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  1. Hello all! This will be my build of the Continental Gunboat Philadelphia. A brief history of her is taken from the model shipways website. "Launched in August of 1776, the gunboat Philadelphia is the oldest American fighting vessel in existence. Part of the American fleet commanded by General Benedict Arnold, she sank on October 11, 1776 during the Battle of Valcour Island against the Royal Navy on Lake Champlain. She remained sitting upright in the cold waters of the lake until she was raised in 1935. Today, she’s on permanent exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C., complete with 24-pound ball that sent her to the bottom. " Length 26-3/8” Width 13-3/4” Height 24-5/8” Scale 1:24 (1/2” = 1 ft.) The actual gondolas built by Benedict Arnold were armed with two nine pounders, one twelve pounder and a few swivel guns. Arnold's gondolas were around 53 feet long with 15 1/2 foot beam and 2 foot draft. An overview image from the website is the following. The first few steps were pretty simple. I removed the parts I needed for the keel, stem and sternpost and glued them together. The keel was very straight with no noticeable war page. I sanded most of the laser char off. The pieces of wood that form the rabbets are pretty simple to carve. I just used an Xacto blade and a sanding block. There are also the visible parts of the stem and sternpost a which get narrower towards the ends. I have yet to make these rabbets at the bow. That's it for now. Thank you for looking in!
  2. I came across these photos I purchased from the Science museum after my visit in the 1970's. At that time, you could purchase black and white photos of many models in the museums collection. I was of the opinion then, and still am, that Longridge's Victory model is one of the finest models ever made. Sadly, about a decade ago, I heard it was sorely neglected and the hull was in need of serious restoration. I've no idea if the model is even still on display. At any rate, perhaps these photos will be of use to some current dayVictory modeler.
  3. I have seen the model of the French ship Le triomphant, also L Ocean found in Paris. What I am interested in knowing is how was the decoration, specifically the colors, of the French ships in 1805 approximately. The models are white and black, ivory and ebony, but that was, I think, a convention of the modelers. Thanks
  4. Hi, as a break (needed something to do while the glue of my other models is setting, I downloaded a cardmodel of a bird, a wren to be exact. (Www.johanscherft.nl). rather fun to build, and not difficult at all. The result is rather convincing: a life size bird, 16 parts, just from your own printer. I will just show the pics, no stiry needed (I think) the 'kit'. I printed it on 120 grams paper, 80 is better (as it is thiner, the edge problem is smaller, and it will curve more easily. The head: lines on my cutting mat are 1 cm apart the hull in variou stages of forming Start of the tail. The 5 additional feathers are still drying under some weight. Two wings. Flat and curved. There is a beak (somewhere on the grond now, but I willretreive it ) and two legs still to be cutted. Final assamblage will be tomorrow (I think) picture will follow for the gallery (untill the moderators remove it, as a wren is not a ship at all) Jan
  5. Starting my first log! This is my second POH ship and was looking to start afresh in my ship modeling seeing as my last model didn't survive my most recent move and I need a nifty new mantle decoration. Adventure is a "pirate" schooner kit offered by Amati. The last ship I completed was also an Amati in 2014 and I now recall frustrations from the vague details in the instructions provided. I rushed through that model, had plenty of very, very visible mistakes and only admired the finished product as it was my first. Luckily I found another build log here for Adventure that has been helpful, and I figured I'd document my current build here also to further the available info for future "Adventure-rs". I'm on break from school for the next few weeks so I really hope to get a lot done with the build. I've already completed some of the first steps (deck planking, first hull planking), I'll be posting pictures soon! Thanks!
  6. Hello everyone!! I am excited to start my USS Constitution Model Shipways Kit# MS2040 blog. I hope this blog will benefit others who are attempting to build this ship and I hope I have a blast putting it together (the ship and the blog). I have been at it for about 6 weeks and really enjoying the build so far. I find it so relaxing to work on because the thought and attention needed prevents me from thinking about all of life's other little problems. I love going into "boat" mode and looking at a clock a couple of hours later and wondering where the time went. I will try too keep this blog as simple as possible. I have already found that I spend about 50% of my building time reading these blogs and formulating my plans and the other half actually building. It is much more complicated and detailed than I would have thought. I purchased the Practicum by Lauck Street Shipyards and have found it to be very helpful so far. The directions included with the kit were not nearly detailed enough for me to have any hope in being successful. I am still struggling to keep "stem" and "stern" straight in my head for goodness sakes! Or is it "bow" and "stern"? And don't even get me started on what a rabbet is - more to come on that... So let's have fun and build ourselves a ship. The journey of the Tortoise begins. Ok, I was going to post some pictures here but have not yet figured out how to upload them from my laptop. That's why I am named the Tortoise people. This was never going to be easy. Photos to follow once I figure it out. PS: I decided to post in blue so that people scrolling through the blog could easily identify the posts that I have authored. Let me know if the blue drives anyone crazy. The Tortoise 9/8/2016
  7. Hello "crew"! Dealing with early colliers/coasters I collidated with the question of the thickness of iron (NOT steel) plates - revited on the formers to form the hull. As I'm building in 1/36 I'm forced to give them the very exact and right dimensions... this is the source of my outlandish question. The surviving coasters (S/S Robin, S/S VIC 32, S/S John Oxley or S/S Sir Walter Scott) are all steel hulled - so these information is not very helpfull to me. About the sailing ship iron hull building is said for the 1860s: "The earliest iron hull plates were very small by today's standards, no more than 6 ft by 2 ft 6 in. by approximately 3/4 to 7/8 in. thick, and with about 18 in. frame spacing." Do you know anything about the newcastle iron plates measurements used for steamers in the first half of the 70th? Here a drawing from mcjazz.f2s.com :
  8. A fella i work with found this model in a garage that he was helping a friend to clean out. Knowing my fondness for model ships he gave it to me. It looks like a homemade model and not a kit. It looks like it could be a Phonecian or Egyptian style ship. What does it look like to you? Your thoughts appreciated.
  9. My first ever ship model. Since I'm new to this I'd love to hear suggestions, comments, all with the aim to make next project more successful. P.S. I hope it looks like a ship
  10. Hello everyone, this is my first posting on here. About two years ago I scratch built a model of the Black Pearl. it was my very first ship model and it turned out not to bad. but I wanted to do something bigger and better. So, i'm just now drawing out the plans for a new model. the first was about 24" long, but this one ill be about 4 feet. It will be all scratch built with wood. i'm still kind of new to ship building and have a lot of questions about rigging and such, hope I can get some help when I get to that step. thanks a lot!
  11. Got my AVS today from the Halloween Sale with complimentary paints (except the paints didn't arrive). - Maybe been held up in customs or something. I'm not sure if MS would of placed them in the box or not, but the box had clearly been tampered with when I opened the big package. Here is another one of my babies, singing to me. Now the dilemma to start one or both!
  12. I just took advantage if the Treats13 code on model expo to get the Armed Virginia Sloop and free 8 MS paint set for $160. This is becoming very addictive. I've now got 3 kits and haven't even started one yet. Cheers Rowan
  13. I've just ordered the Syren MS paint kit. I was wondering if these were the paints others have used in their Syren, or did they go with other brands? I took the easy option and got all the colours in one pack, but am wondering if I've compromised on quality. Cheers Rowan
  14. 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...

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