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Very pleased to have found this site.  Found so much helpful information as a guest that it was a "no brainer" to become a member.

I am Dave, a retired structural engineer in the Minneapolis area.  Well, actually semi-retired.  I am one of the original founding members and the new leaders won't let me leave yet.  But I am now a part time "worker bee" rather than a executive, so I spend most of my time at the coffee machine complaining about the bosses like the rest of the employees.

I recently finished my first model, Corel's Ranger Revenue Cutter.  It took about 2 years and I was pleased with it.  I found it to be a good beginner model since the instructions were more of a "cookbook" step by step procedure.  I am now starting Model Shipway's Fair American and will be watching and reviewing the build logs.  I know that this will be much more challenging.

I am not much of a TV watcher, but I do record the various sporting events, avoid the scoreboard listing in the paper or on-line, and then play the game back in the evenings while I work on the model.  Small successes in the model building help me relax and escape the eventual disappointment of our dismal Minnesota sports teams.

I do most of the model building in the winter months. (It is, after all, Minnesota where indoor activities are preferred.)  My wife escapes to Gulf Shores, Alabama from January to March, but I stay here to take care of my dogs and quite honestly, I don't really mind the winters.  It sort of resolves the "How can I miss you if you never go away?" syndrome.  But she "allows" me to come visit her every couple of weeks which is a fun reunion for both of us.  But in between visits and part-time work I plod away on the model, taking my time to get things right and avoiding whenever possible having to back up several steps.

So, I'm looking forward to making progress on the Fair American and reviewing and researching topics and ideas on the website.  Thanks, in advance for the helpful information that I will be finding.


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Welcome to MSW Dave.  Be sure to start a build log of your Fair American.


Kurt Van Dahm






Nautical Research & Model Ship Society of Chicago

Midwest Model Shipwrights

North Shore Deadeyes

The Society of Model Shipwrights

Butch O'Hare - IPMS

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Welcome to MSW

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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Welcome to MSW Dave! Great to have you with us and good luck to you on your Fair American!

"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 Dave! You are certainly in the right place.

The British winter is starting here. It usually lasts 3 years. Too bad I do mind winters...

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Welcome aboard Dave. +1 on the build log it is the best way to get help while giving a little back at the same time.

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