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  1. It does look exactly like it. I know it, like all Grizzly machines is made in China. Now I just have to learn to use it as well as you do!
  2. I would just add a couple of data points. As Keith mentioned, weight is an asset with a mill. However for me there are also weight limitations since I have to get any tool into my basement workshop. That said, a used Bridgeport would be fantastic but I would never be able to get it into my shop. A micro mill is benchtop mounted but I need the bench space and would not want to lift the mill on and off the bench as I need it. Secondly, larger units can mill smaller pieces, but the opposite is not true. Micro mills will never be able to mill using larger bits. However, micromills such as the Sherline or Proxxon mills are very accurate on small scales, they just don't have the power of scope to mill larger pieces. A long XY table is great providing it has the rigidity to hold longer pieces and you have the space for the table to shift out on either side of the mill. I went with the Grizzly G0759. It can be converted to CNC but doesn't come that way. It was small enough that I could get it into my shop and still weighty enough to mill what I would be building. Before I would look at a CNC conversion, I would recommend a good Digital Read Out (DRO). The DRO will allow you to be very accurate but there is a cool factor to having a CNC mill. Lastly, the cost of accessories can double the cost of your mill. Of course you can buy these as you need them, but most mills will require a substantial outlay in accessory cost before you will be able to use them.
  3. There is no record of exactly what boats were on the Constitution at any given time. There were many different ones on the ship at various times and they all tended to have a short shelf life. During a battles, these tended to get damaged pretty quickly so they were replaced. I recommend you scan through the various literatures that are available from the AOS to the US Navy archives. Then just choose a number and styles and sizes that represent those that could have been on it at any time. If it is to scale and was on the ship, no one is going to fault you for choosing one type over the other.
  4. Okay, I received this last week, but had to wait for the electrician to rewire my outlet before I actually got it running. This was a replacement for my old cyclone. It is a great dust collector. While I was between systems, I used the time to rivet loose connections in my ducting as well as installing two new ports for a more flexible "shop vac" type hose. This will allow spot cleaning dust not picked up by the cyclone. Laguna did a fantastic job with their new cyclones.
  5. With Excel 2011 for the Mac it will not work. I can finally get it to open, but none of the buttons will work. Again, I think it is using ActiveX and that is not supported.
  6. One trick I used on my Connie was to drill a small hole in the end of the mast and glue in the snipped off end of a needle. I had to do this on the Connie because the blocks I had glued into the hull still allowed for a bit of slop. The small needle point was enough to keep the foot in place while the rigging was put in place.
  7. I found the Mamoli ship's boats to be terrible. If you worked hard enough you could get something out of it, but I decided it was less work to build the ship's boats from scratch. There are many examples on how to do this in build logs here. You probably already have enough scrap from your ship to do it. They are a fun mini-project. Worst case is you find you don't like them and buy one from Model Expo or another vendor. You still would carry additional skills with you. Give them scratch building them a try. they really are a great small project. Here are some of mine for my Mamoli Constitution.
  8. I have never been able to open this with macros. I think ActiveX is used in this version of Excel and is no longer supported. By turning off Macros, telling Excel to open and repair and disabling macros, and opening in read only mode, it will open - sort of - but will not work.
  9. I have found inlaying them slightly does several things, if fitting tightly to the base of the brackets, it looks great and second, it provides a tiny bit of more support overcoming the slight slop of the screw through the bracket, and lastly, it also allows you to add epoxy under the bracket attaching the bracket to the base.
  10. You stagecoach is looking great. One word of caution with the Sharpies. They tend to bleed and more importantly, their color is not stable. They discolor fairly quickly.
  11. The thin rip jigs work extremely well with the 10" Sawstop I use. I found a similar jig made by Infinity Tools https://www.infinitytools.com/thin-rip-tablesaw-jig that is slightly cheaper and looks to be a bit more substantial than the Rockler tool. This is the one I have been using. Trying to cut strips between the fence and the blade is very dangerous and error prone.
  12. Theoretically I like the idea of rigging everything off ship. However, I find my mind just doesn't work like that. I end up rigging everything on ship. For me that is what works. Everyone has a different method. Fore to aft, aft to fore, bottom to top, etc. You just have to see what works. You will find your groove as you rig.
  13. Just realize that no matter what set you choose, you will still have tunnel vision. It is just optics. You. Ight see ligght from your peripheral, but it will not be in focus.
  14. You are welcome. I am glad it helps. It took me awhile before I figured it out and then it became clear. They really did a great job on explaining where each line went.
  15. Wow, it has been a long time since I posted an update on my Eagle. Here she is. She is currently being masted. More details in my build log.