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Hello Everyone,


I am looking to build my first ever wooden model ship. Reading a couple of posts on this forum I am completely aware that choosing a beginner model with very clear instructions is key, having said so I would be grateful if you could point me towards which brands and models are more suited for beginners.



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My first actual model ship was Model Shipways Sultana.

Building: 1:64 HMS Revenge (Victory Models plans)

1:64 Cat Esther (17th Century Dutch Merchant Ships)


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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Welcome to MSW, Mark!


When you decide which kit to build, I'd highly recommend you start a build log - instructions here: https://modelshipworld.com/topic/24705-before-you-post-your-build-log-please-read-this-starting-and-naming-your-build-log/




It's a great way to get help and advice and encouragement. And don't get too intimidated by the excellence of some of the builds on MSW - the skill level ranges from complete duffer to total expert. We're all about helping, not criticising - we all had to start sometime, and we all make mistakes (even the demigods of modelling - they just make much more interesting ones than us mere mortals).

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Hi Mark, 

Welcome to MSW.

"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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Hi Mark and welcome to Model Ship World. You have received some good advice on selecting your first ship model.  If you are a complete beginner, you may want to check out this ship model kit:

This model is designed for the first time modeler and you can get a version that includes all of the tools and supplies needed to complete the model.



Member - Hampton Roads Ship Model Society

            - Ship Model Society of New Jersey

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Current Build - Armed Virginia Sloop, 18th Century Longboat

Completed Build - Medway Longboat

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My first was the Sultana.  The detailed practicum was invaluable...but this forum was priceless.  See my build log in the links below.  But remember to have fun!!!  Welcome!


“Work like a Captain....Play like a Pirate!” — Every Ship Modeler...everywhere.

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Welcome to MSW Mark 

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 Mark.


A 'simple' row boat such as Ryland suggested could be a great starting project. It will get you used to working with the materials and gently introduce you to the tools, glues, paints etc needed.


Also it won't take 12 months to complete and won't cost a fortune. And you still will get a tremendous amount of enjoyment out of it.


If you are wanting a bit more then Vanguard Models Lady Eleanor fishing vessel is a great kit that fits together perfectly.


I don't know what country you are based in but most of the stores and/or kit manufacturers seem to have little issue delivering in-country or abroad.


All the best,



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