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Hello everybody, 


I'm a newbie (real name Neil) to wooden model shipbuilding...with a few plastic aircraft under my belt.


My Dad has made a few wooden ships but due to poor health is unable to complete a model of HMS Diana (not sure what manufacturer but it's about 1 metre long) he started 40 years ago. Aside from an interest in all things nautical I would like to do this justice for him and complete it... (masts and rigging are remaining to be done).


For my first project I'm building the Caldercraft HM Schooner Ballahoo and plan to post some photos of my build in a log. I'm glad I found this forum as after reviewing some completed build logs I've discovered that Ive already made what might be a couple of rookie mistakes... so hoping to learn from the wealth of experience on here!


I'm a Brit based in Belgium by the way.

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Hello Neil,


Welcome to MSW.  Diana is probably the same manufacturer as your Ballahoo unless it's the Spanish Diana frigate.  ;)   I hiope you'll start a log as it's the best way to meet folks and get help when you need it.

"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 Neil from NZ way down under!

I feel a little bit of kindred spirit with you because my current project is restoration of a ship model built by an 11 year-old  Uncle a year or so before 1900, and I am treating it as a memorial to him.  He served in big square riggers from age about 15, then went off to WWI in 1915, survived that but died in Cologne of the 'flu' while on occupational force duties.  

I am certain you'll enjoy MSW and wish you ssvery success. 

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Welcome to MSW Neil! Good to have you with us! Best of luck to you with your Ballahoo. I will echo others on here by saying to be sure to start up a build log for help. 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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Welcome to MSW Neil,

And greetings from a Belgian living in Belgium ;)

Regards, Patrick


Finished :  Soleil Royal Heller 1/100   Wasa Billing Boats   Bounty Revell 1/110 plastic (semi scratch)   Pelican / Golden Hind  1/45 scratch

Current build :  Mary Rose 1/50 scratch

Gallery Revell Bounty  Pelican/Golden hind 1/45 scratch

To do Prins Willem Corel, Le Tonnant Corel, Yacht d'Oro Corel, Thermopylae Sergal 


Shore leave,  non ship models build logs :  

ADGZ M35 funkwagen 1/72    Einhets Pkw. Kfz.2 and 4 1/72   Autoblinda AB40 1/72   122mm A-19 & 152mm ML-20 & 12.8cm Pak.44 {K8 1/2} 1/72   10.5cm Howitzer 16 on Mark. VI(e)  Centurion Mk.1 conversion   M29 Weasel 1/72     SAM6 1/72    T26 Finland  T26 TN 1/72  Autoprotetto S37 1/72     Opel Blitz buses 1/72  Boxer and MAN trucks 1/72   Hetzer38(t) Starr 1/72    


Si vis pacem, para bellum

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