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Capt. Mike

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Good morning all. On this snowy day in Massachusetts, I am tackling my first-ever ship model.


I am 55 now and built my last models in my early teens (Revel and Monogram models of WW2 tanks, battleships and planes). So it's been a while since I had to pick Testors model glue off the pads of my fingers. Fortunately in the 40 years since then I helped build and now operate a traditional gaff-rigged schooner. So at least I know how these things go together, and what they're supposed to look like, in the real world. If I lacked that knowledge, I think I might find even the very simple model I have chosen (novice kit of YANKEE HERO from Bluejacket) to be overwhelming.


That's not to say my first model won't be my last, as Chris Coyle warned in his excellent post, but I'm jumping in today! Wish me luck.


Capt. Mike


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Welcome!  I agree, good start!

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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Good start, Mike.  I hope you'll do a build log.

"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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Welcome mike!  I’ve gotten about 20” of snow so far and they are saying snow for a few more hours.  

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Hi Mike,

You will get all the encouragement in the world here and great advice as well.  Welcome to the team, you just picked up thousands of new friends, and advisors!!



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Thanks for all the support and encouragement :)


I have in fact started a build log for YANKEE HERO, not that I expect anybody but utter novices to learn anything from it!


If I have learned anything in my first two days it was that reading the instructions all the way through BEFORE STARTING was a great idea, and reading them again and again is an even better one.

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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    

Modern Russian vehicles 1/72


Si vis pacem, para bellum

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