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  1. I’ve been encouraged to start a log for my build of this beautiful kit, the “Lady Isabella” by Chris Watton and Vanguard Models. This is my first ever wooden ship model. So I’m thirsty for knowledge and eager for thoughtful input. I’ve been a life-long architectural and plastic kit modeler, and wood worker, so I’m fairly handy with my hands, but I need to learn so much about best practices in this discipline. I’ll be posting up a few photos soon as I have the time over the weekend, and I’ll catch you all up to where I am in the process. Many thanks to my new and helpful friends,
  2. Unpacking the box and the process of building the model of the pinky schooner GLAD TIDINGS (1937) by the American kit manufacturer Model Shipways. Here I share my personal impressions of the kit and results.
  3. Hi all, visiting this part of the forum stimulated my appetite for aircraft modelling, so I decided to start this little beauty that landed on my desk for Christmas: I always wanted to have a model of this handsome aircraft which was one of the pinnacles of piston, propeller driven fighter development. Unluckily, it appeared at a time when the era of piston engine fighters was at a close and jets were starting to dominate. It was, however, one of the fastest propeller driven plane ever, had outstanding handling qualities and flighted effectively against MiG-15 jet
  4. Intro: Recently retired I have decided to attempt my second ship build. My first was the Model Shipways Rattlesnake and it went fairly well with the body 100% completed but I ran into some issues with rigging due to not planning the sequence out well and putting myself in a position where some of the rigging was pretty much impossible to do without tearing down some of the existing rigging and I was never able to bring myself to do that so it’s still slightly unfinished. I hope to avoid such mistakes on my second build with that experience under my belt. I still consider myself v
  5. the big crash.......a very sad time for the older members of MSW. the tremors we had in the recent past, were but stark reminders of how we all had to pitch in together to rebuild what we once had. some logs never came back......those who past on, and those whose logs were so extensive, that rebuilding them was impossible. one thing that shone through all the turmoil, was how committed the Admins and moderators were in repairing a crippled site, and how committed the members were in helping. those who came after the big crash.........you may have heard about it in passing......but p
  6. Hi. I would like to present you my current build - Allege d'Arles published by WAK in Poland. Card kit was designed by Tomasz Weremko who is lurking on this forum under the name of 0Seahorse. I made quite a few card kits in my teenage years, but this is my second ever build of sailing ship (first being Koga Elbląska). I hope you will find this build interesting and that we can learn something new together. According to short brief in kit, Allege d'Alres where small, 25 - 30 meters long merchant vessels used near Rhone estuary on the Mediterranean coast of France.
  7. This is a build log of my attempts to build a 1:96 model of the sandbagger Whistle Blower II. The primary reason for building this model was to test out whether my paper mache method for building miniature ship's boats could be used to build the foundation for hulls of larger models. I will start with a description of my ship's boat hull methodology, by utilizing cigarette papers and thinned PVA glue. Most of my ship and boat modeling has been of miniatures, anything from 1:200 to 1:1200 scales. At those scales making realistic ship's boat hulls with adequate details is fairly
  8. I know this is not the first build of this kit on this forum, but I decided to post my log of it for my own reference if nothing else. Very excited to start, I've only ever built plastic models, so this will be a learning experience. The kit I got comes with some basic tools, allowing you to build it out of the box. I already had most of the tools, but I won't say no to extra tweezers, clamps, paint, and glue. You can make the bottom from a single piece or three planks. I chose the latter, though I did use the single piece to mark off lengths
  9. This is a fun and quicky project. My grandson is building it with a little help from Grandad. We saw some you tubes on these wonderful little craft. Next best thing to steam power but a darned sight cheaper. It is powered by its own pop pop motor which we shall be making next. It makes a realistic pop pop!!! Sound. This is a fun toy but to be honest ,because it has a live burning flame inside it, it can hardly be given to a very young child. I think 13 is okay. Not so sure about the 69 year old though!!! Ha ha. If you get the itch and secretly build one,
  10. I'm going to do a build log even though my model is nearing completion. If nothing else, it will remind me of what I've done, both good and bad. There are certainly a lot of areas I can improve on in the next build, which is yet to be determined. So here's the beginning with the frame, bulkheads, and spacing blocks. Spacing blocks were cut on table saw from scrap wood and make alignment super easy.
