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Matt H

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I have always wanted to get into model ship building and now I finally am. I have built plastic models as a kid and as an adult I have built and painted many tabletop miniatures for hobby only, never have played the games, and recently since buying my house 2 years ago I have a small workshop and have gotten into woodworking. I have been working in a hospital where a doctor has built and donated model wooden ships for display all around the hospital, seeing them has inspired me and since I have recently just wrapped up my last woodworking project I thought why not start a ship. So before doing any research I looked on Amazon first, after finding a model that was labeled for beginners I searched around for better pricing and Tower Hobbies had it a bit cheaper and a coupon as well. So I should be receiving the Artesania Latina 1/50 Endeavour Longboat on Tuesday.


I have been doing a lot of research the past few days and while that is still a good kit to start with I have learned a lot just by reading stuff on this website, and have already got a list of some basic tools like files, hemostats, small pliers, cutters, pin vice and bits, tweezers, etc to buy. I will be making a purchase next payday for these tools as well as a few books and I think I will grab the Caldercraft HM Gunboat William as well. I like the appearance of that ship, the opening to the lower deck, and the larger size. Those two should keep me quite busy for quite a while. I look forward to learning more and getting started as soon as all my things arrive. I will likely start with the Endeavour Longboat first and will start a build thread when I begin.



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Completed Builds: Viking Drakkar - Amati - Scale 1:50

                              18th Century Longboat - Model Shipways - Scale 1:48

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Derek C


A man without a goal is like a ship without a rudder --Thomas Carlyle



Current Build


18th Century Whaling Vessel "Lagoda"



Finished Builds

Triton Cross Section by Derek C 1/48 

18th century longboat by Slideways - FINISHED - Model Shipways

18th century longboat by sideways from MS plans

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Hi Matt,



"The shipwright is slow, but the wood is patient." - me

Current Build:                                                                                             
Past Builds:
 La Belle Poule 1765 - French Frigate from ANCRE plans - ON HOLD           Triton Cross-Section   

 NRG Hallf Hull Planking Kit                                                                            HMS Sphinx 1775 - Vanguard Models - 1:64               


Non-Ship Model:                                                                                         On hold, maybe forever:           

CH-53 Sikorsky - 1:48 - Revell - Completed                                                   Licorne - 1755 from Hahn Plans (Scratch) Version 2.0 (Abandoned)         



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Welcome to MSW Matt! Good to have you with us and I wish you the best starting out. Be sure to start up a build log and I look forward to seeing your work.

"A Smooth Sea NEVER made a Skilled Sailor"
- John George Hermanson 



Current Builds - Royal Louis - Mamoli

                    Royal Caroline - Panart

Completed - Wood - Le Soleil Royal - Sergal - Build Log & Gallery

                                           La Couronne - Corel - Build Log & Gallery

                                           Rattlesnake - Model Shipways, HMS Bounty - Constructo

                           Plastic - USS Constitution - Revel (twice), Cutty Sark.

Unfinished - Plastic - HMS Victory - Heller, Sea Witch.

Member : Nautical Research Guild



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