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Beginner's build: Bluenose from Amati

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Hello, everyone! I want to get into model ship building and have been doing research for some time now (especially here where everyone has been very helpful!) but I wanted to make sure I'm doing the right thing in choosing the right kit to begin with.


I really like how the Bluenose looks and the history behind it, and I found a kit from Amati that comes with the tools a beginner might need. At $250, this sounds like a good deal. Are they known for having good directions and diagrams? I think that will be very important.


Anyway, I just wanted to see if this is a good kit to start with (a lot of rigging? too much curvature?) for someone with no skills yet but plenty of patience!


Thanks for your help, and happy building!

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And actually, I wondered also if it's worth getting the combo bundle for that price or the ~$75 model and pick up my own tools. If anyone could provide a full list of what I need (I have nothing besides normal household tools!), I could perhaps make a better price comparison.


Many thanks again!


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I don't know what is included in that combo set but I feel like you'd be better off choosing your own tools for the remaining $175 (250-75). I would take a look at some build logs to see if you can get a feel for what tools but you'll most likely need (not inclusive, usually the directions include a recommended list of tools as well which can be a reasonable starting point):

  • #11 hobby knife
  • Various grits of sand paper
  • Assortment of clamps
  • Paint brushes
  • Pin vise
  • Small drill bits
  • Glue (PVA and maybe CA)
  • Painter's tape
  • Paint


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A schooner with sleek hull lines (i.e. not bluff-bowed) is a great beginner project, but I think that the Amati kit is in 1/100 scale if I recall correctly. Some modelers find that a fiddly scale to work in for wood models. As a new modeler, you would probably find 1/64 scale or larger easier to handle.

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I don't know if you have your heart set on a Grand Banker, but have you checked out the new zulu and fifie kits from Vanguard Models? They're designed for beginners and incorporate all the latest design features. 

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