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My first mate has been helping me with my Niagara build. She's at a point where she's reading the simpler parts of plans, measuring, cutting, etc.  I started thinking about a starter kit for her. Obviously Captain Dad would be there for assistance.

 

So I'm looking for something interesting but does not require hours of repetitive tasks like planking, sanding and the like. She's smart as a whip for a 10 year old, but stuff like that get's old for most of them. Maybe a few strings to rig. I'm hoping it will be a good exercise in patience and planning beyond "what's on Disney tonite".

 

I've seen the Constructo Junior kits. Also the Mantua Le Piccole series. I am wanting to see what else may be out there and what suggestions you may have.

 

Thanks for reading........

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Mike,

I helped a friend of mine build the HMS Bounty by Constructo and it was his first kit. It is a solid hull construction so no crazy framing or hard planking to do. In fact, the kit even shows it built without planking the hull, just installing the wales, rails and some trim pieces then painting it. This is how we built his as he did not want to mess with all the planking but it gave him a taste of it with the wales. Of course you can always add more than the plans show.

 

I have included a couple of pictures to show you what it looks like. I have more pictures of it if you are interested I can send them to you when I get home.

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You might like the Bluejacket Ensign skill builder series. They have seven ships in this series. My first ship was the Yankee Yero but the Optimist Dinghy to me looks like a great project for the two of you. It will even come with her own tools, brushes, and paint in one box.

 

Great job sharing your passion with her! Here is a link. You can see the other options under the entry level tab. What ever you choose it will be great.

 

http://www.bluejacketinc.com/kits/optimist.htm

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I have no experience with the cross section models. As far as skill level required, are those similar to regular kits that we build?  Too complicated for a child?

 

What seemed attractive about them is that while there is planking, rigging, etc - all those tasks that can get rather mundane - there's not near as much.

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I think Midwest is out of the model ship business. There is no mention of ships on their website anymore, and a few months ago they were listing kits as " limited availability"

I believe you are correct but the models seem to be available.  Ebay always seems to have a lot of them listed.

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Right now I'm leaning towards one of the Mamoli 'Mini's' or BlueJacket Yankee Hero.  The Mamoli's are not easy to find. Several sites show them but they are not in stock and given that Mamoli is out of business they won't be getting any more. And I don't shop Ebay.

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A little off topic but interesting. There was another - Constitution vs Victory. In terms of seamanship I don't know how accurate the video is, but I find it fascinating watching sails set and reefed, the luffing and tacking. It's a part of all battles that I don't think we often realize. It's not all just firing cannons at each other.

 

Would be curious to know if there are others, perhaps not as detailed graphically, but show the movement of ships through some of the major battles.

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Hi Mike.

Nice choice.

We have made this mini kit and it's quality is good.

Link to our build below.

http://modelshipworld.com/index.php/topic/7782-black-queen-by-alex-s-mini-mamoli-scale-1-135-first-build/?hl=%2Bblack+%2Bqueen

 

It's so nice to do modeling with your son or daughter and to pass on skills and interests.

All the best.

Regards Antony.

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Wow Antony - Cudos to you for your effort! And thanks for the link. It will help immensely and my daughter will love reading it. The kit looks like it will give her a taste of the main tasks we do in a larger build - just not too much of it.

 

Now you have me thinking about getting her to do a build log.

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