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  1. Obviously, with Midwest no longer producing wooden ship models, this kit is NOS (new old stock). It was given to me with the proviso that I maintain a build log of my progress. So-o-o-o-o...here goes... I am also concurrently building the Model Shipways 18th Century Longboat - I am currently in the planking process on the Longboat. Because I've taken Chuck's advice to heart: "...treat each plank as a small milestone," and I'm using Elmer's white glue, my progress planking will be fairly slow. Because of the slowed pace on the Longboat, the Commodore suggested I start
  2. This is a kit I have wanted to try for a long time. I was inspired to finally go out and find one by member Duanelaker's recent build. I got this one on e-bay for $19.50 plus shipping. I hope I can do it justice. The box shows a little water staining but the contents were dry and did not at first appear to have been wet. All of the parts were in their unopened original packaging. An inventory confirmed all of the parts were there, including two pre-made and finished paddles plus the parts required to make two more. As you can see there is some discoloration (mi
  3. My first ship model. My first build log. I’ve built model rockets for years but never did a build log. This will be as much a posting experience as it will be a boat building experience. I hope to hone both skills. i started small and easy with the Dinghy. I wanted to have the best chance for a successful build.
  4. The last build was plastic, so this build will tempt the fates by being wood. Following ccoyle’s advice, this isn’t a 1/2 scale model of HMS Victory towing the Vasa, but a small kit described as ‘near fool proof’. I won’t discuss how close to fool I may be, but, as they say, the proof is in the doing. There is a brief section in Chappelle’s American Small Sailing Craft (yes, gentle readers, I’ve bought some books recently!) but I haven’t found much else. A casual perusal of internet searches finds mostly images of Midwest’s kit! If others have information about flatt
  5. It was interesting to find out that “The Peterboro Canoe” was named due to the association with Peterborough, Ontario. There was a time almost any wooden canoe In the traditional Canadian style, that is, one basically having the appearance of the woodland bark canoe of the North American Indian, could be referred to as “a Peterboro” certainly a rich history with these canoes. So here is a kit I purchased on eBay for less than $50, well worth the hours of entertainment.
  6. So here we go... My first build log! First off I have to say after reading through some of the other build logs on this site, my hat's off to many of you self described "newbies" out there who are ambitious (and skilled) enough to tackle a large multi-masted plank on bulkhead/frame model for your first wooden ship build. As I stated in my intro thread, I even found beginners kits such as the Model Shipways "Phantom" to be pretty challenging and so I have decided to take a very gradual approach to learing this art. For one thing, I don't have a lot of time to devote to m
  7. Hello, This Build log is being copied from another forum it was actually started three weeks ago. I am actually a little embarrassed to even put this here after reviewing all of the beautiful workmanship on this site. But we all have to start somewhere even at 60 yrs old. So here goes. This will be a log of my first complete build of a wooden boat kit. Like many people I have made many attempts over the years to build one of these to completion only to get half way through and run out of patience or just have life get in the way. Now that I am sixty years old I seem to
  8. Welcome to another addition of simple boats built by Dave. I have gone down the rabbit hole of having more kits then years left on this earth. I can only hope I get to all of them...I can not wait to retire! so here is the box and insides for post #1...since it was an EBay find, someone had already taken all of the pieces out of the wood blanks and didn’t break them! I was missing half of the stem so I had to scratch build a new one. Practice!
  9. I am doing the rigging on my HMS Bounty Jolly Boat and needed a break so I broke this kit out. It was not wrapped and I believe was used, the wood was dry and warped but I figured it would still be fun.
  10. Since I went EBay crazy and bought a few midwest kits, I figured I would start with the kits I had doubles of 😂...but the opened ones first of course.... these kits are so nice, it’s a shame someone doesn’t jump on board and build these or similar. I have also got into the habit of scanning the plans so in the future when or if I decide to scratch build they might be of assistance.
