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Keith Martin

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Building: 1:64 HMS Revenge (Victory Models plans)

1:64 Cat Esther (17th Century Dutch Merchant Ships)

On the building slip: 1:72 French Ironclad Magenta (original shipyard plans)


On hold: 1:98 Mantua HMS Victory (kit bash), 1:96 Shipyard HMS Mercury


Favorite finished builds:  1:60 Sampang Good Fortune (Amati plans), 1:200 Orel Ironclad Solferino, 1:72 Schooner Hannah (Hahn plans), 1:72 Privateer Prince de Neufchatel (Chapelle plans), Model Shipways Sultana, Heller La Reale, Encore USS Olympia


Goal: Become better than I was yesterday


"The hardest part is deciding to try." - me

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I am a very newbie and I would say that the best instructions I have seen are on this site in the form of building logs, with them you can answer your own questions, most of the time!  Midwest although I believe out of production has great step by step instructions.  Model shipways has good instructions and great plans/drawings...and a few kits have practicums by chuck which make things even clearer.   Bluejacket has good instructions, but the photos could be better quality.  Best of luck!

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I can also say that Model Shipways has good instructions, although I can't speak for every model, but those designed by Chuck Passaro have had good instructions. I made the 18th Century Longboat and am working on the Syren. They also let you see the instructions on their website. Go to a product page and there should be an Instructions and Parts list tab, you'll find .pdf files of the instructions there, at least for most of the models.



Completed Builds: Viking Drakkar - Amati - Scale 1:50

                              18th Century Longboat - Model Shipways - Scale 1:48

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The concept of best is pretty much iffy for the most part for the older companies. But, I'd look at some the newer companies like Syren Model Company (the owner is a admin here) and Vanguard Models (the owner is on this site also).  You find banner ads for both on the lower right of the front page.



"The shipwright is slow, but the wood is patient." - me

Current Build:                                                                                             
Past Builds:
 La Belle Poule 1765 - French Frigate from ANCRE plans                             Triton Cross-Section   

                                                                                                                       USS Constellaton (kit bashed to 1854 Sloop of War  _(Gallery) Build Log

                                                                                Wasa (Gallery)

                                                                                                                        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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