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Good Afternoon All,

My Name is Ruben. I reside in Beautiful Sunny Southern California. I am a beginner when it comes to Wooden Models. I built quite a few plastic ones in the very distant past, never any wooden ones. I have always admired the wooden Tall Ship Models at various shows and museums and have always wanted to give them a go. I found this site and I think it is fantastic. I purchased the 18th Century English Longboat based on Model Expo’s description of it being a good starter kit. After reading several of the build logs for this boat I am feeling a bit intimidated. However, I will press on and complete it as best I can. I look forward to the gift of all the knowledge and Wisdom you all provide here.


Thank you in advance,


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The Longboat is a pretty popular build.  That means there is a 'boatload' of tip tricks and pitfalls documented here on the site.  Lots of people willing to help. Looking forward to you build.


Shipwrights of Central Ohio


Current Build: ...

Completed Builds: Queen Anne Barge - SyrenPinnace - MSHalifax 1768 - LSSMurrelet - PygmySwift 1805 - AL 

Future Builds: Surly (because i'm definitely not so Cheerful), Echo cross-section.....


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Hi, Reuben. You should try to make it over to one of the meetings of the Ship Modelers Association in Fullerton. You'll find them very welcoming and helpful. Tell them Chris sent you!

Chris Coyle
Greer, South Carolina

When you have to shoot, shoot. Don't talk.
- Tuco

Current builds: Macchi C.200 Saetta

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Hi Ruben,


Have you looked into the Ship Modelers' Association that meets in Fullerton? I don't think they're terribly far from you and there's a lot of great talent there. I recommend making one of their meetings. I maintain a membership with the group, but I live in Northern California, so I've never made one of their meetings.

Together with this site, I think you'll get lots of good help and inspiration on on your ship model project. You can find their website at http://shipmodelersassociation.org.





Clare Hess

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Thanks for all the plugs for our club guys. You would really benefit from attending a few meetings. We meet  on the third Wednesday of every month. at the Red Cross Building near Fullerton College. In addition to the up close personal help we have a table at the back that sells books and things that have been donated by other members for pennies on the dollar. We also have an auction once a year where you can pick up models, books, tools and equipment. If you go on line to http://www.shipmodelersassociation.org/index.html You can see the latest newsletter and get a feel of what the meetings are like. We usually have 30 or 40 people at each meeting. My contact information is on the first page of the newsletter if you have any questions. I'm in Rome right now but will be back in a week.

Current build: US Brig Syren (MS)


Larry Van Es

Former President


Ship Modelers Association

Fullerton California



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Welcome to MSW Ruben :dancetl6:

I am also new at the hobby ,and the longboat kit was my first build also. And my second build as well lol I wanted to try my hand at a scratch build . This site is full of helpful members and informative forums make sure to check  them out 

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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Welcome aboard Ruben,


I am new to MSW and the hobby as well. There are lots of helpful talented shipbuilders here that's for sure. Good luck with your build!

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