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Ahoy from TulsaTulsa
Posted by JollyJackTar on Saturday, March 10, 2018 11:14 AM

So this was the suggested step when I became a member of the forum.  If you've not guessed, I am brand spankin new to this hobby.  I was imediatley drawn in after reading a thread of someone building the same model I am attempting at the moment.  His attention to detail and determination to keep the ship as close to it's condition during the event that made it famous.   That would be the Constitution!  I'm currently in the earliest possible stages of tackling this 1/96 Revell beast.  

I should say.. I don't even have it yet. But I can qualify that by saying that I have one in my sights but I am currently working on building a work bench and gathering tools.    

Like so many other modelers.. I began as a kid in the 90's under the failed and ultimately doomed tutelage of my dear skeevy Uncle John.  More or less I bought a B 17 and ruined it. I moved on to cars and finally after having no money or time and no decent work space.  I gave it up.  Now I'm in my late 30's and I'm a blacksmith. I work a pretty exacting job in high end ornamental iron.  And I absolutely love the age of sail.  7 years war, Napoeonic and 1812.  

I've been studying these ships for almost 30 years. Obsessing over them. And I think with my present level of maturity and work experience..  I can attempt this hobby afresh and really do myself justice.  

At this point, I don't even have an actual bench.  That' still in the blue print stages but it won' be long till that's remedied.  I've gathered a fair amount of tools though.  Helping hands, mini files, magnifying head set, clamps galore and tons of forceps and tweezers of all kinds.  I have much more but don't feel I need to list this in the company of the folk I'm writing to.  Suffice to say, I've been doing tons of homework. YouTube, Google and a Massive physical library.  (No actual mechanical references yet. Which I was hoping to ask someone Viz. What do they recommend for the rigging on this beast and other technical specs.  Any books etc?)   I have it in mind to purchase the rigging blue prints from bluejackets. But any other help, be it redundant or relevant is all very much appreciated and welcome! 

Anyway, I live in Tulsa Oklahoma.  Pretty land locked. And flat. There isn't much out here in terms of Naval history.  Nothing physical anyway.  But I'd like to make my man cave a bastion of beer, comic books and Ships Geeked 

I've found a decently priced revell on Amazon for a very reasonable asking price.  But, I think I'm going to buy a compressor first. (Which I need anyway) and after, an airbrush.   But I'll be cruising these forums and watching/reading everyone's builds and tips and tricks with great interest!  

I think that's probably enough about me! 

Thank You everyone for taking the time to read my mad ramblings. 

Regards 

Bern

fox
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  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 1:18 PM

Welcome to the Forums Bern! Glad to have you aboard.

I've been building for 71 of my 77 years and my favorites are WWI & WWII planes followed by sailing ships (as you can see from my avatar). I also build anything else that strikes my fancy at the time and my wallet says OK. Wink Your post was very interesting and I'm looking forward to seeing your builds. When you start it, don't forget to post it in the "Ships" section of these forums and also add pics as you go. That lets us see how you're doing and better able to answer any questions/problems that you might have.

Soooooooo, sit back, relax, have a few sips of your favorite brew whether it be CoffeeBeerDrinks  or my favorite Toast and enjoy the hobby. 

Jim  Captain

Photobucket Main WIP: Rebuild of Monogram 1/8 "Big Deuce" with 1/8 Pocher V-12 in rear - 10%

   On the Bench:   Revell 1/48 Ju 52/3m - 50%;  Revell 1/96 USS Kearsarge - 20% 

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

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  • From: AandF in the Badger State
Posted by checkmateking02 on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 1:38 PM

Welcome to the Forums!

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  • From: Douglas AZ
Posted by littletimmy on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 7:45 PM

Howdy !

JollyJackTar
So this was the suggested step when I became a member of the forum.

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JollyJackTar
 I was imediatley drawn in after reading a thread of someone building the same model I am attempting at the moment.  
JollyJackTar
That would be the Constitution!  I'm currently in the earliest possible stages of tackling this 1/96 Revell beast.  

Quite a few of us here have built / destroyed that kit. I myself built it back in 1976 - 77 - 78. Yep ! Three year's it took me ! ( It came out ok but I "shot" it full of bottle rocket's and BB's ) It spent the rest of it's life at the bottom of my 100 gallon fish tank..... (Ironicly it looked better there than it did when I built it !)

Here you will get the Tip's / Advice you will need to build her into a "Masterpiece".... instead of a "Messerschmitt"  L O L !

Welcome to FSM.

 Dont worry about the thumbprint, paint it Rust , and call it "Battle Damage".

  

 

    

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 3:36 AM

Welcome aboard.

''I am a Norfolk man, and i glory in being so''

 

On the bench: Rudel Stage 3

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 11:43 AM

Welcome to the forums!  I always welcome by business trips to Tulsa.  Gives me an excuse to visit Top Shelf Models in Owasso!

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/72 Airfix A-4 Skyhawk

On deck: 1/700 Trumpeter Graf Zeppelin

In the hole: 1/72 ICM FW 189A-1  

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Posted by JollyJackTar on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 1:02 PM

Thanks for the warm welcome Mr. Fox. And my compliments.   I'm glad to have found this spot, as it seems to be the place to go for any kind of information. 

I've moved ahead quite a bit over the last few days as far as research and tools.  I'll keep my progress posted and probably start posting pics when I get my model in hand.

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Posted by JollyJackTar on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 1:08 PM

I have yet to take a visit but I've been planning on 1 as soon as ever I can. I' going out of town for the next week and I've already made the arrabgmets to go visit Top Shelf.  It looks like it' about the best spot in the area for supplies.  They don't have the 1/96 but I'm going to need some new tools any way.  A closer inspection of my sprue cutters has revealed that some meat head used both pair to cut wire..   so.. there's that.  And I have a whole laundry list of other tools I'll be needing.    I plan on spending plenty when I do go.  Apparently there's another shop in OKC that sells hundreds of models.  Toy Base 10.   And he doesn' have prices listed.  You just make the guy an offer and you can get some pretty good deals from him.  

