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Here goes build thread number two!


I am continuing to finish out the "hull model" of my Mamoli 1:93 USS Constitution. I'll post photos in that thread as the work continues.


I received my Model Shipways kit yesterday and have been reviewing the plans and contents. I've attached the obligatory box pictures because, well...that's what you do.


Just a couple of brief observations. I didn't realize the quality of the Mamoli product until I started unpacking the MS kit. The hardwood double planking and premium fittings (cannon barrels, carronades, et al) are truly a step above the plain basswood and cast-crap metal included by MS. I'll be looking for a lot of replacement parts. I'm also going to buy hardwoods for second layer hull and deck planking. This makes the bottom layer much more forgiving and wood filler can be used shamelessly. All I see right now is dollar signs!


Don't want to sound negative, though. I'm truly excited to begin the build. I'm going to build it the way I want it to look, which is as close to the current configuration as I can make it. The greatest thing I have going is the wealth of knowledge contained in these build threads. We have some true masters here. I wish I had the brass skills of xken...your bow and ship's boats detail is insane.


Appreciate your input as I go!






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Bryan, will be checking in now and then on your progress. Remember when setting your bulkheads to mark them and use the laser angle cut in your favor fore and aft of the center of the hull. Also if you plan to finish thr gun deck to trim the bulkheads the material thickness of the deck. This is easier to before they are glued in place. Ken :cheers:

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  • 3 weeks later...

I haven't dropped off the planet, just taking time to get to a reasonable stopping point on my 1:93 Mamoli and finally read "A Most Fortunate Ship". Fascinating book.


Speaking of reading, does anyone have a copy of Anatomy of the Ship for the USS Constitution that they would be willing to part with? I check eBay from time to time, but so far, no luck. Any other must-have reference documentation you Constitution experts (Ken, Geoff, et al) recommend before I restart my journey?  





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Hey Brian,  I want you to understand that this Constitution kit is a very hard build. If the kit instructions are all you have, I can see why you are asking the question.


The Anatomy of the ships books are out of print and usually are quite expensive. Keep checking and sometimes you get lucky. I am building my model with the help of Bob Hunt's practicum. I don't think he sells them anymore. I found his practicum very helpful. I did make many of my own changes, but he has the basic's down.


One great thing about MSW is all the build logs this sight has on the Constitution. These build logs can become your BEST friend. If you have any questions, please ask and I know the guys and gals will help you as much as they can. Ken's log is a wealth of knowledge, and will really help you out.  I found the kit plan sheets were my best friend. I feel they are top notch and very helpful. But, remember they are plans for the Constitution as she sits in Boston today. So that is what the kit gives you. One book I found quite helpful was Rigging Period Ship Models by Lennarth Peterson. The book gives many examples of rigging and it works. I would recommend this book to you. 


As you begin your build review the build logs and see how other members did their construction. Try to under stand what they did and how they did it. Take your time and have fun. A lot of my build was done before I joined MSW, but I do have some photos of how I did things. If I can help in any way, just give me a shout and I will try to get you going in the right direction.

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Geoff --


Appreciate your reply and recommendations. I understand the MS Constitution will be more difficult than the Mamoli build I'm wrapping up, but I'm up for the challenge! Sadly, my biggest concern is that (at 59) I've lost the eyesight and dexterity I once considered my comparative advantage. My attention to detail, however, has likely improved. I'm an electrical engineer (manager) and have spent my entire career planning out details.


I can now say I've read through the entirety of several build logs (yours included) and am astonished by the craftsmanship and detail. I know the direction I want this build to go, but I have to set realistic expectations for myself. I want to do a moderate amount of kitbashing and scratchbuilding, but I don't want to get to a point where I become frustrated and discouraged. We both know how that will turn out. The only reason I haven't so much as laid the keel yet is I want to have all of this worked out in my head before I begin.


Again, thanks for your comments. They're appreciated very much.






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Off Hats!


Old Ironsides


Ay, tear her tattered ensign down! 

   Long has it waved on high, 

And many an eye has danced to see 

   That banner in the sky; 

Beneath it rung the battle shout, 

   And burst the cannon’s roar;— 

The meteor of the ocean air 

   Shall sweep the clouds no more! 


Her deck, once red with heroes’ blood 

   Where knelt the vanquished foe, 

When winds were hurrying o’er the flood 

   And waves were white below, 

No more shall feel the victor’s tread, 

   Or know the conquered knee;— 

The harpies of the shore shall pluck 

   The eagle of the sea! 


O, better that her shattered hulk 

   Should sink beneath the wave; 

Her thunders shook the mighty deep, 

   And there should be her grave; 

Nail to the mast her holy flag, 

   Set every thread-bare sail, 

And give her to the god of storms,— 

   The lightning and the gale!

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