  11. I choose the Sharpie Schooner by Midwest for my second build (their Chesapeake Bay Flattie was my first build). I've seen several beautiful builds on here, especially the log from hopeful: Sharpie Schooner by hopeful, and I'm hoping to add some of their flair to my build. Upon opening the box I sadly noticed that almost all of the blocks and cleats were plastic so I ordered new ones (along with some deadeyes and rope) from the Syren Ship Model Company (I really wasn't pleased with the thread on my Flattie). This build will probably be very slow (two young kids keep me pretty occupied outside o
  12. I made an error on my Harriet Lane, and was moving so slowly that I knew during my workweek progress would feel too slow for me to bear. Inspired by TheMadChemist I picked up a Peterboro Canoe by Midwest off Ebay and had it in the wings for this exact type of occasion (actually it only arrived on Tuesday! so perfect timing) My husband very nearly took my Harriet Lane away from me telling me that I needed some time away from the mess I'd made (he did put it very nicely and I am actually the one who removed the ship from my view) but I came back with my big yellow box. All the papers were
  13. Way back in 2014 I picked up this kit at the local flea market for a few bucks. The contents were all warped and the plans missing, gone in some flood. So I said to myself why not try to put it together all the parts seemed to be there and pre cut , what can go wrong ? The sides the bulkheads the bottom the cabin etc all pre cut and obvious where which part mates to which part. So I put it together and it went OK just a few parts left over. I mentioned this on back in Oct 2014 here on the Forum about no sail plan and later got a package in the mail from J. F. from LA USA ( thanks again J. F) w
  14. Some photos of my first foray into model ship making: Midwests Products Chesapeake Bay Skipjack. This is a really good kit for beginners to start on. Introduces lots of techniques and skills through a really good set instructions, quality cut pieces and a nice scale to work from. I'm not sure if the company is still in business but there are plenty of these kits still out there. Overall it took me about 2 months, on or off, to complete the model. I am very happy with the build - sure mistakes were made - but this was the kit to make them on and to build confidence which it has done.
  15. This was a model build that I had started a few years ago that had been "decorated" by my daughters. And by decorated I mean covered in stickers and painted pink! So I decided to salvage it as best I could and to experiment a little. I added a wooden deck, a spinnaker sail (dyed yellow - never tried that before) and curving the sails to make it look like they were full of wind. That required the use of wire strips to be sewed into the sail perimeters and some bizarre painting setups to get the shapes just right before I applied to some clear poly to stiffen them up. Lots of lessons
  16. Greetings, all I haven't built a model in years, so the Flattie seems like a perfect kit to start with. I've already begun the build, and I'm enjoying it very much. It's great to be able to return to model making after building some patience and perserverance I lacked as a kid. Very rewarding Speaking of patience and perserverance--I have no experience w/ social media, and I'm still trying to figure out how to manage getting pictures from my phone to the log. I've got the pics, but but darned if I can figure out the rest of it. So here goes-- I believe M
  17. So here we go again with an older kit. Let's start with the kit contents. Here's one of the two plan sheets, the rigging package, and the instruction booklet. And here is the other plan sheet, along with the stick wood.
  18. I was inspired by GuntherMT's build log of Midwest's Indian Girl Canoe kit and decided to try and recreate the family canoe from my childhood as a Father's Day present for my dad. It was an Old Town canoe, but the Indian Girl seemed close enough. The model is completed as I did it completely in secret as a surprise, but I thought I'd share some photos of the build here. (I wasn't patient enough to actually wait until father's day!) The build was a lot of fun and I'd definitely recommend it. Unfortunately, Midwest no longer produces this kit, but there are still some available on eBay.
  19. It is with some trepidation that I start a build log, after seeing the other builds on this site. Where I've seen logs that instruct, document and amaze, I have to admit I'm doing this primarily as a venue for asking stupid questions of the esteemed members...I've been lurking for a couple of months, trying to sponge up a nautical "crash course" on making little wood boats, but I'm still staring up at the distant peaks of the learning curve... Like many newbies, I saw the Midwest kit, (on sale at MicroMark) last November and said, "hmmm, wood boat model. sure, why not...?" It's a very
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