Among my other hobbies is collecting action figures, so you shops like that are always at the top of my list!  

Thanks for the reply! 

Bern 

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    April, 2015
Posted by Mopar Madness on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 1:31 PM

Toy Base 10?  I’ll have to check them out next time I’m in the OKC area!

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/72 Airfix A-4 Skyhawk

On deck: 1/700 Trumpeter Graf Zeppelin

In the hole: 1/72 ICM FW 189A-1  

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    August, 2014
  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 6:51 PM

Welcome.  Several builds going on in the ship page on her and HMS Victory. well worth going through them as you get time.  Good information on both as well as pitfalls and solutions. As well as details to add or rework.

I have the old Heller 1/100 Victory in the stash, but it is a daunting task and has me wonderingwhy I aquired it.

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Posted by JollyJackTar on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 8:07 PM

I have been following several threads regarding this model. And it's cleared up a few questions I had, while giving me quite a few more. And quite a few ideas as to what changes I plan on making to this build. So far it's been really enlightening and super encouraging to see some of the ways the Lads are customizing thier builds.  Furthermore, seeing the changes they are making has confirmed my own research in a few ways.  I had the idea to replace the rigging and dead eyes and blocks and it looks like that is a common thought. 

 

As to the Heller, That is my tentative long goal.  Finish this Constitution, tackle the Victory next.  But that may take several months to years.  Long enough to keep my eyes peeled for a Heller in my price range.  

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  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Thursday, March 15, 2018 10:54 AM

Our club president had a Victory at the recent swap meet, checking with him to see if it went, the price was reasonable.  If he has it and concurs, will PM his email and can work out details with him.

You are planning on taking on two of the holy grails of ship building early on, hats off to your ambition.

Might as well start the stash early.

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    March, 2018
Posted by JollyJackTar on Thursday, March 15, 2018 12:11 PM

If I told you I wasn't a bit apprehensive.. id be lying.  I am nervous about undertaking the tasks.  However..  my own career, as a Blacksmith and artisan metal worker and the level of detail and finish and complexity of projects I have to do on a daily basis.  It's given me some level of confidence.   I know I'm quite capable of high level craftsmanship and patience.   And I won't ever expand my understanding of these vessels unless I actually take part in constructing them.  I won't ever get to own an actual American 44 or a Nelson era man-o-war.   

So these models are the closest I'll get.  And in my own learning of a trade. 2 trades actually.  I've learned that if someone else can do something.  It can be done.  It may look like poo. But it can by God be done!  

And I'm certainly not trying to project arrogance on my part.  If I have then I've missed the mark.  I'm excited to get to work and nervous about the extent of detail these Grails present.  It's gonna be an interesting ride! 

Also, when I was 8 or 9. I managed to get into our attic at home when my parents weren't looking.  In that musty dark cave.. I found an old revell 1/96 conney.  I was obsessed with it. And I've been wanting to build one since that one was my dad's from the 70's.  He passed away and never finished it.  I kinda feel like it would be a tribute for his memory if I finished it. 

 

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  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Thursday, March 15, 2018 4:40 PM

Ah ; Hello Bern . I sure am glad another ship builder is joining us . Welcome aboard . T.B.

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Posted by JollyJackTar on Sunday, March 18, 2018 8:27 AM

So I finally took a trip to top shelf in Owasso yesterday.  I get it now.  The place is fantastic! That guy has more stuff than any other place in Tulsa and I'm sure it's rare around the country.  Tulsa is lucky that way.  We have a comic book shop here that's really similar 

Comic Book Empire of Tulsa has been in business longer than any other comic book shop in the country. So it's the oldest that way. It's also a pure and simple, straight forward comic book shop.  There's no bells and whistles.  There's no figures or sculptures or anime or manga. No (god awful bloody pop vinyl figures) with their lifeless, satanic stare.  

If you're an old school comic collector..  that's where you go for a fix. 

I even liked that the guy was kinda grumpy! He got irritated with some fellow calling him on the phone and laid into him!  And as a curmudgon myself,  I absolutely loved that!! 

Now, onto my next build.  I think I'm going to buy a messerschmitt for practice.  I've not touched a model in 21 or 22.. maybe even 25 years?  And for what I'll wind up paying for that connie..  I think I'm going to bone up a bit on basics.   

I've done my home work and stocked up on tools. I've got a compressor finally and a practically brand new Neo airbrush.   

I don't have glue or paint or a cutting board. And I don't have the 1/4" airline attachments to run from my compressor to a dryer.  But..  my point it, I have taken my time and have been cautious and well planned so far.  I think jumping straight into a huge build after this break would be a mistake.  

Start small on something I don't necessarily have that much invested in. It won't be that catastrophic if I make a mistake. And I can learn a bit more about adhesives and painting techniques before I attempt a giant build.  I want to build the Connie right.  I want to make it as accrate as possible.  I want to build it with the same attention to detail and quality that I put into my blacksmithing and iron mongering.  

But I didn't get where I am with that.. by jumping straight into the deep end.  (Well, I did in a way, but that's another story) but..  to achieve most of the skill I use.  It's taken practice and patience and a build up of its own.    

And the guy had every kind of model you could imagine.  I was at a loss.  I was smitten with his aircraft section and started reasoning myself right into starting with a beautiful messerschmitt kit.   

Anyway, that's my rant.  Thanks for reading.  

Good luck out there 

Bernie

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Posted by Toshi on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 10:31 AM

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