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  1. After finishing my last build (link is in my profile) I started a ship in a bottle. I am still working with that, but I can only spend so much time working at such a tiny level, I prefer the larger models. So I will be tinkering with the ship in a bottle intermittently. I was pretty bummed when I found out Artesania Latina closed their doors, and one day I was speaking with my fiancé about it. The local hobby store in her hometown just happened to have one more AL model on the shelf and she picked it up for my anniversary gift. I was originally planning on starting a victory, but I am
  2. As I've mentioned to others here, my girlfriend has been dropping hints about this model for quite some time. So while she's away at her parent's place this week, I took the opportunity to exercise my Amazon Prime rights to get a kit in hand ASAP. So without further delay...
  3. I first saw a model steamboat being built over 35 years ago. I was impressed with the model but never thought that was something I could ever tackle. I was able to locate a kit after AL went out of business. I was not going to do a build log since it looked like this kit would no longer be produced. However, with AL new ownership this kit is available once again. The bulkheads fit snugly and squared easily. The only issue was that bulkheads 4 and 5 were mislabeled. Note that the sternboard was not put on at this time although the instructions indicate to do it. Gluing it on at
  4. Hi all, I am back after a long absence. I have now retired so have lots of time for my favourite hobby. I have started to build the AL King of the Mississippi. I like AL's kits. The instructions can be a bit vague at times, but the photo instructions are mostly easy to follow. Paul
  5. I am a relatively new modeler and plan to take on the King Of The Mississippi. Main reason I am attempting this is due to the vast number of build logs on MSW. I have studied them all and have been intrigued by some of the ingenuity and customization that has been done by the various shipbuilders. Even the logs have have not been completed were invaluable showing various stages of the builds. Besides that,,,, the King Of The Mississippi just looks like a cool model. The version of "the King" I have is 2017.. Maybe some of the issues that earlier shipbuilders encountered have b
  6. Hi All, As promised in my introduction https://modelshipworld.com/index.php?/topic/19811-new-member-from-maastricht-the-netherlands/&tab=comments#comment-604408 here is my first build blog. Thank to other build blogs I found on MSW I was able to make a good start. Any tips/advice/things you notice are very welcome. The hardest thing about the instructions is the jargon. As English is not my first language and I'm not that familiar with ship terms like keel and stern. Right now I'm working on the first layer on the deck. Thes
  7. Had this started 9 years ago, as usual life got in the way but managed to put a bit together here and there. Not worth starting a build log just to have it seem abandoned. Just started again the other day with a bit more time available. Building this for my Admiral who would love to travel on one, but because of her own issues barely leaves the house. Likeley to be a slow build so please bear with me. Progress so far. Hull built and planked Livestock area. I added tie rings to both side. You don't want animals fighting over the hay or running w
  8. this is my frist wood kit i know its a bit much for me but my dad got it for my brithday so here i go . i will need lots of help with this one . so far what i did is dry fit the keel nothing is glued yet .but in the pic u will see looks like to me that the keel is warped or is it just my bad eyes
  9. Here's what comes in the box (see pics): Printed instructions with color photos One large plans sheet plus key to laser cut sheets Parts as shown I'll post progress as I go. Regards, David
  10. Well hello boys and girls. My wife mother in law father in law and daughter all chipped in to get my my next project It is something I have been looking at for a year I know it's not the biggest grandest or most impressive model out there but I do believe she will be beautiful never the less I am proud to be building this rendition of a true American antiquity And now the unveiling of the King of the Mississippi Hope you all enjoy
  11. So, as promised in my post introducing myself, I’m starting on this kit as a resurgence of my ship-building gene. Last build was HMS Bounty by Billing Boats back in 1983 which only took me about 20 years to finish! Before I start I want to thank all those members who have posted build logs of this kit before me - your experiences and photos have been enormously helpful and clearly I have a great deal to live up to! Hope I’m up to the challenge. I’m expecting to spend around 500 hours or so on this build, so this will, I think, take me around 18 months or so - although I
  12. Greetings all, I am in the process of making my first attempt at building a wooden ship. The kit i have started on is the "King of the Mississippi" by Artesania Latina. I look forward to advice as I progress.
