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It is time to pressure that little dream I have had since my high school years….to build Wooden Ships!


After 22 years in the Air Force, marriage and then the transitioning back into civilian life one of my goal was to return to model building.  I started backing into plastic kits since that was what I had built mostly in my early years. I focused on Armor and some Aircraft here and there but always in the back of my mind was that little dream of wooden ships….and then in August (2017) my wife and I took trip to Boston.  As most of you have undoubtedly guessed we paid a visit to the USS Constitution and that little dream is now becoming a reality.  With the support of my wife I decided to move from the world of plastic kits (but not totally away) and begin the long and hopefully enjoyable journey into the world of tall ships and wooden hulls. With the first steps beginning here. 


But first things first….lots of reading and lots of questions and then some more reading and research.  My hope is to select my first subject and begin the framing process by the end of year (2017). This will be the only deadline I plan to impose upon myself as the learning of a new skill set will require a significant time investment. So for now it’s over to the “Database of Articles and Downloads” and “For Beginners -- A Cautionary Tale” to start my reading. Lastly I would like to say Thank You in advance to everyone for the sound advice, honest answers and constructive criticisms that I hope receive….so…Thank You.

I’m looking forward to this journey into the world of tall and elegant ships.    


Best Regards

Eric Rains

Vancouver, Wa, USA    

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Hiya Eric and welcome to the site.

Sounds like you have a good perspective on what you want to achieve and a healthy respect for this intricate hobby. If I can offer one piece of advice, chose a model that appeals to your eye the most. One you could stare at for a good long while when it's complete. Oh, and take your time. I guess that's two pieces of advice...

Anyhow, you're off on the right foot, having found this site. I wish you many happy hours of building!



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Eric & Al - I am the president of the Puget Sound Ship Modelers. We meet monthly in the Seattle area. Occasionally we meet in the Foss Seaport Museum in Tacoma. we have members as far east as Idaho. You are welcome to drop me a line and I will add you to our mailing list. We also have a significant collection of tools, book, & wood for dues paying members. Send me an email address and I will get you connected. Also Eric there used to be a club in Portland. I am not sure they are still active.

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My son retires from the Air Force next July after 20 years so CONGRATS! Did basic at Ft. Lewis in '71. 

Enjoy what I believe is the besy hoby/life interest in the world. Do not forget You Tube for builders info. Google the kit you are attempting and let 'er rip. I started with Model Expo because they will replace parts I might ruin in the building. I bought online a wood garage kit, real wood, and built it for my grandson. He love4d it but couldn't take it woith to Korea where his dad is stationed. 

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