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Hi all,

The name is Nicolas, from France. 

As a present for my mother, who's quite fond of model boats, I decided to venture in the weird waters of model building. 

I foolishly bought the infamous Corel HMS Victory kit for my first trip. Started planking yesterday. Quite the challenge ! 

I have no previous experience in the field, but I remain (reasonably) confident.

Best regards !

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A first rate ship of the line was a significant undertaking for any government of the time.  A model of one involves similar effort on the part of an individual.

Should you begin to feel overwhelmed or discouraged  give some thought to leaving the project on the ways and switching to a much smaller vessel - not smaller in the actual model size - rather a smaller vessel at a larger scale.   When the basics become a familiar skill,  the first rate will seem to present a more shallow slope.

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Thanks all, 

Recently bought a new house so shipyard works slowed down a little...

Yet, the first layer of planking is coming along quite nicely, but not after scrutinizing this website for hours and hours. 

A few mistakes at the stern, but no catastrophe in sight. I hope to get better with second planking, hopefully starting in one month or so. 

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