Jump to content

Search the Community

Showing results for tags 'Lowell Grand Banks Dory'.

  • Search By Tags

    Type tags separated by commas.
  • Search By Author

Content Type


  • The Captain's Cabin
    • How to use the MSW forum
    • New member Introductions
  • Member's Build Logs
    • Build logs for SHIP MODEL KITS - by era - launch date
    • Build logs for SCRATCH projects - by era - launch date
  • Group Projects on MSW
    • Group Projects on Model Ship World
  • Shop Notes, Ship Modeling Tips, Techniques and Research
    • Nautical/Naval History
    • Discussions for Ships plans and Project Research. General research on specific vessels and ship types..
    • Building, Framing, Planking and plating a ships hull and deck
    • Discussion for a Ship's Deck Furniture, Guns, boats and other Fittings
    • Masting, rigging and sails
    • Model Tips and Tricks and Making Jigs
    • Modeling tools and Workshop Equipment
    • Metal Work, Soldering and Metal Fittings
    • Wood discussion...Where to use it? Where to get it? What types are best? How to Finish it?
    • Painting, finishing and weathering products and techniques
    • CAD and 3D Modelling/Drafting Plans with Software
    • Photographing your work. How to do this.
  • Ship Modeling News And Reviews.....Traders and Dealers...Ship Model Clubs
    • General Ship Model Kit Discussions - NOT build logs
    • Reviews
    • Book, Monograph and Magazine reviews and Downloads. Questions and Discussions for Books and Pubs
    • Traders, Dealers, Buying or Selling anything? - Discuss New Products and Ship Model Goodies here as well!!
    • NAUTICAL RESEARCH GUILD - News & Information
    • Important Ship Model Club News, Links to ship modelling resources and museums
  • The Crew's Lounge
    • Shore Leave
  • Medway Long Boat - 1742 - Public group project.'s Plans and Instructions/Downloads
  • Medway Long Boat - 1742 - Public group project.'s Medway Long Boat - 1742 - Public group project.
  • Medway Long Boat - 1742 - Public group project.'s General discussions/How to join
  • Rope Making/Ropewalks's Ropewalk Plans/Downloads
  • Rope Making/Ropewalks's Discussions about Rope Making
  • Rope Making/Ropewalks's Rope Materials and parts resources
  • Rope Making/Ropewalks's Commercial sources for ropewalk machines
  • Intro to carving - typical decorative relief carving for ship models's How to join this Carving Group
  • Intro to carving - typical decorative relief carving for ship models's Tutorials and Discussion for the Carving Group
  • Intro to carving - typical decorative relief carving for ship models's Build Logs for the Carving Group Project
  • HMS Triton - 28 gun frigate's Build Logs for the Full Hull Version of HMS TRITON
  • HMS Triton - 28 gun frigate's Cross Section Build Logs for HMS TRITON
  • HMS Triton - 28 gun frigate's How to Join The HMS TRITON Group Build
  • HMS Winchelsea 1764's General project discussions on planking, fittings and monograph chapters
  • HMS Winchelsea 1764's Member Build logs for the HMS Winchelsea
  • HMS Winchelsea 1764's How to join this group project???
  • Planking Techniques's Planking Downloads and Tutorials and Videos
  • Planking Techniques's Click Here for Topics dedicated to planking!!!!
  • HMS Granado 'Cross Section' - CAF Model's Questions and discussions about building the kit
  • HMS Granado 'Cross Section' - CAF Model's Build Logs for the CAF Granado Cross MID-Section


There are no results to display.

There are no results to display.

Find results in...

Find results that contain...

Date Created

  • Start


Last Updated

  • Start


Filter by number of...


