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Adding the Cabin to our Midwest Products Chesapeake Bay Flattie Ship Model Kit

Midwest Products Chesapeake Bay Flattie

A Good First Model Ship Kit

For Beginning Model Shipbuilders

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In the latest installment of our on-line building project of Midwest Products Chesapeake Bay Flattie model ship kit, we add the cabin.

The simple lines of Chesapeake Bay Flatties that made them ideal for locals to build from locally-available lumber also make this an ideal ship model kit or a person with no prior wood ship model building experience. The kit comes with die-cut and pre-cut parts, as well as fittings, rigging line, sail material, and a well-done set of instructions and building plans.

Click on the links below to visit each stage of construction:

Chapter 1: Assembling the Keel and Bulkheads
Chapter 2: The Deck
Chapter 3: The Mast Step and Bow Stiffeners
Chapter 4: Keel and Chine Strips
Chapter 5: Installing the Cabin
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Chesapeake Bay Flattie Ship Model Kit

A great place to start ship model building hobby

Follow along as we build the plank-on-bulkhead kit

Because of their shallow draft, flat-bottomed work boats called “flatties,” were popular around the turn of the century along the Chesapeake Bay from Virginia to North Carolina.

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Midwest Products Chesapeake Bay Flattie model ship kit

The simple lines of these boats that made them ideal for locals to build from locally-available lumber also make this an ideal ship model kit or a person with no prior wood ship model building experience. The kit comes with die-cut and pre-cut parts, as well as fittings, rigging line, sail material, and a well-done set of instructions and building plans. While solid-hull ship model kits are generally considered easier than plank-on-bulkhead kits, the flat sides and square corners of this kit make planking a breeze, and simpler than the sanding and shaping required for most wood solid hull kits. Follow along as we post updates to our Chesapeake Bay Flattie Ship Model Kit Building Project.
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