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  1. Given the copious amounts of free time afforded by the Coronavirus lockdown, I decided to try my hand at building the Swift by Artesania Latina. I've just finished the planking, so I'll share some photos of my progress and a few brief comments. May 30, 2020 I purchased the kit on eBay from someone who had been carrying it around with them for 30 years or so. They included some old catalogs and tools from the 1980s which were a curiosity but this is what I was after: The kit was in perfect shape. No missing parts or warped wood and the bags were
  2. I posted this in the Member's intro section, but on suggestion there will start this log... I bought the Swift kit a few years ago as a first ever timber ship kit, but put it down after constructing the frame and half-planking the deck, when I realised I wasn't happy with the planking I had started. This last week I picked it up again and decided that no-one else would ever realise that some of the planks didn't quite look perfect! So progress since then has been to finish the deck planking, fit the deck to the frame, and start planking... I ended up clamping the deck down pr
  3. Hello! This is my first ever post on MSW. A friend and I recently found out about ship building and through looking at kits and build videos, we were immediately hooked - fortunately, it only took a couple days of "research" until we found MSW. Before we even had kits in our hands, we read through many build logs - the resources here are tremendously helpful, thank you all!!!! I have little woodworking experience and no modeling experience, but I was ready for the challenge. Looking at all of the beautiful boats on here is quite inspirational, and certainly narrowed my "type" of m
  4. This will be my second build. I bought it on eBay for $15.00 + shipping. It looks like all the major parts are there. If not I will either make them or buy them. The frame and false deck was already built. But it wasn't to my satisfaction. So I bought somemore basswood. My plan was the take everything apart trace the old parts and make a new frame. But the old parts weren't symmetrical and wound up scraping the new cut out parts. So what I did was scanned the drawings and cut the parts out and glue them on to the wood and cut them out. I only wish it had sails. That is okay. I want the e
  5. I’m posting a build log for my first build: the “New” Swift from Artesania Latina. Apparently, this kit has gone through a number of iterations over the years. Since I ordered it in November from my local hobby shop, I assume this is the most current version. For those who have posted build logs for this boat, you’ll notice the differences. Some of the changes made are somewhat superficial (in my opinion as a rookie modeler), like the sail configuration has been modified. Other changes are more substantial. The boat no longer has a lower deck beneath the cabins. The false de
  6. I decided some months ago to expand my fascination with the age of sail into wooden model building. With no experience I spent much time reading and researching to be certain of what I was getting into. I haven't started this log earlier, as I wanted opportunity to make a bunch of mistakes on my own first. Picked up this swift kit open box but unstarted and complete for a song. Looked like a perfect 'starter' kit. I have my next two kits on the shelf already, each a step up in complexity. Makes me even more anxious to get this one done. Sometimes I follow the directions, sometimes not.
  7. Hello Esteemed Builders, First, I would like to say that it is very exciting to see all the great work everyone has posted on MSW. I am completely new to the hobby of model ship building. I took a course in the history of sea power during college and fell in love with tall sail ships. Some how I landed on a website looking at wooden model ships and before I knew it I had the Swift kit in my hands. Lucky, I have now found some time to work on it and am excited to see how it goes. I wanted to say hello and I certainly welcome all advice and expertise as I build the swift.
  8. Hi: This is going to be my first build. However it will be a challenging one, my skills will be put to the test immediately and that is because the kit is incomplete. It is missing all the hull parts, keel and bulkheads are not present. It might not be the best idea to start this hobby with an incomplete kit (I have a few others complete) but I like challenges. Wish me luck.
  9. Ready for another Swift build. I originally was going to do the Lady Nelson as my first build but couldn't find many build logs on it, so after seeing all the Swift logs, decided to do it. It looks like a good first build, not being to big and detailed. Opened it up yesterday and checked the parts, and cut out the keel and frames. After reading all the logs and the problems everybody was having with warped keels and frames with problems, was expecting the worse. But the keel was straight with no structural damage. Then dry fitted the frames and checked everything. The
  10. First build here, i read somewhere that the first kits have detailed instructions that build your knowledge base to know how to fill in the blanks when it comes to the less detailed instructions on the larger / more complex kits.. if that's the case I sure am glad i started with this little guy because i'm really struggling with the instructions! The miniature furniture kits / scratch-build tutorials i've worked off of have been drowning in detail. The build was going reasonably smoothly until I got the planking, where the instructions call for installing the sheeting, after rumma
  11. This build is coming right on the heels of the Bounty Jolly Boat. I decided to go with the same maker, Artesania Latina, while I was not particularly impressed with their instructions it did leave me with some creative license in the end. I chose the Swift 1805 at 1:50 scale. I wanted increase in size and complexity, double planking and two masts. The following is the unboxing and contents. I noticed it was definitely bigger but not by much. Much bigger than this and I will need a bigger shipyard. Admiral?! Some nice selection of pa
  12. Ok, here goes. This is my first model and it's not going to be pretty so I apologise in advance for my butchery of this fine starter kit. There will be blood (I must use round nosed scissors), sweat and tears along the way. Hopefully not too much blood. What there will be is lots of questions as I stumble through the process but, I am looking forward to learning. Firstly I need to work out how to post pictures etc so bear with me. So gripping my nose, cheeks puffed out like a child jumping into swimming pool, here goes. Wish me luck.
