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  1. I received the kit and paint set yesterday! I had downloaded and read the manual upon ordering and so began to assemble the central spine this morning with the feeling that I understood these steps. I glued the center pieces to the starboard spine using the supplied spacers. Even so, I ended up with misalignment at the top of the spine and on both walls of the bulkhead frame slots. Should have done this under magnification. I did a little surgery and sanding at the top of the spine, and will defer refining the slots until placing the bulkhead frames. Since the profile of the spine is preserve
  2. As I was finishing up the MS 18th Century Longboat, I noticed that the “third in a series of progressive model tutorials” by David Antscherl became available. My first build was the MS ‘Lowell Grand Banks Dory’ and it was a great learning experience. Then I built the MS ‘Norwegian Sailing Pram’ which was the second model in the series, it to was a great learning tool. So now I’m going to try the Muscongus Bay Lobster Smack based on a positive experience with the first two of the tutorial series. I inventoried the contents of the box and all of the parts appear to be there, except
  3. Well, after a relatively successful completion of the Norwegian Sailing Pram as my first model build, I'm jumping right in and starting my 2nd build! I purchased both the NSP and the Muscongus Bay Lobster Smack at the same time, so #2 has been waiting in the wings. It's showtime! As I did with the NSP, I will be relying on other builders' build logs to help me through the challenges, and hope that whatever I'm able to contribute during my build log will assist others as they tackle the Lobster Smack, as well. It definitely looks more challenging than the first build
  4. Started this model in 1997 but shelved it until lots of “give-back” time not needing to commute as I’m working from home during COVID.
  5. My wife wanted “a big sailboat” to go on top of the living room bookcases, so I’m happy to oblige! I chose the Bluejacket Shipcrafters 46” long plank on bulkhead kit. The plan is to build it as an RC model.... The kit is an old Laughing Whale design, one that hasn’t gone through BlueJacket’s updating process yet. But the kit still makes a fine impression upon opening- bundles of nice wood strips (basswood, mostly, with some Mahogany), and nicely packed fittings in typical BJ style. There are multiple sheets of lovely laser cut parts. There are three large plan sheets, one with p
  6. 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
  7. Starting my first build log. I've already learned a lot perusing other logs, so hopefully one more on this gem of a little kit isn't one too many! As you can see, I have the frames in, and the cockpit floor and transom and am getting ready to do some sanding while working up the courage to put the main deck on. It seems flexible enough to just glue down and clamp, or should it be soaked first? I'm a notoriously slow builder, so if there are gaps in construction time, don't fret, I always get back to it! Scott
  8. Just getting started on my first wood BOAT (not ship, yet) model. Picked what I hope will be a relatively easy build (emphasis on the "relatively"), but am definitely counting on the community here to help me through my inevitable screw-ups. Progress likely to be slow given work and family commitments, but I hope to see it through!
  9. Hello all you marvelous ship builders. I am new to the kit build section of MSW but not new to building models. My name is Petrus W. van Warmerdam and live in Palm Coast Florida. I retired in 20o9 from Federal service with the Federal Aviation Administration as an Airworthiness safety Inspector. My wife and I moved from the Pittsburgh, PA area to get out of the cold. Having finished one scratch build of my own design and then started a self design of a Dutch VOC ship, also scratch build and currently in the finishing stage of a scratch build Dutch submarine, I thought trying my hand at
  10. To better describe this build, I've re-titled this build log and made some changes in my opening post. While the Bluenose is in drydock, this would be a good time to do my second build of the MBLS. The objective of this build is to get close to what the original MBLS looked like. I'm using the drawings in Chapelle's book and adding details as described in the text and other information I have found on the web. Also, I'm using these builds to develop my skills before I start the kits I have on the shelf. Bluenose update: The kit Bluenose build has been terminated. The kit scale w
  11. Hello and welcome to my first build log. I have just received the Muscongus Bay Lobster Smack and I have started building already. I spent more on supplies to build the thing than the kit costs, but I guess that's the way it goes. I started with an inexpensive kit so if it doesn't go so well I wont be out too much. I do have high hopes, however. My wife is already expecting to display it in her curio cabinet, so I better do a respectable job! Just getting my log started here now and will add some pix of the progress shortly. I'm looking forward to posting the progress and hopefully learni
  12. Here is my progress so far on my Midwest Products Muscongus Bay Lobster Smack. [url=http://s1359.photobucket.com/user/shawn32671/media/DSC02096_zps06dbfa74.jpg.html]
  13. This is my first Build log, and I am excited to be able to add my Boat to the Lobster Smack Regatta. Here is a Brief History : The Muscongus Bay Sloop was the forerunner of the renowned Friendship Sloop. This early version was a centerboarder with jib and mainsail and its hull was most commonly lapstrake planked and wall-sided. According to Howard Chapelle, the clipper bow, counter stern and strong sheer of the sloop indicates the boat was developed during the Civil War period, and built most prominently in Bremen, Maine. Most of these sloops had fish wells and were between 16 and 26 feet in
  14. Inspired and encouraged by Mario, DeeDee and Hexnut I have started my Muscongus Bay Lobster Smack phase 1. Right before MSW went from v1 to v2 I went out and bought this kit along with the Midwest Sakonnet Daysailer. The Daysailer was my first wood boat kit and I learned a lot. I have since purchased a second Smack kit hence the phase 1/phase 2 reference. Following Mario's build as a primer I am currently building Smack #1 pretty much straight out of the box. I did plank the deck and floor with HO scale 2x10's from Northeastern Scale Lumber Co. and was very pleased with the results. I starte
  15. Once upon a time, this build log contained a lot of high quality photos showing lots of detail. But many photos have gone repeatedly missing - The photos in this first post have gone missing / been replaced three times. It's more than just a glitch. I try to keep up with restoring the photos...... There are lots of photos on pages 3 and 5! Most of the build photos, I also posted on Picasa, so if you have a specific question, please send me an IM and I will send you the link to Picasa. Midwest models are amazingly close to the drawings in Chappelle’s book, they’re fun to build an
  16. I'm just adding a build thread I had on MSW 1.0. A couple of fellow modelers had asked if I was going to add it back to 2.0. I said i was but now that i am on vacation and taking time out from our spring cleaning and I won't be modeling anytome soon I thought this would be a good time to add it back. This was the very first time I had ever started a build log with ant type of forum what so ever. So the only thing I had saved was the pictures. I only use infomation I was able to pick up on the www. Since at that time I knew nothing of Howard Chapelle. So when i started this log is als
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