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  1. This is a project that's already pretty far along, but I realized that it would good to post my build notes here in hopes that it might encourage another ship modeler to build this kit from Japan's Woody Joe. The Kitamaebune (key-tah-mah-eh-boo-nay) is a 1/72-scale laser-cut kit of a Japanese coastal transport, similar to the Higaki Kaisen (he-gah-key-kah-ee-sen), which I built a few years back. This kit replaces their less accurate Kitamaebune model, which did not have laser cut parts, but was actually nice in that it was of a larger scale and made for a bigger model. The main tr
  2. First wooden ship build. Started a few weeks back so going to post pics of where I've got to so far. I'm in the UK and bought the kit from an online merchant in Japan. Kit is awesome. Instructions are in Japanese but pictures are self explanatory in the most part. And I found a Japanese OCR app which helps me every now and then. I sailed on the Sir Winston Churchill and Malcolm Miller several times as part of the Sail Training Association (now Tall Ships Youth Trust), so this particular schooner holds a lot of memories. As for building the model. I'm making it up as I go a
  3. 1:120 USS Susquehanna WoodyJOE Available from WoodyJOE for ¥ 43,000 (approx. $400/£335) USS Susquehanna, a sidewheel steam frigate, was the first ship of the United States Navy to be named for the Susquehanna River, which rises in Lake Otsego in central New York and flows across Pennsylvania and the northeast corner of Maryland emptying into the Chesapeake Bay. Her keel was laid down by the New York Navy Yard in 1847. She was launched on 5 April 1850 and was commissioned on 24 December 1850, Captain John H. Aulick in command. After completing her trials, which s
  4. Got the kit from Japan. Unboxing it just confirmed Catopower* that made a review for this modell with very positive comments over the kit's quality. Matetial, instructions and drwings are of top quality! *I thank him for the excellent review but also for all the help he gave me so far.
  5. ZooToyZ of Japan have a new online site for all their wooden models including the Woody Joe ships. They also have an opening sale! https://www.japan-wooden-model-kits-zootoyz.shop/index.html I've purchased from them in the past and have been happy with the service. Richard.
  6. Hi, this was a fast build so there are no building notes. Fun build, great picture plans in Japanese and notes English translation from Clare Hess's blog on Japanese models. I owe him a very big thank you. The kit itself has wonder Japanese cypress and magnolia. Laser cut pieces and laser indication lines for matching and sanding. Warning there is only enough wood stock for completing the kit, so measure 2x before cutting .
  7. Well, as long as I'm posting today about needing some Syren 5/52" Swiss pear single blocks, I thought I'd also take the time to offer some kits that I have on hand. I've been realizing that I just have way too big a stack of Woody Joe ship model kits, all brand new in the boxes. I'm cutting down the stack, though I will still have something like a half dozen to build! Two kits are still available: Yakatabune mini-kits, 1/75-scale Kanrin Maru w/sails. While they all have well illustrated instructions, please keep in mind that what text there is it's in Japanese.
  8. Hello All, I just wrote up an out-of-the-box review of the Sir Winston Churchill kit that Woody Joe revised and re-released last year. I posted the review on my blog, but though I'd go ahead and put it here too. I was originally going to write this for Seaways' Ships in Scale magazine, but I've already written three Woody Joe kit reviews for them, and I figured people might get tired of reading them in the magazine. So, I put it here. Of course, I don't get any money when I post articles online (and I could really use the extra income), but I was going to write it regar
  9. Someone out there is thinking "catopower is starting another build log? When's he going to finish the ones he's started?" Or maybe that's just me thinking it... Well, no matter, I need the model for my next display of Japanese traditional boats and I might as well write about it for others to enjoy. This is a pretty simple model and a quick build. Woody Joe calls it a 50 hour build. Its similarity to their fishing boat kit, the Hacchoro, leads me to think this sounds about right. The Yakatabune was a pleasure boat that became a popular way for commoners to enjoy leisure time during Japan'
  10. Not to forsake my Constitution build but I had the opportunity to purchase this kit while in Japan during the month of April. A Japanese friend of mine picked it up on Japanese Yahoo for a great price. It was delivered to his house the next day and I hand carried it back to San Diego. The Japanese Cyprus wood used in the kit is outstanding and the laser cut parts are of the highest quality. I quickly noticed that when sanding the wood there is a very pleasant odor. Smells like Nana's old cedar closet. The only downfall of the kit is that the instructions are entirely in Japanese.
  11. The Admiral and my younger daughter have no real interest in this hobby but my teenage daughter thinks it's cool. She asked me recently to make her a model. She doesn't want to wait the years for me to make anything very big so I'd been looking for something small. I'd seen the Woody Joe builds from Clare Hess and Bob Riddoch and liked the look of the boats. Then in one of Clare's posts he showed the mini version of the Yakatabune he is building. It looked perfect for my daughter. I checked with my daughter and she really liked it as well. I also mentioned as an added bonus, the wood would
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