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Project by Pdl posted 06-21-2011 09:55 PM 1794 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 06-21-2011 10:22 PM

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 06-21-2011 11:01 PM

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

-- Scott

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#3 posted 06-21-2011 11:05 PM

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 06-21-2011 11:06 PM

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 06-22-2011 12:05 AM

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 fibreglass trees.

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#6 posted 06-22-2011 12:19 AM

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

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#7 posted 06-22-2011 01:02 AM

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 06-22-2011 03:43 AM

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 06-22-2011 05:11 AM

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 06-22-2011 05:16 AM

something to be proud of and show off.

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

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#11 posted 06-22-2011 05:41 AM

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 06-22-2011 10:22 AM

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 06-22-2011 10:29 AM

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

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

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#14 posted 06-22-2011 12:49 PM

very nice.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#15 posted 06-22-2011 12:51 PM

Wow… Look at that!
Great job.

-- 'I sand, therefore, I am'. Richard. PNW.

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