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Hi Everyone,


I'm Jim, and I live in Maryland.  I recently FINALLY completed my Corel Flying Fish that I started in about 1984, worked on, on and off until about 1990 when I put it away due to career, business travel, kids & life in general.  I decided to try to finish it in March - with the pandemic shutting everything down, it seemed like if I didn't do it now, I never would.  So, 6 months later after working on it virtually every day, it's finally done.  I'll post some pictures in the completed gallery in a bit.


This forum that you've all created is just phenomenal!  The amount of expertise & skill is just amazing.  I did a fair amount of research on it as I was working on the Flying Fish.  The tips on finishing (had never heard of wipe-on poly), using sanding residue & glue instead of wood filler were really helpful.  CCoyle's comments about the quality of this particular model were also reassuring as I ran into numerous "that can't possibly work" issues that required some creative fudging...err, solutions.


My first wooden model was an Artesania Latina Swift, apparently like many here, which I did in 1981-82.  It's still in one piece & holding up well.  I'll put some of those pictures up later as well.


I learned to sail as a kid growing up in the 60's on Long Island, and have been obsessed with boats ever since.  We learned in prams, Sunfish & Bluejays about oh, 40 ft. from the Port Jefferson-Bridgeport ferry dock...a bunch of 11 year olds, 200 ft ferry?  What could possibly go wrong?? When I got older, some friends from college got me on larger sailboats (charters) in New England & the Caribbean.  Since then we've chartered, either with them, or just our family, about 15 times, usually the BVI's or the Chesapeake.  Most recent one was in the BVI's in early March.  We JUST got out in the nick of time.  Thought we'd get locked out of the US, but made it back.  The BVI's closed about a week later.  It was our first time with a catamaran (great) & our first time to Anegada (very shallow).


Anyway, thanks for putting this forum together - it's just amazing & inspiring!


I'll try to attach an in-progress photo of the FF from 1984(!) & from this past summer.



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Welcome to MSW  :piratebo5:

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    


Si vis pacem, para bellum

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Welcome to MSW from across the pond.




A model shipwright and an amateur historian are heads & tails of the same coin

current builds:

HMS Berwick 1775, 1/192 scratchbuild; a Slade 74 in the Navy Board style

Mediator sloop, 1/48 - an 18th century transport scratchbuild 

French longboat - CAF - 1/48, on hold

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Hello!  A warm welcome to the forum from across the Potomac!



Current Wooden builds:  Amati/Victory Pegasus  MS Charles W. Morgan  Euromodel La Renommèe  


Plastic builds:    SB2U-1 Vindicator 1/48  Five Star Yaeyama 1/700  Pit Road Asashio and Akashi 1/700 diorama  Walrus 1/48 and Albatross 1/700  Special Hobby Buffalo 1/32  Eduard Sikorsky JRS-1 1/72  IJN Notoro 1/700  Akitsu Maru 1/700


Completed builds :  Caldercraft Brig Badger   Amati Hannah - Ship in Bottle  Pit Road Hatsuzakura 1/700   Hasegawa Shimakaze 1:350

F4B-4 and P-6E 1/72  Accurate Miniatures F3F-1/F3F-2 1/48  Tamiya F4F-4 Wildcat built as FM-1 1/48  Special Hobby Buffalo 1/48

Citroen 2CV 1/24 - Airfix and Tamiya  Entex Morgan 3-wheeler 1/16


Terminated build:  HMS Lyme (based on Corel Unicorn)  


On the shelf:  Euromodel Friedrich Wilhelm zu Pferde; Caldercraft Victory; too many plastic ship, plane and car kits


Future potential scratch builds:  HMS Lyme (from NMM plans); Le Gros Ventre (from Ancre monographs), Dutch ship from Ab Hoving book, HMS Sussex from McCardle book, Philadelphia gunboat (Smithsonian plans)

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Welcome Jim!  I grew up in Baltimore and always loved sailing out in the bay.  Don't do too much sailing out here in Ohio but do get back to that area as still have family there.



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Hi, JEB. I saw your Flying Fish in the gallery, and it came out very nice indeed, in spite of all of the kit's shortcomings (and there are many). I actually wrote a pretty scathing review of that kit for the old Dry Dock Models forum that went down the water closet of history when that site folded.* The kits coming out today are lightyears ahead of those old Corel kits in both quality and design philosophy.




(*Now there's a bit of history to curdle the nose hairs of some of our newcomers. Dry Dock Models, or DDM to most of us, was the go-to ship modeling forum back in the days before MSW. But, unlike MSW who are owned and backed by the NRG, DDM was privately owned. One day, for reasons not entirely known, the owner just pulled the plug on the operation. All the content was gone -- kinda like our Big Crash of 2013, but without the intent to start things up again.)

Chris Coyle
Greer, South Carolina

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

Current builds: Brigantine Phoenix, Salmson 2, Speeljacht

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Thanks Chris.  It really did make me feel better about making significant changes in the model after reading your comments on the kit.  It was like permission to stop beating your head agains the wall!  It was so much harder than the Swift, even though both were "beginner" models.

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Welcome to Model Ship World Jim.  You are in a nice location being close to the Chesapeake Bay.  I enjoy going to Annapolis to see the US Naval Academy and as a kid I used to go to Colonial Beach.  I am glad that MSW helped you in the construction of your Flying Fish.  Like Chris said, the new kits today are light years ahead of the old kits in terms of quality, instructions and materials.



Member - Hampton Roads Ship Model Society

            - Ship Model Society of New Jersey

               - Nautical Research Guild



Current Build - Armed Virginia Sloop, 18th Century Longboat

Completed Build - Medway Longboat

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"The shipwright is slow, but the wood is patient." - me

Current Build:                                                                                             
Past Builds:
 La Belle Poule 1765 - French Frigate from ANCRE plans - ON HOLD           Triton Cross-Section   

 NRG Hallf Hull Planking Kit                                                                            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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  • 2 weeks later...


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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