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  1. Hello, this is my first build log. After reading many build logs and hesitate between some models (HMC Sherbourne, HM Cutter Mermaid), I finally choose the Armed Virginia Sloop from Model Shipways in 1:48 scale. I choose this model because I can found many advices on the excellent build logs of this forum: aliluke, DocBlake, GuntherMT, Ryland Craze,... All this logs have wonderful pictures on the building process. I have also found two excellent documents on the web : an addendum from John H. Earl and the practicum of Robert E. Hunt. It's also a model not to much complicate with only one mast. On mid November, I ordered the kit through the modelexpo website and, one week later, I received it. It was a big surprise: what a quantity of woods... Just after the beginning of my work, I realized that without the practicum of M Hunt it will be very hard to complete this model. So, on beginning of last December, I ordered the complete version of this practicum. Two weeks after, I received the CD and was a little more reassured. I first slowly cut out all the bulkheads and I adjust the slots. I made a first try with all the bulkheads but without glue... Before gluing I extend the lines of the slot and mark all the letters to be sure to not invert some bulkheads... I also made a copy of the plan with my printer and cut all the paper bulkheads and glue them on a piece of cardboard. It will be so more easy to report the bevels on the real bulkheads.
  2. Dear fellow modelers, this is my buiding log from other forum. I was asked to put it also here. I started buiding this ship in the beginning of January 2020. As I already did some work on it I will put date on top of all posts that you know from when it was. Hope you will enjoy. 17.12.2019 Hi fellow modelers. I finally decided to buy this wooden model. Thanks for all the tips, knowledge and experience you shared with me. I bought it from USA amazon and there appears to be some issue with verification of amazon request in my Slovak bank. Anybody have any experience with this? Hopefully I will resolve this issue today. It is funny, because the same model shipped from USA is 60 Euro cheaper then bought in EU. Either way I started yesterday after work with preparation. I built ship holder. I inspired myself with many holders I have seen here on SOS. I also bought some clamps which I did not have. 8 small and 6 bigger- it was really cheap only 10 Euro. Here are some pictures of process.
  3. Hello everyone, this is my third kit build and my first build-log. I wanted to build the excellent cheerful semi-scratch cutter designed by Chuck Passaro next but decided to build this one first cause it was a gift from my wife last christmas and she keeps asking me when I will begin building it. So construction has begun with little one-year delay. The kit itself seems to be of good quality but I may replace some wood with boxwood and some cast-parts. First thing I did was to build a rack to put the model on during the construction. Then I carefully released the bulkheads to dry-fit on the keel.
  4. Edit: Adding an index Section 1 - Pre-planking work. Beginning the bulkheads Shimming the bulkheads Cutting the Rabbet Reinforcing the bulkheads Fairing bulkhead tops and placing sub-decks Shimming bulkhead extensions and fairing Stern building issues Stern construction Knights heads and first planks Waterways and transom work Section 2 - First planking and surrounding work. Stern windows and planking Outer bulwark planking Lower planking part 1 Side-bar - Reno trip Lower planking part 2 Lower planking part 3 Lower planking part 4 Section 3 - Wales and inner bulwarks Wales part 1 Wales part 2 and spirketing plank 1 Spirketing plank 2 Inner bulwarks The black strake & inner bulwarks painting Scuppers and inner bulwarks painting