Si need a starter ship

Hello ship buliders 

i want to start ship buliding but i want a starter ship kit 

the first ship i bulid was really old bismack kit lets just say i think it looks better in real life than my model i found it was very a comlicated kit so i dont want a crazy detailed kit or big for that matter i just want a starter any suggestions?

 

thank Dillon

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Patrick Camilleri

435 posts


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If you found Bismark a bit difficult why not try a smaller model.

Airfix's HMS Fearless builds nicely and you'll still find examples of it around.   Hopefully they'll be releasing more of the smaller ship models soon!

@Patrick Camilleri

If you found Bismark a bit difficult why not try a smaller model.

Airfix's HMS Fearless builds nicely and you'll still find examples of it around.   Hopefully they'll be releasing more of the smaller ship models soon!

Thanks i will look for one

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Patrick Camilleri

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There was an article about building the Fearless in the October 2014 issue of Airfix Model World.  It would be a good reference to start off with.

Dad Paul B

342 posts

You could also look at Ark Royal as it has a small superstructure or a smaller ship like Belfast, Campbeltown or Graf Spee. If you want to go for something very basic look for the series 1 kits like Great Western. You will need to hunt the model shows for some of these.

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Paws4thot

987 posts

If it can still be had for a "modeler price" rather than a "collector price", the Airfix Type 21 frigate (quite possibly sold as the class name vessel HMS Amazon), picked as being smaller overall hence smaller hull pieces, and relatively recent.

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@Paws4thot

If it can still be had for a "modeler price" rather than a "collector price", the Airfix Type 21 frigate (quite possibly sold as the class name vessel HMS Amazon), picked as being smaller overall hence smaller hull pieces, and relatively recent.

Yes i have noticed a trend of ships being priced very high or is it just me as I have to date never paid full price

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Ratch

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 The prices of the Vintage Classics are good, lower that current e-bay BINs

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jopres57

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I agree with other contributors that modern warship models can be simpler to construct because of the more streamlined design of the original. I managed to obtain from e-bay a reasonably priced HMS Devonshire recently, a possible good starter kit because it's a reasonable size and easy build. The same could be said of the Rommel, which I would like to see again after all these years. One kit which would certainly fit the bill is the Moskva, which I unfortunately missed back in the day. I often wonder what happened to some of the old Airfix moulds; if they have been lost would it not be possible in this day and age to reverse engineer a new one? i.e. find an old kit and build a new mould from the existing sprues. In any event it would be good to see some long lost ship kits re-appear in the 'Classics' range.

Ratch

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 Airfix still have the Moskva mould

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