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  1. Hi all! I'm a mediocre modeller, who comes from the Gunpla realm... I'm keen to try out scale ship models, and wanted to get advice and discover new techniques... this looks like the place to get all of that! Just saying hello and introducing myself!
  2. Hello all, As most new folks here, I stumbled upon the forum a few weeks ago and have been reading through a bunch of build logs, advice and recommendations and think it's time that I introduce myself. My SO and I are both product designers with a bit of experience in woodworking, and through a combination of the current COVID situation and searching for a new hobby we came across model ship building. We've both always had a passion for fine details and craftsmanship within products, so the hobby resonated with us immediately. We also both have some expereince with "model-building" from our university days, so although we're complete beginners when it comes to model ship building, we do have a basic understanding of tools and carpentry. That being said, we're in the process of deciding on our first build and at the moment we have narrowed it down to either Amati's 1:80 Endeavour Kit or Rainbow Kit. After these we'd really like to tackle Amati's 1:16 Whaleboat, 1:32 Fifie (which really sold us on the hobby in the first place), 1:20 Grand Banks and Italian Runabout. We have no experience with RC models either and the idea of building a model and then motorising it (Grand Banks / Italian Runabout) really appeals to us. After the model selection we're also going to have to stock up on tools. Unfortunately we currently have next-to-no tools as we've recently relocated to Austria. The plan is to start small, however good quality (as good tools can last a lifetime) and then take it from there. I'm sure I'll have many questions on this front as we both have a weakness for amazing, high quality speciality tools 🙈 (thanks @laps for mentioning https://www.fine-tools.com/ in one of your posts, you've definitely reignited my addiction - I think I should just re-route my monthly paycheck to them!) It's really great to be here and to have found this community. If you have any comments, advice or reccomendations on our 1st model selection or tools - please send it through!
  3. Hello everyone! As my screen name suggests, my name is André, and I am from sunny South Africa. Whilst thinking about a title for my introductory post, I stumbled upon an article which outlined the U.S Navy ranks. Applicably, I immediately identified with the lowest rank, Seaman Recruit, which is characterised as the following: Apprentice in training being the key take away as I seek to learn about this wonderful craft, and to draw upon the wealth of knowledge from users on this awesome site - as I am new to this hobby (discounting a few plastic aircraft models I built in my youth). I have been lurking around this site for a few months whilst doing research on tools, techniques, kits etc. and I finally settled upon AL's HMS Endeavour's Longboat as my first kit, of which I will begin a build log soon. Glad to be aboard, and will see you around. Stay safe!
  4. Hello. I started building the Bluenose, kit from billing boats i february and searching for something online I stumbled upon this site! What a great forum and what amazingly much experience and info there is to find here! I registered back in march sometime and have been lurking around until now. I used to build RC model airplanes from balsa and plywood when I was a kid/teenager. Also plastic static models like airfix kits. I built a boat called Artur by Igra which was plank on bulkhead that I rigged with RC when I was around 13-14 years. So starting modeling again now some 25 years later I see myself as a complete beginner. I live on an island on the west coast of Norway. The Bluenose build was coming along well, but I didn’t wanna use the supplied mahogany for the deck, and I have been waiting for weeks for limewood strips to arrive in the mail. So in the meantime I started a second build... Maybe not the smartest but I finished it yesterday! The ship in a bottle kit hannah by amati. Still waiting for the deck, I started a third build... (this stuff is really addictive, maybe its the glue?) The le Renard by Artesania Latina that I bought at a discount. This is just started and I’m thinking of starting a build log for this. Anyway, this was a littlebit about me, looking forward to be using this site in the future. Good modeling to all!
  5. Good morning everyone! I am very glad to form part of this forum. My name is Alexis and I am from Almazora, a small town in the Mediterranean coast. I started modeling when I was about 12 years old. I didn't start with ship models but with house models. As time passed, I began to acquire interest in wooden ships. My first build was Artesania Latina's H.M.S Bounty's Jolly Boat, the "ideal" beginner kit. It was a very fun build and, although it has its flaws due to lack of tools and skills, I am very proud I finished it and encouraged me to continue with this amazing hobby. My second build was Constructo's Carmen, a slightly bigger than the first but still a "small" boat. This one was more interesting to build as its deck had lots of details compared to the Jolly Boat's. Two years ago, I bought Artesania Latina's San Francisco Cross-Section for a really good price and managed to finish it in 6 and half months. This model is an important milestone for me as I made it very carefully and with lots of details as the skills, tools and resources were very different from those I had when building the two previous kits. This Christmas I finally got my dream model, Constructo's La Flore (also known as La Flore Ex Vestale). This will be my first "big" model and I am enjoying every step of it. I think I will make a buildlog for all of you to enjoy and for me to learn and listen all the practical advices you want to give me! I feel a bit nervous because there aren't many buildlogs of this ship. But I'm sure that with determination and help everything can be possible. I hope to be around here for a long time and learn a lot. Have a good day, Alexis.
