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  1. I built the model differently than my usual procedure. At first I was very hesitant about the different types, colours and finishes to use on the boat. I was going for a "weathered" look as opposed to "nice & shiny". Then, the Covid-19 thing brought shopping for materials to a halte. So, I stated to build all the components separately, do the paint and then final assembly. Here are some of the steps.
  2. Welcome to my latest Build This was presented to me by MSW a few months ago as a retirement present, for which i am extremely grateful, this actual kit was kit reviewed by @James H so i have put the link in, i hope to do the kit justice, and of course i will do things different, as i make her my own, im already thinking of a royal blue hull
  3. I have been researching this build for some time while working on other projects and I have been checking on this forum to obtain valuable information. I just finished my Emma C Berry and have started the Fifie. I have opened the box, check the materials, and studied the plans and instruction so I will not bother with pictures of these items. My first task was to mark the MDF forms with their respective numbers before I removed them. This is done. Then I assembled and cold fitted the cradle to hold the model after which, I glued it, primed and painted a dark brown. These will be my first pictu
  4. Hello all. I am still relatively new to buillding models and have just completed my first model which was fairly straight forward. However I think I have really upped my game with this one hopefully I haven,t bit off more than I can chew. The reason I picked this one is that Amati have 17 videos on how to assemble on Youtube. I have checked that everything is in the box, although it only gives a list but not how many of each,however it all appears to be there. I have already come across a few issues which were explained in the first video mainly w
  5. I completed La Nina in 2019 and am currently building HMS Victory 1805. I am building the Victory in New Hampshire. I travel south in the Winter and Victory is too big to take a long. So while I am south I will build smaller, less complicated ships. Santa Maria is my choice. I am only in New Jersey now to see a couple of doctors. The coronavirus is worse here in New Jersey and we are better off in New Hampshire. We also have a grandson graduating from high school and we are going to congratulate him, unfortunately at a distance. So for a start I am putting the basic drawing in along
  6. In the belief that it’s better to get back on the horse than walk away, I decided to try again to construct the Amati Drakkar model. Of course, it’s better to not fall off the horse in the first place, but that option doesn’t usually exist for me. My first attempt ended when I decided that the hull was not forming along the ribs properly and was pulling too far away as I approached the gunwale. As it turned out I abandoned ship too soon. I have since learned that, with some effort, I could have disassembled the hull and tried again. Live and learn. Here is t
  7. Intro: Recently retired I have decided to attempt my second ship build. My first was the Model Shipways Rattlesnake and it went fairly well with the body 100% completed but I ran into some issues with rigging due to not planning the sequence out well and putting myself in a position where some of the rigging was pretty much impossible to do without tearing down some of the existing rigging and I was never able to bring myself to do that so it’s still slightly unfinished. I hope to avoid such mistakes on my second build with that experience under my belt. I still consider myself v
  8. Before getting to the model itself, I revamped my model building space. The rolling chair was gouging a hole in the concrete floor, and all of my supplies were in boxes and bags scattered on the floor around my work table. So I found some industrial plastic tiles on the internet (they just interlock and lay down -- no adhesion so easy to remove). The nice thing about them is that I can replace individual tiles if the chair eventually chews some of these up, or they get too groady. Then steel shelving to hold all the "stuff". See attached picture. Now I'm ready for t
  9. This is the start of my build log. The first thing was to compare the Amati kit with my previous build which was the Caldercraft Endeavour. I thiunk this is much better, with sharper CNC parts, and much better documentation. Having said that there is an annotation error on Page 1 as pictured below in GB004. The parts wont go in the places described for 6 and 7 but it is obvious where they should be...the other way around. The kit has a very awful paper print cabin floor covering which simulates the parquetry of the real boat. While I am sacrificing some authenticity I am planking the cabi
  10. I won’t spend much time going over the kit in general because James H did a very thorough job of that in his excellent review here. As James said, the box is packed with high quality material, a clear, full-color instruction booklet and 7 sheets of detailed plans. I’ve read lots of great things about Chris Watton’s kit designs here and from what I've experienced so far, the praise is well-deserved. A word of caution for those of you with limited work space...this is a BIG kit! I knew the specs going in but didn't fully appreciate the sheer size of this thing until I started dry-fitting the fra
  11. For my first true ship build I have chosen the Coca by Amati. While I like the design, I have also chosen it as a stepping stone into more complicated, multi-masted ships of greater interest to me. I accept I am bound to make errors and look forward to recovering from them. I plan to note areas I diverged from Amati's prescribed directions and my rationale. I'll apologize in advance to those expecting DSLR photos... most will be iPhone photos, at least during the messy phase since my wife is not overly enthused by the side of it venturing into the garage. ------------------
