Friday, December 23, 2011

USS Constitution - built by William Bergmark

Check out the pictures William Bergmark submitted of his USS Constitution by Model Shipways - great job William! If you have questions about William's work, you can check out his build video on YouTube or contact him via email.

William's comments: I recently finished building the USS Constitution over the course of 11 months and have included a build log video on YouTube. 

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Noank Historical Society's Emma C. Berry Model Kit Build

Larry Jacobsen and Roger Hambidge, shown with the EMMA C. BERRY ship model kit from Model Expo, licensed by Mystic Seaport, the current owner of the vessel. Roger will build the model for the 2016 exhibition at Noank Historical Society, on the 150th anniversary of the launching of the EMMA C. BERRY, which was built at the Palmer Shipyard, in Noank. The model kit was donated to the Noank Historical Society for this purpose by the family of Victor Burdick, to honor his memory. Roger will provide photos of the work as it progresses.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Chaperon, Sternwheel Steam Packet 1884 - Built by Dennis Eversole

Check out the pictures Dennis Eversole submitted of his Chaperon, Sternwheel Steam Packet 1884 by Model Shipways - great job Dennis! If you have questions about Dennis's work, you can contact him via email.

Dennis's comments: I recently finished building Model Shipways Chaperon and I want to compliment your staff for a fine kit. The plans, instructions, and laser cut parts list are excellent. The fit of the the laser cut items was "right on" - especially the brass railings!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Gunboat Philadelphia - Development Update!

Bob Crane is well underway in developing our Gunboat Philadelphia for Model Shipways and we wanted to give you all a sneak peak as to where he is at! Check out the schematics below of the hull framing, swivel gun 3/4 pounder, 9-pounder, and 12 pounder! Estimated launch date is Summer 2012!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


I've heard a lot of comments about the merits and drawbacks of single planking or double planking a hull. Which method do you prefer and why is one better than the other?

Monday, December 12, 2011

Syren, US Brig 1803 - Built by Ron Neilson

Take a look at the pictures Ron Neilson submitted of his Syren, US Brig 1803 by Model Shipways - great job Ron! If you have questions about Ron's work, you can contact him via email and / or you should look to the Model Ship World Forum as there is a large repository of information on building this model kit!

Thursday, December 8, 2011


We would like to know what is happening in ship modeling clubs everywhere. Please spread the word by posting your news, events, comments and questions.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

North Shore Deadeyes Newsletter for November 2011

We wanted to say thanks to Kurt Van Dahm for his write up of Model Shipways newly released (Confederacy and Longboat) and in-development model ship kits! Click on the link below to read the articles and more about what's happening in their club!

North Shore Deadeyes Newsletter for November 2011

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

From raw metal to finished product

Did you know that Model Expo actually is the manufacturer for the Model Shipways line of ship model kits? In addition to laser cutting all of our own wood, we cast many of the metal fittings found in your kit - right here in Hollywood, Florida! The following pictures give you a glimpse of what it takes to go from raw metal to a finished steering wheel.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Welcome to the Shipwright's Journal

Model Expo would like to welcome everyone to the Shipwright's Journal! The intent of this blog is to have a place for our customers to showcase in-progress or completed ship model kits and to share tips and tricks for ship modeling. In addition, Model Expo will provide updates on future Model Shipways kits such as the Revenue Cutter Roger B. Taney, The Gunboat Philadelphia, and more!

If you have something you want published to the blog, please send text / pictures via email to Model Expo Web Marketing!

Thank you and happy modeling!

Model Expo