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I just joined this past weekend as result of the last printing of Ships In Scale.  A big thank you for the copy of the NRJ that was sent to SIS  subscribers.  I read the accompanying letter and plans of the Journal.  I am glad to see the commitment to beginner modelers.  I may be more intermediate...I don't know the 'qualifications' that define these categories.  However, I am sure I will benefit from associating with this group.  


By profession, I am a technical trainer for an global manufacturer.  But I can see the light at the end of my career tunnel is not an oncoming train.  I plan on retiring (next year) after what will be 47 years in the work force (and for the same company).  As preparation for retirement, I decided one of my hobbies will include building models (along with gardening and 3D CGI art).  So, I have been buying models, building (IMHO) a decent library around things nautical, and learning some new skills.  (I have a few cars, a couple of military models and such in the collection, but my direction will be towards wooden ship models.)


As for my model ship history?  As a young child, my dad and I built various models (car, planes and ships).  My favorite was Revell's USS Missouri - mainly because of the impressive detail (for a 10-year-old) in that model.  I moved the completed model with the family and the model survived until my brother took one of my jet plane models and performed a kamikaze attack.  Another copy of that model is in my closet to be built again because, in part, those memories.  Also, because I toured the ship now berthed at Pearl Harbor.  (She is an impressive lady.)  


I read with interest Chris' cautionary tale to beginners.  Like he points out, 'real life' (RL) got in the way of my hobbies.  As Chris' thread warns, I bit off more than I could chew (attempting a plank on frame of the Golden Hind).  I admitted to my blunder and re-evaluated my direction.  I realized I needed to learn some new skills. To that end, I have managed to complete a 'weekend kit' from Midwest (Dinghy), attended a workshop at the NC Maritime Museum (Beaufort, NC) and built a half hull (lift method - NC Shad Boat - finished and hanging on the wall). I may rephotograph those and post them to the gallery in a few weeks.


RL still curtailed my hobby though and I do have a couple other 'unfinished' models in the closet. But I have a plan and have been working towards getting into building ship models.  I look forward to associating more with the forums (and other hobbies) as retirement approaches.  And in case you didn't gather from this thread, I can be quite verbose.  But I plan to be active, so you may have to learn to get used to long posts from me.  






Robert Chenoweth


Current Build: Maine Peapod; Midwest Models; 1/14 scale.


In the research department:

Nothing at this time.


Completed models (Links to galleries): 

Monitor and Merrimack; Metal Earth; 1:370 and 1:390 respectively.  (Link to Build Log.)

Shrimp Boat; Lindbergh; 1/60 scale (as commission for my brother - a tribute to a friend of his)

North Carolina Shad Boat; half hull lift; scratch built.  Scale: (I forgot).  Done at a class at the NC Maritime Museum.

Dinghy; Midwest Models; 1/12 scale

(Does LEGO Ship in a Bottle count?)


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Welcome aboard from another shipmate from downunder. 


Cheers........ Fernando 🍻


Current Builds - Colonial Brig Perseverance 1807 by Fernando E - Modellers Shipyard - 1:48 scale


Previous Builds - 

S Lucia by Fernando E - Panart - Scale 1:30

Sloop Norfolk 1798 by Fernando E - Modellers Shipyard - Scale 1:36 


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Welcome, and greetings from 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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"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!! Great to have you with us and best wishes on your future builds! Happy modeling!

"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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