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Welcome to MSW, Gremreeper1967.  I hope you'll start a build log so we can follow along.

"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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Welcome to the site!  Do you have pics of the long boat? It is a beautiful kit.  It seems Amati makes some real nice kits as well.

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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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Nicely done!

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

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


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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very nice indeed!  I haven't built mine yet as planking has frightened me thus far.  I love the rigging on this boat as well, great job.

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One could use a matte varnish, but, I'd suggest you consider a single coat of clear shellac. It will dry much faster than any varnish and leave no gloss on the wood, unless you let it puddle up on the surface. Matte varnishes can be tricky. The flattening agent is basically "dust" and it settles in the contaiiner. If it is not fully stirred before application (and after, if you are taking your time,) and the flattening agent settles, taking varnish from the top of the can can result in a gloss finish. Shellac cleans up with alcohol and is totally non-toxic. Alcohol fumes are harmless. Varnish will provide a more durable finish, but the surface of a model won't be getting a lot of abrasion in use, so that doesn't matter. Shellac is also a lot cheaper than varnish and, given the synthetic varnishes not being sold, we know shellac is an archival material, while the modern varnish coatings may not be.


Besides, if you don't like the shellac, you can varnish over it. Shellac over varnish, not so much.

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