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 I am really new. I started out by just thinking that model ships had to be toughso I got a daughter-in-law to buy me an Amazon victory 1:225.  I thought I should just START someplace. 

That caused me to begin  tool research and as I went along I came upon MSW.  While my ideas have shifted I will be starting with something inexpensive and will get ideas. I may not build it. I am completely open to a project. I am 82 years old and I realize my ship building days may be somewhat limited. So I thought I would start with Admiral Nelson (I am an American admirer of the Admiral) and finish with a bigger build.  It was not that surprising to see so many Brits building Victory. 

Right now I am trying to figure out how to organize a mobile shop We live in NH but are in NJ for part of the winter and also travel to Florida for two months. We will also be going to Italy again for a month. 

I stormed ahead and bought a new Dremel 8220-1/28 12-Volt Max Cordless along with the Flex Shaft Rotary Tool Attachment.  My little one will be handy I am sure.

I have worked a lot building furniture and such. I have many tools and am going back to NH tomorrow to get the ones I feel will be useful along with stains and such. I am looking at little plastic storage containers so that I can move stuff.  A big boat probably has to be done in NH for reasons of room but we shall see.  I say these things because I can use all the input possible.  I adore these people that carve things and come ip with ways of doing tasks.  I have built two guitars and understand how you must build jigs and develop innovative ways of accomplishing details of a project. It may be that I will do parts of a ship as I travel.  I will check out Mugje Pickle. I am currently going through the alphabet of all of the Victory builders. I am up to E at this time. I have learned  a great deal and have many notes and references. I apologize for being so lengthy and I want to wish you a great holiday.

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

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

 NRG Hallf Hull Planking Kit                                                                            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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and :sign:

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    


Si vis pacem, para bellum

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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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Welcome Emmet! Have fun building your first model, it will be interesting to see how your mobile workshop will work.



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42 minutes ago, vaddoc said:

Welcome Emmet! Have fun building your first model, it will be interesting to see how your mobile workshop will work.



I agree. I am in the process of making sure my tools and materials are kept ready to move. We use cases for clothes and other stuff.  A major thing is that many tools I may use I have to be sure I take them to theother houses. I often duplicate but this ship thing sis a whole 'nother ball game. I leave for Florida in two weeks.

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And the doctor in back to the future if I remember rightly, welcome aboard


The clerk of the cheque's yacht of sheerness

Current build HMS Sirius (1797) 1:48 scratch POF from NMM plans

HMS Winchelsea by chuck 1:48

Cutter cheerful by chuck 1:48

Previous builds-

Elidir - Thames steam barge

Cutty Sark-Billings boats

Wasa - billings boats

Among others 😁


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This is not really the forum for such talk but, mate, I feel bad about Australia and its fires. Australia has such an amazing contrasts in nature.  While I realize the history of Australia has been full of such tumultuous natural occurrences why now? My best to all down there.

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