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  1. Greetings everyone! After a brief hiatus I am back and ready to show what I have done so far on Model Shipways 1:64 scale Sultana. It isn't much yet but I've been in between a lot of things especially work in Real Estate which is super busy these days. I've already encountered a few issues with the build and any assistance on these matters (which were discussed in the practicum) would be greatly appreciated. First below you see the untouched solid hull before carving and my tiny cramped work space Charlie
  2. Greetings all. So as I sloooooowly chip away at Sultana I've been thinking a lot of the questionable figurehead provided with the kit. Naturally I want to replace it with something I make from scratch however I am aware that the admiralty plans did not include a diagram of what the figurehead looked like and the only information I have read says that the figurehead was a beautifully carved woman.... which was then likely removed after purchase by the royal navy. This does not explain much and I'm hoping that someone might know of some sort of written description either first person source or even someone's extrapolation to help me surmise what the figurehead possibly looked like. Any thoughts or directions towards sources would be appreciated. I've so far looked through Chappelle's books and also the Harold Hahn Colonial Schooner book but he doesn't give much discussion to Sultana's appearance more the history. I would actually love to see more pics of Hahn's Colonial Diorama as the Sultana model looks like it has a figurehead and I trust his judgement on the matter.
  3. Started my 1st ship kit this weekend. The Sultana in 1:64 scale by Model Shipways. This a solid hull kit, so I had some sanding and carving to do so that the supplied templates fit properly. The carving was required on both the inside and outside of the bulwarks to achieve the correct scale thickness. At an early stage, my "carving" turned into something more akin to gouging, so I turned to my xacto knife with a #11 blade and actually found it easier than using my chisels, which I couldn't seem to get a sharp edge on, even after minutes on the honing stone. Note the repaired area in the front (sorry- still don't know my nautical terms)...I had already sanded the outside of the hull up to my stopping point that I had marked, THEN I started carving the inside of the bulwarks to the required thickness. That is when I cracked the thin basswood in a couple of places. At least the breaks were clean, so I salvaged the pieced, used thin super glue, and carefully and quickly put them back in place. I dared not try sanding the area yet, but it will be my next step now that the glue has had a day to dry. Hopefully, my damage control will not show up later, as this hull will be painted.
  4. Well, this is my very first wooden model ship, the Colonial Schooner Sultana, by Model Shipways. Not that I needed to really elaborate, since everyone in the world has probably already built the kit, and everyone has seen one built lol. So this build may bore many of you lol. But I'm excited! Currently, I'm sanding the boat to match the fore and aft part of the template, and I'm about done with that. I'm also about to read that one guy's Practicum regarding the Sultana, as I can use all the help I can get. Since everyone is so very familiar with this kit, I intend to make this build log pretty light, so as to spare everyone the tedium. I'm sure I'll have questions, however, and I'll want to brag from time to time ...or come begging for help in shame lol. So: QUESTION #1: How important is it to sand the stern of the boat flat? Do I need to only focus on the center part fitting the template? Or would the whole stern need to match the angles, etc. from the template? The instructions make me think I'm basically just trying to get the basic fore and aft lines right, without worrying about the whole stern gallery area (or where it will be). QUESTION#2: Is using a dremel w a sanding attachment a good idea? Or is that too much? Anyway, looking forward to this build! Hopefully you guys will enjoy some of my build, even if it is repetitive. Maybe it will make you all nostalgic for when you used to make such rookie mistakes! lol.
