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  1. I've moved the subject of building a hull model of the Medium clipper built by Donald McKay in 1869 to its own log. I didn't want it to become confusing with my 1/96 version...which is in the sail and yard stage. Within a small group of focused Glory admirers it has motivated us to(with much study and application) correct and redraw some blatant design errors that were found in her contemporary drawings commissioned by Mike Mjelde and published in his book about the Glory of the Seas. Recent discovered photographic evidence, coupled with previously published imagery has caused those of
  2. Young America - extreme clipper 1853 Part 1 - Decisions I took most of the summer deciding whether I would undertake another ship model and if so, what the scope and subject would be. I had a lot of time to think about this while catching up on neglected home maintenance and repair projects. After deciding that I needed the challenge of another ambitious project, the decisions on scope and subject kept me busy through July. I also had to decide whether I could commit to another Naiad-like build log. We shall see. I received a number of suggestions on subjects and that input is
  3. Link to content is in signature Introduction This log is intend to be personal track record of first "serious" attempt to scratch building of my very old Cutty Sark kit, started long ago and forgotten somewhere in house, mixed with some personal observations and notes Edits notes and remarks will be inserted later, to show points what are dangerous place (for dummy as me) to bump in undesired situation caused by in-patience, an-experience and God¨s will I am not a master, rather novice with too much ambition, but think in MSW there is enough room for all of us to share and le
  4. Hello everyone. This is my first model ship and my first build log here. English is not my native language, so sorry for any mistakes. I started more than one year ago but I’ll start the log from the beginning, hoping to help other members not to do the same mistake I did. As suggested by the instructions, I started from the hull: The base coat was made by airbrush, acrylic colors (gunze and tamiya), followed by oil filters, dry pastels and oil dry brush in order to simulate the wood planking and to highlight so
  5. Being new to these pages i thought if fitting to begin my own build log of the medium clipper I'm building of the Glory of the Seas...Donald McKay's last clipper. I chose this fine vessel because she was not only Donald McKay's last but she spent much of her later years in the Tacoma/Seattle area....where I live and she ended her days just miles from here south of Seattle as a burnt out hulk. I drew much of her documented history from many sources, namely from Richard McKay's book, *Donald McKay and his Famous sailing ships*, local historian, Jay Mjelde, author of several books, *Clipp
  6. Hello guys, I took the plunge to build cutty sark beauty in this massive scale, but... i am about to finish it now, hovewer I thought I could still get some help or share my limited experiences and technique ...,most likely thinking if I had known amount of work, i would not have started probably. but very glad i did. I am ships "afficionado" since kid time, and being from country wihout sea, obviously. :)) I hope its ok to post backwards, but i will go from beginning, knowing what went smoothly and what i regret ...this was a longest journey of my life, probably kno
  7. Twenty years after obtaining plans for the Sea Witch from Melbourne Smith* and then turning them into 3-D computer aided design components, I have actually cut wood and embarked on construction of the model. Smith had concluded, that due to missing plans, there had never been built a truly accurate model of the Sea Witch. He did research and found Griffith’s original set of offsets and drew up plans accordingly. I hope my efforts may result in a more accurate representation of the ship than had here-to-fore been built. * Melbourne Smith, died March 9, 2018, was a renowned for bu
  8. At long last - having been much diverted over the past 6 months, I will attempt to write a coherent story of this project. In introducing myself I outlined the history of this model which you can read in my earlier postings. Briefly, the model was built by my Uncle Jules (Julius, born 14 Feb 1888) just before 1900, he is photographed with it sailing past him in 1899,so I know it does sail! It has no name. At age 14 Jules went off to sea for six or seven years, serving in several square riggers including the large "Down Easter" Edward Sewall. A few surviving letters home showed that it was
  9. Well...I have been planning this build for over a year. Unlike my practice..I will not be modifying a Revell CS hull....but will be building a scratch POB model of the Great Republic from a couple of sources. Namely the McCann plan and those supplemented by the plans provided by Arthur H Clark, and drawings from Crothers, manuscripts and first hand wood etchings of the vessel. Unlike many contemporary replications...I will be following the descriptions of her rig by Duncan McLean and Richard McKay. Today I began by copying and cutting out the frame drawings and separ
  10. This is the build log of my second model ship, the Harvey. I am really excited to be able to work on this ship as I am from the Baltimore region. This build log will probably take some time to complete as I am a new father, full time employee and also a part time student. Hopefully when this semester is over I will get some more time to work on this kit. I started this kit a while ago and really haven't gotten much done since my son was born. Things have died down a little and hopefully you all will not find my progress too painfully slow. A few notes on the kit: 1. The
  11. I received this hull of the Cutty Sark back in 2013. A friend of my son gave it to him to give to me. It has sat in my boatyard all this time. Back in March I started working on by planking the deck.
