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Hello All;


I'm Steve, I'm 71 and retired from a career in semi-conductor equipment maintenace, living and loving life in Columbus, Indiana.


In the late 1990's I decided that I wanted to build ship models as a retirement hobby.  At that time I decided to start buying kits and supplies while I was still working and had good discretionary income.  All of my kits were purchased from Model Expo in 1997 and 1998,  and most of my tools came from them and Micro-Mark.


Midway between retiring (involuntarily) and buying my inventory, while living in San Diego, I discovered gold prospeecting and mining.  Between that time (2005) and moving to Columbus, I had one thing on my mind - gold - and finding El Dorado.  The subject of models arose only when I had to pack them up to move with my job, or when my wife would ask if I was ever going to start making them.  My search for gold took me to magical places in the western mountains and deserts, I never found El Dorado, most always found some gold, and always delighted in the wild places I traveled to - especially those places that were beyond cell phone range.  Our move to Indiana in 2016 brought an end to my mining adventures and allowed my model ship building to finally begin.


I've completed Model Shipway's Phantom and am currently working on Artesania Latina's Le Renard which I will start a build log on itsoon.


The level of craftsmanship that I see displayed in the build logs is beyond impressive and I'm happy to be in the company of such skilled model makers.



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Welcome to MSW

Nice model and a lovely cat 

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 aboard! I'm a transplanted Californian, most recently from Mariposa in the heart of the mother lode, but grew up in Humboldt County with frequent backpacking trips into the mining country of Trinity and Siskiyou Counties, so I'm quite familiar with seeing dredgers at work. Your Phantom looks very nice!

Chris Coyle
Greer, South Carolina

When you have to shoot, shoot. Don't talk.
- Tuco

Current builds: Brigantine Phoenix

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