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  1. Hello everyone. This is my first build log and it is for the Donald McKay designed extreme clipper Flying FIsh. The ship has been described well in other logs, but the summary is here: (wikipedia and http://www.bruzelius.info/Nautica/News/BDA/BDA(1851-11-04).html) Built: 1851, East Boston Shipyard Length Overall: 220 ft Length between perpendiculars: 210 ft Length at keel: 202 ft Maximum beam: 40 ft Tons (OM): 1566 tons Originally owned by the firm of Sampson and Tappan of Boston. She was wrecked in Fuzhou in 1858, sold to a company in the Phillipines, and renamed El Bueno Suceso. She eventually sunk in the South China sea. Flying Fish was "coppered" with Muntz metal rather than copper (similar to the Cutty Sark). You can't get Muntz metal tape, alas, but I may try to do something to make the plating more consistent with muntz. I had not originally intended to do this ship. Having recently completed the US Brig Niagara, my plan was to make a scratch model of the RRS Discovery, but COVID-19 put the kibbosh on that for now, as the only plans available are at the Royal Museum Greenwich and they went back on lockdown while processing my order. I can't imagine going through the winter cooped up in the house without some kind of project. If and/or when the plans for Discovery arrive, I will likely have two projects going. But, I've decided that this is a feature, not a bug. While I'm in the doldrums of say ratline tying with one, I'll be in the doldrums of planking with the other. So, while it means that both projects will take longer, I'll be able to at least alternate some of the tasks. And, there will likely be a couple of months of work converting the builders plans into a usable POB design for the Discovery, so, who knows, depending on COVID vaccine timelines, it may be enough to make serious progress on this ship. That's what I've told myself anyway. So, I believe tradition for the first post of a kit build log is a picture of the kit ready to go, so here are mine. Let the construction begin:
  2. Hi. I am new to Model Ship World. I began building the Flying Fish in early 2006 and worked on it slowly over the next 6 years. And there is remained gathering dust until this month, when I decided to pick it up again in hope of taking it to completion. As can be seen in the photos I will be adding, the Hull has been completed and the deck structure are at an advanced state of completion. I look forward to meeting others of you who are also working on this model. Jared
  3. Hello all! This is my first time posting any thing here at MSW, I watch a lot of your builds and have really enjoyed my time here. I figured it was time for me to post my own build log and hopefully get this next build as close to perfect as possible. I plan to post here as often as I can, maybe once a week, hopefully more, as I only have about an hour a day to work on this. Slow and steady wins the race. The model itself is a beautiful model, I’ve seen completed posts and pictures of the completed build and so I have really been looking forward to this. A quick history, the Flying Fish was an extreme clipper designed and built by Donald McKay. Her dimensions were: Wood Ship of 1505 Tons, Length of 198.6, Breadth of 27.1 and depth of 22 feet. She sailed from New York to San Francisco in 92 days which was only three more than her record setting sister ship, the Flying Cloud. Cheers, Bradley
  4. Just thought I’d post a few photos of my first project model shipways flying fish , my wife bought me this kit for Xmas , to be honest I’m totally out of my depth but I’m willing to learn and I would be grateful for any advice you builders can give me . thanks andywaterways fitted I managed to buy a second hand Dremel scroll saw , think I’m going to need it 😄
  5. I am a beginner at ship modeling but an experienced model builder of trains and structures used on model railroads. I work in O Scale (1:48) in model railroading. I have an old kit from Model Shipways I purchased many many years ago. It is solid hull. I have the complete kit and the optional hardward that was sold separately from the basic model. I know this is an advanced model but it is the only kit I have. The rest of the ship models I want to build will be all scratch built. I figured I should get me feet wet on the Flying Fish. In future ships I build will not be solid hull. I was looking for but can't seem to find on the internet any tutorials focused towards solid hulls. I do have a number of books on ship modeling and there is not too much on that type of hull. I also downloaded the Model Shipways tutorial but it deals with the newer kits which are not solid hull. Any advice, other than don''t do it, would be appreciated. Jay Beckham
  6. Background I am a retired Professional Civil Engineer. I live with my beautiful wife in Ypsilanti Michigan. I am so glad to have access to this site. I wanted to create a log of this particular build because it should be the culmination of the last 10 years of ship building. I am 71 and this might be my last ship and I would like to pass on the few things I've learned in the process. I built all of my other ships as "legacy presents" for any of my children that wanted one. So far I've built the 1805 Swift (I kept that one, I'll give it away after I finish the clipper), the Albatross (I gave that one to my 3rd oldest daughter and husband), the Mayflower for my oldest son. I converted the Mayflower into the Golden Hind and then re-engineered it into Captain Hook's pirate ship the Jolly Roger for my 4th oldest son. I included hand painted sails and flags, hand painted