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  1. Hello everyone! I'm so excited to be starting my first ship and build log! For my first build I chose the Lowell Grand Banks Dory. I chose it because it was designed for beginners, seemed like a fairly simple build, and the instructions are very clear and easy to follow. It also wasn't too expensive, which was nice as I wasn't sure if I'd like the hobby or not and was just trying it out. I can say though that now that I've gotten started I'm hooked! Now on to the build... I started by reading through the instruction book and getting oriented to the kit. Reading through the book definitely helped with envisioning where the project was going and why steps were done a certain way. I then got to building! The kit comes with two options for the hull of the boat: a solid piece that is pre-built or three pieces that must be glued together. I decided to challenge myself and do the three pieces, figuring I could always just use the pre-built base if I messed it up. Luckily it came together just fine! The three piece base. I sanded the edges as described in the instructions and then glued together with yellow glue. I think I used too little at first, but now have moved to a method of putting small glue 'dots' on any glued pieces with a small paintbrush tip. I use the same brush, rinsed in warm water to clean up any excess glue. I think I sanded a bit too much off as the pieces didn't quite align at the ends, but I don't think it was too much. I have some wood filler if it turns out to cause a problem later. I then cut and glued on the bottom cleats. The instructions say to sand these down to have a curved edge instead of sharp corner which I forgot to do until they were glued down, but I sanded them post-gluing and this worked fine. I then cut out and glued on the stem. I used a couple Lego bricks (another hobby of mine) to ensure it was at a right angle. I think it came out pretty well! It does look a bit curved up the stem, but I'm going to leave it for now and decide later if it needs to be adjusted. Cleats and stem glued in place. While the stem glue dried, I began work on the transom. For this, one simply aligns the pieces with the wood-cut guiding lines. It is very straightforward and the instructions are very clear. To make sure I aligned the holes on the transom and cleat correctly, I used a couple toothpicks through the holes. This worked well and everything looks in order. The transom gluing/clamping setup. Note the toothpicks. After it had dried, I glued the stern knee onto the base, thus connecting the transom. The build requires that the base be bent. Once all glue was dry, I followed the instructions by taking a paintbrush and brushing the base with warm water, allowing it to soak in a bit then placing up on some scrap pieces with a weight in the middle. I had trouble finding something to use as a weight and ended up using a small jar of honey I found in the kitchen! Whatever works I guess, haha! I was worried that the warm water would cause the glue holding the base planks together to come apart, so the first time I didn't use much water and the base didn't bend as much as I wanted. I was more generous with water the second time since I didn't see any glue issues, and we will see if I get more of a bend this time. The base in the bending process. Not sure if anyone will read this, but if you do, thanks for checking my humble build out! I am loving this hobby so far, and can't wait to keep at it!
  2. This is my very first build. I always have been fascinated with model ships from the first time I saw a model in the Chart House restaurant in Christiansted USVI some 40 years ago to going down to the Seaport Museum in Philadelphia and watching some of the members of the Philadelphia Ship Model Society in the Ship Shack (before covid) build their models. A little about myself, just pasted my 64th birthday and looking forward to retiring in a couple of years. I am a mechanical engineer and a partner in a small engineering firm. The last 10 or so years I do more of running the company and really miss do designing and watch my design come to be. I am hoping this will full fill some of missing part of design. While not doing the design but figuring out the problems and challenges that come from building a model. In reading the build logs and seeing what people do is amazing. I was inspired by lraymo and following her as she did her first build. I have chosen the dory because of the Model Shipways Shipwright Series builds on each kit and I download the instruction and they seem clear. I have read about some of the instruction that come with some kits and rather have something clear in the beginning.
  3. Well here we go, my first attempts at ship building. Got the bottom put together and glued to the frame. Start 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. 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!
  7. 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.
  8. It’s been far too long since my last post. The Mayflower is on hold and I need to get back into building. I came across this Model Shipways kit designed by David Antscherl. While the workshop is in transition, this seems the perfect project to restart the modeling engine. The bottom three planks were glued and sanded when dried. Next, the six bottom cleats were cut and sanded to an appropriate width. The instructions state 1/8” width strip, but this does not match the laser marks on the floorboards or the drawings. Did Model Shipways change the original measurement of this strip? Anyway… Assembly and installation of the stem, transom, and stern knee concluded today’s work. It is good to be back! Steve
  9. 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.
  10. Ok, this will be my first wooden ship build. I had started a build thread for the Model Shipways 18th Century Longboat kit. But I felt like that kit was a little too deep of a dive to start out with. So now I'm beginning with the Lowell Grand Banks Dory. I've been working on it for several weeks now. The biggest problem I've run into is forgetting how fragile this wood is. Luckily I was able to painstakingly glue back pieces of the frames that I broke (some more than once). And everything seems to be holding together so far. On to the pictures: Forming the rocker Gluing frames Time for glue... Working on garboard planks Bending Gluing first garboard plank Both glued, commence sanding Inspection They don't line up perfectly at the transom and I really don't want to remove it and start over. So I guess we'll just roll with it and see what happens. That's all for now...
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
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