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My hobbies: beekeeper, painter, model ship maker! It wasnt my goal to get hobbies that rhymed but there you go. Just started my first build which is a pretty straight forward Chesapeake Bay Skipjack by Midwest Products. Really nice kit. Lots of introductions to new techniques, no planking but thats the next model. I wanted something to learn from and to make mistakes on that was not too expensive. Actually most of the cost has not been the model but in all the ancillary items to help me build it (paint, tools, brushes etc)


Thoroughly enjoying this one so far. Customizing it a little with some oars, and some oystering tools. I'd love to make some barrels but am not sure how.


Next up is the sails and that has me stumped. i never thought one would paint the sails with a lacquer. That really threw me sideways. lots of research yet to do




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Barrels,  check the site database  or the online journal for ways to make them.

You can get a dowel that is close to the diameter and use a drill to turn it to the arc cross section shape.

If nothing is closer, there is a Wood Craft in Norwalk that has veneer to cover the dowel plug.

Trying to think of a way to reuse the same plug and assemble the staves.  Best I can come up with is a second dowel that is the diameter of the ends, that the staves can be glued to at either end.  Maybe a band of paper or cardboard as support for the middle.  Cover the ends with veneer.

Come to think of it, just use cardboard instead of veneer, if you are good at painting faux wood.  Or if you have a good graphics program, down load a wood texture from a graphics site and print it on paper.

NRG member 45 years



HMS Centurion 1732 - 60-gun 4th rate - Navall Timber framing

HMS Beagle 1831 refiit  10-gun brig with a small mizzen - Navall (ish) Timber framing

The U.S. Ex. Ex. 1838-1842
Flying Fish 1838  pilot schooner -  framed - ready for stern timbers
Porpose II  1836  brigantine/brig - framed - ready for hawse and stern timbers
Vincennes  1825  Sloop-of-War  -  timbers assembled, need shaping
Peacock  1828  Sloop-of -War  -  timbers ready for assembly
Sea Gull  1838  pilot schooner -  timbers ready for assembly
Relief  1835  ship - timbers ready for assembly


Portsmouth  1843  Sloop-of-War  -  timbers ready for assembly
Le Commerce de Marseilles  1788   118 cannons - framed

La Renommee 1744 Frigate - framed - ready for hawse and stern timbers


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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                             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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Welcome! Midwest models are great first-time projects. I'm not sure about the whole "paint with lacquer" thing for sails (at least I've never done it) -- maybe they're thinking about getting the sail to hold a wind-filled shape? Anyways, I don't think that step is completely necessary. Just remember to give the sail cloth a good ironing to get all the wrinkles out.



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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Greetings Patrick

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


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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