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    What are your thoughts on scale?

    I am very interested in construction details, mainly on different frame techniques. I tried the smaller scales and finally ended up with 1:24. All my work is that scale. Granted a 1:24 fishing schooner takes up most of one wall in my office, but what the hey --it's my office. I also did a 1:6 scale of a friendship sloop for actual sailing and - woops - there went another wall - this time in the guest room.
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    Unusual ship models

    I visited this 'model' a few years back. You actually walk around on the deck, look into things, etc. Very well done by a crew of master shipwrights. If you are in the NE it is well worth the trip. PS not that far from Mystic if you are going to the NRG. Ed
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    Rigging scissors

    Another option i you have a medical type friend - suture scissors. They are sometimes discarded after one use. They have a little grove and curved tip that allows you to grasp the exact line. Ed
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    Byrnes Model Machines

    I own the rigid and use it a lot. Couple of weak, BUT not show stopper, points. Remember this is a full sized machine, not one designed for model making. The dust pickup pulls air through slots and gaps in the table and IMHO is not strong enough even with a shop vac attached. I use "C" clamps to place a nozzle on the left side of the belt and that does a much better job. Sanding small parts can be hard. I took a piece of Masonite, or plywood, and pushed it directly into the moving belt thereby making a "zero tolerance" table. That, plus the dust pickup (above), turned it into a real potent machine. The table tilts for bevel sanding BUT not exactly at the belt contact area. Your part will be unsupported as it is sanded. The Masonite table solves that problem also. It is solid machine, with great belt life. Don't forget to get a gum rubber belt cleaner. I love it and have done many frames with it. Ed
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    Favorite old timer quotes

    OldSalt- You musta lived in a puritan village. In my neck o the woods it had to be a dime to qualify.
  6. Bensid54 Get those big ones trained! Your rigging problems will be solved.
  7. If you like schooners, take a look at Bolger's folding schooner. Easily built in a small shop and connects to 31' overall with twin gaffs and a jib. Sails excellently even single handed. I used mine in Alaska for several years before selling it.
  8. reklein I agree with you wholeheartedly. This has happened to me. I've had trouble fairing and on my last couple of builds I added a step. When all the frames are complete, I stack them up carefully centered and square. I use several long bar clamps. Then I've done a rough fairing with sandpaper strips glued to thin battens, moving one clamp at a time to allow both internal and external fairing. Very rough at the start and gradually getting down to the right shape. I don't do it to the final profile. Then I mount them to the keel and place them in the jig before doing the final fairing. Doing the fairing off of the jig has saved me a bunch of frustration.
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    Them Old Jokes

    There is the same joke with the accounting fraternity. "Debit is towards the window" If you are financially challenged, it make no sense.
  10. Using water and ammonia may help. Ammonia reacts with the lignin in wood, which is the adhesive material holding fibers together. After soaking the wood in a strong ammonia, bend it to the shape desired. As the ammonia evaporates the water in the air replaces it in the lignin and restores to original glue strength. This is smelly and some people do not like the smell. In an industrial / commercial operation, wood is placed in a strong vacuum resistant chamber and the air withdrawn. This takes the moisture with it. Anhydrous ammonia is then introduced and allowed to penetrate. The wood is then bent and allowed to replace the ammonia with the water from the air.
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    Wooden ship building

    WARNING Norton caught a web attack from this site!!!! Ed
  12. Keith, "its interests are regional, within reach of its air bases" , is exactly what their government wants people to believe. If you look at their investment strategy in the world, you might get a different view. Ed
  13. Save your broken scroll saw blades and mount them upside down in the same handle you use for knives. That gives you a saw for confined spaces. The reverse mounting gives you better control. Ed
  14. I built and sailed Bolgers Folding Schooner, which only drew 2-3 inches and sailed like a demon.
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    Yacht sinks during launch

    One of the stories I read was there was an unrecorded rock under the hull that caught the keel and caused it to flip, rather than design flaws.

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