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Hello all,

 

I have been a modeller since I can remember, with most of my energies directed towards things with wings.  I regularly find myself looking at ship models and forums, marveling at the patience and skill taken over details and in particular the rigging of sailing ships.  I found myself looking but not doing much mostly out of the fear of starting but not finishing.  I do have a number of ship models in my stash and am in fact  working (slowly) on the Airfix 1/180 HMS Victory, I have a Flower Class Corvette (The Cruel Sea is my favourite novel), Titanic and Bismarck all to do. 

 

Very recently however, I was telling a friend and fellow modeller about the good fortune I had as a student Technical Illustrator at Portsmouth College of Art, way back in 1983-4.  My lecturer asked if I was interested in doing some work experience for a three month period, I jumped at the chance and only then asked for whom would I be working..."The Mary Rose Trust, they need an Illustrator to help reference the artefacts".  In actual fact the work was quite dirty and very smelly with a constant odour like vinegar presumably from the preservatives that were being used.  The time went very quickly and I produced many illustrations of everything from leather jerkins, shot, kidney dagger handles and even a VD syringe from the Barber-Surgeons kit! I was also asked to do some illustrations for the first iteration of the museum displays, now long replaced.

 

My friend suggested that I build a model of the Mary Rose herself, I agreed that it would be nice to have something related, but the choice is somewhat limited either a rather unimpressive plastic kit or a £300+ wooden kit that currently is beyond my capabilities and the Wife's perceived hobby spend threshold!....Which is what brings me here.  I'm hoping to break into the wooden kit world and am looking to glean as much know how as possible, and as I am sure as has been asked before where should a beginner start with regards to a wooden ship kit that will include the necessary skills and techniques and hopefully lead to an advanced kit such as the Caldercraft Mary Rose.

 

Many thanks for reading.

 

Mark.

 

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Welcome, Mark! The wooden Mary Rose kit you are speaking of is no doubt the Caldercraft kit. As nice as it is, it is a bit dated in terms of design philosophy and is certainly not beginner-friendly. Happily, there are many exciting new kit products that have come out in recent years that are easier to build and have far better instructions. Have a look through our kit reviews section to check some of these out.

 

Cheers!

Chris Coyle
Greer, South Carolina

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

Current builds: Brigantine Phoenix

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Hi Mark,

Welcome to MSW.   As Chris mentioned, start small (no masts) and then go up from there as more masts equals more complexity.  

 

If you haven't read this, please do as it will help get you started on the model building path:   

 

Mark
"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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53 minutes ago, JJT said:

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Show off Jeff   (love it)😉

 

OC.

Current builds  


28mm  Battle of Waterloo   attack on La Haye Saint   Diorama.

1/700  HMS Hood   Flyhawk   with  PE, Resin  and Wood Decking.

 

 

 

Completed works.

 

Dragon 1/700 HMS Edinburgh type 42 batch 3 Destroyer plastic.

HMS Warspite Academy 1/350 plastic kit and wem parts.

HMS Trafalgar Airfix 1/350 submarine  plastic.

Black Pearl  1/72  Revell   with  pirate crew.

Revell  1/48  Mosquito  B IV

Eduard  1/48  Spitfire IX

ICM    1/48   Seafire Mk.III   Special Conversion

1/48  Kinetic  Sea Harrier  FRS1

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Welcome Mark  - I'm sure you will get bags of help to start you in the  direction.

 

OC.

Current builds  


28mm  Battle of Waterloo   attack on La Haye Saint   Diorama.

1/700  HMS Hood   Flyhawk   with  PE, Resin  and Wood Decking.

 

 

 

Completed works.

 

Dragon 1/700 HMS Edinburgh type 42 batch 3 Destroyer plastic.

HMS Warspite Academy 1/350 plastic kit and wem parts.

HMS Trafalgar Airfix 1/350 submarine  plastic.

Black Pearl  1/72  Revell   with  pirate crew.

Revell  1/48  Mosquito  B IV

Eduard  1/48  Spitfire IX

ICM    1/48   Seafire Mk.III   Special Conversion

1/48  Kinetic  Sea Harrier  FRS1

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:sign:

Current builds;

 Henry Ramey Upcher 1:25

Providence whaleboat- 1:25     HMS Winchelsea 1764 1:48 

Completed:

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 to Model Ship World Mark.  Chris and Mark have given you good advice.  I think it is important to start with a not too complex kit to build your skills.  If you see a kit you like in the kit reviews section of this forum, check out the build logs by using the search function.  MSW contains many detailed build logs that will help you in your build.

Ryland

 

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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Welcome! there are many nice kits available for someone to begin learning with.  We have many example in the build log section to see what you may be getting into with a particular kit

Michael

Shipwrights of Central Ohio

 

Current Build: ...

Completed Builds: Queen Anne Barge - SyrenPinnace - MSHalifax 1768 - LSSMurrelet - PygmySwift 1805 - AL 

Future Builds: Surly (because i'm definitely not so Cheerful), Echo cross-section.....

 

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Welcome to MSW, Mark. I am unbelievably envious of your opportunity to get down and dirty on the Mary Rose. I went to see her in 2009 (flew 12,000 miles from Australia) and got here just after they closed her down to construct a new building around her. Never got to see the ship, but to compensate they increased the artefact display and I saw lots of stuff - including that enormous VD syringe!

 

To help you make a decision on what to build first, look at 

https://modelshipworld.com/topic/18657-new-to-ship-modelling-but-what-do-you-build-first/

 

These are all good "starter" kits - clear instructions and not too difficult to build, but nonetheless an impressive model at the end of the process.

 

And once you've decided on your model, make sure you start a build log. The instructions are 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, advice and encouragement, and we get to see your model under way (one of the pleasures of being on this forum). Don't get too worried about the quality of some of the models here - I know it can be a bit intimidating to start off with, seeing the amazing stuff some people are able to do - but nobody will criticise - we were all beginners once - and the skill level here ranges from total beginner to god-like expert.

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Hello Chaps,

 

Many thanks for the warm welcome to MSW. The advice and links with regards to where to start are gratefully received. 

 

Just to illustrate that I am a genuine modeller, I have put in a couple of images of past projects, including my one completed maritime effort thus far:

 

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Its also a way of testing out the image posting process, hopefully I can show some progress on the Airfix HMS Victory that I have ongoing.

 

Cheers,

 

Mark.

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Oh, yes! Beautiful work. I particularly like your Lancaster diorama. Very lifelike!

 

I made the Airfix Victory back when I was a teenager. My parents had been to the U.K. and brought back all kinds of detailed drawings for me.  It was very much a labour of love. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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Welcome Mark!

 

Nice work on the plastic and welcome to the world of wooden models.

I too am a converted plastic modeller and yes, at first the increased cost of the kits can appear steep, especially to our significant others, but keep in mind that a wooden ship kit will take much longer to built than a plastic kit and will require relatively cheaper tools (assuming you need a respectable airbrush and an abundance of tiny paint bottles for plastic modelling).

So the cost over time is about the same (maybe even lower if you budget it correctly).

 

Looking forward to reading your build logs!

George

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