  • Start





Website URL







NRG Membership Number

Found 9 results

  1. Through the advice of many on this forum, I chose the Dory to begin my endeavor into this new hobby. The instructions say to take my time. Not a problem since I am a beginner. I am finding the terminology to be a different language to learn. I tried using an old cutting board, but it is so wavy, I will break down and get a proper board. The adventure begins.
  2. Overwhelmed, under-tooled, but undaunted, I have started my first model, Model Shipways, Lowell Grand Banks Dory. I completed the bottom and then discovered the sheet with the stem, transom and stern knee were missing. I contacted Model Expo and have been waiting for the parts to continue that piece of the project. While waiting I have worked on the oars, set the frames and beveled them with a sanding stick I put together with one of the leftover basswood strips and 150 sandpaper. I believe the missing pieces are on the way. It's been fun.
  3. I know this is not the first build of this kit on this forum, but I decided to post my log of it for my own reference if nothing else. Very excited to start, I've only ever built plastic models, so this will be a learning experience. The kit I got comes with some basic tools, allowing you to build it out of the box. I already had most of the tools, but I won't say no to extra tweezers, clamps, paint, and glue. You can make the bottom from a single piece or three planks. I chose the latter, though I did use the single piece to mark off lengths for the bottom cleats. Used toothpicks to align the holes between the stern cleat and the transom. With the Transom and Stem glued on, I wetted the bottom, set the ends on 1/8" pieces, and placed some glass jars in the middle to get that 2° bend in the bottom. I deviated from the instructions when assembling the frames, but think I got a good result. Glued the frames to the bottom, then placed the whole thing on the building board. Going to let that sit for the night. So far the kit has built itself. Sanding and planking tomorrow!
  4. Ok, so this is my very first build, and here's what I've learned so far. This is going to be harder than i thought, but surprisingly enjoyable, trying to do this. Also, I've confirmed I am not a perfectionist! (this could be a blessing or a curse!) Step 1: I thought I'd try the harder beginning, that is, gluing the 3 bottom planks together. Apparently I took the instructions to "prepare & sand" the planks too literally, because they don't fit flush together. Not to worry, I used an enormous amount of glue trying to get them to stick. I tried to wipe off the excess with a brush and water, but that seemed to just water down the glue, and the pieces would not bind. So I used isopropyl alcohol, dismantled everything, and tried again. No such luck, but i found that if i placed the pieces together, ran a bead of glue over the top and let it sink in-between the planks, it might hold. As you can see in the photo, although it is "holding", there is daylight between the planks! Although catastrophic if at sea, (and I'm trying to build an "authentic" boat), I went ahead and attached the cleats (one of which is too long), just for practice. Oh, I also found that a toothpick works well in removing excess glue. Not sure if that's the right way to do this, but its working for me! I've decided to call this a 'trial run" for me to practice on, and I will now use the "backup" one-piece bottom to continue (because this first try might fall apart during the rest of the build) but at least I am learning! Next post will hopefully show a completed step one (one-piece bottom of boat with cleats!) Showing my failed trial run here... (not sure why my pics are coming out upside-down!)
  5. New modeller here with my first build log. Unfortunately, I stumbled upon this site after I finished planking the dory, so this log will probably be of little use to anyone starting from the beginning. Here's where I am so far. I just finished freeing the boat from the building board and cleaning up plank edges at the bow and transom. Everything looks okay from far away... Oh my. As you can see, the port side planking is several millimeters higher than starboard. I think this is partly due to worrying about getting the edges of the planks flush with one another that I overlooked whether both sides were at the same height when gluing. As a side note, I found the transom holder did not do what its name implies. I followed the instructions regarding the assembly of the hook piece (don't glue) and the transom locator blocks on both sides (do glue), and silly me assumed that pressing the transom in would magically it lock in place. Well it didn't. Before and during planking, the transom would keep popping out, so I was busy worrying about that as well, and paid no attention to the height of the planks. Anyway, I seriously wonder if I can fix this (cosmetically) by sanding down the sheer plank to around the same height as the port side (and just ignore the unevenness of the broad and garboard planks). Looking at the above photograph now, it seems a lot worse than in person😞 I read ahead, to see what awaits me after fixing this blunder, and I find I'm going to be stuck at steps 12a and 13: For 12a it says to sand down the inner sides of the frames parallel to the side planking with the greatest bevel on frames 1, 4 and 5, some on 2 and none on 3. Living overseas for nearly half my life may have impacted my ability to understand written English, but is this basically bevelling the inner frame edges like I did with the outer ones in preparation for planking? That's the only way I can interpret this. Step 13 involves attaching and shaping the false stem. The instructions don't make it clear what is used for the false stem, just that it is an "extra piece." Am I supposed to use one of the strips? I've enjoyed the building process so far, but the above have shown me I have a long, long way to go before I tackle anything more complex than this dory.
