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  1. Dusek Ship Kits MM02 Santa Maria NEW In 2016 Daniel Dusek bought all rights for producing of all Mamoli and MiniMamoli kits. Since then the kits are released in batches. History What were the ships of the great discovery of the New World like? Tradition always speaks of three caravels, a sort of swift ship with a light hull, several masts and an assortment of sails. Scholars advise that, in reality, Columbus’s fleet consisted of 2 caravels, Nina and Pinta, and of a “Nao”, Santa Maria, a boat with 3 masts, 2 square sails and a lateen one, provided with a foredeck, which makes it belong more to the class of carracks. The strong construction, together with nautical knowledge of the time and with the perception of the great sailor allowed such a great enterprise. The year 1492 is an historical date known all over the world. Technical data Scale 1:106 Length 310 mm Height 255 mm The kit 5 sheets of plans and instruction (english, french, dutch, german) Prefabricated wooden hull 4 sheets of lasercut wood (1 sheet in pear!) round timber for masts and yards Fine-meshed sail cloth All parts of the kit are stored safely and tidily in the box so as to minimise any movement of items within. Let's look deeper at this kit. The Prefabricated wooden hull makes it easy even for beginners to create the fuselage shape in a great small model. All small parts are well stowed away. Also the castings make a very good impression. Let's start with the cleanly lasered wooden boards. First of all, there is the deck of the Santa Maria with all planks pre- lasered in a beautiful pear. And this in a beginner kit. Wonderful! Other boards are laser-cut in beech. But there is nothing wrong with this either. Very very less laser char. All is clean and crisp. And see the dowels for masts and spars. And last but not least, for all those who would like to make sails, a very nice fine-meshed fabric is included. The multilingual manual should make it easy for beginners to build a wonderful little model with a lot of fun. Conclusion With high quality components (where to find pear wood in a "beginner's kit"...) a revised manual and a really attractive price Daniel Dusek leads the Mamoli Mini Kit series into a successful future. This little kit of a classic historic ship is really great. For the beginner, but certainly also for the advanced, who are simply looking for a small, loving intermediate project, this small model promises a lot of fun. Dusek Ship Kits currently lists this model for €70,50, and I think that represents really good value for money for this beginner kit. My sincere thanks go to Daniel Dusek for sending this kit for review here on Model Ship World. To buy, go to your favorite Dusek dealer or directly to http://www.dusekshipkits.com
  2. I haven't been on the forum for quite some time and been busy with other things so haven't been building kits in awhile but I recently started working a Mini Mamoli kit of The Black Queen. So far it's coming along well and have the hull deck planking completed along with the keel. So far it seems to be a nice fairly easy little kit...Has anyone else built this same kit or similar Mini Mamoli kits? How has your experience been?
  3. I told myself I would finish one before starting another, but as the scorpion said in the depressing parable: "It's in my nature". The first model I purchased when I thought I might like to build a wooden ship was the Mini Mamoli Bluenose. When I opened it, I was fairly disappointed to see that the hull had not a whole lot of resemblance to the Bluenose, and there was no body plan or even profiles as a guide to carving a better shape. Wood ranged from mediocre to absolutely beautiful, and there were very clear instructions--for building a cradle. The rest of the boat was rather vague. I decided that this wood thing was a bit beyond me, so I went back to plastic for a number of years. Then I bought a Midwest kit, decided wood boats might be fun, and developed a bit better research library, so maybe I could give this another shot? I figured, since there a lot of really nice models of Bluenose already out there, and I grew up not far from Gloucester and Essex Massachusetts, why not build the only boat to actually beat the Bluenose in multiple head-to-head competition? I scanned some plans of the Gertrude L. Thebaud from my copy of Chapelle's American Fishing Schooners and traced over them: I then very quickly knocked out a really crappy CAD model just to check surface strategy and attachment points: From that I was able to not so quickly make a slightly less crappy Cad model: Meanwhile, I had chopped the hull in half, determining that at 1/200 scale, the Gertie T. would fit within the hull blank (sort of..): I could then print out some templates based on the CAD surfaces, and after a fair bit of hacking and fussing, there are some pieces of wood that are starting to roughly resemble the Gert up to the deck line... So that's where it stands at the moment, we'll see how it goes...
  4. Starting out with a small scale build was a very wise choice. I seem to be spending a great deal of time tearing down and rebuilding. (He says with a smile.) The instructions, to my mind, leave a great deal to be desired and the right tools are an absolute necessity. I'm sure that any small amount of knowledge on the subject of ships would be helpful as well. All in all I'm finding the build to be thoroughly enjoyable and challenging and I am confident I will arrive at its end with a handsome ship that I will proudly display (with any defects carefully camouflaged).
  5. Hi there everybody, I purchased this HMS Victory in order to get some rigging experience before attacking the Caldercraft HMB Endeavour. I recently 'finished' the Boston Tender which gave me some experience (and a fair amount of frustration) in dealing with hull planking. I was surprised a) that it was a solid hull and that it was so small.....however now I am really enjoying the miniaturisation aspect as there is pleasure to be had in really paying attention to detail (definitely not my strong point but I reckon a necessary characteristic in a wooden boat modeller). I opened the box and voila... Not much to it really, the problem is with the instructions which written in 4 languages spread over the plan in haphazard fashion. So I highlighted the English parts in blue: Still had trouble deciphering them: In spite of reading at least ten times I couldn't understand what they were getting at in terms of 'making a cage' over the lower deck so just tried to follow the drawings and the single photo on the box: then planked the foredeck: I read somewhere that in order to get the caulked effect of tar between the planks one could get a bundle of planks and stick electrical tape to one edge then gently slice between each plank and, with a bit of luck, a sliver of tape would stick to each plank. To my amazement it actually worked: I did find that my finger kept sticking to the tape and, whilst trying to ease it free, I would unstick some of the planks. So I stuck a 10mm piece of planking on the excess strip of tape and that had the benefit of steadying the whole operation - particularly necessary for the last 2 or 3 planks: here you can see a sliver on a plank: The instructions said that whilst planking be sure not to cover the pre-drilled holes for the mast. Didn't really see how one could plank around the holes without making a mess so did the obvious thing and measured the hole position and then drilled AFTER the plank laying....luckily it seems to have worked out (famous last words !): Deck all planked now but still not sanded properly Next have to prepare the keel.....although the drawing shows a keel that should presumably be inserted in the slot in the boat's bottom, there is no reference to it in the instructions......just the mounting of the rudder for which pieces must be cut out: Used masking tape to make a stencil of the rudder - taken from the drawing which hope to goodness are in scale: and then transferred the stencil to the piece of 10mm planking: and rudder now ready for sanding: and now comparing progress so far to the photo on the box..........there is still a looooong way to go....but all good fun! and TGIF......the weekend beckons! Simon

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