This Sophomore Course is based on the Model Shipways kit, USF Constitution (MS2040). This course consists of 12 chapters and covers the complete construction of the hull and includes all photos taken when I built the model. A separate Masting and Rigging course is also available consisting of 6 chapters. It covers making the masts and spars and attaching all of the rigging to them. 

This course is ideal for modelers with some model shipbuilding experience. Because of the complexity of the model, there is much more to construct and thus, much more is covered in the course. 

No modifications are made to the design of the kit. However, many enhancement techniques are shown to bring out detail or add details missing in the kit. The hull planking consists of a single layer, and the lower hull is covered in copper plating. 

With this course, the modeler will learn a new method of planking the hull (not previously covered), how to build deck furniture, how to copper a hull, how to make ship's boats and much more. The optional Masting and Rigging Course will teach the modeler more complexities to making masts and spars, a more complex rigging structure, and how to read model ship plans for final rigging. The course teaches many of the basics of model shipbuidling as well as more complex techniques and is a stepping stone to kit bashing and even more complex models.

To read a sample chapter, see our PDF Downloads page. 

Sophomore Course, USF Constitution w/Photo CD

  • All files are compatible with Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. After unzipping the downloaded file to a directory, browse the directory and double click on the file Index.htm. That will open an interface giving you acces to all of the chapters and in some cases, to certain images and/or video clips associated with the practicum.

    The Images files from the Photo Cd are in their own directory which is inside the directory you unzipped the files into. Using Windows Explorer or Mac Finder, browse that directory and click on the Bluenose Photos directory. There you will see the various JPG image files and in some cases video files (AVI or MPG).

  • The downloaded zip file is being sold to you as software. This software is to be used to help you in building the subject model ship.  This software is licensed to you for that purpose and that purpose only.  By accepting this file and the files contained within it, you agree to abide by this license. 

    This software is copyrighted software and is protected under all applicable copyright laws.  Lauck Street Shipyard, a division of LSS Enterprises Inc., owns the exclusive copyrights to this software.  As part of this license agreement, Lauck Street Shipyard permits you to make a copy of this software for personal use only.  You are also permitted to have one printed copy made of any and all of the materials by a commercial copy service such as Kinko’s, Office Max, Staples, etc. and you understand that the printed copy of these materials is for your personal use only.

    When you purchased this software, you purchased it for life.  This means that you cannot give this software to someone else once you are finished with it.  You cannot sell this software to someone else once you are finished with it. You cannot upload this software to a cloud storage solution such as Apple’s iCloud, Google cloud storage, dropbox, box, Microsoft cloud, etc.. Hackers are notorious for hacking popular websites including Apple’s cloud storage. Should that happen and this software were on such a website, it could cause serious loss of sales and income if the stolen data were counterfeited and sold at a lower price.

    If you sell or give this software to someone else at a later date, you are in violation of this software license agreement and possibly certain copyright laws.  You understand that legal action can be taken against you for doing so.  This is not a book that you can read and later pass on to someone else.  It is licensed software for your use only.  This license is non-transferrable.

    Due to the nature of this software, and because it is not copy protected, we cannot offer a refund or exchange.  Please see our website regarding our refund policies.

    As part of this software license agreement, Lauck Street Shipyard agrees to provide free replacement of the CD’s (or DVD’s) at any time should they become lost or damaged.  Lauck Street Shipyard also agrees to provide you with technical support at any time with regards to the construction of the subject model.

    If you should have any questions regarding this software, you may contact Lauck Street Shipyard by telephone, email or mail.  Technical support may be obtained by telephone, email, mail or the website forum provided by Lauck Street Shipyard.

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    Inwood, WV 25428

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