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  1. For my next model ship I chose the BlueJacket USS Perry - a brig that was heralded as “the fasted ship in the navy” when it was launched. I chose this model to continue building my skills, in general ship construction as well as copper plating and more complex rigging. The kids has a machine carved basswood hull, an extensive laser cut wood kit, many cast fittings, a rigging kit, and quite a few photo etched parts as well. I also ordered the optional paint kit, photo CD, and copper plates. The kit comes in a heavy cardboard box with a color label with a des
  2. For those of you who didn't catch my intro on the New Members forum, this is my very first model. I have zero experience with wooden model building and only a small amount of experience with plastic model cars and planes, but that was over 20 years ago and generally ended with my fingers glued to the model. As a beginner I selected The Red Baron for a few reasons: The kits contains just about everything one would need to complete, including paints. The extensive instruction manual that comes with the kit The excellent build log by @schooner, which I revie
  3. I'm going to be building a model of the Continental Navy Frigate ALFRED using Bluejacket's solid hull kit. The ALFRED was one of the first ships commissioned into the Continental Navy in 1775. Converted from a new merchant ship she was John Paul Jones' first ship. I picked this kit because I've never done a 3-masted ship model before, and as much as I would love to build a clipper ship I simply don't have room for it, or to be more precise, as far as my wife is concerned there is not enough room in our house for both me and a large cased sailing ship model. Blueja
  4. Time to start a new model. Made in Rockland, Maine in 1853, the Red Jacket was a clipper ship, one of the largest and fastest ever built. She was also the first ship of the White Star Line company. She was named after Sagoyewatha, a famous Seneca Indian chief, called "Red Jacket" by settlers.She was lost in a gale in 1885.On her first voyage, Red Jacket set the speed record for sailing ships crossing the Atlantic by traveling from New York to Liverpool in 13 days, 1 hour, 25 minutes, dock to dock. That record still stands today for commercial sailing vessels. The BlueJacket kit has
  5. Hi All. This is Gary from Austin, Texas making my first post. I have recently acquired the 1/48th scale America kit from Bluejacket and hope to log its build here. I have been lurking here a bit, very impressed by the knowledge and craftsmanship shown in many of the build logs. And frankly I am a bit intimidated as well. But I did not find any other build logs for the large Bluejacket America model so I hope my efforts add to the community, if only because of that. I have seen several build logs of the Mamoli version, and I am sure I will reference them more in the future. Ov
  6. Hi everybody. My name is Kurt Hauptfuehrer. You can just call me Kurt H when replying. I am new to this site, and, as you can see, new to the process of posting build logs. The Bluejacket Constitution is my first build. I chose this one because you can completely outfit the gun deck. This kit is excellent in many respects, but it is a very challenging build, especially for a novice like me. I wanted to share my build logs because, even though there are a multitude of sins, there are some aspects of my build that you may merit your attention (I hope). At any rate, my sharing of the exp
  7. My first attempt at a builders log (we all know that long before it became a fashionable term, that is what "blog" referred to). I write this as I am a couple of months into the build. I expect to have the blog catch up to real time over the next week or so). * * * Joshua Slocum left Boston in April 1895 aboard the 35 foot sloop Spray, finishing his circumnavigation of the world over three years later, in July of 1898. He was the first to circle the globe alone. We know quite a lot about that trip since the definitive book on the subject, Sailing Alone Around the World, was writte
  8. I finished the Fannie A. Gorham (three masted schooner) this morning and have the Charles P. Notman (4 masted schooner) ready to start but first need to clean up and reorganize the workshop. This kit will be a first for me as the Notman used galvanized wire for the standing rigging so no Black/Dark Brown thread during this build. Since the workbench is still a mess I will have to start with a picture of the box on the shelf. I did open it already and will take a look at the instructions and drawings when I get a spot cleaned off enough. It seems I must have taken out/us
  9. Since I just joined, and this is my first build, please note that the photo attached is where I am currently. Been 15 years to get this far. Here is the overall view of what has been done up to this point:
  10. This is my first blog anywhere, ever. I joined NRG only a few weeks ago so the vast majority of the build was done prior to that which is why I am not showing the build from the beginning. So I will feel my way through. If anyone has any suggestions, comments or corrections about this model of the schooner "Atlantic" or this blog I would welcome them. I finished the hull and deck furniture as seen in the photo below. All of the deck furniture, cleats etc. were applied with epoxy. So now I am on to masting & rigging. 😬
  11. Plans glued to decks to aid shaping of hull. Section lines marked on hull. Section line templates created for shaping the hull. Beginning to shape the stern. Rough shaping of stern.
