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Hello, everyone. I am a semi-retired 67-year old Nevadan and have built Model Airways model aircraft in the past. I am embarking on the Model Shipways brig, Syren. It is, to say the least, an ambitious project but it's also best suited for my tastes and skill sets. I have pored over the threads herein and spent a couple of weeks (literally!) reading the manual provided by Chuck Passaro (my hero).  One question looms:


Is there anything in particular that you can recommend, guide or even warn me about when building this model?  Please let me know!  I am starting the beading lines and bevels in the bulkheads, et al. today. I move slowly.



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Hey howya goin Shaunzy mate, welcome. You didn't win that model at a poker game did you :D:D.


If you look up the top of the page on the right you will see "Articles Database" click on that I suggest for you to go through the "Framing and Planking" section first it will help you out alot and watch these two vids buy a very OLD man, click on "Chuck's planking videos..." title to goto the page.  :bird-vi:

One more thing learn how to bend wood it will help for when you plank your ship, it is also in the "Framing and Planking" section.

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Welcome to MSW! Best advice I can give you is to be sure to take your time, read through the plans and instructions and look ahead clear to end of the build to make sure you know what will be in an area early on. Often times something may be needed for rigging that is not shown on the plans till the rigging pages but is better to install very early for ease of access. Otherwise, keep doing what you are doing in reading the tutorials and build logs, (be sure to start one yourself) and asking questions for guidance.


Best of luck to you and I look forward to seeing your build!

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