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  • Member since
    March 2020
  • From: South Florida
Newbie to the hobby
Posted by Having-fun on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 2:08 PM

I a newbie at model building, I have a preference for sail ships and so far I have build 3, a small wooden introducion kit, a plastic Jolly Rogers pirate ship from Limberg and a Victory from Revell. I had in  order a Pirate ship from Revell but I have not receive it as yet.

If I may, I would like to ask the following, for those of you who build a lot of models, what do you do with them when completing it? It seems to me that before long my house will be full of models.

Thanks for any answers.


PD Eventually I may try my hand at one of those fancy wood models. We will see.

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  • From: AandF in the Badger State
Posted by checkmateking02 on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 3:34 PM

Welcome to the Forums!





  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 3:46 PM

Welcome to the Forums! Glad to have you aboard.

Sailing Ships are my #2 favorite as you can see from my avatar. I have them in the living room and in the loft that I use as a workshop. When I start to run out of room, I ask around to neighbors, friends and others who MIGHT want the model for a shelf or mantleplace. You will be surprised when the word gets around about your builds that people will come and ask you to build one for them.

Check out the "Ships" section of the Forums. Lots of great guys there that are very knowledgeable and ready to help out with any questions/problems that you might have. If you do your builds as a WIP (Work In Progress) and post pics as you go, the guys can help you to avoid problems that might pop up or just a better way to do something. We give and take criticism as it sure helps. It's sure helped me over the years.

Relax and enjoy. Remember one thing. You are building the model (whatever it is) for your pleasure and satisfaction, so, you are the boss and build it to please yourself. I always say that I don't build "Museum Quality". I build "Stand off Scale" which is when you are finished you stand off a few feet and say "Looks great to me".

Good luck and Stay Safe.

Jim  Captain


 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench:  Revell 1/96 USS Kearsarge - 70% 

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

  • Member since
    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 3:57 PM



Give away

Throw away

One nice thing about sailing ship models is that they take quite a while to finish, so the cluttler builds up slowly.

You've made some nice choices there. Smaller kits of fine ships.

Don't feel the need to jump into a big Revell Constitution, Cutty Sark or Heller Victory.

Those do take up a lot of room and a lot of time to build. Too many get left half-finished.

A brand I always suggest is Imai. They are long out of business, but they sold a lot of models and they are out there. Their kits are very well designed. 





  • Member since
    February 2016
Posted by lowfly on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 4:39 PM

I have built a few models since coming back to the hobby and i only have 3 in a display case that i bought from Ikea. The others were all give aways to friends and family. I just built the 155 mm M1 Howitzer for my boss who actually fired one in Vietnam.  He has it on his desk right now. My first airplane i built since returning was the F4U Corsair that i gave away to his grandson. 


Once you start building and folks hear about it and see what you can create, they will love the gift of a completed model. Especially if the subject is something that they personally know or are very familier with. Good luck and welcome to the plastic addiction!!   

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    March 2020
  • From: South Florida
Posted by Having-fun on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 9:09 PM
Thanks for the welcoming, thanks for the advises, as soon as I figure out how to add photos to his forum I will try to send photos of the completed Jolly Rogers and the HMS Victory. Thanks again
  • Member since
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  • From: hot springs, ar
Posted by razorbacks on Thursday, March 26, 2020 1:49 AM

bweare of over prced kits that make you assemble parts that will never be seen again, but again we always wait for new releases and pay the ransom


  • Member since
    February 2012
  • From: hot springs, ar
Posted by razorbacks on Thursday, March 26, 2020 2:00 AM

60 years old, have tons in storage, what bothers me is the prices these days, cant even get a deal on ebay these days, everything is 300% mark up.


  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Thursday, March 26, 2020 9:58 AM


 Welcome to the forums! To answer your question. I build, then admire for a year.Then I give them to my local Library for use in displays and the rest go to the neighbors children. The only models I,ve kept long term are ships and cars. My ships rarely have sailing gear on them. In other words all pretty modern. Steam Era, Cars All eras.

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Thursday, March 26, 2020 10:00 AM

Hi Bill;

 I have to second you there. I have a lot of Imaii's out of production vessels. From a Coast Guard Inland Cutter to a Freighter, Well, Freighters.

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  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Thursday, March 26, 2020 10:59 AM
Welcome aboard

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    March 2020
  • From: South Florida
Posted by Having-fun on Friday, April 10, 2020 4:36 PM
I have finally received the Revell pirate ship 1:72 from Amazon. Actually, it was received by my wife about 4 days ago and she did not tell me anything because she wanted for the box to be untouched for at least 3 days. The box is fairly big and contains a lot of parts, all molded in a grey color, look like I will be having to do a lot of painting to get this thing done. As I am not an expert modeler, and since the kit did nor come with paint, I am trying to figure out how to obtain the recommended colors needed by the ship, I would appreciated any suggestions on that regard. Well, it is time to start building!
  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Friday, April 10, 2020 8:00 PM

Welcome!  I look forward to seeing your builds.



Ain't no reason to hang my head, I could wake up in the mornin' dead 


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