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Project by Pdl posted 1126 days ago 1234 views 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I hope this still counts as a “WOOD” project. This is the 1st wooden model I have ever made. It is a model kit that comes with everything I needed, except glue, sand paper and paint supplies, but I had all that already. The only experience I had was building plastic model cars and planes. I had ZERO woodworking experience. The kit came with the solid wooden hull that was REALLY rough. I had TON of sanding to do and it took a long, long time before the hull was even paintable. Then came the masts and cabins and everything else. Over all it took almost 9 months to build and was EXTREMELY challenging. The hull is a solid chunk of bass wood and the masts are all pine. The cabins are all bass wood as well. The floor decks are all small pine planks. This ship came with full size 24×36 plans for construction and rigging. It was fun, hope you enjoy.


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#1 posted 1126 days ago

That amazing, I’ve always marvelled at these and to have one one you made yourself is amazing. Great build & patience. Thanks for sharing.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#2 posted 1126 days ago

Very nice. can i ask where you got the kit from?

-- Scott

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#3 posted 1126 days ago

Beautifully done!! I have the same model (at least it looks the same) that I bought and started at least 25 years ago! Mine is still in the box after I have worked on and off on it, but probably not in the last 10 years. After seeing yours, I may pull mine out and work some more on it! You have a right to be proud. I know exactly how much work is involved…well done!!

-- Tom in Spring Branch

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#4 posted 1126 days ago

Well Scott I am from Reno, NV too. I got the kit from a hobby store. This one was purchased at Hobbies of Reno. They were on Moana, but have since closed. I bought another one after this one at a different place in town, but they are closed too. The closest place is Hobbytown USA in Carson or on the internet. The kit was made by Model Shipways. They have a GREAT website.

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#5 posted 1126 days ago

A saucy little brigantine she be.
Well done Lenny, Will she be getting a suit of sails?

Thanks for sharing, boats are few and far between on LJ’s.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#6 posted 1126 days ago

Nope, she is done. No sails. The ship I am working on now will have sails

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#7 posted 1126 days ago

Thanks neighbor! Maybe see you at the Woodworking Source sometime. If you dont know about them here they are.

I have been looking at a canoe for a while now. Looks like it would be fun.

-- Scott

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#8 posted 1126 days ago

Nine months?! I think just the strings and chains would take me that long. Looks like a nice winter project. Great job.

-- The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know. Ron, Crossville Tn

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#9 posted 1126 days ago

Great Job Lenny! Your ability to work the details will pay off big time in larger woodworking projects too.

-- Smitty

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#10 posted 1126 days ago

something to be proud of and show off.

-- may not always be right,but,never in doubt.

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#11 posted 1126 days ago

Nice ship lenny. You have done a fine project.

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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#12 posted 1126 days ago

This is great! I have always wanted to build one of these. Very well done. Congrats to you!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#13 posted 1126 days ago

nice job….a lot of detail in there…awesome

-- just get stuck in and have a go!!!

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#14 posted 1126 days ago

very nice.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#15 posted 1126 days ago

Wow… Look at that!
Great job.

-- 'I sand, therefore, I am'. Richard/Wiggy.. whatever. Washington, State.

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