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  1. This will be my first model ship build. At one point growing up, my dad had a plastic model kit of the Cutty Sark, and it basically sat in a box. I always wanted to do the model, but never had the space/time/skill. Eventually it was thrown away when my parents moved. While talking to my Uncle about being disappointed, he gave me a wooden Thermopylae kit from Scientific Models, circa 1973. I was very excited, and got started right away. 3 months later, I had my first child, and the model sat untouched for 13 years. Being stuck at home due to the coronavirus stay-at-home orders prompted me to start it up again, and I’m finally making progress. Picture of the very old box, and sail plan to start.
  2. So I ordered this kit and it is out for delivery today. It's my first large wood model kit and the first model kit in over 30 years. I was an avid modeler of mostly plastic kits until College. I'm a few years from retirement and decided to restart my hobby. I have been reading the abundance of material on this site and watching many videos. I'm looking forward to the challenge. I've found these kits for this ship as far back as the 1980's but have no idea when the first wood model was. I found it listed on many sites but most were out of stock with no idea when they would be restocked. I paid more for it than I should have but I found the last one available from an Amazon store and decided to pull the trigger anyway. I will appreciate any feedback, positive or negative on the build and any suggestions as well. Attached is the manufacturer's photo Thanks
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  4. Hi! I am a newbee from sweden. I started to build wood model ships in the beginning of this year (2018) because I wanted a hobby. I used to build plastic models in my youth but I was never good at it, I didn't have the patience required. But this time... So I started to build 2 (3) ships. The first was not good the second was better and the third was a disaster so that I had to put aside for a while. But the fourth, Thermopylae, started pretty good. Then I discovered that it was way out of my league but giving up is not an option. So all beginners can follow this log and hopefully not make my mistakes. There are quite a few . I found a absoultely fantastic build log at the internet and contacted he who had it and he "adopted" me and gives me advice and help via e-mail and it´s worth eveything to mee. I'm sorry I don't have thar many pictures from the start but I can describe trhe mistakes I made and had to correct. I guess I started to build this 2018-05-01 and today is 2018-08-03. I started with dryfit of the decks and frames. I had to sand the decks a bit and when I was happy I started to glue the frames puting the the deck on between every frame so it would hold them in place. P.S. I hope my english isn't to bad but I think I can make myself understood even if I spell something wrong and use the wrong word sometimes. To be continued........
  5. Greetings, I'm from Hungary, and until now, I built mainly WW2 ships and planes from plastic kits. Now I decided to build a tall ship, and I ended up with two kits, but I can't decide which to buy. One is the 1/96 plastic model of the Cutty Sark from Revell (Nr. 5422), and the other one is from wood, the 1/124 Thermopylae model of Sergal. Which of do you recommend to a beginner in sailing ships, and why? If you know alternatives for a maximum of €80-100, in the category of XIX. century ships, I would appreciate it too. Thanks in advance.
  6. I've mentioned this kit a few times........gotten last Christmas from my admiral. I wanted to bide my time and complete a few of the projects I have going, before starting it. the admiral would ask me about it every once in a while......I'd tell her my reason....and for a while, it was good. I think my logic has worn thin. the time left in the closet was good though.....I was able to find that there is a second version of this kit, which contains some photo etch. looking around for it, following tips from other folks, I was able to locate it. the photo etch mimics a wood sheet contained in the kit. I found it at Cornwall model boats....I ordered two of the photo etch and one of the wood sheet. sadly, I only got one of each......I got the last of the photo etch. I will reorder it at a later date.......I won't try and scare you with what I have planned for this kit....icky mae 1:124 is a small scale for this ship.....to me it is anyway.......it will be quite compact, and not as much detail, as would be seen in a larger kit. of course I don't believe that....quite a few folks here have proven that theory is only limited to those who don't want to. there is one build of this model listed here on the site, but it took a hit with the last crash, losing all of it's pictures......unless the gent comes and fixes it, I'm on my own. the fittings for this model are very small.......lots of tiny parts. as I saw with the other build, there are some thing I will be changing.......railings, for instance will be a focal point. wood strips.......got'em.......looks like a lot of smaller sizes here'e where the kit starts to get dicey.......their laser cutting methods lead lots to be desired. normally, you have the small etch points, which have to be cut, in order to pop the part out. with this one, the laser cuts are not complete, with large tabs that need to be cut {or finished}. the bulkhead sheet is even worse........the laser cutting doesn't go all the way through. I didn't take a photo of the back side......{you'll see later}. it's a really nice kit.....too bad there is a lack of quality. the thinner sheets though are better......they still have the unfinished cuts, but the cuts are much better. the smaller sheet is what the photo etch is copied from. lastly......the order I got from Cornwall Boats this photo etch seems to be thicker than what I have seen with other builds {not my own}......this will be the first time I attempt etch of any kind. we'll see how this plays out.....I like the looks of it. I was hoping that there would be more parts for the windlass and winches, but some of the parts were done on another sheet and not included here. again......we'll have to see how this plays out
  7. Hi all we due to the kind generosity of CPNGROATS (a member on another forum who was so impressed by my model ships he gifted this to me from his own stash)I have received this today. Thank you very, very much George, very kind indeed. I hastily opened it tonight eader to start but my missus says NO!!! "you have enough models on the go, cluttering up my house. you finish some of them off and get them out the way". to be fair I do have 9 on the go and bits are all over the place, she's generally ok so I cant complain ( but I have found in the past a bit of sweet talking can bring her round ) so watch this space, in the very near future.
  8. Hello everybody. So this is our first log on MSW. A brief introduction before i begin with the log. It all started as i begin to work on my Le Superbe (log to follow, if there is some interest) after a long long time. In fact i stopped working on it after the birth of my first son, Timotej, ten years ago. So now after ten years and with two sons, the second one is Tristan (eight years old), i ended building a new model. It was logic, as they where very attracted by the Le Superbe, even more so after i started to work on her again. After some time and a lot of offerings for help from both of them , i decided that it was better to start a new one with them. There s a shop in Trieste not to far away from where we live, where i bought all of my previous kits. Thermopylae was almost a random choice, the choice of the kits in the shop was not very large. I know it s not the best choice for a first build, even less for someone that young, but the whole idea is for them to assist me, another reason is that i think that after some time they ll find it boring and will give up on the build, so i would have to finish it myself, more on that later. Ok now the more interesting part, this is my fifth build and also my fifth Mantua group (Mantua, Sergal, Panart) kit. I have no experience with other manufacturers, because when i stared there was no internet It s a classic kit, with all the good and the bad things. One thing worth to mention is that this must be a newer kit, as the etched brass parts are being replaced with wood etched parts, see the stickers on the box and picturs in the log for that. By far the most difficult thing is the scale of the model, being 42 and having a strong dioptrie of -6 and and what is worse a slight predioptrie. In comparison Le Superbe looks gigantic. We started the build a month ago, the pictures i took so far where not meant for a log, so they are not very detailed, but i ll take more step by step ones in the future. So here we go, the most sweet moment, at home inspecting the kit:
  9. Hi everyone, Well here is my first build log for my first wooden model ship. I started this some months ago but had to take a break due to work commitments but I’m now back on it and keen to get going. I chose the Thermopylae as I love Tea Clippers, the history, the shape and the mass of rigging. I know it’s probably not the easiest of kits to start with but I like a challenge and figured I just jump straight in. So here’s the content of the box.
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