  12. After much consideration I decided my next boat build would be a Mississippi Steamboat, The Robert E Lee which is an Amati kit. The boat yard is now been ready for the start of this build On opening the box I discovered the build instructions and plans were in Italian, with an English translation of the build instructions without the figures. I do not think this will present too many problems. Build Instruction 1 - Paint the Hull I decided that before painting the hull I would apply a sanding sealer. I am still awaiting de
  13. 1:64 Revenge 1577 – Elizabethan Race Built Galleon Amati/Victory Models Catalogue # A1300/08 The Elizabethan Navy Royal warship Revenge was built at Deptford and launched in 1577. Revenge was a new type of warship, a ‘Race Built Galleon’. She was built following the direct ion of Sir John Hawkins and supervised, it is thought, by the master shipwright, Matthew Baker. Revenge was about 500 tonnes and carried a crew of around 250 men. Contrary to popular belief, the new race-built galleons were not dwarfed by the Spanish galleons but were of equal or sometimes
  14. Hi Folks This will be my first build log and also my first ship build. I chose the Lady Nelson because as @ccoyle mentions, "it has the "three nots" needed for beginners, i.e. not a lot of planking, not a lot of guns, and not a lot of rigging". I am new to woodworking as well so this will be quite a learning experience. I will appreciate any guidance you all can offer in regards to shipbuilding as well posting on this forum. I have put together the keel and bulkheads. I noticed that the bulkheads fitted loosely and also low, so I shimmed the bottom and one side with in
  15. Greetings to all the shipbuilders in this forum. I'm sixty-five years old and the last sixty I dealt with model railways. Few months ago I decided to do another attempt in shipbuilding (the first was the Golden Star when I was fifteen) and I chose the AMATI's Coca, because she's very nice and seems easy (but I realized it wasn't so for me, may be for other people more skillful). After examining the plans and looking for images of contemporary boats, I decided to make some changes: 1) the hawse hole have to be moved forward. 2) the yellow marked area will be "clinker w
  16. Greetings. This is my first attempt at a build log, though it is far from being my first ship. Having recently finished HMS Kingfisher by LSS (see gallery), the Revenge caught my eye and I decided to have a go of it. For those of you who decide to follow along, please note that my work on models can be sporadic at times. I will try to post updates as I complete each page or 2 of the manual. Kit was ordered from Ages of Sail and here is what comes in the box.
  17. We're in the midst of an epidemic and my wife asked me what I would like for Christmas. I replied that is was sick of watching the ubiquitous boxed-sets on the telly and I always used to like building model kits. We both like sailing and we do have a 'nautical themed' lounge and conservatory with various ornaments and pictures depicting nautical themes. With an impending 3rd lockdown in the UK commencing in January it seemed like an excellent idea to get my teeth into and maybe re-kindle skills learnt from my woodwork 'O-Level'? Christmas day arrived and I was presented w
  18. So the journey begins. I'd been planning on getting into building model ships and what better excuse than the quarantine to start? After some online research, I picked the Amati Lady Nelson. Then I needed tools. I basically had nothing since I had downsized into a small cottage from a 4-bedroom house and had to sell/giveaway most every tool I had accumulated over 30 years. Boy, it wasn't cheap to restock and I included a starter airbrushing kit from Master Airbrush and a spray booth. Was not willing to brush paint all what needed to be painted. Also, it was a scramble to get tools; most
  19. The Lady Nelson will be my very first ship build. A few months ago I built a plastic model ship and had a lot of fun doing it, however it was very straight forward and didn't provide much of a challenge. After doing some research I found this website, and after reading some of the posts I decided on this to be my first build. It just arrived today! I was very excited and wanted to get started straight away. However I calmed myself down and made sure to go through all of the plans and instructions. After not being able to understand the instructions completely I de
  20. Hey! No need to write a history of this model. This is my first wooden ship build ever. I bought this kit from a local shop in my city. I had no idea where I was getting into! First look inside: Work of first evening: It was a really tedious process to sand all the edges: I had to get some power tools in order to sand trickier parts: I have made clamps from document clams (similar to Amatis https://store.amatimodel.com/en/tools-and-equipment-parts-per-model/product-clamp
  21. 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
  22. I have been watching you guys build for awhile now and thanks to Santa I have my first kit to give this a try. I asked for the Lady Nelson after watching a stop motion film by Tom Grigat building the same kit. I figured if he could stop motion film the build, surely I can fumble through it myself.
  23. Well, this one has been a LONG time coming. I mean, this lockdown seems to have lasted a lifetime, so the original notice of Amati's now almost mythical 1:64 HMS Victory seems to have been such a long time ago! A lot of water has passed under the bridge since 2013 when Chris drove to Italy with the original design model in late 2013. Amati had enough general interest about their Victory from modellers to warrant then asking me to build a production prototype for the new format instruction manuals they now use. There were a few changes from Chris' original kit too, and
  24. Hi All. I'm new to the forum and even newer to wooden ship builds. IAs a kid, I did a few plastic models, but have always been fascinated by the beauty of wooden model ships. I do have an strong affiliation to ships and the sea, having spent 21 years in the Royal Navy. So I've ordered the model and it is due to arrive next week, but I've seen a few of the build logs and realised that I'm going to need more than a couple of pairs of tweezers and a bucket of glue. Is there a good tool combination set that anyone is aware of? I've hunted the interweb, but haven't found anything that caught
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