Since I've been a figure modeler, this is my first attempt in building a ship model. It is the Zhong Shan, Gunboat (1910 - 1938) of the Chinese Nationalist Navy. This is a 1:180 scale plastic kit from ZhengDeFu. I've replaced the bridge with a scratch-built one. I also scratch-built the lookout position and all inclined ladders with plastic card and putty. Further scratch-building included all vertical ladders, railing and the stack grills with wire from guitar strings. I replaced all gun barrels with plastic rod, added anchor chain and added other small details. With this project I really enjoyed and gained lots of experience in ship modeling. The project took about 5 months to complete. Please feel free to give me some comment.