounty Launch out of the way. Seems to be a model of an actual boat, not a made-up, generic one. The Silhouet is apparently berthed at Harlingen, Holland. She dates from 1893, but was 'rebuilt as a cruise boat' around 1990. I found this link, with pictures showing how she is now. www.bootnodig.nl/nl/boot_huren/amsterdam/tjalk/silhouet However, this kit reflects the 1990 configuration rather than the original workboat, which is a bit of a disappointment. Cabins built in the cargo area, and so on. Maybe I'll have to see if I can find some reliable pictures of how the boat would have looked in her original role, and consider deviating from Construvcto's plans. On the other hand, she does look rather pretty with all that detail on deck ... Here's the kit box ...and here are the contents: The insructions look OK. There's a 38-page leaflet with the step-by-step instructions and a parts list (seven languages, five pages each, plus a combined guide to preparing the plywood parts). Plus a separate, colour booklet with all the photographs, and two very large plan sheets. Kit parts look decently made, at first glance, and most of the supplied lengths of timber is good quality (though some of the thinner hardwoods might not be all that good). Sailcloth supplied is the usual unbleached calico stuff - I might have to substitute something from my sewing box. The keel and frames appear to be punched rather than lasered from the plywood sheets. The ones on the thicker of the two sheets seem easy to pull out, but the bigger, thinner sheet is not cut al the way through. So there might have to be some careful cutting and sanding. Mike (Dowling) said: <<Looks like my kind of kit ! Haven't seen that one before and would be interested to know where you got it from.>> Cornwall Model Boats sell this kit for £82.94 plus £8 p&p, but I got mine from A**z*n for £72.52 including delivery. Carl (cog) said <<If you are nice to me I'll have a look a Dutch sites for this build ... just pullin' your legg, mate. If you want me to have a search, give me the word!!!>> Yes please mate! All help wil be gratefully appreciated!
  25. After 15+ years of storage in a plastic bag, I am going to try and continue with this Constructo Cutty Sark. I, do have some full size plans, but no written instructions. First picture is freshly in covered. Second with some repairs. Third showing some really brittle fittings, what are they called? Fourth is more work done. I am not hopping for a scale build, but just getting it to look like a ship! Terry

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