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Hi, I'm just discovering model ship building. I was listening to the Aubrey-Maturin series for my second time, and looking up cat-harpings to see what they were, and I came across the world of model shipbuilding. Intrigued, I read through the practicums for one of the Model Shipways models, and here I am joining the forum! I don't know exactly what I'm going to tackle for my first one, I've got a baby due in three weeks so I might not have enough time just now. Looking forward to lurking around here and getting advice so that when I do start, I can hit the ground running.


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Welcome to Model Ship World


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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"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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Gidday Adamjoyce and another warm welcome from the Land Downunder.

Congratulations on the imminent arrival.

One suggestion to consider, search through the various build logs to see which type, era or class of ship appeals to you.

You will see how the various pitfalls have been overcome and may get a better understanding of what is entailed.

It can be quite daunting and expensive choosing a kit. There is a  lot of advice on first time kits on the site.

You will find a wealth of knowledge and expertise here and I encourage you to ask questions.

I wish you all the best in your endeavours.


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Greetings, and welcome to MSW.

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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