Well I don't think any of you will remember me, I was the guy who tried to do HMS Tiger a while back while I was in school. As one could have predicted, that did not go so well. Fast forward to now, and I am happily settled into a nice pair of jobs and am back to exploring this. I was hoping for some (most likely reaplication) of advice on jumping in. Just because I know people will ask, I'm located in Oregon. So while there is a club within reasonable driving distance (WCC), its not really close enough that I can make lots of trips. I have two plans left from my previous attempt, the sleek HMS Tiger and the tubby little USS Mississippi pre-dread, both from Mr. Goff. While I do want to build these, I think it may be a little much for starting out and I dont want to repeat last time. Here is what my thinking is on really getting started on a hull, and more importantly finishing it. --I kind of have a lack of tools, most importantly detailed cutting ones. So whether I go for Fiberglass or Wood, I need to invest a bit of cash. Speeking of building materials... ---I feel more comfortable working with wood as opposed to pre-made Fiberglass hulls. My guess is that buying some additional plywood to recut a rib that was misformed is easier then doing something similar to a Fiberglass hull. But of course nobody ever makes mistakes like that. ---So I guess that means I would need a scroll saw. I have looked around a bit and found this Dremel one. I like it because it does not need a huge surface, which is nice. Does anyone have experence with this modle or oppinions on another one? --I think going for one of RCENGR's laser cut kits is a good idea at first. That would allow me to work on some other aspects of a combat ship first and spend the effort of practicing on rib cutting on something more forgiving, like the Liberty Ship plans that are avalible. While I know the Balitmor is the most tested of these kits (but I would build it as CA-122), Im not really a fan of treaty-era cruisers or there decendents. Has anyone ran a New York/Texas? I recall seeing that nobody had finised the kit, but any others out there? How does it compare to the lauded Iron Duke's? Any other advice? Thanks in advance.