Outer bulwarks 2nd planking and more painting Outer bulwarks 2nd planking and Cap Rail Stern cap rail and planking Section 4 - Outer painting and 2nd planking below wales. Bulwark painting Lower planking part 1 Lower planking part 2 Lower planking part 3 Lower planking part 4 Lower planking part 5 Lower planking part 6 Planking time-lapse video Lower planking completion Sweep ports part 1 Sweep ports part 2 Section 5 - Deck & furniture Main hatch and scuttle port Companionway Deck planking begins Remaking the galley hatch Deck planking continued Deck planking complete - tree nailing Planking the poop deck Guns! Rudder Rigging the Cannons - beginning Ships wheel Rigging the Cannons - continued Rigging the Cannons - rope coils Stropping a single block Making the Catheads Elm tree pumps Ladders and Binnacle Swivel gun posts and channels Chain plates & dead-eyes Section 6 - Masts & Standing Rigging Bowsprit sheaves & main mast construction Jib boom & Top mast Gaff, boom & yards Swivel Gun yoke jig Swivel Gun soldering - mount, yoke, handles. Main mast standing rigging begins Shroud Lanyards Mounting the Bowsprit Bobstay & Forestay Naming Day Section 7 - Running Rigging Beginning the running rigging Sidebar - San Diego Festival of Sail trip (link to other thread) Running rigging completed Rope coils Anchor buoys End of the line ------------------------------ Beginning of build log: Just starting up the log with what appears to be the traditional 'unboxing' post. This was actually done on September 6th, but I did not see any point in opening a build log while I was still working on the Carmen, as I'm not going to attempt to do multiple builds at once yet (no room, even if I wanted to). I took inventory using the parts list included, and everything seems to be ship-shape. I will likely not actually begin working on this until the weekend, as I've got an idea for a display stand for the Carmen to take to my office (my not at home office), and now that I'm done building the Carmen, I want to read through the instructions and some build logs for the AVS before I begin. Until then, here are the unboxing photo's.
  5. Well I got to the point with my 18th Cem\ntury long boat where it seemed finished so I'm starting my second build , MS's Armed Virginia Sloop. I've read the instructions several times especially the beginning. Next I cut out all the bulkheads , the false keel and the stempost , keel and stem. I followed John Earls advice and " cut " theerabbit beforeI installed the sten , keel and sternpost. It just seemed more practical
  6. This is my first model ship build after the Elizabethan Galleon, which was a simple 1st ship build. This is my first build which requires planking and much more. Here are all the parts cut out and laid out on the blue prints. I had my local Staples make a copy of the blueprints so that I could cut them up and abuse them without destroying the originals. FIrst drew the Bearding Lines, using the blueprint section that I cut-out and laid on top of the Center Keel. I then drew the vertical lines for the Bulkheads so that when I go to fit them they will assist me in keeping them straight and not leaning forward or back. Next i began to pre-fit the Keel, Stem and Sternpost As you can see there were some places that I had to sand to get the parts to slide together better. This is the part that I was most unsure of. Cutting the Rabbet. I have only done one side so far I wanted to get some feedback before cutting any more, or beginning on the other side. I am most concerned about the depth, width and location (Every aspect) . I had read where the Rabbet cut is more of a squared off U than a V. The groove needs cleaning up a bit, but I welcome any input on how it is progressing. That is as far as I have gotten I am using a flat square Chisel Exacto knife to cut the Rabbet. Thanks in advance!!
