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  1. Hello all, This is my first build log and my first build of a somewhat detailed wooden model boat. I retired about 18 months ago and decided to get into building model boats. I am partial to work boats, especially those of the Chesapeake Bay, so I built a simple crabbing skiff and a smaller scale skipjack wood model to get into it a bit. This kit is far and away more difficult. I am having fun though and the hours just slip on by. I am sorry I did not start the build log properly by documenting the kit unboxing and early stages of my build so this log picks up after I finished the basic hull
  2. Hello all. Long time lurker who's not posted much until recently. I've built a few model boats/ships. I got started modeling in HO. Had one particularly lovely 1910's NH&NYRR layout many years ago. That's what got me scratchbuilding scale bits of the world. I've built a few metal car kits (the old Hubley kits), and a few aircraft (I'm also a pilot and owned a 1946 Aeronca Chief until some years ago). But I've always loved boats as well, and have owned a fair few of those also (almost all sailboats). I just think the alchemy of function and beautiful line makes for some
  3. Hi all! Well finally decided to try and start this kit. Not really a ship modeler, but would love to learn. I am currently working on the build "Moulds" and getting up the courage to tackle the RABBET CUT. My question is: Should the cut be made before I assemble the keel? Meaning, Stern post, AFT SKEG, SKEG BATTEN and other sub assemblies are attached to the Keelson? All help greatly appreciated.
  4. For my third build I've decided to resurrect the kit I started about 3 years ago, but gave up on because I found the plan sheets so cluttered and confusing that frustration took the fun out of the build. So after completing the basic hull structure on the inverted skeleton I packed the entire boat up in the box and went on to do Chuck's 18th Longboat and the AL Marie Jeanne instead. Now that I have several excellent Willie Bennett build logs to use as references, I've decided to give it another try. I've wanted to build a Skipjack model after taking my granddaughter to the Chesape
  5. Hello Fellow Shipwrights, I bought the Model Shipways' Willie L. Bennett kit about 6 years ago, but have been intimidated to start. Plus I'm active-duty Navy (Surface Warfare), and have been stationed on ships for the past 3 years. Now that I'm on shore duty (and about 18 months from retiring after 29 years of service), I am making the time to start learning this craft. At any rate, I finally decided to start this thing. I am using the instructions as well as the excellent series of articles written by Kurt Van Dahm (2004, Ships in Scale). After building the bui
  6. Greetings All!! This is actually my second undertaking. My first was the Phantom which I will be putting up shortly. This was a Christmas Present from my lovely wife, and as such had to cut ahead in the Ship queue. We start with the traditional unboxing. We begin with the documentation which consists of one manual, a parts manifest, 2 large plan sheets and an errata sheet. The model is kind of a hybrid POF/POB so the contents consist primarily of strip stock, raw brass, and some laser cut sheets as well as various white cast parts which appear at first glance to be of
  7. I started this model back in April and have decided to share what I have done, so fa,r for coments and constructive remarks. I choose this model because it would allow me to practice some techniques that I wanted to learn before I return to my Charles Morgan. Also my deceased wife and I enjoyed a wonderful afternoon on on of these marvalous little boats before she passed. In particular this model has a lot of what most would call scaratch-building and there will be ample oppertunities for me to practice "ironwork" and silver soldering. Building board with building moulds. Kee
  8. Ahoy. Newbie here, just starting out in model ship building. I ordered my first kit the other day and wouldn't you know, it's been delayed by a hurricane' Hm. Taking advantage of the time delay to outfit my commandeered dining room table as a workstation. From what I see around the forums, there's plenty of good advice and excellent build log photos to guide me. I see you folks are a dedicated fleet of generous artisans. I'm starting this build log to harvest a good catch of tips and critiques. Well, if my kit and FedEx both survive Hurricane Arthur I'll be back. And if you're r
  9. After reading many of the build logs, I have decided to make my second project, and first build log, the Willie Bennett by Model Shipways. My first build was a solid hull so the built up hull of the Willie looked like a logical next step. I did not photograph the kit box and it contents. Sorry about that but there are many such photographs on this website. I will state that the kit contents are very nice and the lazer die cut parts are well done. The Willie build begins by building a simple frame over "moulds". The moulds were laser cut and matched the plans perfectly. Generally,
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