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  1. Hi folks. My name is Avi Deitcher, finally starting my build log. "Old Ironsides" is my first build. I went camping up in Maine with my wife a very long time ago (Toddy Pond, for those who know the area), long enough that it was a year before our first kid, who recently finished college. On the way back, we stopped for a break and wandered into a store that had my jaw open the whole time, BlueJacket. I have wanted that Constitution ever since, and my wife just surprised me with the model. It took a few weeks of going through the manual, including pulling out my old cop
  2. Hello everyone. This is my first build thread and only the third wooden ship model I've built over the last 40 years (retired now). Currently I'm still reading the instructions and sail plan and yet to purchase tools except for a medium duty knife and pinvise. If you look closely at the body lines you may notice previously erased lines. This had to be done to correctly position the propeller boss area onto more of the keel area. Any advise and opinions are welcomed as although it may be I've bitten off a little more than I can chew, I won't give up the ship. Hope to hear from you and looking f
  3. This will be my 4th model and and 2nd plank on frame thank goodness the first was a BlueJacket Lobster Boat with a painted hull ... my planking job was not a thing of beauty. West System lightweight fairing compound and lots of sanding saved the day! Looking forward to the planking challenge and a varnished finish...wish me luck.
  4. This is the first time I have ever blogged about a build. I've kept notes on builds but not done anything like this. The reason this time, is I am hoping to learn from comments made on my posts, and also my intention is to do weekly updates until the boat is built. My hope is having this "commitment" will help me to make progress on my build, rather than long lulls between activity. This is my fourth build, the first was a Lightning by Dumas, it is incomplete after I messed up the mast, and got holes in the foredeck. It took me years to get to that point. I've subsequently re
  5. Hello all! This is my first model ship (or model anything really) build. My wife got me this Grand Banks Dory from BlueJacket Ship Crafters along with the book Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling (a great book for those looking for a new read) that the model is based on for my birthday. I welcome all constructive criticism on my build as I realize that I am liking doing something that could be done a bit more efficiently. Build started 5/30/21 and I have been working on it while my kids nap. This has definitely sparked a new passion! Kit: Frames cut, glued and clamped:
  6. In 2018, I bought three Bluejacket Skiff kits. The kids’ art teacher had suggested I might teach a model boat building class for her students. Nothing ever came of that and the kits went into my stash. I was feeling some COVID fatigue a few months ago and, wanting to work on something that wasn’t going to take a great deal of mental energy the skiff came out of the stash and onto the workbench. Here’s the finished model.
  7. Hello Folks, I am excited to begin my second build log and Blue Jacket kit on MSW. My first log was the "Yankee Hero" by Blue Jacket and I had a great time with the kit and posting the build. I enjoyed hearing from all the kind and supporting people in MSW. The Revenue Cutter represents what I believe is a reasonable progression from the Yankee Hero. The challenge I anticipate with this build is that I intend and (attempt) to complete this kit utilizing copper plates versus painting copper below the waterline. I was inspired to try this after I saw the Revenue Cutter build log by sjanicki
  8. I was really excited to get this and tore right into it. Lumbar yard laid out, and keel glue up under way.
  9. Here we go! Starting on a rainy Vermont spring day. It has been great to read other users posts about starting and points along the way. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the hobby!
  10. I enjoyed reading the Aubrey–Maturin book series by Patrick O’Brian so much so, I got the idea to build a model boat of the H.M.S. Surprise. Luckily for me, I decided to build a simple boat first. I selected the Titanic Lifeboat by Artesanía Latina as my first and easy boat. This was not easy! My eyes were opened to the skills required to build model boats. I enjoyed the building process so much, that I have built 2 additional boats. My skill level is getting better, but I am still no-where ready to build the H.M.S. Surprise, if I ever will be ready. I am getting better at planking, but
  11. I chose this Swampscott Dory kit as my first build for it's relative simplicity, good documentation/popularity, and its employment of real world building techniques. I figure if I get stuck somewhere, there's lot of material out there to help. The kit came in today, I managed to restrain myself and not whip out the titebond right away. I unboxed everything and did take-offs against the plan and parts list. Everything accounted for and in great shape I'll be moving slowly through this build. I just read the instructions cover to cover, and I have some prep work to do before
  12. I am a long time lurker in this forum. I just purchased this kit. Perfect remedy for a long winter during Covid in cold and dark upstate NY. I’ve built a few models over the years: Woodenboat’s Catspaw Dinghy, Yankee Tender, Model Shipways Elsie, Flattie…nothing too difficult. The Friendship Sloop has pretty lines and doesn’t look too difficult. I like low stress builds! So let’s get started. Here’s the box as shipped. Nice plans and quality materials. Laser cut parts – very nice, but you definitely will need to sand and fit these to get the correct fit. No surp
  13. I've started my second BlueJacket Ship Crafters' ship model, the 1889 Quoddy Boat, "Yankee Hero." I hope this blog will keep me engaged and moving forward on the kit. I've started to shape and fair the hull. I've already taken too much off in a few places near the stem. I'll fill those in after I like the rest of the hull.
