18th Century Longboat – Model Shipways

Day 1.

With the Bluenose complete, it is time to start another build.  This will be my third model ship.  My last build really helped to expand my skill set, and I’m eager to try my hand at things like square rigs and cannons.  However, coming off a nearly 2-year build, I’m hesitant to jump immediately into another big long build.

So, I’ve chosen to build the Model Shipways 18th Century Longboat.

I’m drawn to this kit because it is a relatively short build, but it requires extra attention be paid to the wood working.  I think this is a great opportunity for me to sharpen my skills on cutting, sanding, and making good joints.


The Longboat

This model will be of a typical 18th century longboat.  Longboats were carried by larger sailing ships and used to shuttle people or supplies between the ship and shore.  This model is based on a model found in the National Maritime Museum of a typical longboat from 1750 to 1760.

About the Kit

The kit was designed by Chuck Passaro.  He wrote the practicum that I followed for my first build.  He runs Syren Ship Model Company, where I’ve purchased all my rigging line and blocks.  He’s also one of the moderators of the Model Ship World Forum.  Basically, he’s one of the rock stars of the model ship world.

The instructions for this kit are basically a practicum.  They are very thorough and cover every step.

  • 1:48 scale, 10″ long, 11.75″ tall.
  • 40+ pages of instructions.
  • 2 full size sheets of plans.
  • Plank-on-frame construction.
  • All required wood is provided.
  • Plans and instructions by Chuck Passaro
  • Kit developed in 2011.

Getting Started

In preparation for this build, I’ve done some work to get organized:

  • The 2 sheets of plans were scanned into the computer.
  • I created additional diagrams for each of the rigging lines, and created my own plan sheet for each line.
  • I made my build book, including the instructions, plans and rigging diagrams.
  • I went through the instructions line-by-line and noted every piece, part, and step that needs to be done.  I’ve made a spreadsheet out of this to help me track my work.

Today I spread the parts out on the bench and prepared to dive in.  As always, this starts with an inventory.  Each part was checked against the parts list and labled.