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  1. Since the Pandemic was declared on Friday (The 13th go figure.) it looked like I would have quite a bit of time available to actually write up a log for this ship that I started way back in 2013. At that time I was still getting my feet wet so to speak with computers. Writing a log, coordinating it with pictures and sending it through the computer was way out of my comfort zone back then. But since I started with my hybrid model of the 1:87 whaler Wanderer by Aurora and am doing a log for that during construction, I thought I’d do sort of a retroactive log of the construction of my Phantom. Since I am quite a ways into the build already, most of it is from memory and my notes. Eventually the log will catch up with the build, but as I am building both ships at the same time, it will undoubtedly take quite a while. Also, the photos were taken recently rather than during actual construction, so they will be mostly out of sync with the log. So without further ado here goes nothing.
  2. So after purchasing quite a few model shipway kits I’ve decided this Phantom kit (given there are quite a few completed logs and a well written practicum by Chuck) would have the highest probability of success and completion, with the lowest monetary loss. After opening the box and comparing the parts list, I am only missing one mast cap. I also noticed they did not include the original instructions, but did include Chucks guide and “The neophyte shipmodeller’s Jackstay”. Hopefully I can do this kit the justice it deserves.
  3. Hello, this will be my build log of the Model Shipways Phantom New York Pilot Boat. Some things about myself: I got this kit for Christmas. I am thirteen and don't have a very high budget for tools or other things. My parents are divorced, so I will have to bring my kit back and forth. Fortunately, my papa (father) has a good amount of tools at his house. I do have some tools at my mama's (mother) house which I am currently at. My work space is also a little small, but it is a small boat . I will now start counting and sorting all the pieces. Have a Merry Christmas and I'll be back!
  4. Hello all, Last year, after much debate, I bought the Phantom to start me on my way in Model Shipbuilding. I don't have any experience at all in modeling, and it is my first venture. I was very pensive about taking on a solid hull, as I am really quite terrible at wood carving, but my dad, who does do Norwegian wood carving agreed to shape the hull for me. He did the Amati Drakkar, which I did the sails on for him as his one and only model ship, and it turned out great. I sent it off with him for the hull molding and now its back, so I've been reading Chuck's practicum and the logs of others. I should start out by saying that the size of this model is extremely small, so I'm nervous about how tiny its pieces are, and I have pretty low expectations for the final result but I would at least like to give it a try, and maybe learn some things along the way. My goal as a complete beginner with no background knowledge in modeling is merely to finish. Eventually, I'd like to do the Pride of Baltimore II as I both got to see her in the Philadelphia harbor and she looks much like a schooner I sailed on in college (the S/V Westward) and/or the Bluenose, both of which have a letter better scale for me. So, anyway, I've ordered a cutting mat, and I'm waiting on it. I only have the tools from the deluxe kit from Model Shipways, and its going to take a little bit to get organized. In the meantime, it looks like my Dad may have taken a bit too much off the depth of the forward area, as it is 1/8" below the -R mark but the aft deck matches perfectly. So, I guess that might impact the waterline a little, but I don't think there is much to be done at this point. The length of the hull is 9 1/2" but the plans show 9 1/4" so I'm also unsure if the plans are meant to be drawn exactly to scale, but the length does match the size of the hull template. It looks like the first thing I need to do is install the keel, stem & sternpost, and I've looked through all the other logs and Chuck's practicum. I know I'm meant to glue some pieces together before cutting out the keel, but I haven't found much else about how to do it. It seems like once it is glued on, it would be very easy to break off, and I understand people use pins and such but I don't know a resource to help a total newbie to figure this stuff out. I sort of feel like I wish I had a video of someone putting together a solid hull to help me out, but I guess I'll just do my best, right! It'll be awhile until I post any substantive work until I receive my cutting mat (which apparently won't ship until next month), but thought I would at least get my log set up! - Ginger
