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  1. Jo, This is your build, example I personally do not like the copper plates on a new build I think its (gauche) new word for the day and I am in the minority with that opinion. All advice on this site is well meant when it comes to laying on some paint do what YOU feel is best and gives you that warm fuzzy feeling every time you look at it. Whether it be natural, historically correct, or your combination of color that may include polka dots.
  2. Frank, Your methodology in tackling the chain plates and shrouds was A#1. We have another museum piece on the ways. Kudos
  3. Patrick, Closed as of January 2019. Time to go Boss and I entered our 70s. You also have to know when to fold them. Industry changed dramatically, now its time to enjoy. I was always in the field, the Boss dealt with marketing, bookkeeping, taxes all fed filings employee withholdings etc. she was the business I was the step and fetch it. She just filed our last returns went outside and screamed for 15 minutes. It was good to us, I had stated in an earlier post my retirement was to be a shop on the beach, hurricane took it and away blew it away after 3 years. One thing I learned when 1 door closes another one opens. Look at Chuck he keeps fighting and is successful for that reason and he has had to fight the Hobgoblins of thieves. As usual enough of my drivel, wish you Luck and good fortune with your business
  4. Actually yesterday son in law and daughter took the boss and I on a field trip, first a dinner at a great seafood restaurant blackened scallops and shrimp A1 and a first class gumbo. Traveled to the Gengas Khan Exhibit at the exploreum. It was so so expected more. Then the City of Mobile Museum, small but very well done. A great job of displays from Mound Builders thru the Spanish, French, English, time periods. Excellent displays and artifacts. I passed on the Mardi Gras displays' King and Queens gowns thru the years the boss loved them. I keep trying to tell her Mardi Gras is for kids to see the parades. The parade societies are for the rich to throw beads and other throws to the poor. Its quite a spectacle to see adults groveling on there hands and knees fighting for 50 cent trinkets (admission) was not too many years ago we were a pair of grovelers. It was a nice day but next time I suggested we eat after and not before. Too much extra weight for an old man like me to carry around.
  5. Patrick, Cash flow is everything, the omnipresent albatross of a small business. After I retired wife and I had an investigation firm that exploded, numerous employees in 4 states with all the headaches of different state laws, taxes, licensing, long laundry list. When it got to where we were not running it but it was running us after 16 years we scaled way back to our home state only and just 3 employees. Actually made more profit less hassle. I get long winded a small business is supposed to be profitable always pay your self first. If not it turns into a headache, wish you all the luck in the world. john
  6. G, In this case beauty is in the eyes of the builder, if natural gives you that warm and fuzzy feeling go with it. Well done so far.
  7. Jo, Suggestion noting Mamoli instructions, do read twice always check ahead. You may find (example) on page 5 an assembly that should have been done on page 2. I took a lot of Excedrin on HMS Victory. Take your time as others have said, lot of help here. The old saying too many cooks in the kitchen spoil the soup its the exact opposite here too many cooks result in a better build. John
  8. Mark, A lowbrow like myself enjoyed the very informative brief intro. Will not surrender my seat on this one.
  9. Freek, Caught up, Kudos on a building an uncommon historical vessel. That's what is nice about this site, as Forest Gump stated "life is like a box of chocolates you never know what the next one is" This is beyond interesting you picked a goodie sticking to the end.
  10. Like your finished build real upgrade, also the display stand nautical, simple, perfectly understated and a true compliment to the build. Something a little different very nice KUDOS
  11. as they once said of Jackie Gleason I bow to the great one. (probably just 10% of folks here know who he was)
  12. Steven, Maximum effort has produced maximum results. On a scale 1-10 a 12 Kudos
  13. Most attorneys I know (quite a few) that have rental property are slum lords. Hope your bill emptied his pockets
  14. last 5 days light rain fog, light rain fog, overcast light rain fog, overcast light rain fog. Thought I was on the pacific coast. Lo and behold a light norther blew threw previous evening I am looking at a blue sky and I think the yellow orb is the sun
  15. I don't agree what would be the difference with a diorama with 2 or 3 separate builds. I thought this would be a good representation of a progression of historical war machines. (could have done a third being the first (The Turtle) That being said I acquiesce to those of you that have had more time history and the development of this wonderful site. Always remember sometimes change is a good thing, cannot always be a stick in the mud. Will do separate logs.
  16. Question, have started what I hope to be a cutout of the CSS Hunley with crew manning the drive bar and internal parts of the sub (maybe overreaching expectations). Have gathered wood for the start USS Tecumseh. Can I have a build log for both vessels since I will be displaying them together?????
  17. Finally caught up on your progress, coming along nicely, getting there. My sincere condolences its never easy, time eases the pain. John
  18. Craig, You have me going in a second direction. When I visited the Naval Air Museum in Pensacola they had several bi and a tri wing bombers WWI. Really impressed me. I haven't done plastic since I was a kid then mostly airplanes. You posted a model plane you purchased from what you said was a premier model company approx. month ago it was very large and expensive but you stated the quality was fantastic I wrote it down the name but as usual I put it in a place so I could find it and can't remember where that was. After following this build and seeing how far they have come (with PE and precision moldings) want to order one and build. This looks like it is going to be a good ride will follow.
  19. Wallace, I hope to do one in the future after working on one as a teen then chasing them for 25 years in enforcement. You may want to attempt a scratch build, type in wood shrimp boat pics will bring up many examples, trawlers are basically the same on all coasts. We have boats here in Alabama that fish up the east coast its amazing how fast they can change rigging and gear to target other species, long lining even going to South America snapper fishing. My suggestion take a trip to your coast find out which ports have the largest trawling industry (sadly its dying fast) you will be able to get pics of the well worn oldie but goodies, you will get details to add to a build you wont find elsewhere to make it realistic. The hull and rigging really is not that complicated. Good Luck John
  20. Leif, As I clicked thru the picks of this beautiful build I was extremely impressed with your attention to details. Specifically the star carved into the end of the cathead That one addition or attention to details was the touch of a craftsman, Kudos well done
  21. Javier, I am truly amazed you can put so much detail in such a small build. first class
  22. CA comes in 3 sets I tend towards the gel on certain items takes a little longer to set but you do avoid the mistakes and messes of the 5 second CA. After knocking over a container of the 5 sec. and it spreading so fast like a rushing river it was a mess. Fumes were so bad they ran me out of the room. Not long after there were some postings about setting bottles in stable containers where they could no be accidentally knocked over. Stupid is as stupid does. Gel is best and any mistakes in gluing can be avoided and corrected before it sets.
  23. Lou, That is one P.O. puppy. I had one that was really ill-tempered, when I fussed at him (he did a lot of bad things) he would give me that same evil look. If I really fussed at him shaking a rolled up paper I called my beat stick he showed his displeasure by laying a pile of feces on my pants or shoes or anything of mine that happened to be on the floor. When he really showed his displeasure in addition to feces he would add a large puddle of urine on top. He was a Dachshund the most stubborn of dogs ever created. If you are smart you may want to leave our personal effects off the floor that puppy has payback in those eyes.😈 (he's still cute) Keep your snow and ice I think I will quit complaining about our fog, rain, dampness, and 40 degree temperature swings over the last month.

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