  11. I chose this Swampscott Dory kit as my first build for it's relative simplicity, good documentation/popularity, and its employment of real world building techniques. I figure if I get stuck somewhere, there's lot of material out there to help. The kit came in today, I managed to restrain myself and not whip out the titebond right away. I unboxed everything and did take-offs against the plan and parts list. Everything accounted for and in great shape I'll be moving slowly through this build. I just read the instructions cover to cover, and I have some prep work to do before
  12. This is the very beginnings of a build log. Until I have finished renovating the house, there’s no chance of actually doing any building – no time, and no space available. But in my free moments I’ve been researching and drawing up plans for a Byzantine dromon of the 10th-11th century. The name dromon (Greek = “runner”) was originally applied to a class of fast Roman galleys with a single bank of oars developed around the 6th century AD. Over the centuries, as the Roman Empire shifted its emphasis to the East and gained a new capital in Constantinople (modern Istanbul) and evolved into what we
  13. Welcome to my build of Chuck's HM Cutter Cheerful. Most of the parts will be scratch built. Others like the false keel, windlass, rigging material and blocks will be purchased directly from Chuck. The wood for this project (all sheet stock) was purchased from Jason at Crown Timberyard. The quality of his wood is excellent and I am looking forward to working with it. As with my other builds, there will be many new things to learn and I will rely heavily on the knowledge base from MSW to help guide me through the process. So please don't hesitate to post your comments along the way. Thanks!.
  14. This very old and rare kit was provided to me by a good friend. Indeed, I was not aware that such a ship type was available in plastic. The kit is made in the 1960s, and I was very interested trying it out. It is very small is size, but it has proven to be a handfull nevertheless. Its issues are several, but still I tried to make something out of it.
  15. Hello all, I'm Reed and this is my first wooden ship build and log. Let me start by telling you the story of how I ended up building this model. My wife and I retired in 2016 and moved to a new home in Cambridge Md. We decided to decorate our home in a nautical/nature theme. We wanted to use decorations that reflected the history and lifestyle of the eastern shore. It was decided that a model sailboat would look good sitting on the mantel. Naturaly, a Skipjack was the model of choice. We spent a good bit of time perusing many of the antique and novelty stores that are so prevelant in our
  16. Hi Guys. Well, I finished my first ever wooden ship and am very happy with the results. Didn't do a kit build log, but one thing at a time, eh? Plenty of mistakes, so many lessons learned. Thanks to all who uploaded their build logs, as these were all very helpful. Next on my desk is Lady Nelson. Cheers Skully
  17. 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
  18. Folks,this model is the realization of a childhood dream. As long as I can remember, I have had a passion for submarines and more specifically for the German Type VIIc. A few years ago, Revell Germany proposed a very impressive model of the Type VIIc at the scale of 1/72 that was a nice match for their re-issue of the Matchbox Flower Class Corvette. A lot of negative things can be said about the Chinese quality and products, but in the domain of plastic scale models, they created a renewal, a revival of that discipline that no American or European companies have been able to
  19. The VICTORY’s keel was laid down in my shipyard at the end of 2011. This is the third ship released in installments by the magazine. That is why I started building without knowing what I was setting myself in for. Having already assembled the hull, it was evident that the ship would be large and heavy and complicated to build. About the time I completed the first layer of planking to the gunports - I put it aside to complete first simpler models. This interruption lasted 3.5 years until January of 2017. I began work on it again and this time took it firmly in hand, without distractions until c
  20. Finally saved up enough to order my fourth kit! After three reasonably successful builds of beginner kits by Artesania Latina, I'm stepping up to an advanced beginner kit from Sergal (a brand made by Mantua Models). The kit seems to be sold under both its Italian and English titles, respectively, Sciabecco francese and French Xebec. While xebecs were used by other countries' navies earlier, the French didn't adopt them until relatively late in the reign of Louis XV, in the 1750s and 1760s. The French navy continued to use them through the Napoleonic wars, though they were mostly phased out at
  21. I was recently commissioned to restore to "Original Condition" A 1:100 model of the steamship Albertic. The model was knocked over and sustained considerable damage to the port side lifeboat deck Funnels and railings along with vents and all sorts of lines and wire stays. I have made extensive photographs of the condition as I received it, and have begun recording the removal of the damaged parts that were still attached, A few surprises that were not evident when I viewed it at the clients premises have come to light. I cobbled together a quick trolley so that I can move the
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