  5. First ship build, first build log, first post...here it goes. All of my experience has been with static plane models like the Sopwith Camel from Model Airways, and I absolutely prefer working with wood models over plastic. Given the relatively small number of plane model kits out there, I thought I'd take the dive into ships. It seems like there are enough ship models out there to keep me busy for years. Since I have no experience with rigging or planking, I thought I'd start with a kit generally regarded as good for beginners. My Model Shipways Phantom kit arrive last Friday. The days leading up to the arrival were spent getting my workspace back in shape (it has been a year since my last plane build), getting some additional tools, etc. I'm generally following Chuck Passaro's excellent practicum, and referring to the kit instructions only as necessary. The first day was spent checking kit contents, labeling the wood, bagging and tagging all the metal bits (I like to have everything really organized before I start). On Saturday I started shaping the bow and stern, with an extended pause for some college football. Sunday I moved on to shaping the rest of the hull. All the hull shaping was done with sanding, since I have limited experience carving and was worried I'd take off too much material too fast. The results were very close to the templates, but not perfect. The evening was spent installing the sternpost, stem, and keel. I left some extra length by the rudder - will trim and shape when I get to installing the rudder. There's a little more sanding to do, but I think I'm getting close. Monday evening was spent working on the deck's step and cleaning up the stern. This required some actual carving, which got considerably easier once I realized I had more than just a standard #11 blade in my toolkit. (Turns out using the right tool makes a huge difference.) But, more work is needed to clean these areas up before I can move on. Impressions so far: I had read that some people find solid hull kits to be tougher than just starting with POB, and I can see why. If I were starting over, I'd probably jump right to a POB build. Setting up the bulkheads would be similar to the work I've done on my planes and I think I'd have an easier time with it. I'm eager to get to the 'fun stuff' and have to keep reminding myself to slow down. I'm already noticing that the scale of this ship is impacting construction. Everything is very small - and I expect I'll notice this even more once I get to all the various fittings. My workspace, which was significantly downsized over the last year (while I had half a wing sitting untouched on a building board) needs an upgrade. I'm already running out of space, and missing the extra few feet of room I had last year. Generally impressed with Model Expo / Model Shipways. I'm very familiar with their Model Airways kits, which made this ship kit feel very familiar. Struggling with all the terminology. Coming from years of plane building and having zero knowledge of ships is proving to be a learning curve. So far I've got about 7-8 hours in this. Next steps are to finish cleaning up the deck, the start in on the 'step' around the top. - Dave
  6. Hey everyone, I just got to the rigging on my first ship model, the MS Phantom, and had a question about the rigging. Is the rigging shown on the plans the complete rigging, or is it missing some of the rigging for the sails. I would like to, if possible display her with sails but am unsure on whether or not it makes sense with the rigging plan supplied with the kit. Also, I would appreciate any input on what state the rigging would look good in, i.e. full sail, half sail, furled sails etc. Thanks in advance for any and all input you guys are willing to share with a young deck hand. On a side note, if it is recommended to display with unfurled sails, I plan to use a method I found a while back that uses dyed thread pulled through to the undyed cloth to simulate the stitching in a closer to scale way. Preliminary tests have shown promise but canbea quite frustrating process because if a thread breaks, that could be all she wrote for that sail. Thanks again,
  7. Hello! Happy to be posting my first build log. I've been working on this ship for awhile now. i originally started it back in February 2014, but coppering the hull got a bit tedious so I didn't work on it for awhile. Recently I started back up on it though and have been making a lot of progress. Anyways, enough background, on to the build. First up, I started shaping the hull. I'll be honest I'm not a huge fan of the solid hull. The sanding wasn't that enjoyable for me, but it went pretty quick so wasn't a big deal. I ended up not having a ton of pictures from this part before I started on coppering the hull.