  12. Greetings, I'm from Hungary, and until now, I built mainly WW2 ships and planes from plastic kits. Now I decided to build a tall ship, and I ended up with two kits, but I can't decide which to buy. One is the 1/96 plastic model of the Cutty Sark from Revell (Nr. 5422), and the other one is from wood, the 1/124 Thermopylae model of Sergal. Which of do you recommend to a beginner in sailing ships, and why? If you know alternatives for a maximum of €80-100, in the category of XIX. century ships, I would appreciate it too. Thanks in advance.
  13. Good morning everyone! This log is the evolution of what was a kit build, that out of frustration and disappointment, is now a full campaign into scratch building. I bought Model Shipways "Pride of Baltimore II", 1:64th scale what now must be a couple years ago. I was beyond excited when it arrived. My wife and I spread the contents across the counter, separating, grouping every strip as we checked off the material list. We counted cannons, pulleys and deadeyes...This is where my initial frustration was seeded. The cannons where so small, with little detail to enjoy. None
  14. benim cutty sark çok amatörcedir .... ustalara bakarak yapmaya çalışıyorum saygılarımla -öneriler ve eleştirilerinizi bekler . herkese saygılarımı sunarım..doğan
  15. Young America 1853 – POB 1:96 Part 1 The 1:72 framed model of Young America will be on semi-hold for the next month or so, while I do further research and prepare drawings for the remaining work to complete the model. Since I have been working in parallel on a smaller 1:96 POB version of Young America, I decided to include some of that work in a separate build log. I do not yet know how far I will take this model. It has been built as a demonstration model for Volume I of the Young America book, which includes substantial information – text, pictures, drawings, patterns - for
  16. I'm picking this log back up starting with the rigging stage of this model. The masts and yards are complete, and the hull's deadeyes and etc. are on. My goal with this model is to accurately depict the appearance of a prime example of a clipper ship. My concern is to depict all components scaled correctly and to do all at the best of my ability hoping to show the highest development of the wooden merchant ship. I like speed. I like the example these ships made in the form follows function regard. These ships came about at a period in history when speed was essential. G
  17. Hello this is my first post on the new forum. I had a build log for the Byzantium on the old forum. do to a recent move I have not got much work done since the old forum went down. To sum up what was lost when the old forum went down I printed out the line drawings with my dads vinyl sticker machine. I cut the formers from some scrap plywood with my bandsaw. I ripped the planks from an old fence board with my bandsaw. I glued the planks together on the formers. I fiber glassed the hull then sanded half of the hull. today I started work on the Byzantium again now both sides of the hull are sand
  18. Among many other things..I plan on building the clipper ship Western Shore. She has a most wonderful and exciting...not to mention short history. She was the only clipper to have been built on the West coast of the US...in Coos Bay Oregon over 20 years after the last clipper was built on the East coast. She set world speed records and holds the fastest time from Portland Oregon to Liverpool England to this day of 97 days. Built for Asa Simpson in Coos Bay/North Bend Yards by John Kruse...the Western Shore will be a grand addition to my Donald McKay collection. One note....the WS
  19. As is my custom...I wanted to kit bash, scratch build a model that does not exist...and use a model that does to achieve this. Not just build, but bring alive a piece of history many people, not to mention modelers, are not even aware of. Not just a conversion.....but a piece of life, a moment in history...to bring the viewer into a scene...not just present a wonderfully built model, but to depict an event, that sparks and interest and hopefully a fascination. Many modelers of the famous British clipper Cutty Sark are lost to the depraved history of this magnificent clipper. Her
  20. Well,here we go then.I've taken the plunge and bought a nice new sheet of 6mm ply. I've made some copies of the bulkhead drawings off the plans,so I can cut them out no problem,but how do I know how to make the main "backbone"that they fix to? I can trace the external lines,but how deep do I go? Once I get this problem sorted out,I can spend a few days on the bandsaw!!
  21. Well, as is my custom, I began my build of my new clipper Donald McKay from using a 1/96 scale Revell Cutty Sark hull as a start point..then I began to build up the bulwarks and modify the hull accordingly. Here I began the build up using maple strips I cut to the proper dimensions. This, as all my models finds its beginning as a plastic hull that I heavily modify..then build up in wood for the desired effect and design. Here is a first images of the transformation. I strained the deck to see the individual planks. Rob
  22. Forgot to put in the title - 1/8th scale! First off, thank you everyone who helped when I was looking for info to draw up plans. I've decided that I've come to a point where I've got enough drawings to get on with it, actually I reached this point about ten days ago, but was somewhat reluctant to start a log till I felt reasonably confident that I would at least get a hull out of it! Balsa infill - for lack of anything better available... Sanding the naughty bit...always tricky getting the shape fair OK, this is as
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