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Kevin G, January 9 in 1801 - 1850
I got this kit recently, it is my first attempt at a wooden ship, any advice would be gratefully accepted.
First hint would be to start a build log and post a few pics of the unboxing. Read the instructions once-over, inventory the parts -- try to get a sense of how it should come together. Read the threads on hull planking and have a look at some examples in the build logs. Ship Modeling Simplified by Frank Mastini is a good primer if you haven't yet done any reading. Relax and don't be afraid to start cutting and gluing -- everyone is a beginner at some point.
Here are the first pictures of box and contents
the first thing that i have done to the kit is to plank the top surface, which looks like the next photo
after looking through all of the parts listed, i cant find any missing, i just need to sand the edges so they fit flush, and then go on to the next stage , which according to the instructions is to drill holes for masts and the rudder shaft
Chuck Passaro wrote an excellent practicum for building a plank-on-solid-hull model based on Model Shipways' Sultana kit. Your kit is built in the same style. You can view and download the practicum by clicking here.
Have taken your advice and ordered a copy of ship modelling simplified by frank mastini
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