  5. Hi everyone! Sorry for all the questions lately I'm just trying to plan everything I need for my impending build. I'm interested in possibly adding a cabin space to the Sultana for a little extra challenge/fun (add some lights furniture etc.) and I figure the replica in Baltimore gives me a lot of reference to work with. My initial thought would be to use a band saw and cut horizontal which means I would have to rebuild the side bulwarks in the process but it would give me an even measurement to work on the lower deck. The other alternative might be to burrow into the hull though I worry about the inner deck winding up uneven. To anyone who as attempted or contemplated doing something similar on a solid model hull I would greatly appreciate some opinions/advice on tools, methods and resources so I can start planning what to read/buy. I put pictures below to show exactly where I plan to cut, forward of the ladder but still leaving part of the poop deck in order to give the deck support. Charlie
  6. Greetings all! I am a beginner in the field of wooden ship modeling (though I have some experience through my grandfather who did a scratch build Santa Maria years back). My "noob" question is about beaded moldings and for clarity I took a few photo's off the Sultana Practicum (which I plan to start building shortly and very excited about). I'm trying to determine the best method to make them, tools etc. or even better if any model sites sell beaded molding strips already complete in respective scale. Thank you all and appreciate the learned advice. Charlie
  7. This build log is kind of a late start on the building. I currently have the hull in pretty good shape and about to plank the deck. I'll post a few pictures of the early stages, but it is well underway at this point. Chuck's practicum on it is what drew me to this kit. This is the farthest I've gotten on a sailing ship build to date and intend on actually completing it. I got the kit on sale, as Model Expo prices fluctuate wildly. I'm cheap, so if I find something I want, I'll follow the prices and purchase at what I think is a fair price. It seems like a good kit to work on building skills. Hopefully, others can avoid the mistakes I've made along the way. In the beginning ...
  8. I started a couple of months ago on the Sultana as my first wood ship model build and have been lurking about these forums for quite some time. I must admit, there is a HUGE wealth of knowledge here, and for that I am most thankful to you all. Thank you! I probably would have hung up my tools for another year without this place. My background: I love to work with my hands, but I am not a woodworker historically. I have build lots of airplane models, starting from plastic kits decades ago, to balsa, to remote control and such. I got really good at that, and still have many hanging around the house. I also got into HO and N scale railroad modeling with two large layouts in the basement. Thinking that now was the time to take on the dream of building some wooden ships, I researched a bit and decided to take the plunge. I must admit, there have been some stumbles along the way. Errors along the way: how does one really do a good job of curve-fitting a solid wood hull? I need to see this one in action to really "get it". I almost think that planking would be easier. ;-) I messed up the stern a bit and have found the joys of using wood filler as a patch solution. It has saved me at least twice. Current status: I am rigging. I really like this part.... so ... here are some images of along the way... the last are the most recent. I promise to be better about logging my work as it is in progress. I should have joined the group earlier! ~johnb
  9. Hi Mates, Post #1 of my Sultana Build The Sultana is my second build and is in progress....not quite 50 percent completed. I Will repost my build log up to this point and continue posting as I continue building the vessel. For the repost, I will provide photos and return and add some dialog later. Each post will be numbered as well as each photo so future builders can communicate with me efficiently if they any questions as they build their own Sultana. Please note I am building the vessel following MSW's directions as well as Chucks excellent tutorial. I jump around the instructions a bit when building. My recommendation is that you follow along using Chuck's practicum. As Shortgrass indicated there were a number of Sultana builds that we builders could refer to when building our own Sultana's. Some of the builds were completed and others not. All of the builds were lost so it is important we get a few Sultana builds back on the forum. Hopefully other Sultana builders will repost their logs as well. Photo 1 Box art Photo 2 Solid hull Photo 3 Wood build materials Photo 4 Ships boat Photo 5 Bits and pieces along with rigging cord Photo 6 Flags Photo 7 Hull templates Photo 9 I created a note book for my Sultana build incorporating both the MSW plans and Chucks Practicum. This replica show the beauty of the Sultana on the water. The build begins. More later....... BFN, Hopeful aka David
  10. This is Sultana "Re-Deux". I started my 1st Sultana right after Christmas. Due to several mistakes, I decided to order a replacement hull from MS. It took them quite a while but I finally got it this week. I am following Chuck Massaro's practicum plus all of the tips that I have picked up from the rest of you all. I am gratefull. This time, I will take my time. As shown, I have done away with the bulwarks. I have "attempted" to mark the centerline. After much weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth, I think I have come pretty close. This is actually the third or fourth attempt to get a line that looks pretty good. I used a jig that I copied from one of you builders with a centering ruler. The deck went fairly well. Marking the keel and the bow was another story. Getting the keel line to match up with the deck line was tricky too. When I look at the deck line from stern to stem, it's straight. But when I eye it from stem to stern, the forward deck line looks to veer to the right. I think it's an optical illusion. If anyone knows of a solid technique to establish the CL, I sure would like to talk to you. It's been a while since I have built a wooden ship. Twenty or so years to be somewhat exact. So I welcome any and all suggestions, ideas and critiques.

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