  12. Hello from New Zealand. This is Georges Christmas present, Dad has a real life Herreshoff (Buzzards Bay 25). Planking underway, building a model boat while living on a boat. Keen to hear from anyone else thats built this model.
  13. I decided on this kit for my next build because it will, if finished in time, become a Christmas gift for my daughter and son-in-law, both of whom enjoy eating lobster and vacationing in Maine. I'll probably put granddaughter's name on the finished model. I decided to do a build log because as far as I can find out this kit has never had one. Bluejacket sells 3 different lobster boat kits; this one which is 12’’ long, a 23” POB/POF kit, and a 3 ft honker with a fiberglass hull intended for RC. I went with this size because it will fit neatly on a bookshelf. The Red Bar
  14. Hello, just started my fifth ship model build. This time it is a model of the Spray. I have had this model on the shelf for about 15-18 years. I am a bit concerned that the build is beyond my ability and the instructions assume more knowledge then I have but time will tell. One of the reasons I am building this boat is that Joshua Slocum was from Nova Scotia and I was born and live here, home of the Bluenose and many many other ships worth modeling. I just finished a small model of The Bounty's launch, this was the first model I have build in about 12-15 years. Now back in it. This Spray mo
  15. This is my first wooden boat model. I chose the Entry level Grand Banks Dory from Blue Jacket.
  16. For my third wooded model ship (after the Monitor and Virginia) I decided upon the Revenue Cutter by BlueJacket. I chose it for its entry level status but also because it will introduce me to more rigging. Anyways, on to the build log! The kit comes in a nice cardboard box with a color label showing the completed model. The kit includes a number of brass and cast fittings as well as laser cut wood and a machine carved hull. A nice touch is a display cradle is included as well. The laser cut deck is really well done. Exci
  17. Ok, Take II. I started a build and a build log, got very discouraged because it's a beginner's model and I found myself stymied by something new at every step, and scrapped the build log assuming I wasn't going to continue. I've taken a couple of deep breaths and am going to give it another go. Here's the image from after I assembled the frames, placed them (incorrectly) on the bottom piece, and attached the stem and transom (possibly also not quiet correctly.) I'm about one step past that and about to cross my fingers and see how planking goes.
  18. This will be my first solid hull build, and my first Blue Jacket Kit. My last build was a Midwest Boothsbay Lobster boat R/C. Looking forward to the experience of building the kit and posting the build. More posts/pictures to come, this was first just wanted to see if I got right.
  19. I purchased this model kit about a year ago while I was finishing up my second model, first scratch (USS ENGAGE). Now that I am done with that model (with the exception of building the display base) I am moving on to something more challenging. However, I am not a fan of the kits solid hull and only having the gun deck and main deck visible. There is a lot more to the CONSTITUTION than those two decks. My plan, therefore is to mix this as a kit and a scratch. The hull is going to be plank on frame. One side of the ship (probably the starboard) will be completely planked and painted; the
  20. First build of this type of model. Reviewing everything before I get to work.
  21. For my first wood ship model I chose the International Optimist Dinghy from Bluejacket, I must have watched Nic’s videos on YouTube a hundred times the last few months. When my employer sent me home on paid emergency leave due to the current pandemic I decided it was time to do finally do it. Well the day after I ordered the model (1 week after being sent home) my boss called and said come on in and pick up your work at home set up. I’m back at work thankful I am still working when I know so many out of work or on greatly reduced hours. First impressions: A very we
  22. To the best of my knowledge this is the first build log on MSW for this kit. Here is the apparently obligatory first picture of the kit box on the work bench. Given the season I will probably not get to much done in the near future 🎅
  23. Good morning, all! This is my first model in 40 years and my first wooden kit ever. Luckily, as a sailor of traditional vessels, I have a little basic knowledge to fall back on. I have elected to start with the Bluejacket kit YANKEE HERO, and since it's a snowy day here in Massachusetts, I am making fairly rapid progress. I've got he hull shaped, the hold and cabin top assembled, and I've just glued the deck to the hull and am waiting for the glue to dry. Wish me luck! Capt Mike
  24. I took advantage of a brief trip to mid-coast Maine to visit Bluejacket Shipcrafters in Searsport and purchase my next project, the schooner Bowdoin. This will be my second plank-on-bulkhead model. The first was twenty-five years ago, Laughing Whale's small Friendship Sloop. (That kit lives on in Bluejacket's line; they acquired Laughing Whale some years back.) Bowdoin looks like a good project for reacquainting myself with the planking process, and I have ESF's (Steve's) excellent build log for reference. Why Bowdoin? As the official state sailing ship of Maine and sail train
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