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I am a new member.  I am starting to build my 4th model boat.  I thought it would be fun to document this with a build log.  Are there any lessons learned, guidelines, or articles?  How about the size of pictures, length of text?  I can guess what I need to do (by looking at other logs), but in general, my guess rate is only 50% successful 🙂

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59 minutes ago, Loves2Sail said:

Are there any lessons learned, guidelines, or articles?


Except for our standardized naming conventions, there are no particular hard and fast rules for build logs. It's pretty much a freestyle thing.

Chris Coyle
Greer, South Carolina

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

Current builds: Brigantine Phoenix, Speeljacht

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Welcome to Model Ship World.  It sounds like you love to sail boats.  I am glad you are interested in starting a build log.  Here are a couple of topics that may be of help:


You will find a build log very rewarding when you post about your build.




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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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Welcome to MSW!


 Yes, put up whatever seems appropriate in your log. At the bottom of the box as you write your post there's a note: Drag files here to attach, or choose files... - that's how you upload photos. And there's a useful trick - If you want to re-size your photos, double click on the picture you've placed in the text - it gives you a menu to reduce the size of your photo if you wish.


The other thing I'd suggest is that you outline the steps you took in making something, so others who follow after get the benefit of your experience - including the mistakes (sometimes the best way of learning!).


Other than that it's pretty much open slather. And have fun with it. That's what it's all about, after all.

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