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Gidday David and another warm welcome from the Land Downunder.

Do you have a model in mind or a preference for period or class of ship?

It is always worthwhile looking at the myriad build logs on this site for inspiration.

You will find a wealth of knowledge and a lot of encouragement here.

I wish you all the best in your endeavours.


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Welcome! You're never too old to ship model. I'm 80 and still love it. You're going to love this website. The help you get here is worth a fortune if you had to pay for it.

Good luck

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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 - ON HOLD           Triton Cross-Section   

 NRG Hallf Hull Planking Kit                                                                            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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Hi there, just joined but been building my Mamoli HMAV (HMS) Bounty since Christmas 1998, don’t want to rush things.

Job changes, house moves and now retirement all played a part in building this super model. Here’s a photo taken yesterday am about to start the rigging. Instructions in Italian doesn’t help.


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Thank you all for your warm welcome!  My first ship of choice is the AL Viking. I have just begun to smooth out the hull and stern. For my fellow Brit's I first became interested in ships when I lived in Appledore , North Devon. Our flat was across the street from the shipyard where the replica of the Golden Hind was being built.



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Welcome aboard David.


Have you started a build log yet? That is the easiest way to get help and the best way to help others who might come behind you. By the way I pretty much started at 60 so it is really never too late.


Best of luck to you

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I'm a BIG fan of Model Shipways because they have graded kits but will also send you parts if you goof up. Keep all of your documentation so you can request parts. They are a friendly, more family oriented business. Buy tools as you need them. Sometimes it pays to do the same kit twice to rehearse your skills. Things get too intense, walk away for a day. 

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Greetings and :722972270:

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    


Si vis pacem, para bellum

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