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Hello, everyone!


I have always been fascinated by model ships and boats. There are a couple on my shelf for decoration, but I never built one myself. I have time to do it now, and thought I'd give it a try. I just bought a wooden kit and I'm starting building today.


I have read some posts here, and it seems like this might be the nicest, most polite and helpful forum on the internet! 


Anyway, I'm Stickyfinger 😊

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Welcome aboard!


We do hope that one day soon you'll feel comfortable enough here to let us in on your real name. Perhaps we can call you 'SF' for short in the interim? When you get around to building your model, feel free to start a build log in the 'Build Logs for SHIP MODEL KITS' section (be sure to read the pinned topics there). We look forward to seeing your project and wish you every success on the road to completing it.



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Hello, welcome aboard. This is a great site with lots of knowledgeable and helpful folk. What kit are you working on?

My one bit of advice to all new builders is to check your local library system (my wife's a librarian) for Frank Mastini's "Ship Modeling Simplified," which I think is a great book that is good to have on hand when you are building. I see it's listed on Amazon as costing less than $10 if you go through alternative sellers. It does a really good job of laying out in clear language and illustrations a step-by-step approach to building wooden ship models. 


Of course, this site is also a great resource, and I don't think I've yet seen someone ask a question that wasn't answered by someone who knew what they were doing.


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Gidday Stickyfinger and another warm welcome from the Land Downunder.

You have found a site where the members have a wealth of knowledge and expertise and freely share both.

I would like to suggest a search of the build logs for your particular ship.

If no log exists I believe it is worthwhile to see other modellers work as you gain an understanding of the processes involved.

Also remember to ask questions as and when you become unsure of how to proceed.

I second the recommendation, Post#4, to "Dry fit and measure twice".

I wish you all the best in your build.


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Thank you, guys! I'm building the San Juan cutter from Artesania Latina as my first build. I will try to get a build log going. I usually do a terrible job following up on forums, but I will give it a try.


Started cutting and dry fitting last night. Today I'm going to the store to buy some clamps and other necessities. This is going to be fun!


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Stickyfinger:  I just became a member last fall and it has been wonderful getting such good advice and encouragement from people all over the world on the subject of model boat building.  I'm in the middle of my second build, and hope I can do many more during my lifetime.  Best of luck to you.


Finished build: Portland Paddle Wheel Steamer by Bluejacket

Build in Progress: Cutty-Sark-by-Mantua-Sergal


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