  7. Finally starting a build log for my AVS I started about a year and a half ago. I haven't made that much progress but now that life has calmed down a bit, I'm hoping to have more time to build. This is my first build log but second model. I have previously built the Indian Girl Canoe by Midwest. Currently I am working on the stern assembly but here are some pictures and comments of the build so far. I must say the various AVS build logs on this site have been a huge help so far in my build. Cut the rabbet and attached the keel, stem and sternpost: Gluing in bulkheads: Since I want to use pedestal mounts, I enlisted my dad's help(and his drill press) in measuring and drilling the holes for the pedestals. If I had to do this again, I would drill these before attaching the bulkheads to make clamping easier. As it was, we had to use some scrap wood laying around to have something to hold the frame still. How she will look on pedestals. When adding the subdecks, I stole a page from Brian's (GuntherMT) log and used planks and rubber bands to hold the subdecks in place Next, I did an initial fairing on the bulkheads and started the stern assembly. Thanks to Brian for taking the time in his log to describe how the plans show the stern frames at an angle so the windows are all level. Michael
  8. By way of introduction, I'm a longtime sailor. All my life I've been fascinated by miniatures of - frankly - just about anything. I'm handy with tools and have a lot of patience, but I have never considered myself much of a woodworker. While I love boats and the water, I've found it more appealing of late to spend more time closer to home. Combine that with the long, gray winters of Cleveland and I'm enjoying immersion in this new hobby. I'm 51 now and haven't built a model of any kind since I was a kid. I've never built a wood one so this will really demand a new set of skills for me. I chose the Armed Virginia Sloop as my first kit for the following reasons: 1) It's suitably ambitious without being too daunting 2) Model Shipways kits were highly recommended because of the extra documentation they provide in the instruction manual 3) The boat itself is attractive. It's salty, with nice lines that in its day must have made it a great performer - fast, maneuverable and relatively easy to handle. 4) From what I can tell, this type of boat has rich history. It's very much like the boat Blackbeard seems to have first sailed - he named her Revenge - before stepping up to the larger boat in which he became most notorious, the two-masted (barkentine rig?) Queen Ann's Revenge. I suppose anyone who gets involved in this hobby has several shades of geek in him, and now you know mine. I started my build in mid-January 2014. I was hesitant to start a build log because in the earliest going I didn't feel I had anything to offer. But I've appreciated the great photos offered by BareHook's log of the same kit, and hope my own perspective will be helpful to someone else down the road. I'm a bit impatient with forums (having managed several large ones with really rancorous memberships) but I'm impressed with the good citizenry of this one. I'll make a few consecutive posts over the next few days to catch up on the build so far. My biggest concern is that I may not have the patience or desire to post a very thorough log here - but I'm going to make an honest effort.
  9. After a lot of back and forth between the Fair American and this kit, I decided to go for the AVS. It seems to be a fun and exciting build. I think it would be a great opportunity to get some additional skills for the next build on my shelf: Fair American, HMS Unicorn, ... Let's begin!
  10. So the Muscongus Bay Lobster Smack is done and I am taking on a new challenge. Really looking forward to working on the AVS and my first planked hull build. Given how the smack went, you can count on this one taking a while and on lots of basic questions. If my experience to date is any indication you won't let me down! (I know I'll be leaning heavily on GuntherMT's comprehensive build log, which is fantastic, if you haven't checked it out.) I haven't started inventory-ing and organizing all the parts, but wanted to get a few "unboxing" pics up. I've got replacement rope and blocks on the way from Chuck and am looking to get some holly from Crown or the Lumberyard for the deck. Here's what the good folks at ModelExpo sent:
  11. Hello Everyone, I am pleased to reload my build log of my Armed Virginia Sloop. I was able to find some of my early posts on the internet and some word documents that I had saved, but will have to recreate some of the later posts. As I commented on in this first post, I want to thank those AVS builders and forum members who offered encouragement and advise on this build. Also, a special thanks to Alistair who sent me many PM's and pictures in the last six months encouraging me to complete this build. Originally Posted April 25, 2009 There seems to be a lot of activity on MSW with building the Armed Virginia Sloop by Model Shipways. I thought that I might as well jump in and show my progress on my AVS. I know that I will get a lot of support and encouragement by the forum members and this should help me complete my AVS. One thing that I want to say up front is that I have learned so much from the AVS builders that had build logs that I studied. I especially enjoyed the build logs of people like Bahamas Diver, Pete Jaquith, Bob Riddoch, John Smith and others. Their build logs inspired me to do a better job on my AVS and I thank them for taking the time to post their builds. This is the second ship model that I have attempted. The first was an Enterprise of 1799 by Constructo. This kit had one and a half pages of instructions in English. I completed the hull but felt that I needed more experience to complete her. Around this time, I heard about Bob Hunt’s Lauck Street Shipyard practicum on the Armed Virginia Sloop. The practicum is a course that covers every aspect of building this kit. It has nine chapters and contains 386 pages of text, pictures and drawings and is supported by a private forum at Lauck Street Shipyard. I know that by following the practicum to build my AVS, I would expand my skills and return to finish up my Enterprise. I read the practicum and realized that I could build the AVS. So I ordered the kit on January 23, 2003, and eagerly started construction when it arrived. When the kit arrived, I was impressed with how much wood was in the box. It was so many pieces and different sizes that had to be organized. I bought some paper tags that had string on them and sorted and labeled my wood. This is a must for this kit as there are so many different sizes of wood. Chapter One of the practicum had you install the bulkheads on the false keel. The practicum goes in great detail on how to cut the rabbet and has many illustrations on the relationship of the angle of the rabbet to the false keel. In addition, the practicum explains how to make the bow and stern filler blocks. I followed the practicum and had no problems. In Chapter Two, I installed the first layer of planking. Again, the practicum has very clear and concise instructions with many drawings and pictures on how to do the planking. After completing Chapter Two, this is what my AVS looks like.
