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Hello all,

I'm glad to find this group.  I don't know how often I'll post (I tend to be more of a lurker) but I have enjoyed reading on this site as a "guest" for a month (told you I'm a lurker.) 


A little bit of my hobby history, I started building models as a kid, always plastic types, but I was never very good at it.  My friend's father got me interested in someday doing a wooden ship model when he built a few 3-masted ships (quite well I might add) when I was a teen.  With my state in quarantine the past few months, I made the leap and bought a Grand Banks Dory from Model-Expo.  It took me a month but I think it came out okay for a first timer.  I really liked the straight forward instructions that came with it and the "pro tips" the designer included to improve technique. 


Since I had a good experience with my first wooden model, I'm considering my second.  Only I have no idea what to do next.  Any suggestions would be appreciated. 




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Hi Daryl,


You might like to look at this, it gives a good rundown on models suitable for beginners.


Just be aware that unfortunately Artesania Latina is no longer in business, though apparently there are still AL models out there if you're prepared to look.


Start a build log when you do begin your build. It's a great way to get help and advice (and encouragement!).


And it would be nice to see some photos of your dory.

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Welcome to MSW :piratebo5:


I''d suggest trying something with a single or a simple double mast as your second build.



In progress:
Medway Longboat 1742 - Syren Ship Model Company -1/2" scale

USS Constitution - Model Shipways - Scale 1:76

HMS Granado - CAF Model - 1:48

HMS Sphinx - Vanguard

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Welcome to MSW, Daryl.    Steven gave a great link that will help you choose.

"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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I liked the Eighteenth Century Armed Longboat from Model Expo.  It’s a Commodore’s barge: oars, open boat (ribs, not bulkheads) single mast with not a lot of rigging, nice looking.  It was my first in more than ten years of no ships, so I have experience but had gotten old and had forgotten all the tricks of the trade. But it worked out and I was able to hide or cover up the more egregious mistakes. Also relatively inexpensive. Model Expo has had a sale of one kind or another since the coronavirus and there are deals to be made. Photos below.4811FC82-C835-42F6-B367-06A6F8EF6280.thumb.jpeg.ac1a67e1b8594cfd3739466204026bed.jpeg144E4CC8-B44B-4CBE-AB05-C6B93CDDF267.thumb.jpeg.be7fad52f0a627ded8b19ad2a71ddfa0.jpeg144E4CC8-B44B-4CBE-AB05-C6B93CDDF267.thumb.jpeg.be7fad52f0a627ded8b19ad2a71ddfa0.jpeg7B671CBA-0F9B-4B0D-8BD5-17F5A7429DB3.thumb.jpeg.7aab084800edd99647f4736a8670642b.jpegF8C7B65D-8C31-4F4C-AA10-FD02266A1F1F.thumb.jpeg.327c4164e6ac9dbf9838603706d82c6c.jpeg

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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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Hi, welcome to the group. Glad you found us.  

Check out Lauck Street Shipyards Here for practicums on ship building and Vanguard Models Here for well designed kits with high quality and detailed instructions and plans.  


As others mentioned, consider starting a build log. That way you’re connect to a worldwide source of friendly people willing to support and help you along the way.  

Have fun, it won’t all go perfect, but adapt, improvise, and overcoming obstacles is half the fun.




Current Build: HMS Winchelsea
Completed Builds: HM Flirt (paused) HM Cutter CheerfulLady NelsonAmati HMS Vanguard,  
HMS Pegasus, Fair American, HM Granado, HM Pickle, AVS, Pride of Baltimore, Bluenose

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  • 1 month later...

Thanks for all the advice everyone.  As it turned out, by the time I figured out which model I wanted to try, I saw the Norwegian Sailing Pram from Model Shipways was out.  I liked the Dory from the first kit, so I decided to try the pram.  I just got the kit, but need some tools before I start.  Does anyone have any advice on a drill set?  I noticed the kit lists a number of drill sizes and pin vises.  I looked them up but there are a bunch to choose from.  I was going to just pick one but figured I see if anyone had any advice. 


I'm planning to start a build log for this model once I get the tools.  Looking forward to getting started.

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I'm a beginner too, I started with the Lowell Grand Banks Dory and then started the 18th Century Long Boat by Model Shipways.  After I finished the planking and some interior work I noticed that the Norwegian Sailing Pram had just become available and ordered it.  I stopped my build of the 18th Century Long Boat and started the Pram.  I wish I would have build the Pram before starting the Long Boat, I might have not made some of the mistakes I did.  Please see and comment to my build log and I hope it helps you in your build of the Pram.  I do recommend that you start a build log too, it is a great place to ask questions and get very helpful input from others.  Also, as the instructions and numerous places on the web site say, take your time it's not a race but a journey of learning by mistakes and accomplishments.


I do recommend that you inventory your kit to insure you have everything, I inventoried my kit to the separate inventory list that was in the kit.  But when I went to install the Inwales,  I determined that I was missing all the loose lumber, the strips and dowels.


As a novice model builder like myself, I recommend that you keep a separate log of recommendations to the kit and instructions and send to Model Expo.


I look forward to following your build and have fun.

Current Projects:                                                                                          Completed Projects:

Phantom New York Pilot Boat - Model Shipways - 1:96                        Muscongus Bay Lobster Smack - Model Shipways - 1:24

                                                                                                                        18th Century Long Boat - Model Shipways - 1:48

                                                                                                                        Norwegian Sailing Pram - Model Shipways - 1:12

                                                                                                                        Lowell Grand Banks Dory - Model Shipways - 1:24


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