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Hello all.

My name is George, and I am a first year student reading law at the Queen's College, Oxford. I hail originally from Cheltenham, a small spa town not far away. I have over the years constructed many plastic models kits, including some of naval subjects, and having built several such kits concluded that the time was right to step into the world of wooden model ship building.

To facilitate this beginning, my parents very kindly gifted me for my just-passed 20th birthday the Constructo Enterprise kit, a ship I selected for its seemingly appropriate level of complexity and for its suitability as a component of my grander ambition of filling a shelf unit with every vessel named Enterprise from sail to starship. 

I shall commence construction at the conclusion of term, the 19th March, and have until then to assemble a basic roster of tools to facilitate construction. I already possess a simple craft knife, basic sanding tools and a pin hammer from my existing model kit work, but have set aside a budget of approximately £100 to acquire further tools based on recommendations from this forum. 

Any advice you could provide on this or any other matter related to model ship construction would be most gratefully received, and I hope to enjoy contributing to this forum for many years to come. 

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Hi George,


Welcome to Model Ship World.  First off, forget everything you have learned about plastic model ship building.  You are in a whole new world with wood.  I learnt that lesson the hard way.  Secondly, there are several posts that discuss tools.  One place to look is here 



Please start a build log and post pictures of your progress.  There are some very darn good modelers here that can help, guide and encourage you along the way.

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Thank you for the link Derek. I had a search through the forum for a tool thread but somehow managed to miss that one. My thanks also for your advice; I am more than prepared to disregard all my existing knowledge about plastic modelling, and look forward to the new challenge of working with wood on such a tiny scale.

With my Scouting troop I have previously assisted in the construction of canoes, and I possess courtesy of my grandfather some basic joinery and more general woodworking skills that I hope shall in combination allow me to get started successfully.

I shall initiate a build log once I have begun the building procedure. 

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Welcome to Model Ship World, George.

Constructo's 'Enterprise' was my own (second) kit build.  It should provide you with plenty of fun, and quite a few challenges.  Be sure to post a build log here - it'll keep us in the picture as you go along, and you'll have an easy way to ask questions if you ever need help/

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My thanks for all of your kind welcomes, and my apologies for not providing individual responses to each and ever commenter. 


On 03/03/2017 at 5:07 AM, tkay11 said:

Nice to know of another OU person on the hobby.

Thankyou Tony. Which college did/do you attend?



On 03/03/2017 at 4:16 PM, KeithAug said:

I'm very encouraged to hear that handcrafts remain of interest in the modern world of virtual reality.


Indeed Keith. Though I do enjoy some virtual reality pursuits, the majority of my hobbies concern handcrafts of one form or another. There are a growing number of people my age seeking to learn such skills, which is most gratifying to see, and I endeavour to evangelise the value of handcrafts to my peers whenever possible.


On 03/03/2017 at 4:58 PM, probablynot said:

Constructo's 'Enterprise' was my own (second) kit build.  It should provide you with plenty of fun, and quite a few challenges. 

Hopefully it shall Brian. I actually read your build log in its entirety (as well as one or two others on this forum) when deciding on which kit to purchase. I shall certainly refer to it as I begin and continue the build.

Once again, my thanks to all for their greetings. I plan to commence construction this Friday, the 17th March, and shall initiate a build log at that time. 


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George - hello and welcome! I, myself, am finding working with wood a whole new experience from plastic and I'm working on a very basic kit. There are some fantastic modelers in here that can offer some great tips and advice when needed. They have certainly helped me get where I am with my skills. Smooth sailing on your Enterprise!

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