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  1. Hi everybody. My name is Kurt Hauptfuehrer. You can just call me Kurt H when replying. I am new to this site, and, as you can see, new to the process of posting build logs. The Bluejacket Constitution is my first build. I chose this one because you can completely outfit the gun deck. This kit is excellent in many respects, but it is a very challenging build, especially for a novice like me. I wanted to share my build logs because, even though there are a multitude of sins, there are some aspects of my build that you may merit your attention (I hope). At any rate, my sharing of the exp
  2. USS Constitution - Model Shipway’s Kit No.: MS2040 “Old Ironsides” 1797 Frigate Scale: 5/32” = 1 ft. (1:76.8) This is my second POB square rigged ship; I spent about seven years building my first, Mamoli’s Rattlesnake. Like the first one, I will be following Robert Hunt’s practicum, but unlike the first, I have a multitude of excellent build logs and books to supplement it and help guide me through the inevitable pitfalls that are sure to raise their ugly heads. Hopefully, based on this and my hard-earned experience with the Rattlesnake, it won’t take another half a lifetime to build. N
  3. Well, here goes.... I probably shouldn't be leading with close-up of such a finicky detailed part. In fact, I should probably have the clumsy hands who carried out this messy paint job flogged through the fleet. But it really doesn't look too bad from a distance. I may fool with it a bit more. Lurking here has certainly given me a new perspective about what is possible with patience and perseverance. Unfortunately, talent seems to be required as well. But first things first. My name is Paul. I'm from Rochester, Minnesota, USA. It seems that many here in
  4. I will pick up where my previous build log left off here. Unfortunately, I won't have time to reconstruct my previous posts.
  5. Hi I'm barely new to this forum. I love to do model ships and I'm an enthusiast of learning new things! Here I'll share my 5th build, the Frigate USS Constitution from the brand constructo. Hope you like it!!! Those are the under decks and the captain's quarters. The white color [Chose as the original ship] is acrylic paint and the wood is varnished with spray satiated varnish, fitted in using contact glue [White combs the wood]
  6. Since I just joined, and this is my first build, please note that the photo attached is where I am currently. Been 15 years to get this far. Here is the overall view of what has been done up to this point:
  7. Brethren: I goofed and posted my start entry for this log in the new member introduction page. Apologies for the procedural error. I've been out of play for a while getting both eyes overhauled. I can actually see my kit now. So... beginning with a basic flat black coat on the hull halves, with the copper sheathing color below the waterline. Closed off the forward gun ports to rig as 1812 with 30-24's. Gun deck pieces are pre-glued together to accommodate my first custom piece - oak planking veneer. Purchased from HisModel and it fits well. Had to trim just a smidgen off the forward sides
  8. Ok I’m a little late starting my build log for this one. After doing a lot of research and comparing, I chose the Model Shipways kit of the USS Constitution for my first large scale all wood kit. In my research I came across JSGerson’s build log for the same kit and I got a lot of inspiration from his build! Just like JSGerson’s build I’m building a complete scratch gun deck for my kit. I’ve currently have a lot of my hull done and I just need to finish cleaning up my starboard gun ports and thin I’ll start working on a lot of my finer details.
  9. January 2014 – After 21 years of sitting in a large box of packing peanuts I decided to resurrect the Mamoli Constitution. Luckily I had packed everything carefully. The ship’s hull and some of the tools were in the box, the remaining wood and parts were taped up in the original kit box. The scale of the model is 1:93. I pulled the plans and started to review where I left the build off. I had completed the outer hull (which is double planked on bulkheads), including the green tiles representing each of the copper plates. The main deck was not planked and the forward bulkhead while started on
  10. With some trepidation, I've started the build on this kit. I was going to wait until this winter (when I do most if not all my modeling) to begin but decided to get an early start. This is a bucket list endeavor. I built two of the Revell plastic kits back in the 60's and out of that experience dreamed of building a proper wooden model. I'm just a beginner modeler so I'll be stretching my skills to do a good job. I've completed three models : U.S.S. constitution and H.M.S. Victory cross-sections and the H.M.S. Victory bow section. I consider these to be practice in preparation for this
  11. I recently completed my Ravell USS Constitution I received as a Christmas gift. Five months of work. I am pleased with it. Like most on here I opted to leave the sails off so as to better see the rigging. I am about to start the Ravell Cutty Sark. When I did the Constitution I did not paint the deck. Just left it the cream color right out of the box. For the Cutty Sark I have decided to paint the deck as I have seen a number of modelers do. I was looking on line for hints and ideas and stumbled onto this blog, which I had no idea existed when I did the Constitution. Wish I had. Reading over it
  12. Hi all, Starting this kit, bought it on Ebay. Seems to be complete. I have a few issues with the deck though, it's warped with age. I am hoping somebody might have some good tips on how to flatten it so that I can start painting and refurbishing it. As you can see, the model was started and abandoned. Luckily all the parts seem to be there. The deck was started, hastily painted, cannons cemented down but not cleanly. I will fix all that. But I need to straighten this deck before I paint. Any suggestions? Steam? Boiling water? Microwave?