  12. I'm beginning my build log of the Lauck Street Shipyards POF kit of an Armed Virginia Sloop, an admiralty style kit in 1/32 scale. The kit arrived in it's box and it is heavy! The contents are high quality hardwoods (primarily cherry for deck beams, knees, carlings etc. and hard maple for the frames) with lots of strip wood of various species for planking, trim etc. There are also a large number of 3-D printed parts; this being the first kit to offer them. There are 5 sheets of plans, each 36" X 24" included. I may alter the kit, and add additional details and possibly substitute some different woods, but I'm basically going to build it out of the box. Comments, criticisms and suggestions are welcome! Here is the box, and some shots of the maple and cherry billets containing many of the parts.
  13. This is my build log for the AVS. I chose this kit for my first one because there are several great build threads on it. It will be fairly obvious that I'm copying a couple of the build logs as close as I can. Like I said in the introduction section, I have a long history with building and flying RC aircraft. I'll try to resist the urge to install servos and an engine. Once I complete this, I'll change my profile pic to a ship... I've cleaned and trued the bulkheads and keel. There was quite a bit of adjusting to do to the slots in the keel. I've cut the rabbet and am in the process of installing the walnut keel pieces. The rabbet is not shown in these pics.
  14. I enlarged and printed the pattern sheet today.....have a good idea where my tracing vellum is along with my drawing tools. This is exciting. ....this is going to be a REALLY big ship. Onward, Pamela
  15. This is my first post concerning my present project, the Armed Virginia Sloop. I received it in late August 2014 and then went on a two-week tour in September. Have been working on it pretty steady since late September.
  16. Hello all - I have begun to build the Patrick Henry kit and will be updating this build log as I go along. The Patrick Henry is a hypothetical Armed Virginia Sloop (AVS) name after a well know son from Virginia. My initial thoughts on this kit start and end with the words quality. While there are multiple options for the frame wood, I selected the cherry wood option. The cherry billets included in this kit are outstanding as is all of the wood planks. All of the billets are CNC milled instead of laser cut and as a result do not have any laser burn (yah!) and the cuts are straight instead of angled as with laser cut. Other parts are 3D printed. While I was skeptical of 3D printed parts based on much of the "not ready for prime time" comments, these parts are beautifully detailed. The plans are printed directly from the CAD plans used to design this kit, not copies. Color is used to help distinguish different parts making it easier to understand the lines as opposed to the more typical black & white copy. A CD is included with PDF files of all the patterns that will be needed to build he kit (the frames as an example). I did read through the instructions before starting to build the kit to become familiar with the approach. The instructions are detailed and easy to follow. The only changes to the kit that I plan are some changes of wood, only because of color, not quality. All of my frames and deck framing will be the cherry that came with the kit. The kit comes with cherry for some of the outside planking. To add interest I will change some of that cherry to another wood. As I go forward there will probably be a few other changes in wood. My next post will on making frames, the first step in the build.