  13. Well having been browsing through other peoples builds I felt brave enough to start one on my Swift...It may also get me in the habit of taking pictures and writting up my progress for when I start the Bounty. These photos were taken 2 weeks in to the build and although I have made many mistakes I have managed to getting it reasonably the right shape. There are things that I wouldn't do the same way, but I am sure trial and error is a great way to learn.
  14. As a diversion while rigging my Armed Virginia Sloop, I started building AL's Swift. I switched out some of the wood: Boxwood planking above the wales, bloodwood trim, wenge wales, cherry and holly details. I like the contrasts in the wood. Progress so far in the photos. Dave
  15. I have done many plastic models but I have never attempted to work on a wood model ship before. I was inspired by reading other peoples logs to get started on something I have wanted to do for many years. I hope I can do a well enough beginner build log to help other beginners like me, so I may get a little bit step by step detail-ish along the way. Should help me as well to think about what I'm doing, right and wrong. So, this should be interesting. (btw people can use my first name if they like, Tony, vs the forum name.) My first step was to clean out my basement ( at least one
  16. Hopefully this will be a good log where I can learn a lot. I have slapped together a couple of plastic models and two solid hull childrens versions of the Bluenose and Constitution, but nothing on this level. I love a challenge. I read through many of the excellent Swift logs and the information in the Ship notes section. I learned a lot. After buying some tools at Harbor Freight (which I found on this site), I jumped right in. My keel had a slight bend so I dampened it and set weights on top for a day. While that was going on I cut out my bulkheads, and hour and two cut thumbs later I cut the
  17. The Preface It has taken me a while to build up the courage to start this log...but after a few months of reading these forums I now realize just how accepting and supportive the people are here. Also, discovering that I'm not the only person who has an "accidentally long-term project" has made me less embarrassed to tell my story! But first, please bear with me as I explain how it all started... 1974. I was in grade 7 and I had just found out that a teacher in my school built wooden ship models. How cool! But I nearly died when I priced out kits in a local hobby store. For
  18. After looking at many other kits I chose this as my 1st build cause I love the hms ships and this one seemd to be the most reasonable in scale and detail for a 1st time build I got to work on it right aways trying to get all the bulkheads to line up properly was a bit of a pain as well as the deck you really have to bend it good to make it fit I used a lot of glue both ca and wood glue ca just to get it pinnd down and then wood glue to hoipefully keep it down over the years
  19. Hello all. In the interest of current Swift and Virginia Pilot boat type builds being conducted currently, I've decided to recreate my build log of the AL Swift kit that was lost in the great crash of MSW 1.0. Hopefully it'll help some of the folks along with their own builds. I'll do my best to provide the information I can based on memory, but in all fairness this may end up just being a bunch of photos. ;p~ To the moderators - hope this is ok since I already have some completed photos of the Swift in the gallery. Obviously if I'm stepping on some of the rules please let me know a
  20. Instead of posting a lot of photos of the kit components I’ll limit myself to the box art because it appears to be different from everyone else’s, a newer 2013 version. There are some small differences between this kit and others I’ve seen here. To start with there are no filler blocks for the bow or stern. And . . . my first newbie mistake. No build board or clamps to make certain everything is square. That said, my research indicates that after a ships framing was completed the first timbers fitted to the frames were the wales: much thicker (
  21. I picked up a older AL Swift at a flea market over the week end. The kit had been started and was in rough shape; The frames, deck and bow, stern blocks were attached in a sloppy way. Nothing was aligned in general it was a mess. It was only $5 and I figured that the wood in the kit was worth it. After getting it home I inspected it and everything seems to be there except the pin nails, the keel was broken In half by frame #7 so this morning I ordered the pin nails from Ages of Sail ad took a good look that the keel and frames. This afternoon I took a saw and cut the keel by each frame to free
  22. This is my first build log of any type on any forum so I am a little intimidated. Plus I am an old guy and the technology age has passed me by. I have been modeling for many-many years but am still not very good at it. I have three goals in mind. First - I hope, with a log, I might be encouraged to actually finish something. Second - I am sure I can learn a great deal of modeling from you all. Third - To learn the technology... I am going to attempt to upload my first ever picture in my next post. A little background on my build. I built AL Swift about 25 years ago. I intend to remove the
  23. New to the hobby. I picked up an open-box but unbuilt 'Swift' kit at a local swap meet >10 years ago (when I was in high school) for $5, only to later realize it was missing an essential component (the keel). Later picked up another one (unopened, wisely) on ebay to make up the difference, and >10 years later am finally making progress. Am I making beginner mistakes? You better believe it....but I'm trying to take it slowly and methodically, and hopefully posting here will help keep the right level of momentum going. ....and since I have relied so much so far
  24. Hi all I am still trying to work out my next major project I still want to build a POF model rather than the usual POB kits that I buy. I was browsing through E bay and found a part built Swift kit and thought it would make a good quick filer I put a £50 bid in it and won it for £45 !! bargain The kit arrived safely but the previous builder had made a bit of a mess the main bulkhead was bent the mast supports were in the wrong place but nothing ventured nothing gained so I broke the backbone in two added more supports and glued back together Next job was the deck this has quite a cam
  25. Bought the kit in 1985 when model expo was in New Jersey. It sat virtually unopened for 28 years until a couple years after I retired. (There was another model in front of it that had been incomplete from about the same time: 1939 Mercedes W154-M163.) Thankfully, I found MSW soon after I decided to start the build. first planks attached progress on the first planking layer closing in on the last couple of planks and the first layer is complete The stains near the bow are from the metal binder paper clips used to bend the wet plank. Question: Sho
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