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Hi everyone,

 

I'm so excited to be here, I am purchasing an old dusty Corel SM23 HMS VICTORY unopened kit second hand from a chap in Australia.

 

This will be my first wooden ship build, and I am looking forward to refining and developing my skills as I undertake this epic challenge. A good friend of mine who is a semi-retired boat builder gave me the idea, he bought a HMS ENDEAVOUR a few years back and had never got around to building it. It was by chance he mentioned it one day and I was curious about wooden ship models so started to  check out the models online.

 

I fell immediately in love with the detailed pictures of various ship builds, and as luck would have it found a great deal on the HMS VICTORY.

 

So tommorrow I am laying down some cash to buy my first kit.

 

I have read two Corel HMS Victory builds thus far and am looking forward to reading some more as part of my research into this fine art. There are lots of great images of the HMS Victory in Portsmouth which I am looking at and am planning on tweaking the model a bit to be as close to the real thing as possible. I think I may try various colored stains to bring out the wood grain in various colors instead of painting the hull. Such as the yellow and black where the rows cannons are located. I'd also like to try wood carving some details as well as sourcing the amazing Caldercraft decorations you can find.

 

So keep an eye out for my build blog and feel free to chime in with any advice or comments.

 

Regards,

 

Marcus

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Welcome to MSW Marcus! Best of luck to you on your Victory build. I will keep my eye out for your log and look forward to following along. :)  

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Hi Marcus,

 

Welcome to MSW.   If I may be so bold, may I suggest you start with something a bit simpler?  The Victory is a large and complex build.  Some kits are better than others as to instructions and kit quality.  I"ve noticed over the years that probably 90 to 95% of new builder who start off with a large model like Victory never finish so that's why I"m offering the advise.  No matter what you decide, you'll find support here.  I do suggest you read the various tutorials such at the planking tutorials in the Kit area and those in the Database as they will go a long way in helping you to complete your model.

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It's nice to receive so many likes and friendly responses :)

 

I have a friend to recommend to this site, and will not hesitate to let him know. He has a HMS Endeavour to build, and we are thinking of starting a local ship building club.

 

mtaylor: Yes, however I am pretty stubborn... lol... I have an ambition to complete this model over 3 years :)

 

Also the Corel HMS Victory SM23 1:98 kit was only AUD$250 (as new), which was only 1/3 of the normal retail cost.

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Marcus, 

Then I'd say go for it.  I do understand stubborn.  The first kit I bought (and it was the second one I built) was the Billings' Vasa.  After opening the box, I said "whoops" and bought a brig from AL.  Between the two of them I learned a lot.  This was before MSW so I did a lot of pounding my head on the workbench.

 

It can be done.  Just do a build log, ask for help when you need it and you'll do well.

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indeed, thanks for the advice.

 

My first thought was to buy a Billings Boat Lilla Dan (a much simpler build). I liked the sail configuration and went hunting for one to buy.

 

Lilla Dan.jpg

Lilla Dan

 

 

Thats when I found the HMS Victory by Corel SM23 1:98 for a cheaper price !!!

 

And I thought... what the heck

 

Other newbies managed to build one ok, and there is heaps of help on here with seasoned wooden boat builders. And I have alot of time available over the next few years.

 

I do have other projects, I just completed upgrading my mountain bike to electric and I built my own lithium battery for that. There's also a caravan I've gutted and restoring... so I have lots to keep my mind occupied if one project gets overwhelming. :)

 

Build log started here : 

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Posted (edited)

Thanks Mark :)

 

I think you are the first Aussie to welcome me aboard... (besides Jim that is).

 

10th POST... now for my signature !

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Welcome to a 'nautical news site'! Here is the latest in information on how they do that in the model ship building. See something interesting? Copy the name and do a You Tube search. Never know what you can find. Yesterday I was 69 and received my Model Shipways Bedford whaleboat as a present to myself. Loaded with the stuff of model builders.

BTW and not to be forgotten the Australians' contribution to D-Day in all services. Looking forward to the battles for the Pacific. Who would have thought its the moslems who 'conquer' the islands.

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11 hours ago, DarkAngel said:

Thanks Mark :)

 

I think you are the first Aussie to welcome me aboard... (besides Jim that is).

Allow me to be the 3rd then - Welcome from a couple of hours North :) .

 

Danny

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