  6. Hello all. This is my first model boat. Previous model experience was as a boy, plastic cars and one balsa wood plane. I don't think I finished any of them. I think I'm going to finish this one soon. I started on December 28. I did a lot of reading and gathering of tools and supplies as I waited for the model to arrive, and also read every build log on this model that I could find. I made a spreadsheet with a link to each log, and noted the specific tips I thought were pertinent or unique in each, so when I arrived at that particular stage I could identify which log applied without re-reading them all. I think I will do the same when I start the next model.
  7. Hello everyone, So I’m starting another build to make Christmas presents for my dad and father in law. I recently saw that model expo started a series of progressive model tutorials and the first build in the series, the Lowell Grand Banks Dory, was only 30 USD so I bought two of them! I have only been in this hobby for a few years but when I started I had a hard time figuring out what kit to start with. Sure there are plenty of builds that brand them selves and beginner level models but they dont give you any more information other than what is needed to complete the build. This build by David Antscherl, is excellent and built for the beginner. I am certainly not an expert by any means but instead feel confident in my abilities, so I’m pretty excited to use some creative thought in building these two small boats. This kit was built for those who have literally zero experience in wooden model building. Throughout the instruction booklet Antscherl goes into deep detail on not only the build but techniques he has used to help you get there. The kit comes with several sheets of laser cut planks, that may be some of the best quality I have seen in a kit. Overall I think if someone is considering getting into this hobby this would be an excellent first build! Anyway, I’m going to quote Antscherl on the history because his quick history lesson is clear and to the point. “First, a little background on the dory. These were developed on the east coast in the 1800’s and were descendants of the French settlers’ bateaux of the 17th and 18th centuries. They were used extensively for fishing and lobstering. They were easy and inexpensive to both build and maintain. Despite their unusual shape, dories were very seaworthy and literally many thousands were built. One feature of these boats was that they could be nested one inside the other like stacking chairs. Their sears, called thwarts, were removable so that boats would fit inside each other. Fishing schooners carried many dories on board. They were others stacked as many as eight high on deck, both to port and starboard, when sailing out to fishing grounds of the Grand Banks and East Coast.” (Antscherl, 7) I plan to have two of these dories done before Christmas so my building will probably start tomorrow! I’m looking forward to this build log and I’m sure ill learn some new tips, good luck and have fun! Bradley
  8. 20201209 Started work on the Lowell Grand Banks Dory. This is billed as a starter kit but no matter; I decided to try my hand on an open boat that is bigger in scale than the two sailing ships I've finished over the past several months. I like the look of this boat; think it might look good in one of the grandkid’s rooms. Anyways, so far all I’ve accomplished is to inventory the parts and assemble the bottom of the boat. Have the frame pieces laid out and ready to glue up; will get that done in the remaining evenings this week and then start work on the hull this weekend.
  9. New Shipwright’s Series from Model Shipways LOWELL GRAND BANKS DORY - Kit #MS1470 Skill Level 1 Scale 1:24 Overall Length 10 inches Overall Height 1 1/2 inches Overall Width 3 inches Baseboard 3 1/2 inches x 11 inches This is the first kit in the new Shipwright’s Series of progressive model tutorials designed by David Antscherl for Model Shipways a division of Model Expo. These kits fill a void in our hobby for simple but good kits that teach the new model builders the necessary skills to enable them to move on to build bigger more complex kits. PHOTO OF FINISHED MODEL BELOW BY MODEL SHIPWAYS 27 PAGE INSTRUCTION MANUAL For many years, Midwest Model Products manufactured a great series of kits that were designated as Level 1 through Level 4 designed to teach the beginner wood boat modeler the basic skills a wooden boat modeler needs to learn. New ownership cancelled the line several years ago and the hobby has needed replacements which Model Shipways is now providing with the new Shipwright’s Series. The Lowell Grand Banks Dory kit is labeled as a Skill Level 1 kit and the instructions say, “For this introductory kit, no previous knowledge is as­sumed or necessary”. The second kit in the series, labeled as a Skill Level 2 kit is a 1:12 scale Norwegian Sailing Pram and the instructions say, “For this second, intermediate kit, some previous knowledge is necessary in order to be successful”. (The Norwegian Sailing Pram is reviewed separately here on MSW). A nice feature of the kit series is the listing of all tools needed to build each kit. Unpacking the box finds a 27 page full color instruction manual, a list of all the parts contained in the box, eight sheets of laser cut Basswood, two strips of 1/16” x 1/16” x 12” Basswood, one strip of 3/64” x 1/8” x 12 Basswood, one strip of 3/64” x 3/64” x 6” Basswood and a 12” piece of 2mm (0.08”) nylon line. Overall, the materials are very good. There are two versions of this kit available. The basic kit (#1470) and the basic kit with the addition of all tools, paint and glue needed to complete the kit (#1470CB). The tools and paint included are tweezers, 6 mini spring clamps, 3 paintbrushes, 2 pieces of sandpaper (150 & 220 grit), a Model Expo brand (Xacto type) knife and 3 blades (#11, saw and chisel), wood glue, Model Expo brand 1 oz. bottles of acrylic Ochre paint and Bulwark Dark Green paint. I highly recommend the new Shipwright series of kits from Model Shipways. I recommend this kit for the first kit to build from the series. If you are asked by a fledging modeler to recommend a good kit to start with I have no hesitation in recommending that they be told to look at the new Shipwright’s Series and that this kit be number one.
  • Create New...