H.M.S. Fly 1776

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Hello @Tangopapa.
Well for me they were actually very good. I had to study them however and follow some of the great build logs for the Fly already completed in this forum.
 
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Very impressive for a first build Dan. Looks like you will go far in this great hobby. Keep posting those build logs. Charlie
Thank you Charlie. You sure helped me navigate through several "fog banks". I plan to keep an eye your builds as well.
 
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Hello Bill,
Nice to meet you. Thank you for the comment and you have a great looking ship as well. I am curious though as to where would one ever find room to set the sails on the real ship???
Hi Daniel, good to meet you too.
That's a good question about the sails. It's amazing that they knew which rope to pull on. I've debated putting sails on one of my models. HMS Fly was my third. I guess I'm debating whether I would have the patience to deal with them.
 
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It looks like you are familiar with Amati-Victory ships.
Yes, at least I have done one. The 5 sheets of drawings are very good but the instructions are sparse. Really no step by step photos and little detail on rigging, bit if you read others' build logs and study the drawings it is enough. But your Fly rigging is far more involved.
 
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I'm currently working on the Amati brig Mercury. It's in the last stages of rigging.

I recently got the Amati Viking ship kit and I'm looking forward to building it. I will be putting a sail on it for sure. I might use silkspan for the sail rather than cloth.

I have my eye on the Jotika Diana, but I'm not sure I'm up to it. At 83 years old my hands are getting very shaky.

My first ship model was HMS Halifax from Constructo. Their kits are a great value and I think are a bit understated. I took first
place with it at a show in Hamilton, Ontario. I then sold it to a museum in eastern Ontario.

I think the Amati plans are very good, although I have found a few small mistakes in them, but nothing serious.

Just keep building.
 
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I'm currently working on the Amati brig Mercury. It's in the last stages of rigging.

I recently got the Amati Viking ship kit and I'm looking forward to building it. I will be putting a sail on it for sure. I might use silkspan for the sail rather than cloth.

I have my eye on the Jotika Diana, but I'm not sure I'm up to it. At 83 years old my hands are getting very shaky.

My first ship model was HMS Halifax from Constructo. Their kits are a great value and I think are a bit understated. I took first
place with it at a show in Hamilton, Ontario. I then sold it to a museum in eastern Ontario.

I think the Amati plans are very good, although I have found a few small mistakes in them, but nothing serious.

Just keep building.
Yes there are a few areas where they have mistakes which are obvious. My biggest mistake was not buying aftermarket sheave blocks. I didn't know better at the time that the kit supplied ones were vastly inferior to the aftermarket ones. And now I'm always on the hunt for top quality threading for line work. It seems all the top modelers go for these aftermarket items and it really does make a huge difference in final appearance. I hope to be building models at 83! That's just wonder full Bill, keep it up!
 
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I recently got the Amati Viking ship kit and I'm looking forward to building it. I will be putting a sail on it for sure. I might use silkspan for the sail rather than cloth.
The Viking ship kits depend very much on accurate shaping of the pre-cut planking. I'm sorry to say that I tried the Amati Viking ship and gave up because the planking was not well shaped. I later bought the Billings Oseberg large scale kit and the planking was excellent - chalk and cheese.

One tip - because the planks are plywood it is best to stain them a dark colour before fitting any planks to hide the plywood edges.
 
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