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About usedtosail

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    Can't wait to retire!
  • Birthday 04/27/1955

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  1. Ropewalk

    Hi Derek. I think you will be happy with the ME offering. I wanted to show you my set up, which is a combination of the Dormanoff vertical ropewalk and the ME horizontal rope walk. For the head end, I replaced the ME version with the Dormanoff. I was using clamps to hold it vertical, but this weekend I sandwiched it between to aluminum angle irons, which is much sturdier and easier to clamp to the bench. For the tail end, I was using a modified version of the ME tail end, as shown on the right in this picture. The handle broke off at some point, so I jammed a cut off bolt into the end hole and threaded on a couple of nuts, so I can drive it with a nut driver in an electric hand drill. Because I can turn it so fast with the drill, I wanted something a little better, so I built the next generation back end over the weekend, shown on the left, mostly from some sheet aluminum I had. I cut the disk and threaded in the eye bolts. I also pressed a ball bearing into a hole in the vertical sheet, and turned a shaft that is threaded on both ends. The disk is threaded onto the shaft with a nut to hold it in place, and two nuts are threaded on the other end for the nut driver. Have fun with your rope making. When assembling the ME rope walk, put the head end together carefully so it turns easily. That was the biggest problem I had with mine.
  2. Ropewalk

    Well, here is my journey into the world of rope walks. I started with the basic Model Expo ropewalk, which actually worked pretty well. It was tough getting the wooden gears to mesh nicely so after a while the end with all the gears became unusable. I then bought a Domenoff vertical rope walk. This worked OK, but I had problems not having enough height getting a length of rope as long as I needed, and I wanted more control over the tension of the finished rope, which was very dependent on the amount of weight used. So, I mounted the Domenoff horizontally, essentially replacing the end of the ME rope walk that broke. I still use the other end of the ME rope walk, which I modified so I can turn it with a power drill. I can vary the tension by holding the moving end with one hand and the drill in the other, keeping the tension as tight as I like while the threads are pre-tensioning and while the threads are wrapping into the rope. I also added a foot switch to control the Domenoff end, so I can stand at the other end to keep tension on the threads. I am very happy with most of the rope I can make this set up, except for very large ropes which I have not yet perfected. I buy from Chuck for those large sizes (.035" and up). I have also recently purchased a used Byrnes rope walk, which I have been experimenting with. So far, I have not been able to reproduce the rope with the same quality as I can with the Domanoff/Model Expo hybrid. If anyone is interested in the Byrnes rope walk, make me an offer. I really don't need it.
  3. We will miss you Captain Bob.

  4. What have you received today?

    I was like a kid at Christmas last night...Sherline lathe with milling column and a few other accessories... I can't wait to actually use it to make stuff, hee hee.
  5. Joe, before you pull the trigger with another seller, try calling Kat at Sherline. I just got a 15% "senior" discount on a lathe package with milling column, although I am only 62. It should arrive Wed. next week.
  6. DSCI5490.JPG

    The amount of detail is just fantastic, Nils.
  7. What a great gift. Very nice job on the canoe.
  8. IMG 2086

    That is a very beautiful ship you have made.
  9. CIMG2721

    Great job on this ship. I love the sails
  10. ChrisCraft 3

    Great job on this boat Bob. This kit is on my Christmas list this year.
  11. P1020271

    This is a fantastic model. If I didn't know, I would have thought this was a real ship run aground on the beach.
  12. CIMG3050

    What a lovely model. You must have had mixed emotions while building her.
  13. Bounty Launch by Usedtosail

    This is the Model Expo kit, built with a few modifications and additions.
  14. Triton cross section

    Very nice! That case looks spectacular, too.
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