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Hi folks thanks for the site, I'm very impressed.

I'm not new to modelling, I first started as a young fella about 45 years ago, making plastic WW2 aircraft and armour.

I gave for many years while I had my career in the Royal Australian Airforce.

I've left the service and decided to take my hobby back up. I started again on WW2 armour and aircraft with the goal to get my skills up to take on a wooden tall ship. Primarily the ships that have historic importance for Australia.

I mainly work on 1:35 armour and dioramas. My skills with plastic and paint are not first rate but quite good. Friends and family are all impressed, so that's all that matters.

I've recently bought Artesinas Endeavour Long Boat and the Endeavour itself.

I'm using the long boat as a familiarisation to the concepts of wooden ship building. I hope it works out for me.

I've begun the Long boat model and completed the frame and initial decks.

I've now got to shape and round the bow and begin the planking phase. Any advice on this stage, before I stuff it up, would be great.

Anyway, wonderful to be on the site and hope to be part of great hobby group for years to come.

I hope to hear from some of you soon.


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Hey Rod, great you finally made it here! First things first though. Go to the build log page. On there, near the top, you will see a topic called quick find indexes. Click on small craft and scroll down to you find the logs of the kit you are building. Some will be better than others, but everyone who starts a log on a kit is in there. This is a link from my latest build




You will definitely learn heaps here. My first piece of advice however would be, a full blown Endeavour is vastly different and way more difficult than the kit you have chosen to begin with. Anyway, enjoy mate.






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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    

Modern Russian vehicles 1/72


Si vis pacem, para bellum

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Hi, Rod. I'd echo Vossy's remarks. The longboat is a nice and relatively easy intro to wooden modelling, but it's a huge leap from there to the Endeavour herself.


It might be good after finishing the longboat to take on something intermediate in difficulty, perhaps a naval cutter (such as the Cheerful), before moving up to the Endeavour.


In the meantime best of luck and success with the longboat kit. There are certainly build logs for it on the forum to refer to, and the people here are very willing to help with advice and guidance.



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Welcome to MSW, FishRod.   Vossy offered some excellent advice but I'll add one more bit... open a build log.  It'll be the fastest and best way to get and encouragement. 

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

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

                                                                                                                       USS Constellaton (kit bashed to 1854 Sloop of War  _(Gallery) Build Log

                                                                                Wasa (Gallery)

                                                                                                                        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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