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Hi everyone, my name is Bob and I live in the great state of Missouri where our motto is "Show Me", really, no kidding it is. Kind of goes with this forum, don't you think?


Anyway, I'm a mechanical engineer that's a whisker away from retirement. I've looked at wood ship modeling several times in the past and found the hobby very attractive. I have no experience with wood ship modeling but have restored a 77 MGB from stem to stern (so to speak).


So, with retirement just around the corner, I'm looking at getting into the hobby. I've been reading threads and watching videos. Sometimes I get excited and can't wait to lay a keel and add some ribs and then later, I see some of the delicate intricate work being done and say Wow, you think you can do that? 


I have ordered, as suggested on this site, Mastini's Ship Modeling Simplified and Mondfeld's Historic Ship Models.

I'm thinking about ordering Model Shipways 18th Century Longboat starter kit with tools 1:48 scale for my first project. What do you think about that? I would like to follow that with the Bluenose. 


With warm regards,

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Sounds like you are a man with a plan. I think Model Shipways is great because they will replace properly identified parts/pieces you may mess up. And yes, they do answer their own phone.

BTW I spent a number of years in the Hoosier(who's your family) state known as Indiana.

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Me too.  If we had enough of us within driving distance of each other we could get a club going.  I live in the middle of the state east to west, on the southern border, between Gainsville and West Plains.  about 2 hours south of Springfield

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Gidday Bob and another warm welcome from the Land Downunder.

Good choice re the two books. I also think your choice of model is a good place to start. I would encourage you to ask questions when and if you are unsure of anything. Most members here are willing to share their knowledge and expertise. 

I wish you all the best in your endeavours,


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Thanks everyone for the warm welcome.

To answer Doug's question, I'm about 40 miles west of St Louis.


I haven't received my books yet, but have been reading through some of the builds.

When you guys are talking about putting in the nails on planking to the bulkheads, exactly how is that done? 

Is there instruction on how to do that within the model kits?

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