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This is my first attempt at scratch building, having kit-bashed a number of models. I work as a Museum Guide at Plimoth Plantation, which includes Mayflower II. During the off-season, I work in the Marine shop, doing routine yearly maintenance. As such, I have access to the Mayflower as well as her shallop. I will be using plans by William Baker, the original Naval Architect of the Mayflower II in 1955. The scale is 1/24.


The vessel was a 33 foot work boat that could be rowed or sailed and was common in the17th century. The Pilgrims cut the vessel into four pieces and stowed them on the orlop deck, where the passengers lived. Upon arrival in Provincetown, the shallop was re-assembled and used to explore the inner arm of Cape Cod, eventually landing in Plimoth.


The pics show the plans and a building board. In the background is the almost finished mast.


At this point I'm waiting on wood from HobbyMill, due at the end of the month, so, that's all for now!









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I'll follow your log. I like those small boats.

Regards Christian


Current build: HMS Triton, 1771 - reconstruction, build log

Current drawing projects: HM Cutter Rattlesnake/Alert, 1777;  HM Bomb Vessel Granado, 1742; HM Sloop Fly, 1775


"Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it." Salvador Dali

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Yes, welcome to the darkside.  With such fine drawings you should have fun building this lovely lapstreak boat.



Every build is a learning experience.


Current build:  SS_ Mariefred


Completed builds:  US Coast Guard Pequot   Friendship-sloop,  Schooner Lettie-G.-Howard,   Spray,   Grand-Banks-dory

                                                a gaff rigged yawl,  HOGA (YT-146),  Int'l Dragon Class II,   Two Edwardian Launches 


In the Gallery:   Catboat,   International-Dragon-Class,   Spray

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Thanks all for the comments.

Druxey and Sailor, I noticed the discrepancy regarding the pintles, also. Must be an error on the plans; the prototype works fine.

Bob, the boat was built at Plymouth Marine in 1956. For some reason, the yard decided to build her carvel planked. I'll be building her " as built" so carvel planking it will be!


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the plans don't show many of the details on the prototype. Fortunately, I have access to the 1957 build. On Tuesday, I "dressed" the shallop mast' arranging all the shrouds, stays, etc. for up rigging. For example, the plans show the boat as clinker built, but the original is not.






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I've made some progress while waiting for some help on lofting the frames. Does anyone know of a clear practicum that I could use?


The keel, stem and stern post are waiting for the frames

The rudder is complete

One of two lee boards


How do I post pics directly above the pics?










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i just type in the box (like here)

then pick "More Reply Options" below on the right

this opens buttons to add pics (attach files)



Alan O'Neill
"only dead fish go with the flow"   :dancetl6:

Ongoing Build (31 Dec 2013) - HMS BELLEROPHON (1786), POF scratch build, scale 1:64, 74 gun 3rd rate Man of War, Arrogant Class

Member of the Model Shipwrights of Niagara, Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada (2016), and the Nautical Research Guild (since 2014)

Associate member of the Nautical Research and Model Ship Society (2021)

Offshore member of The Society of Model Shipwrights (2021)

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It has been a while since you posted about this model.  Do you have any updates for the group?

Current Project:  1/32 scale scratch-built model of the Golden Rule, a 30-foot ketch that sailed from Hawai’i in 1958 to protest atmospheric nuclear weapons testing in the Pacific

Past projects:  Galway hooker; Durham boat; Mayflower shallop; Irish seagoing currach; James Caird; Cornish fishing lugger; Pitcairn Island longboat; Bounty launch;


"If my children are grown and happy; if my grandchildren light up when they see me; if I’m healthy and financially secure; if I’m reasonably satisfied with what I’ve accomplished; if I feel more comfortable now because I no longer have to prove myself — then the loss of youth is a fair trade-off.  We should all make peace with aging."

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Unfortunately, I developed some health issues that effectively ended my ship modeling hobby.  I now only enjoy visiting MSW and seeing the build logs and beautiful ships finished.  I still work on Mayflower; she recently returned to Plymouth after a 3 year restoration.


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Not going to like that post, Rick.   I'm just glad you can still visit us and work on the Mayflower.

"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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