  14. Received my model from BlueJacket this past weekend. This model comes to me as the newbie builder and an aficionado of Maine and lobsters. I purchased the complete builder kit as I can always use the guidance and new tools. Inventoried the box and I will dry mount my plans on a cardboard piece today and place it in the workspace for daily motivation. I am a detail oriented guy, I look forward to making a display quality boat worthy of this forum and my study.
  15. I got this kit 25 years ago or so and it sat for a long time. I caught some motivation and started working on it around 2005/06 but really wasn't happy with my workmanship and put it back in the box not really sure what to do with it. My level of finesse just wasn't up to what I wanted it to be. Fast forward to today, I dug it out and am a little surprised by the fact that it's not as bad as I thought back then. There are a few rough spots but I may have just rekindled the drive to finish this. There is a lot of stuff in that box and I didn't even include the pho
  16. Unboxing day: For my second kit model, I chose the Revenue Cutter by Bluejacket Shipcrafters. Was really happy with the Spray model I chose prior, so I wanted to follow it up with something slightly more complex rigging-wise. No building today, just taking in the kit: Excited about this one!
  17. First build of a wooden model. Inspired by a visit to the New Bedford Whaling museum and the USS Constitution museum. Started Dec 2020, finished Feb 2021. used a electric plank bender which was extremely helpful and fast (did not soak planks overnight, just wetted) used regular wood filler to fill gaps, worked great came of the formers without too much trouble despite being glued on in some parts. Best to use saw to remove from base if needed and then remove remaining pieces. Used a paper template with the required distances marked, which could
  18. This is a thread of my first model ship build. It is the bluejacket shipcrafter’s kit for the 1” scale Friendship Sloop. It is a plank on bulkhead model. I am new at this so bear with me as it will take a while. So far I have completed the first steps on preparing the framing pieces, currently I am working on the keel assembly.
  19. Greetings- New here to the forum, and new to the model ship building world. I have been a sailor for several years and have increasingly grown more fond of anything and everything related to sailing, and life at sea. I lived on my sailboat for a couple years in Seattle, WA and have had the opportunity to sail abroad on some fantastic journeys in the North Sea, Ionian Sea and Dalmatian Coast. Before COVID hit, I was set to do a charter in French Polynesia with some family and good friends. Always looking for more opportunities to get out on the water under sail...
  20. First time model builder here. Technically I've built some gundam models in the past but I don't really count those in the same category as what I'm beginning on here. I'm an avid sailboat racer and for my birthday I was gifted a J/24 made by BlueJacket. I sail on J/22s much more often but think the J/24 is still a fine looking boat and will be excited to have this on my self once it's complete. Opening the box was a little intimidating but after reading through the instructions most of it seems to be shaping the wood which doesn't worry me then rigging it like an actual sailboat
  21. This is my first wooden "ship" model. I've been interested in them for some time. This seemed like a good entry point as it has planking and some wooden block shaping for the bow. It doesn't have masts and rigging. Blue Jacket rates thus as an intermediate model. The box contains laser cut parts, blocks for the bow, pewter fittings, flexible window/windshield material, some line and round brass stock. The small box is the optional paint kit.
  22. Just started the “Seguin” Bluejacket kit today, have done smaller models but liked the looks of this ship so I thought I would give it a try. I have followed the Instruction manual for assembling the five frames by gluing and pining the parts to the drawings that is secured to a 5/8” plywood base. The first mistake I made was not to pre drill a hole for the push pin, so I split one part, predrilled a small hole, glued and pined it to the board without any more brakeage. On the Drawing there is a statement, “FOR IDENTIFICATION ONLY”, “Images may not be actual size of the lasered piece
  23. This is my first build! I've always been enamored with fishing boats, tugboats and merchant ships. I chose this particular kit, as it comes complete with all the materials required to complete the model, including tools and paint. It is also designated as an entry-level model. There is a completed build log of this kit by schooner. As He covered the contents of the kit thoroughly (complete with photos), I will abstain from repeating that here. (I hope that is within the rules, if not, let me know and I will edit this post). I've been looking over the plans, reading the
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