  8. Hey everyone, My name is Max and I am in the middle of my first attempt at a Model Shipways kit, the Phantom. I had a build log going on MSW 1.0 but that is gone now so I will pick up where I left off. I have more or less been following Chuck's practicum but I strayed from it some and got some ideas from others who had build logs of this kit before. I haven't worked on this kit much in the past few months because of college and my wife and I recently bought our first home and I have been doing projects around the house, ect... Anyways, I have a decent setup started in my garage and this will probably be a much better place to build than in our last house we were renting because i was building in our guest bedroom/wife's sewing room/my hobby room and it wasn't ideal to say the least lol. Pictures to come... I will edit this post and add pictures as soon as I find a photo editing software that will allow me to reduce the size of the photos since we can only upload 2mb files. Anyone remember the name off the software that was recommended on MSW 1.0? If so, do you have the link to download it? Thanks in advance! I am super excited to get going on this build again, it has been too long and I really enjoyed building her up until this point. Until next time, -Max
  9. Hello all, I am new to this website and also to model ship building. I have built other types of models in the past and have always wanted to try a wooden ship. I've been putting it off for a number of years now but have finally decided to bite the bullet and give it a try. After researching the different types of ship models, solid hull, POB, POF, (and keeping my ego in check) I decided on the entry level, solid hull 'Phantom' by Model Shipways. I've read a number of the 'Phantom' build logs and have found them to be ever interesting. I've downloaded, printed, and read Chuck Passaro's guide for this kit and hope that together we can build something that somewhat resembles the picture on the box. Day 1: Received kit, took inventory and everything in there, a good start.
  10. Thursday 28th August 2014 is officially the big day. For good or ill, I am now a model shipwright. As tends to be the case in my house, the plans are always more ambitious than the reality, so my work area is not ready. I am due to move into my "workshop", which in reality is the second bedroom, on Monday now. My wife did not quite manage to remove all her sewing equipment, but don't think of me as being mean to her, she volunteered because she also has the sunroom set up as her hobby workshop and there are no other rooms left in this little house. To further slow proceedings down my daughter has an exhibition to attend in Brisbane over the weekend so today she also arrived for a short visit and moved straight back into her old bedroom, the soon to be whorkshop. <sigh> Impatient soul that I am, I promptly moved a spare folding table from the shed to the living area and got out the cleaner and rags. What you see below is a loosely assembled collection of tools, glue, paint and sandpaper and of course Model Shipways' Phantom. As I'm an early riser (4am to 5am avg) and everone else in this house sleeps as late as they can (9am or later) I expect most of my work will be done in the quiet, early hours. I may be in for an earlier start than usual tomorrow though, anticipation being what it is.
  11. I've purchased the phantom because it's suppose to be an entry level kit. Maybe I should have found something even easier but I own it so now I'm going to attempt to build it.
  12. Hello shipbuilders, After only a few days of biting my nails, my Phantom kit finally came in via USPS. It arrive much faster than I thought it would. My confirmation email told me that it would be shipped via FedEx Ground and that it would take 5-7 business days. It only took USPS a couple days, so I was pleased. Upon opening the shipping box, I was greeted by a very nice looking Blue Box! Opening the box overwhelmed me. The plans seem so detailed, but this is only a beginner design. I thought, "What have I gotten myself into?" Haha! I double checked to see if all the parts were there. I must be honest and say that this took awhile. I have no idea what some of the parts listed are. So, I'll say that I think everything is there! But, if I end up missing something, I am sure it will be no problem to replace later on down the road. I examined my hull and found that it seems a little crooked in some spots. Especially the rear of the hull. Do I just sand this down to make it look as even to the naked eye? Well, I began trying to fit the two hull templates together. Reading Chuck's practicum, I found that I need to shave a little bit off the back end. (I think that is the stern?) However, I found it very difficult to remove the wood with my Hobby knife and #11 blades. You can see how I tried to take a little bit off and sand it down. I think that I will buy a carving tool tomorrow to make this a little easier. That is, unless someone else has a better method. So the back of the hull I left a lone for the evening with hopes that I would find an easier method to trim some of that excess wood off. Onto the front of the hull, I also ran into some problems. I've read the other build logs and everyone seems to bypass this step pretty easily. I was't kidding around when I said I was a beginning. I have two photos and was hoping someone could give me a little advice on how the front template should fit. In the picture above, the 'R' matches with the edge of the boat (These are called rabbet lines, I think). Am I correct in living that line up with the edge? If this is the case, you can see the gap that remains toward the middle of the hull. I have tried a couple different things with sand paper, but I can't quite seem to get that to lower any. Where should I sand to make this fit better? Or.... I matched the template up toward the center of the hull. You can see that this way there is a small gap in the curve of the hull and the R line does not quite match up to the edge. My gut tells me that the first image is right, I am just not sanding in the correct spot to make the template match up. Problems problems! And this is only the beginning. Any help is welcome!
