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Found 11 results

  1. Hi, This is my first wooden ship build. I started quite a few years ago, but I'll start the log from the beginning. I'm learning as I go, so I'll let you know my mistakes as well as problems with the kit. Thanks Marc
  2. After 40 years, i finally retired from job, and made a small "gift"to me. It is a small build that i want to work with my grand daugther, that like to work with me (i have some pictures with she working) Hope to be a future modelist Today i received the package Wait for her to start the build, and the log.
  3. Hey guys. My partners parents had got me this old kit for my Birthday. And a date says 1972. It is 1:17 scale and all is there including plans and all in good condition. The barrel is of heavy turned brass in 3 sections Anyone out there know a value of a kit like this for this age? If any value at all. Cheers in advance.
  4. For Christmas my children bought me two of the Mantua “Battle Station” carronade kits (both the French and English versions thereof). They are to a scale of 1:17, so more than fulfil my desire for large scale kits. However it’s difficult to take them as serious “kits”, so I won’t be doing any build logs, I didn’t take any photos whilst constructing the first (here presented, the French one), but think I might do whilst doing the English one, just in case. However it is worth pointing out that the kits are extremely well produced with the parts as good as any I have come across in any ship kit. Even the manual is well presented, although one gets the feeling it’s not taking itself too seriously as some required dimensions are not listed and one has to make several “best guesses”. I think the fact the very first item one builds, the decking, gives the user the (completely wrong) impression this kit is not going to be too demanding. The deck comes complete as one piece, with planking joints and treenails already etched into the surface. In a sneering way I found this completely off-putting, but as the kit developed, I quickly realised it wasn’t a complete walk in the park, but some elements were in fact a tad demanding. There is some scope for bashing, but I limited myself to two additional cannon "tools" ; the wormer and rammer. The "sponger" was part of the kit. I should also point out the original cannon was a superb brass one - of considerable weight! However I demand realism (to a point), so the brass had to be rendered gunmetal. The finished model is actually quite pleasing, and well worth a place amongst the more finished, more self-important, model ships previously built.
  5. Alright, so I'm pretty much new to this site and I've got a question. I was directed here from another forum. I'm not new to modelling plastic kits(mainly airplanes) but I have received an old Mantua kit of the HMS Victory and I'm just wondering if there's anything in particular that I should know about if I plan to ever get started on it. It looks to be in pretty good condition, all the parts are present and accounted for, as well as the full plans and an accompanying guide. It was purchased in the late 60s or early 70s by my father-in-law but he never got around to it. Here's a bunch of pictures of the full set, it was always stored clean and dry as far as I know. The wood itself looks all straight, there's no visible fracturing or cracks and it feels dry. It's rather daunting to me as I've never worked with wood kits before, but I'd like to try it sometime at the very least. Would it be worth it to give it a shot? Alternatively, is there any value in a kit such as this considering it's still produced and sold?
  6. Hi guys, I'm new to this thread and looking forward this build. I bought this kit (Mantua 1:200) last year December 2012 but never started the build due to other projects in progress. After alot of discussions, research I am finally ready to take this project on. My 1st ship was the bismarck also in 1:200 scale took me a few years but I learned alot out of that project and really proud of the end result. I will post some pics of that project. So Titanic will be next and after all my reasearch and looking at Longbike's Titanic thread (Thanks for that!! ) im finally ready to make this dream build a reality. I'm really motivated for this and will try to enhance the detail of the ship with all the sources I can find. Here is what I decided on for the final product: *She will be static with lights fitted *Portholes drilled *Photo etch will be used for the rails, ladders and benches *Navigation LED's and LED's for the bow and stern. *No decals will be used, all will be airbrushed *She will rest in a glass display case with lights As I go along extra details will be added but that's all planned at this stage. I've learned over the years of model building that if you buy a expensive model why not make it priceless and unique. So wish me luck and Please any help will be much appreciated!!!
  7. Hello everybody, the builging of the "Royal Caroline" from the beginning, many pic's are too large too download here That's all for today, next one, tommorow, friendly, Dom.
  8. Hello and welcome to the build log of my first attempt on wooden ship modeling. I was asked by a few members of this forum to re-create the build log and I finally got to it so I hope it will be useful to some people building this kit. I will mostly upload only pictures, hopefully no words will be necessary. In case you would like to ask please feel free to do that. I have decided to bulid the Golden Star model that was suggested to me by a local seller of wooden ship kits. Before that I have tried to build a few plastic ship models but the wooden ships attracted me very much. Build of the kit took me around 10 months and I really enjoyed the work. So here finally are the pictures. Starting with the assembly and first layers of planking...
  9. The model is constructed completely of kit details without any alterations, sails are also used from a kit – the first and last time, on the subsequent models from kits I unambiguously replaced them. Certain difficulties were at production of an unary planking of the hull by nut levels 1,5 mm thick– inserts from balsa helped, the geometry of the hull managed to be sustained. Other problems in the course of construction practically didn't arise unless there were no threads from a kit, it was necessary to buy in addition.
  10. Well, here goes with a repost of my Titanic build. It will take a few posts to catch up but I will do my best. The Mantua kit comes in 5 parts including the RC part. I am building this to include the RC part but it will mainly be a static model, hence posting in this forum. I started the model in early December 2012 and have been surprised at how fast I have progressed - too much time building and not enough time for the house chores! The kit is very complete and I have not really had any problems yet. The hull is a standard 'double plank on frame' construction and as long as you take care with the planking, the hull builds straight and true. I prefer to treat each plank as a separate project and not worry about the progress. Anyway, on to the photos ...

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