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Hi my name is Borden

I have worked as a professional photographer, artist and also I am a journeyman carpenter.

Have built many models plastic, metal and wood the current one is a "big step up for me".

Having a lot of fun reading on this sight, planning the project, doing museum research, going to ship wrecks and getting new tools to make success a reality.  

Turns out do not need some of the tools thought would be good, but have learned I do need others that are not in my kit.

My carpentry tools and photographic equipment will get some use when the project is ready to progress past the acquisition stage.

Hello from Ontario, Canada

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Welcome to MSW, Borden. 


If you'll go to our database, here:  http://modelshipworldforum.com/ship-modeling-articles-and-downloads.php  there's a topic about tools and materials.  When you're ready, feel free to start a build log as it's the best way to make friends and get help.

"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 to the site!  Local 7 plumbers and pipefitter here in Albany, New York.  What model do you think you’ll start with?

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Welcome to MSW 

Current builds;

 Henry Ramey Upcher 1:25

Providence whaleboat- 1:25     HMS Winchelsea 1764 1:48 


HM Cutter Sherbourne- 1:64- finished    Triton cross section scratch- 1:60 - finished 

Non ship:  SBD-3 Dauntless 1:48 Hasegawa -FINISHED



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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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Phoenix, AZ

Current builds;

Previous builds, in rough order of execution;
Shipjack, Peterbrough Canoe, Flying Fish, Half Moon, Britannia racing sloop, Whale boat, Bluenose, Picket boat, Viking longboat, Atlantic, Fair American, Mary Taylor, half hull Enterprise, Hacchoro, HMS Fly, Khufu Solar Boat.

On the shelf; Royal Barge, Jefferson Davis.

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Hi Borden and welcome to MSW. From your introduction it seems you've already decided on a model to make. Do you have any type of ship or time period you're particularly interested in?  There's  lots of choice available, from steel battleships to ships of the line to rowing boats. All good fun, all interesting. Sometimes too much choice available - like a kid in a candy shop.


Don't forget to begin a build log when you get started - you'll get lots of encouragement and helpful tips from fellow members.  And have a look at other people's build logs. Often problems that you encounter in your build have already been solved in someone else's log.


Anyhow, welcome again. I look forward to seeing your progress.



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