  13. Hey howya goin all, this is my second build log of a ship. Length: 660mm = (25-30/32") Height: 192mm = (11-15/32") Beam: 130mm = (5-3/32") Scale: 1:80 (3/20" = 1Ft) Heres a look at whats inside. I got a little impatient and started to build her before I took pics.
  14. Hi model friends,I have just` finished the HMS Endeavour and half way along with the Soveriegn of the Seas I have decided to build the King of the Mississippi for a change.
  15. I have been away from the build logs for a while. Had to have some work done to the old ticker but I am back to the workshop. Decided to try a model of a ship that lacks sails. Spent a little time looking at kits and build logs on this site and decided that King of the Mississippi looked interesting and a fun build. So I invested a few bucks and purchased the kit. The first step, of course, is the hull. I was impressed with the fit of the die-cut pieces. This was one of the easiest hulls to build. First step was gluing the keel and formers to a flat bottom. Next came some thin plywo
  16. Hi Folks... This is my first project. I sort of fell into it, because I started caring for my elderly father at home, and his hands have become unsteady to the point that the project is now mine. As a result, I am probably doing a project that is WAY over my head, but I'm stubborn to the point that I WILL NOT let it defeat me and have been slowly coming along with the project for the past six months. To date, I have (1) Assembled the hull (Dad mostly did that part) (2) Planked the hull (3) Stained the hull (4) Planked the first, second and third decks (Dad did most of that part w
  17. It's about 25 years since I last built a model ship so time for a new one, or in actual fact two - I will be doing a concurrent build of Billing Boats' HMS Victory 1:75 scale - this will be covered in a separate build log. OK, back to the plot ... My plan is to have yellow LED lighting in the buildings on all three decks and in the pilot house then red/green navigation lights at the prow. Power comes from a 9V battery concealed in a plinth I build from MDF and standard moulding. The wiring comes up through a pillar from the plinth, passes through the hull and 1st deck then connects to a d
  18. I have been so impressed with the modeling on MSW that I decided to join in on the experience of building a wooden ship. I really like steamboats and saw somewhere that the AL King of the Mississippi is one of the better kits but as I am finding out they all have their problems. My kit arrived a few days ago and I am already needing the advice found here on this site. I have enjoyed and learned a lot by reading the build logs. Before stating my current problem, let me state my ambitions for my KoM. I like the exquisite models with varnish and polished brass but I want to try make it look
  19. This is my last completed project: HMS Bounty's Jolly boat by Artesenia Latina. I am now working on the King of the Mississippi by the same company. Figured out low res mods so the pics aren't so huge. I've been working on the hull for a while now. It's a time consuming process! Does anyone have any closeups of the "stabling boxes"? The pics in the instructions are very unclear!
  20. Hello, this is my first wooden ship model. I was going to build the MS Mayflower first but waiting for a replacement keel has already taken a couple weeks so I decided to just go ahead with this model instead. I have a few pictures but nothing step by step as I originally wasn't going to do a build log for my first model. After thinking about it for awhile I changed my mind as I think that if the going gets tough maybe some encouragement or valuable experience from others will keep me going. There is already a number of King builds on the go so I will spare you the pics of the box and it's con
  21. I started this build approx twelve months ago and has been an on and of project. Attached are photo's showing how far I have got so far. 1. Firstly is the front 2. The middle 3. The rear 4. In the alcove in the middle I have put livestock which to me looks quite effective. 5. There is then the top of the 2nd deck front and rear 6. With the cabins I did not put the cast windows in as I am planning to fit light inside so that they can be turned on at night to make it look effective. Still not completed as you can see. 7. Next is the front and rear of
  22. Hi all, Here's another project which I'll be doing at my "Holiday Caravan" (which will soon be my permanent address when I build a workshop alongside it ). This uncompleted model was given to me by a guy who's father had passed away before he could finish it, and he asked me if I could do it for him as he has no modelling skills whatever and he'd like to give it to his mum in memory of his dad. How could I refuse ? The old guy was a reasonably good modeller (unlike my last project on the Del Prado "Victory"), so I didn't have a real lot of things to rip off and replace before con
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