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  1. This is the beginning of my build log for the 14 Gun Brig Fair American by Model Shipways. It starts with my planking the hull, as the steps up to that point were not recorded due to my fear of doing a build log after seeing the quality of the build logs presented on this site. I had stopped at that point in the build process because I was reviewing the existing build logs on this site for the brig; and was getting confused by the various ways the models were being built and how they differred from the instructions provided in the kit. I have a copy of Bob Hunt's practicum to follow (but I did
  2. After a few months off, I'm back at the bench with a build of the Model Shipways Fair American. The day after finishing my Bluenose build back in January, I started in on the 18th Century Longboat, and made it as far as planking the hull. However, the hull planking didn't turn out great so I boxed it back up until a time comes that I'm ready to put the work in to improve it. I took a few months off to deal with our new puppy, and finally had a chance to dive into the Fair American over the last week. I chose the Fair American because it has some things that will be new to me (vi
  3. 14 Gun Brig “Fair American”, Circa 1780 The 14 Gun Brig Fair American, circa 1780 is based on Model No. 60 of the Henry Huddleston Rodgers ship model collection at the U.S. Naval Academy Museum, Annapolis, Maryland. Due to the number of vessels named Fair American that participated in the American Revolution and the amount of conflicting data pertaining to these names, it has not been possible to identify the specific vessel the model represents. However, the model is representative of many of the small ships used as privateers during the American War of Independence. The brig Fair Amer
  4. This is my build log of Model Shipways Fair American. I also have Bob Hunt's practicum to reference. He does a bit of kit bashing in his practicum. At this point I'm not sure if I'm going to do the kit bash or not. I have a bit of time to figure that out. I'm not going to post a pic of the kit itself, I'm sure there is enough of those pictures on this forum already. Well, it started early. As I was taking the center keel out of the billet I dropped it and of course...... So of course I glued and clamped it and will let it sit overnight
  5. After a 45-year hiatus from my first build (Model Shipways Rattlesnake solid hull) I decide to build another. I'm retired and living in a condo, so I needed a hobby. I chose the Fair American because it was similar to the Rattlesnake, and I wanted to try a plank-on-bulkhead model. I started the build April 12, 2019. So far, I'm pleased with the progress. I wish that had taken more progress photos. Going forward, I will try to take more photos to document the progress. When I received the kit, I went through the parts list to make sure everything was in the box. I labeled some wood parts but n
  6. From the album: Fair American - Glenn Barlow

    © ©GlennBarlow Photography

  7. From the album: Fair American - Glenn Barlow

    © ©GlennBarlow Photography

  8. From the album: Fair American - Glenn Barlow

    © ©GlennBarlow Photography

  9. From the album: Fair American - Glenn Barlow

    © ©GlennBarlow Photography

  10. From the album: Fair American - Glenn Barlow

    © ©GlennBarlow Photography

  11. Just completed the Model Shipways, "Armed Virginia Sloop", and while I was pleased with the result, I can see a lot of "mistakes". So I want to see if I can do a model without the old problems (only new ones). I chose the Fail American because it seems more difficult than the AVS, but not too much more difficult. It has a second mast, more complicated bow and stern and it is squared rigged. After my parts survey, I see that the center keel is not in agreement with the plans. This problem has been seen by other MSW builders. I contacted Model Expo and am waiting for the replacement
  12. The kit has been ordered (backorder). I first saw this ship about 50 years ago. A friend was building the MS Kit that was a solid machine carved hull back then. The lines of this ship really spoke to me. I don't know why. I didn't have the money for the MS kit at the time but I looked around and found a good deal on a kit from Boucher (now Bluejacket) which I worked on sporadically over a 10 year period, getting it almost to completion and then decided to de-rig it and store it away for a retirement project. I have some modeling experience. My dad was an amatuer artist and had an amazi
  13. I just got started on my Fair American. It is my first build. I chose this model as I felt it would be a good learning experience and I have a great support group to turn to here on this forum. I am also a member of the Ship Model Society of NJ. I began by inventory of all pieces. I then got up the courage to cut the rabbet. I then remopoved the bulkheads and checked for proper fit. My question is, If the bulkheads dot not land precisely on the bearding line, how should I go about to adjust? Should I bring the Rabbet up higher? Should I drop the bulkheads down to meet the bearding line? Shou
  14. The remaining plans have been listed on eBay. Brand new, Model Shipways New Bedford Whaleboat. $19.99 from MSW. 3 large sheets with lines plan and templates. $10 SOLD Model Shipways Sultana. 2 large sheets. Good clean set of plans. $5 SOLD Model Shipways Clipper Ship Young America. Older plans on heavy paper. 4 sheets plus 3 sheets of instructions. Very good clean set of plans with some minor pencil marks. $5 Model Shipways Brig Fair American. Older plans on heavy paper. 3 large sheets plus 2 small sheets and instructions. $5 SOLD Model Shipways Fri
  15. Greetings Ive Started the "Fair American". And.. Not Far into the build I'm running into Some problems and Lots of questions. Search results brings up four builds. From what I can tell ...not one is alike on construction. Their for not helping with the dilemmas much ahahahaa. Is it possible the kit keeps being Refined by maker ??? Here is my current progress. Right off the bat I made a new Bottom Keel piece as shown. Kit was short by 1/4 inch. Hope this was correct...lol.. Just used scrap from the original Plywood. The rest went pretty smooth till the
  16. I started building the MS2015 Fair American this past Sunday and wanted to start a build log for this site. I am going to attempt some minor kit modifications per Bob Hunt's practicum and appreciate all the help and support I have gotten from the folks here. I took stock of what I had in the kit and noticed that the keel section that accepts the bulkheads is no longer made in two pieces and that much of this is also plywood. From other build logs I have read of inferior materials in regards to this, but my wood stock seems to be okay. After a bit of cleanup, I test fit the bulkhea
  17. This will be the build log for my second Lauck Street Shipyard kit, "Fair American". As with my AVS "Patrick Henry" I plan to substitute some of the kit's wood. My kit is #116 and I purchased it about 2 years ago. It does contain a wood package from Hobby mill with an ebony wales kit as well as Swiss pear and holly planking stock. I'll also find a way to use boxwood. This kit will be more practice before I go on two my two big goals: The Lauck Street Shipyards "Kingfisher" and a scratch-built "Hannah" in 1/24 scale. The first step is to unpack, and then start work on the keel.
  18. This build is in planning at this time, should start in the next month or two. I have the kit and have checked the parts and started to prep them for building.
  19. After getting my feet wet, so to speak, with a couple of “learner” projects, I wanted to get into something a bit more involved. Model Shipway's Fair American seemed to fill the bill – complicated and detailed enough to be a significant challenge but not entirely overwhelming. The larger scale – 1:48 – less complicated rigging and the modest price tag helped a lot too... I received the kit a few weeks ago. Since then I've been studying the instructions and plans, and reading through the various Fair American build logs here on MSW. A lot of talented folks doing some really nice work, not
  20. This starts my build log for MSW's Fair American. Mainly I'm following the Lauck Street Shipyard Practicum Kitbashed to simulate plank on frame and to open the great cabin. The following are photos of the build to date. This and the next three photos show the hull fully planked sanded and a coat of polycrylic. I may need to add an additional plank after the deck is laid depending on the relationship between the height of the cannon barrel and the gun port. The first photo shows the kit-bashed cutout simulating a plank on frame model on the starboard side. (One day maybe I'll be acc
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