olliechristo Posted May 22, 2014 Share #1 Posted May 22, 2014 (edited) Hi everyone. Although I generally like to tread the less trodden path, I can't help but want to build the famous Endeavour.. I was born and live not far from Cooktown.. This is what ship came to mind at first, way back.. But i needed a warm up kit.. I wanted to scratch build without caring about time, but i no longer have a shed at home, and i want to complete this one in a matter of years not decades.. i also realised that severe kit bashing is almost scratch building anyway. First I decided that this is the ship i want for my second build, this could be my last until i retire.. I heard that Artesania Latina's version of this ship has fairly accurate hull lines etc... I am a bargain hunter and quite frankly I think most model ships are very expensive considering what is really provided.. And i will rebuild most of it anyway.. I just need all the vital parts.. So I found a ebay auction I liked the look of and won a shelved kit from the 80's I'm told... ($160 incl postage from Florida) I was a little dubious about what it would look like in the flesh (my last cheap shelved kit wasn't much good) I inspected it all today and all is well, all parts seem to be there, plastic still around planks etc...Impressed at the way its held up over the years of sitting. And the original quality looks good.. Walnut dowells look good and other walnut profiles.. The saving i have made allows me to replace all the deck and hull veneers and replace any other fittings i like.. The FIRST question I had to answer..... Was the keel straight ?!? Looks good, thank the lord of decent plywood, this is manufactured before laser wood cutting, most parts seem machined in some way.. I laid it down on a piece of glass and sits flat I hope you all can help me with tips for wood that will suit best and learn a bunch more along the way. I hope to meet some new friends on the journey as well as the amazing folk from my HM Mermaid build.. It's a BIG model and it's going to be a BIGGGER journey!! Ollie Edited May 22, 2014 by olliechristo RGL, Aussie048 and egkb 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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