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Hello to all,

I have been enjoying the craftsmanship and attention to detail as I peruse the build logs and forum topics.

I was given a Constructo kit of the Enterprise circa 1799 back in the 80's. It has sat on the shelf ever since and I always thought I would "get around to building it someday". I am now almost retired and I think the time is coming very rapidly to finally take it on.

As I look at the amazing work you all seem capable of I also have come to the understanding that this particular kit is not necessarily a first timers kit! I did a lot of modelling as a kid and enjoyed it immensely but I realize that to do this ship justice I will need to proceed with caution! Perhaps a simpler kit to start? I think so...

Anyway, as I consider all this I want to thank MSW and all the builders for giving me a site that will be an unbeatable source of information and techniques as I move forward into this incredible world.

Thank you!

 

Jim Neil

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Hello Jim.  Welcome to this fascinating forum from an old bloke living in Wales.
Constructo's "Enterprise" was my second build - if you don't count the two full-size boats I built more than half a century ago.  
The Enterprise has lots of interesting detail, but if you've got any affinity at all with wood and its properties you shouldn't be too worried about tackling it as a first build.
My Enterprise kit had laser-cut bulkheads etc.  In a kit from the 1980s that might not be the case.  That might mean you'll need to have a slightly wider range of tools available to you - or just a bit more patience getting everything to fit together nicely!
And there will always be plenty of help available here for you if you decide to post a build log!
I'll look forward to seeing you post details of what you decide to do.

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Hello Jim and welcome aboard,

 

This is a great place to learn and share tips and techniques.

I think the Enterprise is an intermediate kit. But if you really want to build it, feel free to start a buildlog.

If needed, you'll find plenty of advise, help and encouragement from everyone.

 

One of our members, Adam (SkerryAmp) has created 'The Model Ship World Ship Kit Database'. http://mswshipkits.ampitcher.com/

You can search the database on skill level, manufacturer, scale, kit type etc. It is certainly worth having a look.

 

You also might have a look in the Ship Modeling Database of articles for information about Model Ship Kits - What to expect and Kit selection http://modelshipworldforum.com/ship-model-plans-and-research.php

 

I wish you smooth sailing and happy modelling.

 

Regards,

Anja

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Welcome Jim,

 

There are several "starter" projects right here in the MSW forums with cross section builds. Only the simplest of tools are needed and would give you a little experience not only in ship modeling, but on the dark side, scratch building as well.

 

Enjoy your time here, it's a ton of fun, being an E ticket ride (I show my age) in all respects.

 

Allan

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