  17. Progress in my AVS build to date. I'm using wood, no paint. Cherry, blood wood, rosewood, yellow heart , walnut, holly, boxwood and African black wood. Next step is rigging the cannons. Dave
  18. I chose this for my second build, because there seemed to be plenty of information on the Forum. I didn't realise so many logs had been lost - and some of the existing logs have been recreated without some of the (I gather) original details. So, before I start anything with this model, I want to ask a couple of linked questions, please: Is it better to follow the instructions and glue the keel, stem and sternpost first? What is the best way to cut the rabbett? Follow the Instruction Manual like this or follow the method in the LSS Practicum I'm trying to follow the advice of reading everything before cutting anything! I realise it's a small difference, but I screwed up my first model by not asking enough questions. Thanks, Brett
  19. Hi all, Thought I'd reload my photo files of my AVS build. Hopefully useful for someone contemplating or making this great model. No words to go with the files but feel free to fire me a question if you wish. Cheers, Alistair
  20. So I’m taking the leap and starting my build log. This is my first real build, I picked up the Midwest Dinghy on a whim and built it. Enjoyed that so now I’m trying something a little more involved and longer build. For a couple different reasons I went with the Armed Virginia Sloop by Model Shipways. For guidance I will be using the wonderful build logs here on Model Ship World, Ship Modeling Simplified, The Model Boatyard’s Practicum, and the occasional reference to Lauck Street Shipyards partial practicum that I got with my eBay purchase of the kit. After selecting the kit I happened to find a good deal on eBay for it. Did an inventory seems the only thing missing was the full sized plans. Model Shipways luckily has just the plans for sale. On the recommendation of a few build logs I’m probably upgrading the decking and rope. And despite warnings I considering adding sails. Time to start building.
  21. After reading the build logs on the Armed Virginia Sloop by MS I decided to give it a try. I am currently building the Virginia 1819 by AL and am up to the masts and rigging (not my favorite part). So to breakup the monotony I am going to start the AVS. The kit arrived a couple weeks ago after waiting for 2 weeks for it to arrive (backorder). Since then I have been watching the box. I finally gave in to temptation and opened it. Everything was included when I did the inventory. I am not too pleased however with the walnut planking strips the edges are very rough and would require sanding almost every edge. Any suggestions? Anyway a few pictures of the contents of the box and the infamous shipyard.
  22. A continuation of the build started in Sept 2011. I have finished the decks and cabin face. The decks took a lot longer than expected, I used black hull paint for the caulking, so had to wait for each plank to dry before bonding in place. The deck furniture is placed temporary. In following posts I will re-post images of the build that were lost. Ken
  23. Hello, This is the initial entry in my build log of the Armed Virginia Sloop. My #1 goal is to complete the ship. I've got a few secondary ideas floating around in my head such as quality, craftsmanship, scratchbuilding and upgrading materials but I really want to finish this thing. For those not familiar with the kit, It is a 1:48 scale model sloop of the type built in and around the Chesapeake bay around 1800. As such I don't believe it represents a specific ship. I began by reading the instructions, going over the plans and perusing various build logs here at MSW. I took the plans to a local office supply store and had them make copies that I could cut up and use as patterns etc. keeping the original set intact. First step was to transfer the bearding line from the plans to the false keel. I then cut, carved and sanded the rabbet. I have begun to attach the keel. While waiting for the keel to dry, I removed all the bulkheads from their sheet and cleaned up the edges. Next I used my extra plan sheet to cut out each bulkhead and transfer the bevel line onto the front side. I'm going to leave myself some wiggle room to adjust the angle once the bulkheads are glued to the false keel. I welcome any and all comments even if they seem critical (I spent several decades on submarines - those guys have no problem telling you what they think ) I won't be offended at all.

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