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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 the Skiff and produce two models at the same time. So today I got started... All of the parts were in sealed bags so I anticipate no issues with having all the materials. I am concerned about the plastic cleats and block. I'm going to have to find cast cleats and a wood single block...to scale. Also the rigging line looks a little dodgy; this may need to be upgraded too. Here's the instruction manual. It looks like it may be a great tool to learn techniques as well as to build the model. In preparation for assembling the building jig I cut out the bottom plank and gently sanded it with 400 grit paper. I used my granite block to try to get as close to square as possible on the edges. Then it was time to assemble the building board. As you can see below the stem and stern posts have been cut out of the blanks and sanded square on the mating surface. The center support is also on the board. The bottom plank, the two interior bulkhead supports, and the four pieces for the keel batten were stained with a 50:50 blend of golden oak and clear Minwax and are downstairs drying. So that's the progress so far. Below is most of my work area. The Longboat is on its jig with a myriad of clamps holding the port sheer plank as it dries.
  2. 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 of work) but keeping a build log should force me to do at least a little every week. At the moment I'm in the process of cutting out the keel and bulkheads. Already I know I'm going to have questions about coloring the anchor and chain as well as improving upon my rigging and potential color schemes, but we can save those for when I get to them.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 (mildew) on the "strongback" building base. Upon closer inspection you can see that it is warped to the point of rendering it unusable. This will be easily replaced by a nice stable strip of 3/4" marine plywood. Two of the building forms were slightly warped also. So I soaked them for a couple of minutes and clamped them between a couple of strong backs for the night. Hopefully I will be able to get started in earnest tomorrow night. Best Regards
  5. 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.
  6. 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 flatties, please jump in. Same for sage advice, sarcastic insights and flashing of the ‘please flasten your seltbelt’ sign. All are welcome. Here are some photo’s of Midwest’s Chesapeake Bay Flattie Kit’s bits and pieces.
  7. 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 my hobbies at this stage in my life (job, kids, etc...), and I need something I can finish in a reasonable amount of time. Secondly, I want something that I, with my very entry level skillset, can do a reasonably presentable job on. Lastly I want a project that will teach me basic skills I can use on my next (slightly more advanced) model. With all that in mind, I have decided to start my wooden ship modeling education with several of the Midwest Products line of smaller boat kits. In my introduction, I stated that I would begin with the "Chesapeake Bay Flattie" but after further review, I think I will actuall start with the "Chesapeake Bay Crabbing Skiff" The reason for the change is that I believe this to be the simpler of the two kits. Both are skill level 1, but the crabbing skiff has much simpler rigging. So, the first step for me is to set up a work area. I've already been aquiring a few basic tools and I will make those the subject of my next post. Until then... smooth sailing!!!
  8. 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 have developed the patience for this sort of thing and my only daughter is all grown up, married and has blessed my wife and I with our first grand daughter so I am promising myself that this one will get finished no matter what. Also with the internet it is so much easier to reach out to people of like mind and skills and draw on their experience to solve problems that would have previously stopped me in my tracks. I recently came by this kit locally on Craig's list for thirty bucks so I figured what the heck. The same fellow had an 1/75 AL Bluenose for $75.00 I should have grabbed it too I suppose. The box was a bit mildewed (not unusual in Florida) but the kit is complete. I actually got a head start so let me bring you up to date day by day.
  9. 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!
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  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 rolled up so I have heavyish things on them so they don't curl on me.... I figured I'd only get to sorting things, but immediately was giddy with all my new bits and pieces and had to dive in. I did restrain myself enough to fully sort through ALL the wood and mark it so I wouldn't mistakenly use the wrong piece later. So this is a different sort of planking than I've done before, what you do is build a jig with what the inside shape of the canoe looks like and plank on those without gluing to them - so it is sorta like plank on bulkhead -but you don't glue to the bulkhead AND you take the bulkhead OUT. Here is the building of the jig. you start with marking the center lines on all your jig pieces using the handy dandy drawings... Then you glue them to the board that you also have a center line on. Then you take your stem (front and rear) and glue it to a piece you've cut to size based on the plans. Turn that upside down and glue the tops of the stems (the downward most point since we are upside down) to the jigs. It said to lightly glue, but I ended up needing a lot as this kept coming free. The first set of planks (one on each side) I had a real hard time getting to stay so I used CA glue, which I don't like using much, but after that the rest have been applied with wood glue. The kit gives you one strip of mahogany to put in as an accent stripe...but I grabbed a couple strips of teak that I had and added a second accent stripe, why? Because I love the look of contrasting wood...and cause it is my build So here is where it stands as of the time I went to work today. More to come soon! Thanks for looking
  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) with the instruction booklet, complete plans and with the sail and rigging diagrams. I contacted Chuck to get the users name of the person who kindly sent me all I need to build the model, but no luck with that. Then along came the request to build the Sloop Providence Completed and posted on the "Scratch built Forum" for my son in law so this little schooner model had to be shelved for for a while. Presently I am working on the model and posting a bit late with the progress but BETTER LATE THEN NEVER SHARPIE. SOS
  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 learnt on this one. The dying of the cotton was interesting - one mistake I made was not to wash the fabric after I had dyed it. When I applied the poly some drippings removed some of the excess dye and change the color intensity a little. Not super noticeable but there you go. The curvature on the sails came out pretty good and I was happy with the overall result. The spinnaker ended up being more like a gennaker sail and I didnt do enough research on how spinnakers are rigged and poled. Some helpful criticism from a forum on Reddit pointed out the errors of my ways so the lesson learnt there was to do more research on sails and rigging before executing. I could go back and change that sail out, reduce the pole length etc but I let it be. It was after all an experiment and I knew I would make mistakes.
  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 Midwest has stopped selling this model, but I found one at a good price on Ebay. The kit had been opened and the parts had been seperated from the sheets, but I figured that if I had the plans, I could replace any missing pieces. As it turned out, the kit arrived complete, with all pieces present and labled. So off to the hobby shop for supplies. It's fun going to there w/ money in your pocket, unlike the old days when the best I could do was pilfer the old man's razor blade. Boy, did my fingers take beating.
  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. Some recent photos of the inspiration below. Note, for anyone attempting the kit, definitely check out GuntherMT's build log. He is a *much* more experienced and talented modeler than I am and has a bunch of helpful pointers. His log was invaluable to me for my construction, but I have a few additional tips (and warnings!) to pass!. Gunther also gave me the critical trick to getting the bend in the planking correct.
  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 user friendly little kit, I finished basic construction of the deck and bulkeads in a few hours. Unfortunately, I realized I knew basically nothing about these little boats, and started dabbling my toes into the deadly black hole of research... Mrs. Admiral Claus was kind enough to get me Chappelle's American Small Sailing Craft for Christmas, and it solved some questions, but raised others. I used the plans to fake in a few details, such as the fake scantlings and cutting away part of the spine around the centerboard box, just so that it wouldn't be so sparse in the open cockpit and open companionway hatch. I'm interested in making this as an actual workboat circa 1890-1900 or so, detailed imagery seems sparse, as one of sources I read stated that they had relatively short lives in the water. They stated that the use of iron fasteners caused these boats, as they delightfully put it; "to succumb to nail-sickness" after a few years. Here are the first couple of pictures showing initial progress, still mostly box-stock, but with a working rudder/tiller and some faked-in partial frames. (Also observable are some rather dismal construction techniques, featuring "firehose" CA glue application and other atrocities. Yes, it will be painted, hopefully burying the worst of it...) Regards, Bob Marvin
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