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Erik A
#1 Posted : 06 July 2018 01:19:56

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Hi All

I am contemplating doing either the Vasa or the Sots as my very first ship build. i was pretty keen on the Sots but when i came back to take another look i saw the Vasa and with family heritage from that part of the world (Danish descent) thought it would be the better to start with.
As a first time builder im a little aprehensive about starting a project of this size after an extended break away from modeling. but the historical nature of the Vasa is drawing me in.

oh and by the way im from NZ
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#2 Posted : 06 July 2018 06:16:24
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It you’ve never construct a wooden ship kit previously, then it’s a good idea to start with a smaller less complex ship kit such as the Endeavour Longboat kit that you can learn the basics from while gathering the parts for the Vasa or SotS.

Vasa has a huge amount of detail painting to do and the SotS is the more difficult of the two to construct.

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#3 Posted : 06 July 2018 13:12:08

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Welcome to the forum, I hope to see your build whatever you choose to start with.ThumpUp

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#4 Posted : 06 July 2018 14:23:48

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Hi Erik BigGrin

Welcome to the forum and good luck with whichever model you build.

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#5 Posted : 06 July 2018 18:11:47

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Yes definitely try something smaller, but out of the bigger ones I have seen, the Constitution seems to be the less involved. I would suggest though that you have lots of tools and patience. It is better to get the right tool than to hurry and make due.
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#6 Posted : 06 July 2018 22:09:26

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Welcome to the forum Erik, great to have you with us....Cool Cool .. The SOTS and the Vasa are both beautiful ships but I'd certainly recommend you take on something a little easier, especially if you have not build these kind of models before....Cool Cool .. Look forward to seeing some of your work....

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#7 Posted : 06 July 2018 22:33:11

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Hi And welcome. can I suggest you have a stab at the Dhow or the longboat from this site, with kits are serous entry level and you can get a feel for planking, tapering, rigging for a small out lay. once you got that under your belt you are ready for something that bit bigger as long as you take your time

A little tip regardless which kit you go for first or which of the larger ones you take at some point download a set of the HMS Victory instructions they have much more detail on how to do thinks than the other kits and why embers who have built some of these usually recommend Victory as the first big build.


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#8 Posted : 06 July 2018 22:58:19

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Hi all. Thanks for the comments.

Probably a wise choice to do a smaller build first. I will have a look at the various other kits and see what grabs me. As a bit more background. I was heavily into model building when younger and had many diarama sets built from scratch and all painted etc. Not 100% sure where they ended up as I don't have any still with me.
Another ship that is on my list to do is the cutty sark. This also has family connections from my mum's side. Dad is the Dane which gets me the Scandinavian connection to the Vasa.

Thanks again for the comments and will look to post up whatever kit I get.
Regards Erik
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Hi Erik,

Welcome to the forum. Look forward to seeing your build progress. Good thing is you've come to the right place for advice. There are plenty of members here who can help in many different ways so If you hit a problem one of us can help you out.

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#11 Posted : 08 July 2018 07:12:37

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So I've sort of made a decision to start with the Virginia schooner. Trouble is it's more in postage than the model £100 postage v £70 for the model. Looks like its £100 regardless of whiich model you get. Sometimes it's a beggar living in NZ. Well ok not really lol
The other possible contender for a start build is the San Francisco 11 which I see a few have done as a first time build.

Also is there a general chat place as this thread is now not really in the right place being the Vasa thread
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#12 Posted : 08 July 2018 07:54:39
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#13 Posted : 08 July 2018 12:11:24

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Erik A wrote:
So I've sort of made a decision to start with the Virginia schooner. Trouble is it's more in postage than the model £100 postage v £70 for the model. Looks like its £100 regardless of whiich model you get. Sometimes it's a beggar living in NZ. Well ok not really lol
The other possible contender for a start build is the San Francisco 11 which I see a few have done as a first time build.

Also is there a general chat place as this thread is now not really in the right place being the Vasa thread


I would not do Sam Fran first its single planked hull in hardwood and is much harder to plank than any if the other kits
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