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  1. With summer at an end work has begun on the Benjamin W. Latham kit. With the large 1:48 scale I hope to add a nice bit of super-detailing, and I'm especially intrigued by the seine boat, a whole separate model unto self. Fittings are decent, though I may end up replacing some with scratch-built items. Plans are very nicely done other than the rigging sheet. I haven't done a ton of soldering on past kits, but that will certainly change on this build with all of the ironwork. The keel is a sandwich of two thicknesses of laser cut parts, and mine was
  2. Hello everyone. I have just ordered the Model Shipways Benjamin Latham. This will be my first wooden ship build, I have been modeling most all of my life and for the past 20 years I have been building scale R/C aircraft. The airplanes have ranged in size from 27" to 90" wing spans. The airplanes have been from short kits to full scratch built from plans. I have spent quite a bit of time researching information about wooden ship building (the do's and don'ts). Also there several very good builds on this site. The Model Shipways information says that prior building experience is helpful, we
  3. Ok, this being my second wooden ship model (first was a Bluejacket Swampscott Dory), I’m prepared to take the plunge into sharing my ignorance. I’ve been closely following the logs of experienced builders of this model and similar schooners, and I hope to learn by doing. Having just completed bulkhead framing, I thought it would be helpful to pass on some initial thoughts to newbies like me, who are considering this model: 1. A Dremel tool is proving remarkably helpful for sanding, shaping, fudging, etc. 2. When completing the initial steps of gluing the keel halves (port and starbo
  4. Winter is approaching, this means model ship building season is upon us (or at least me)! I have been thinking whether I should pursue building my Hesper (http://modelshipworld.com/index.php?/topic/723-hesper-by-frenchguy-pilot-schooner-scale-148/?hl=hesper ), or put her on the back burner and start something else. Hesper is a beautiful model, but it’s a scratch build model, and despite fantastic plans from Erik Ronnberg, this model has already tested my limits with scratch building. So Hesper will stay on the shelf at least until next year. There are two other models from kit
  5. Ahoy there! This is the beginning of my build log of the Model Shipways Benjamin Latham POB kit. DISCLAIMER: This is my first POB kit, so this is not the place to come to learn best practices, but maybe I can offer a little insight between my stumbling through like a blindfolded elephant in a china shop! It's been a while since I have been active on this forum, but now I have my degree, have a job, have an extra bedroom to set up my workshop, and have a little extra time to do some modelling. Many many big life events ago, I had a build log for the Model Shipways Pilo
  6. I decided to build BENJAMIN W. LATHAM for a couple of reasons. I like the lines and the history of the New England fishing schooners. I like the 1/4" = 1 ft scale. I like that this kit has more hull and less rigging...and no cannons to rig . And of course, I got the kit at a great price on an eBay auction. The center keel / bulwark former came in four pieces of 1/8' thick laser cut wood - two forward and two aft. This sandwich construction resulted in a center keel less prone to warping and stronger than a single thickness of wood. It also provides a nice center line when
  7. Welcome to my newest build log my friends. I picked the Benjamin W Latham because it's the largest model I have. It a 1:48 scale so I should have ample room for details. With my Ranger bash there was virtually nothing left of the original model. With this bash I'm going to build most of everything, but leave it the same ship. I'm also going to take this one as far as I can with the details, adding any/everything that was on this fishing schooner. I like the look of real wood so I'll be staining, not painting, this model. Launched on Oct 30, 1902, she was designed by Thomas F McManus(Bo
  8. Hello After much thought, I have decided to post yet another Benjamen Latham build. There are many better builds than this, my 1st attempt at plank on bulkhead modeling. However I felt the need for some critique . I will post photos of my progress to date with a minimum of comment. I have reached the dreaded transom build and am not sure if I am on the right track. I have studied the build logs posted here for this ship. They have all been very helpful. But as I said the transom is scaring me and I would appreciate any criticism and suggestions. I like this kit because it gives
  9. Hi All, Well I decided to try and do kind of a build log for the Benjamin W Latham by Model Shipways. This will be my first wood ship build. But by no means my first wood kit build. A little background before we get into the build. I'm a retired Design Engineer for a Civil Engineering firm. I build and fly RC Sailplanes and have built, designed and scratch built numerous sailplanes. I love building, but I don't need anymore sailplanes or for that matter have room for them. I wanted to build something else, and something with a bit of a challenge. I've always loved the old ship
  10. Hi all! So I have just completed the hardest part on my build. Which was waiting for Fedex to show up with my package. Now I have a basic question already. I have Gorilla glue and Elmer's wood glue. Are these ok to use or should i get something else? Well off to finish unboxing and inspecting parts. More to come soon.
  11. I am finally resuming wooden ship kit building with Model Shipways' Benjamin Latham-American Fishing Schooner. I mentioned in previous posts that I had started the kit a number of years ago as my second build and intended to complete it. When I looked at the work already done I found the results unsatisfactory based on my current skills and that a tremendous amount of rework was required to get the kit to an acceptable condition. So, I took advantage of one of Model Expo's sales and decided to start from scratch. Following are pictures of the kit box and the new packaging plus photos of th
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