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  1. I am currently buidling the TITANIC, Mantua scale 1:200. This model will be completed with PE-parts, such as windows, railings, ladders and more little stuff. Much information comes from the Titanic Research and Modelling Association,the book " RMS Titanic, a modelmaker's manual" by Peter Davies-Garner and CAD-drawings by Robert Hahn. Here some pictures of what has been done so far : fixing the frames and start with planking the hull : funnels with the rivet-pattern : lifeboats with PE-davits Eric
  2. For Christmas my children bought me two of the Mantua “Battle Station” carronade kits (both the French and English versions thereof). They are to a scale of 1:17, so more than fulfil my desire for large scale kits. However it’s difficult to take them as serious “kits”, so I won’t be doing any build logs, I didn’t take any photos whilst constructing the first (here presented, the French one), but think I might do whilst doing the English one, just in case. However it is worth pointing out that the kits are extremely well produced with the parts as good as any I have come across in any shi
  3. Hi all I have managed to find a bit of time to start off my build log. I started the build about 6 weeks ago or so, I took a few pics of the model as it stands at the moment. Sorry about the quality, they were taken on my mobile in my garage. I have started on making some of the cabins etc and will update hopefully on a regular basis.
  4. Hi There, Just began building this nice and popular vessel. I have already built : - Danish navy schoolship Danmark, Scratch buildt. - Cutty Sark 1:98, Billing Boats - Frigat Jylland, from scratch. Now the main structure are in place, I have to start the planking of the hull. But, due to the mighty curves on this vessels, my question is: How do I bend the 0,3mm walnut strips???? Anybody can help with ideas, pictures? Thanks Pilidk
  5. Well, it's under way. Having never done any wooden ship modelling before this is all new to me. I researched over a week or so after seeing a mate's 20 y.o. Corel Endeavour in Sydney Aust recently and decided on the Bounty. I've spent years with rc model sailboats (have too many..) and feel like doing something a little different but still with a sailing theme.. Anyway, bought my kit a week ago and gathered up necessary tools (also been building rc airplanes for many years, but not in recent times) and have ordered and am receiving specific tools for this hobby. So far I
  6. Here's my USS Constitution kit, I got this off of craigslist for $25.00. I had to get it at that price. So I'm taking the first step. Step 1: - Open the Box. Step2 : Make sure it's all there. Step3: Get a "Dry Dock" workstation going. I went ahead and took an old aquarium stand (48 gallon) and added the 2x4 supports to hold an overhead 2 bulb flourescent lighting system. I am an old fart, and I need bright lights to help me see better. I have nestled this Dry Dock in between my "Rockhounding" and "Lapidary" collections. My first chosen task - made a "Build
  7. A project more about my childhood and the memory of my farther Feel free to add constructive criticism. See you all soon.
  8. Boy, this is a real pain. Been posting a whole year with my build log including hundreds of photos and now have to start from scratch? Well, I will do it piece by piece. It will take quite a while. Vince
  9. On March 22nd I took protective custody of a Mantua 1:98 Scale kit of HMS VICTORY that was partially constructed, damaged and repaired, and never completed. This model belonged to former NRG modeler Gerald Shaw, Chattanooga, TN. Mr. Shaw passed away in 2012 and was a close modeling friend of fellow modeler Ken Smith (NRG). Ken and another local modeler Bill Mitchell (NRG) went to Chattanooga last year at Mr. Shaw’s request and received most if not all of his ship modeling tools, supplies, books, etc. as well as this unfinished kit. When Ken asked me if I was interested in possibly repairing,
  10. Hello, some of you may remember me posting this log. The kit was "inherited". My friend gave up and told he had no time to complete her. I would like to start with the latest photos I have taken. From now on, I will be trying putting more pics for you to show the slow progress of building. I hope you 'll enjoy.
  11. My first ever ship model. Since I'm new to this I'd love to hear suggestions, comments, all with the aim to make next project more successful. P.S. I hope it looks like a ship
  12. Late 2012, after a 6 year or so break from making ship models, I offered to make a model for my son for a table display in his new house. He was quick to accept, but first I had to tell him that a model of HMS Victory was not a good idea as I wanted to complete it in my lifetime. After searching the web as one does these days I discovered MSW, and also how easy it is to buy models etc. on the internet. How things change. I (we) settled on the Santa Maria. Not too big, not too small, stacks of character, unique design, great sail setting and of historical significance, plus a chance of fin
  13. Hi everyone, here i am, with my very first ever wooden ship build, Le Superbe, 1/75 from Mantua. Like i said before, i"m a complete noob regarding ship builds, but carefull work and much help will do the job.....i think...hihi First i bought me some tools to ease some workload, i don't know iff it's a good choise but i think it will be a help for some thing's. Ok, first unpacking some goodies from the big box,starting with three packs containing copper canons and other little detail stuff. First question, can anyone tell me iff the Bow st
  14. I received the mostly-built kit model of the Endeavour from Dave on 29th November 2013. He told me it was his first-ever venture into wooden POB building. He started it in the early 1990s, but stopped work on the model when his sight began to fail. For a long time it was consigned to his attic, so when he passed it on to me there was a lot of dust and dirt on the model. That might not have been a problem if Dave had only got as far as the hull, plus perhaps a few of the deck adornments. But no - he had done all that, and he was already well into the rigging before calling it a day. I don'
  15. The model is constructed completely of kit details without any alterations, sails are also used from a kit – the first and last time, on the subsequent models from kits I unambiguously replaced them. Certain difficulties were at production of an unary planking of the hull by nut levels 1,5 mm thick– inserts from balsa helped, the geometry of the hull managed to be sustained. Other problems in the course of construction practically didn't arise unless there were no threads from a kit, it was necessary to buy in addition.
  16. Well, here goes with a repost of my Titanic build. It will take a few posts to catch up but I will do my best. The Mantua kit comes in 5 parts including the RC part. I am building this to include the RC part but it will mainly be a static model, hence posting in this forum. I started the model in early December 2012 and have been surprised at how fast I have progressed - too much time building and not enough time for the house chores! The kit is very complete and I have not really had any problems yet. The hull is a standard 'double plank on frame' construct
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