  13. Couldn't resist...poked around in the box today. Completed the inventory, and I think I'm missing the eyebolts. Don't I remember another poster suggesting some crappie hooks having smaller eyes and being more true to scale for the Phantom? Other option is to just call ME and ask for them to send. Spent a few hours this afternoon filing/cleaning the metal pieces. Its not in the practicum, of course, but daggone it, its SAFE. I know I'm not going to get it perfect, but I want to. After the new carpet goes in this weekend, I'll be able to set up a more permanent work area, and get down to the real work. This brings up a question...if you only had 30 minutes or so to spend on a kit, what would you do? It seems best to work on a certain part until its complete, but some parts of the build will take (me) hours. Round off the deadeyes? Cut copper plates? Build the launchways?
  14. Hi Everyone, Well I have been wanting to start my Phantom for a couple of months now, but I wanted to finish the Schooner Atlantic first. Unfortunately, I have gotten a little bored with the Atlantic, so I convinced myself to take a short break and work on the Phantom. I will be building the kit with the help of the practicum by Chuck Passaro ("Modelling The New York Pilot Boat Phantom - 1868"). So let's begin!
  15. Hi all This is my first wood ship build period, so far I am really enjoying it, thanks for all the input on my other topics you guys are great. I am in the beginning parts and have only done the Keel area and now I am about to start fairing the hull. These are my pics so far. Like everyone else any comments, hints are very welcomed. I will try to be as detailed as possible so anyone else who is new can follow. Thanks for looking at my build
  16. Greetings everyone that weathered the storm. I happy to re-present my build of the NY Pilot Boat Phantom. I currently live in NYC, and it is great to imagine this sleek vessel slipping up and down the Hudson. I built this sometime between about April 2012 and August 2012, within the allotted 6 months for Model Shipways' "build for free program." True to their word, they credited me back the approximately $100 for the kit and paints and tools, which I used to buy my current project, the Emma C Berry. I cannot recommend this enough for beginner ship modeler. Combined with Chuck's amazing supplemental instructions, the build was a true pleasure. I can easily see how, without that, it would be frustrating to the point of turning off many a hopeful model builder. As I built the kit, I kept a sort of personal journal of how long things took to do. Then I realized that it might be helpful for others, especially beginners like I was (am?). At some point, about the time I started rigging the model, I stopped keeping such detailed records. I'm going to just basically copy-paste my build notes in the next post, then start re-uploading the photos with a few comments. Cheers! The infamous "what am I getting into?" shot!
  17. I decided last year to give the hobby a try as I was always fascinated with the thought of building a wooden ship. I built many plastic kits as a kid and have been a history buff my entire life. I was lucky enough to find the community and continue to be in awe of the work I see. I started the model but ran had to take a break due to whole life, family and job thing. When I came back, I was bummed to see that my prior postings were lost, but I do understand it was the absolutely LAST thing the moderators could have imagined or wanted. Thanks to all for putting the site back to together and I will start posting soon. Jack
  18. Hi all, I wanted to get a thread started for what will be my first build, I have not even gotten my kit yet so this might be a bit premature but none the less. Quick back story of how all this happened. I was reading a story to my 4 year old son about an uncle who built his nephew a toy sail boat. He was very interested and asked if I could make him one. We went to the hobby shop where we found a very simple kit, something very similar to a pinewood derby car kit for Scouts. It was a fun little project that got me thinking about those "little wooden ships" people build. That lead to lots of reading, joining this forum and purchasing my kit. I decided on the Phantom as I read about it over and over and looked like something I would enjoy building and displaying. So the kit was ordered last night. I am starting to set up my work area which is a folding table in my bedroom for now. I am reading about the tools needed and starting to source them. First pictures once the kit shows up. Mark Mott
  19. What follows is a recontruction of my MS Phantom build log using the photos that I still have and where possible the text from the Internet archives. In general I'll only re-post what others posted when I feel doing so will contribute to the reconstruction. Wed Mar 23, 2011: This is my first wood ship model, though I have built several stick and tissue static and RC aircraft and a few plastic kits when I was younger. this kit is the "Build for free" offer through my LHS for the bargain price of $75. As such I have motivation to finish within 6 months (purchased 2/9/11). It is good to be motivated, but I also don't like exploring a new area of my modeling hobby while under time pressure. Other than the draw of "build for free" potentially getting me this kit for free, the other draw was the free practicum by Chuck Passaro. This may not be the best kit or best practicum out there, but it did require a minimum outlay of cash to get started (I already have many of the tools needed).