  13. Many years ago (25-30?), before the advent of the internet, I bought and started construction of this cross section of the USS Constitution. It may have been following a visit to that venerable ship in Boston that I felt so inspired. I got the frame built,deck beams formed and installed, and the planking done outside and in. At that time I started to feel overwhelmed,with many questions that needed answering before I went any further. With no help readily available I packed the unfinished kit away. Someday. I never lost my love of wooden ships and had the opportunity to visit several incl
  14. This will be my first wooded model kit and winter project. I'm about ready to lay the keel and begin assembly of the hull timbers. All helpful tips will be appreciated. Thanks, Dave
  15. My Constructo USS Constitution wooden ship kit is in the mail. This will be my very ambitious second build. My first build was a Virginia Pilot Boat 1805 ( see Gallery post) that I found very challenging never having done any thing like that in my life. As hard as it was...I loved the challenge. It was like playing chess...I had to stay three moves ahead so as not to get trapped. As good as the plans were, they were far from perfect, so I spent a lot of time looking at pictures and finally on sites like Model Ship World. I'll keep you all posted as I make progress. Hipexec
  16. Greetings all! My first post is to display the find that brought me here. I found this kit in a thrift store down the street. They wanted $100 for it, but gave me a military discount! I was thrilled, since I have been to see the ship when I was on a business trip in Boston. It really made an impression on me. I enjoyed the museum. I learned about the time during a storm when the ship came loose from its lines and was swinging around on its remaining moorings. It swung into the modern steel warship moored next to it and did extreme damage to it, while taking only scratches
  17. As a preliminary caveat to this log, please understand that the builder is a novice, and that numerous searches online for a faithful half-hull rendering of Old Ironsides have turned up few usable results. I deeply appreciate advice, and most of those who read this will probably be able to teach me something I don't know! This build log is for a half-hull rendering of the USS Constitution. I am using the AJ Fisher 1:96 plans, scaled down by 50%. The plans were purchased from the owner of the company, who gave me his permission to make a reduced copy for this purpose. I will be
  18. I purchased this model kit about a year ago while I was finishing up my second model, first scratch (USS ENGAGE). Now that I am done with that model (with the exception of building the display base) I am moving on to something more challenging. However, I am not a fan of the kits solid hull and only having the gun deck and main deck visible. There is a lot more to the CONSTITUTION than those two decks. My plan, therefore is to mix this as a kit and a scratch. The hull is going to be plank on frame. One side of the ship (probably the starboard) will be completely planked and painted; the
  19. Hey anyone, Since I finished my Revell 1:96 Plastic Constitution in the spring, I've been wanting to get into wood modeling. As I've only been a plastic modeler to date, I was a bit apprehensive as it feels like a whole new skill set (which I don't have). I've done nothing with wood, other than trim a few tree branches along the way. So, with that in mind, my first wood ship was the Midwest Peterboro canoe (at 1:12). It took maybe 6 weeks to do (I never seem to do any of this fast), and here's the result: Next up, I needed more experience. I have a Syren kit "on deck", b
  20. Well, here goes. This will be my 3rd build log on this site, the previous ones being the King of the Mississippi and the Bounty. Both of those projects were Atesania Latina kits. While I enjoyed building them, I did feel that the instructions left much to be desired. I was only able to complete the Bounty thanks to the full-scale plans and to the excellent advice, support, and direction found on this site. Anyway.... the USS Constitution! The Admiral gave me the Anatomy of the Ship book last Christmas, as I have been planning this as my next project for some time. The box arrived a week a
  21. 2/29/20 Well today I completed my U.S.S Constitution Cross Section model made by Mammoli. In the beginning of October by job took me to Massachusetts approximately an hour from Boston by train. Because I was successful in my work project, I was able to have the Sunday off and decided to go visit “Old Ironsides”. I am glad I did that because I fell in love with the old girl. She is a beautiful ship, well cared fore, and maintained by the US Navy. I donated some money to the ship by purchasing a flag that was flown from her deck. I even have pictures and video of the flag being flown. Wi
  22. Got this little fine Billing Boat USS Constitution from the wife in christmas pressent. The Quality of material looks fine. I looked through building instruction before i began building. NO description at all on how to build it. But very nice step by step pictures also off the rigging and mast. Because off my bad english i`ll let the pictures talk and maybe ask some questions... Maybe you have a question for the kit then you just ask and i will answer the best i can More pictures to come when i begin building tonight.
  23. Hello again folks, After several moves from country to country during the last couple years, i finally settled with my Family in Germany and i decided to get back on track with my Revell Connie. I have a 2-year-old Boy now so need to prepare, 2 more years and he will help me with next projects However to my shock i found the original box damaged, masts broken, decks warped as from heat exposure, several pieces missing etc. only the Hull pieces have survived intact - this got me thinking about kit-bashing, semi-scratch-building her from wood around the existing Hull but f
  24. This will be my first build log, so I will start at the beginning with some photos of the kit, and discuss some 'kit bashing' I want to do. The kit seems well thought out but has some shortcomings I will amend, and some that are beyond my skills to fix. The Main thing that I cannot fix is that all of the ribs are the same size making the structure a lot easier to build as there are a lot more straight lines then if it had the correct curve of the hull, making for an easier build was mamolis goal here, I think. And the top deck has one of the smaller cannons poi
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