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Just like to say hello as I have just joined the forum.

I have been building 1/35th plastic armour kits for ages and wanted a change.

During the lockdown in the UK I bought a Victory models Lady nelson kit to try my hand at.

Sorry to say that I have not started the kit, to me its not a great beginners kit? Manual gives little guidance. Also I was surprised by the MDF hull ribs?

So I have left this kit till I know more about building.


So my first question is, is there a brand that as the best build manual,for a novice? I am looking to buy another kit that is more suited. The Lady nelson was a good size. Do not want something to small. Also do not want something with solid hull or little work.


Any tips on brands and info kit recommendation would be great.

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A cutter (which is what the Lady Nelson is) is a good starting point.  I have never heard anything bad about Victory Models (although I haven’t built one myself).


My recommendation is to search build logs of the Lady Nelson and start your own build log.  Ask lots of questions.

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


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"The hardest part is deciding to try." - me

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Welcome aboard! A sometimes overlooked aspect of a suitable beginner's kit is the question of whether the subject is something you really like. The process of building a wooden model can often be a little tedious, and being keen on the subject can get you through those trying times.

Chris Coyle
Greer, South Carolina

When you have to shoot, shoot. Don't talk.
- Tuco

Current builds: Brigantine Phoenix

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Welcome to Model Ship world Gazzalene.  I agree with Jeff about Vanguard Models having some good kits for beginners.  You can go to their website and download their instructions.  They are based in the UK and its owner and kit designer, Chris Watton, is here on MSW.  Good luck on whatever direction you choose to get into ship modeling.



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Hi Gazzalene, Warm :722972270:



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Welcome to MSW, Gazzalene.  You might look at this topic and see it helps you:   



"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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