  6. I just wanted to post and say hello. I am a new member in my late 20’s from the Boston area, and brand new to the ship modeling world. I have always been interested in modeling - starting at a young age with plastic car kits, and most recently gathering n-scale trains and parts for when I eventually own a home with space for a layout. That being said, model shipbuilding has (somehow) just recently caught my attention. I have ordered the 18th century longboat kit that has, from what I have seen, been built and logged on here so many times. Which is good for a beginner, I think! Lots of logs to learn from. Anyways, I ordered model shipways kit as a combo with their tool kit. I am lucky enough to have a lot of downtime at work and plenty of space and tools both at work and at home to be able to spend a lot of time with this kit. Looking forward to meeting everyone and thanks in advance for all of the advice I will probably get and questions that will be answered! EDIT: Oh, and i will definitely start a build log once i get my kit and start working on it!!
  7. Hello, everyone! I've been a hobby modeler for many years now, though my focus has been building and painting scale figures. I love the look of a well done wooden ship and have always wanted to try building them. A little over 20 years ago, back when I was in high school, I purchased the Model Shipways kit, the Fair American. I had high hopes, but could see I was in way over my head and never started it. I still have the kit and want to build that ship one day, but I know I need to work up to it. I think it's past time I found a good beginner kit and started working my way up to more complex ones. I've had a look at some of the suggestions on this site and I think I'm going to start with the Grand Banks Dory from Blue Jacket. I also had my eye on the Revenue Cutter from Blue Jacket and the new 18th Century Armed Longboat from Model Shipways. But, I think the Dory is probably a better choice for the first project and perhaps I'll take on one of those others afterward. What do you all think? Is the Grand Banks Dory a good beginner kit or would you recommend something else? I saw Midwest Products mentioned in some posts. It looks like they're no longer in business but I still their kits sold here and there. I'll start a build log once I get the kit, so I can hopefully get some feedback and advice as I go. Also, I'm located in San Jose, CA. I tried to see if there were any ship modeling groups nearby. I found some up in San Francisco, but would love to find a group a little closer to home. If you know of anything active in the area, I'd love to hear about it. Oh, and in case anyone is curious, here are a couple of my recent figures projects (1, 2, 3, 4), all 1/35 scale. I'm a novice when it comes to ships, but I've got a bit of experience with figures. 😉
  8. Sometimes it is hard to fathom. My name is Mark. I sign on as Serapis 1779, because it is that old Aeropiccola kit of HMS Serapis that motivated me to attempt building in wood, almost 40 years ago. As a young adult and kid I built all kinds of plastic models, mainly because that was what was most easily avaible and obtainable. Back in those days there were hobby shops everywhere. I describe myself as a newcomer to this group, but I just checked my profile and see that I joined in 2013. Five years have passed since then, but I resumed work on Serapis, which I bought in 1989, and didn't begin until 1997 or so and have worked on sporadically for 20 year It was not until the first of April that I began working on it ever day. Steady progress is being made. I guess I had a lot of irons in the fire; other similar hobbies, priority projects, adult responsibilities, same as everyone. As mentioned, I work on the Serapis every day, and visit the forum everyday. I appreciate being part of this group and am grateful for all that it is possible to learn here.
  9. Hey all, Bulwark here from Oklahoma, watching the twisters go by and oblivious to them because my mind is on this hobby now. I have had a great experience here so far. Lots of great encouragement and advice. This helps more than anything to make me want to build things. I've seen some amazing, and mind blowing work here. There is such talent gathered in this site. I am glad to be a part of it. My humble beginnings are in the gallery now and although it is some rough work, I am proud of it. I finished it, and I have two ships waiting to be build: the Bluenose II (AL) and the Red Dragon (AL). I know that I will get all the help I need to make these models come alive. I'm taking a particular interest in fabrication of small ship furniture, such as I saw done by Ms. Galad from Brazil who modded her Red Dragon to have a furnished cabin complete with LED whale oil lamp to illuminate the tiny room, and transparent windows to allow the viewer to see inside. That is the kind of modeler I aspire to be. But it is a long road to such a thing. I don't know if I can manage to get there, but the journey is thing. Couldn't ask for better fellow travelers.

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