exterior, and cabin and stern lighting with a battery pack in the display mount. The one I am finishing up now is re-"back storied" version of the first Americas Cup Racer. That Billings Boat kit was given to me by a friend who found it in the trash. I'm including a complete set of working navigational lights. I am giving this to my fifth oldest son. I am going to keep the Clipper and my heirs can work out who gets it after I am dead. Captains Log Flying Fish build-Preliminary Notes I am super stoked about this set of plans. I have to say though that this is the first set of instructions, unlike the 5 that I've previously done, that actually scared me when I first looked at them. I really love the fact that everything is in nautical terms. I had to acquire a nautical dictionary to interpret them.They are completely dimensioned for the full size ship as researched and contain a lot of details I've never seen before except on board real square riggers. I plan on rigging it with sails which is a level up in terms of the challenge, because I have to create the patterns to scale for each of those I plan to install. I am probably going to have some partially furled and some fully furled. I have to do a little more research to learn what would have been a realistic sail arrangement so as to retain some semblance of what would have been done in a particular weather condition. I also think I am going to construct the fished fore and main lower masts. That detail should look really cool. The other thing is that the full cross section provides lower deck position and structural details which I am going to include with open companion ways and hatches to provide visual access to these lower areas of the ship. I've already laid out the cutouts of the various bulkheads where I plan to create those lower deck portions. I also think i am going to add ballast so it has a more realistic heft. I haven't decided if I am going to build the ships boats from scratch yet. I've done it before (hand carved oars, etc.) and completely outfitted them on the other models where appropriate. Done correctly they should be awesome. I'll wait and see. They are a long way off. I've already started accumulating jewelry making tools to make the 1:96 scale iron work pieces. Because I am so slow, I figure that will add at least 3 months to the build time. I plan on doing all of the spars, masts, cross trees and mastheads, iron work, etc. installing all of the foot ropes and jack stays etc. first and set it all aside until they are ready for installation. This will give me a good way to check the dimensions of the sails I will be making. I plan to do the same with all of the other deck houses, and "on deck" equipment. I should learn a lot through that process.The figurehead that comes with the kit is pretty wonky. I have already redesigned one that I like better. 3 Feb 2017 After 3 days I have the bones of the fore and main masts completed. Details and dimensions are sparse in the plans that are provided. I’ve decided to go metric for ease and precision of measuring. Since many dimensions given are in actual feet, they have to be brought down to scale and then converted into millimeters. I sketched and dimensioned these details prior to making and setting each part. I think I will include my design detail sheets here since they may help someone else later. This sounds tiresome but it provides a period of pondering and planning that is helpful in making sure I understand all that I am about to do. When I built my first ship, the Swift, I looked at a video that someone had done the best advice I got from that sure applied to today. That advice was to enjoy the process. The mistakes and breakage etc. are all part of this. I love the challenge of working through the design when the plans and instructions fall short or are in error. I also enjoy engineering fixes when I mess up. In the last 2 days I broke three provided parts out of the 40 some parts, and had to replace or repair them. I had to redo 3 masts, and it took at least 8 iterations to make the Trestle trees for the fore lower and top cross trees. That was because I lapped all the joints and at that size they break easily. I can’t wait to see how the mizzen mast is going to go. I am going to try using wood filler for the wedges on the masts and then carve it out to the shape shown on the plans.
  7. First ship built as a teenager USS Kearsarge, plastic hull and more intricate parts than I could count. My second ship began age 59 the Flying Fish American Clipper one plank at a time.
  8. Hi I just became a member today. This is my first model Flying Fish from Model Shipways. I plan to build to specifications . A copper hull and presented with full sail including Stunsls. I would like any modeler to make suggestions on my build. I am new and any information or guidance will be welcome. I'm sure some of my Technics will be imaginative and will invoke discussion.
  9. Hello! Sometime ago i walked into a model shop in Italy and they had beautiful ships I couldn't afford. The shop owner encouraged me to build one. So I bought the flying fish schooner from Corel. Investigating my new project I found some lovely plans, a lot of wood (in plank form) and almost no instructions. I stared at the assembled wood, the beautiful diagrams; holding my little pot of glue, and wept. I am stubborn and have been struggling along, making many, many, many mistakes. I am embarrassed when I see other models on the internet. But for bette or worse I will finish my little ship. And I need heeellp!! I need a shipbuilding guru, a modelling Yoda.....
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