  20. Hi Mates, Have a good friend that has helped me over the years. Decided to give him a gift of the Phantom Pilot Boat. I bought the kit about three years so had to dust'er off and get going. I like the look of the vessel. There were a good number of Phantom's on the the old forum. Would love to see a few repost their builds. I will be building the vessel using Chuck's practicum. His buiding guide gets the most out of the vessel. I am also currently building the Sultana. Decided to work a day on the Sultana followed by a day on the Phantom. Post 1 of my Phantom Build...scale 1:96, not 1:48! Photo 1 Here is the box art showing the vessel with'er coppered bottom and all. Photo 2 Good background of the vessel. The purpose of pilot boats was to guide ships in and out of harbor for which they were paid. Look-outs would watch for incoming ships and several would race out to meeet the ship and guide'er into port. First pilot to meet the incoming vessel got the job.....nothing like competition. Photo 3 Bits and pieces. Kit comes with 3 plan sheets. Instructions could be better. Using Chuck's detailed step by step practicum anyone can build this vessel and have fun doing so. Photo 4 The build is underway. Sanded a flat for the stem, keel, and stern post. The vessel, per the "Arrangement & Lines" drawing is 9 7/16" measured from the outboard edge of the transom forward to the outside edge of the stem. The bow sprit...adds an additional 1 7/8 inches to the over all length of the finished vessel. The templates on the left are used to determine the correct length of the vessel which is consistent with the deck drawing. The templated on the left insure the hull is faired per the drawings. Note the nine station lines on the hull. They correspond to the nine hull templates. In a POF model the hull is faired to the conture of the bulkheads covered by strakes. Here you also see my Nanook (polar bear), she is a thousand pound female that wanders in and out of the boatyard. Her name is Nanoo, always sniffiing around. In the wild she would eat me in a New York minute. Photo 5 I added a false keel made of 1/8" basswood, the same dimension as the finished keel. I also applied a similar strip of wood to the stern where the stern post will be applied, and to the stem at the bow. The strips of wood pinned to the hull will help be fair the hull quickly in the keel area while not allowing the keel to get thinner than the finished keel, 1/8". Also added the nine station lines. Photo 6 Here is a bow shot with Nanoo earning her keep. The bow has been faired on the starboard side, the shadow area on the port side will be faired next. This is why I use the false keel. I can see quickly what needs to be faired and how much without damaging the flat stem area. The false keel is pinned ot the hull, not glued. Will add the stern shot next. At that time the entire hull will have been faired. Thanks for looking in on the build. Comments and question always appreciated. BFN Cheers, Hopeful aka David “there is wisdom in many voices” Completed: Sharpie Schooner (Midwest) Posted in kit build section of forum Current: Sultana (MSW) Updating the build log and continuing on with the build Current: Phantom (MSW)Phantom by Hopeful - Model Shipways - Scale 1:48 Next: Lady Nelson (Amati Victory)
  21. Greetings all. I've never done modeling before but I've been doing a lot of reading about the sport lately. The initimidation factor almost put me off of the idea. Earlier this week I received a flier from Model Expo mentioning their Phantom kit (with tools and paint) on sale for only $85. For that price I couldn't pass it up so I pulled the trigger. Dang sure glad I didn't spend the full price of $199 when I first considered buying this kit in February! I received the kit today and got my first look. I'm stll intimidated but now that I own my first kit I'll just have to get over that. I plan to follow Chuck's practicum as well as Gerald's log on the Phantom. Now the only questions are 1) when to start, and 2) where should I work? Spare time is a precious commodity lately and I have no work area set up for this yet.

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