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About to start my first wooden ship- the Rattlesnake. Over the last 50 years I've built 3 sailing ships that I can remember. My first was the Golden Hind(no rigging and given to my grandmother). The next two were plastic 1:96 scale. Not sure what happened to the first and can't really remember how far along I got. I was a teenager with lots going on. The second was a few years after I got married to a woman with cats. One of them loved to play in the rigging. :( 

Now I plan on learning with the Rattlesnake and then I'll do one more Constitution. One thing I'm thinking about for the Rattlesnake is a diorama. I see few models of sailing vessels displayed this way. It's something to consider.

One thing I do plan on doing before I start the Constitution is to go up and actually see it in MA. Not sure if my wife and daughter-in-law will go but my son said we could go for a couple of days. 

I don't plan on putting a build log on here, mainly I doubt if there's anything I could show you guys besides my mistakes, but who knows down the road. 

When I ordered my the kit from Model Expo, I had a chance to talk the the guy there and he directed my to this site. Seemed like a real nice guy and I'm glad he sent me here.

Looking forward to the experience.

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Welcome to MSW from another Missourian. I'd suggest that you do start a build log, as that's the primary way you'll be able to get help and advice from others. It's not really about "showing off", more about providing a clear documentation of what you've done so others can better follow along and help you. I also find that maintaining a log, while sometimes time-consuming, is also a really good motivational factor for keeping at the project. Having to think about and write up what I'm doing also serves as a self-fulfilling form of problem-solving.

 

In any case, good luck with your Rattlesnake!

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Welcome to MSW from a fellow Missourian.  Rattlesnake is a very nice looking model you should enjoy that.  If you do make the trip to Boston to see Constitution be sure to go for more than a couple of days, there are so many great museums to see in New England.  I did about a two week trip a few years ago and had a blast.  Good luck with your Rattlesnake build!

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Thanks for the welcome guys. As for the trip to Boston- time is the main issue. My son and I can only spare a few. He's saving as much of his vacation as he can for his upcoming honeymoon and I'm saving what I can for my trip to see my older son. We're thinking we can squeeze in a few days for this trip though. I work three twelves at the moment leaving me four days off a week so I think I can do a two day trip. One day for the ship and one for the museum. There's a lot more to see, I know, but I do what I can. Actually, going to Boston for any amount of time is pretty good for a paranoid old curmudgeon like me.  lol

Leonard

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