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Hello and greetings.


I was just about to post here when I came upon a post of a very sorry looking old Galleon. So I posted there first, sorry.

I'm living in the Isle of Man, which for those that don't know, is in the middle of the Irish Sea which forms the centre of the British Isles. I am originally from Sussex, but have been here so long I and others assume I'm a local.

I have been building model boats ever since I stopped playing Club rugby some years back. I've been building for some 25+ years and a quick count back totals some 60 boats of all sorts, and mediums. I much prefer period ships, I'm referred to a a "twig and string" man in my Club. I'm just completing HMS Snake by Caldercraft and have done a first planking on Amati's armed Pinnace too. HMS Diana is still in the box but will be out soonest, this coming winter's build program.

I also have a lovely French Napoleonic raider from Brest, scratch, started drawings only, that will take some time. I'm also RNLI crew and DLA, though retired a week ago after 40 years.


Ok that's a start, will post again in reply, aye, Kim

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:piratebo5: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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Welcome, Kimosubby. I like the name - visions of the Lone Ranger sprang immediately to mind . . .




Any chance of some photos of your builds? And perhaps you could start a build log for your armed pinnace. 

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Welcome to MSW, Kimsubby.   I thought the same thing Steven did when I saw your post.   

"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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Thank you for the welcomes, appreciated.


Robby, I've used several kit producers, Billings, OcCre, Panart, Artensena, Amati, Sergal etc and some that no longer exist that produced specialist smaller models like Cobles and Galway Hookers.

I build what I like and also build commissions too.  My last was HMS Terror [OcCre] which was a very good kit but some problem areas like the chain plates which I re-made entirely.  The client also wanted sails rigged, so I made him a new set from lawn cloth [it can be printed on using an inkjet printer] and it's also very thin so more in keeping with the scale.


I don't think I'll be the first Manxie here, we tend to keep under cover if possible.  What I can claim is that Euterpe [now called Star of India] was built about 100 metres from where I live. One day I'll make her as I have access to her lines from the son of her saviour.


Kimosubby came about from within my Club, the Manxmodelboatclub, with members deciding that Kim must be short for either Kimithy or Kimosubby - you can tell which won through, and no I don't wear a eye mask nor face mask, this Island has been without Covid for over 7 weeks now.


Finally, yes I will start a build log for the armed pinnace, as soon as I can find my way around this site. I haven't found any instructions yet so it's trial and error for now. I did pop a picture into my account on sign on but it seems to be in the ether somewhere for now. If you spot it, it's a 4 inch Thames barge!


Aye, Kim

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Hi Kim,


The instructions for starting a build log for a kit are here: 

Looking forward to seeing yours for your pinnace. By the amount of experience you've had, it should be a pleasurable log to follow.

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Regards, Patrick


Finished :  Soleil Royal Heller 1/100   Wasa Billing Boats   Bounty Revell 1/110 plastic (semi scratch)   Pelican / Golden Hind  1/45 scratch

Current build :  Mary Rose 1/50 scratch

Gallery Revell Bounty  Pelican/Golden hind 1/45 scratch

To do Prins Willem Corel, Le Tonnant Corel, Yacht d'Oro Corel, Thermopylae Sergal 


Shore leave,  non ship models build logs :  

ADGZ M35 funkwagen 1/72    Einhets Pkw. Kfz.2 and 4 1/72   Autoblinda AB40 1/72   122mm A-19 & 152mm ML-20 & 12.8cm Pak.44 {K8 1/2} 1/72   10.5cm Howitzer 16 on Mark. VI(e)  Centurion Mk.1 conversion   M29 Weasel 1/72     SAM6 1/72    T26 Finland  T26 TN 1/72  Autoprotetto S37 1/72     Opel Blitz buses 1/72  Boxer and MAN trucks 1/72   Hetzer38(t) Starr 1/72    

Modern Russian vehicles 1/72


Si vis pacem, para bellum

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Welcome from the silly old submariner

Its all part of Kev's journey, bit like going to the dark side, but with the lights on

All the best

Kevin :omg:



On the build table

HMS Indefatigable 1794 by Kevin - Vanguard Models - 1:64 - Feb 2023 



HMHS Britannic by Kevin 

SD 14  - Marcle Models - 1/70 - March 2022 -  Bluebell - Flower Class - Revel - 1/72   U552 German U Boat - Trumpeter - 1/48  Amerigo Vespucci     1/84 - Panart-   HMS Enterprise  -CAF -  1/48     


St-Nectan-Mountfleet-models-steam-trawler-1/32 - Completed June 2020

HMS Victory - Caldercraft/Jotika - 1/72 - Finished   Dorade renamed Dora by Kevin - Amati - 1/20 - Completed March 2021 

Stage Coach 1848 - Artesania Latina - 1/10 -Finished Lady Eleanor by Kevin - FINISHED - Vanguard Models - 1/64 - Fifie fishing boat

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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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