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Chuck Seiler

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About Chuck Seiler

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    : San Diego area
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    Shipmodeling, eh

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  1. Brian, I applaude you idea to use a simple model as a training platform. My first piece of advice is to add alcohol to your toolbox....rubbing alcohol. (A good 12 year old scotch isn't bad either (but I digress). Alcohol helps soften wood glue and allows you to disassemebly your mistakes, er, ah learning experiences. I have done alot of that. I would like to add to Dan's advise. You will often have to bend planks, such as around the bow or edge bend up or down. This often requires soaking thee plank and fitting it into place AFTER you have spiled it. Let it dry in place and refit when dry. If you glue while wet, it will shrink and cause gaps.
  2. My hat is off to the NRG Board for working hard to make these conferences happen. I was involved in planning the 2007 Conference in San Diego,and to a lesser degree, the 1999 Conference there as well. It takes alot of effort. Now that the NRG is doing this pretty much without a host club helping out, that work is concentrated. I think they are doing a good job balancing the various interests and desires. As Mitch indicated, many members had indicated LV as a preferred site. Obviously some don't care for it. Many want a location with a maritime flavour. For me, that is great, but because my time is limited I can only attend the Friday-Sunday events. Someday when I have more time available to me, that will change...instead proximity is important. Would I attend a conference in Norfolk or Annapolis? I would love to, but less likely. That doesn't mean I oppose the choice. When will the conference be in Whitehorse?
  3. Kurt, What is the attendance for this year's event? When do you announce next year's venue, tonight?
  4. I am curious as to where the Princeton researchers got their data in the NY Times article referenced in Lou (limagna)'s earlier post. Are we to believe that colonial beds and doorways are small because they were too stooopid to make them the correct (for their height) size?
  5. The issue I have with this discussion so far is the use of a 6 foot person. People were smaller 200 years ago than they are today. I would shoot for a 5 foot person.
  6. One scene that was cut, modified actually, was the scene where they anchored in Brazil. This was related from one of the SD Maritime docents who was an extra in the film (he played the master at arms). The anchor for the movie was made of fiberglass. They came into the harbor with all the native craft escorting them, then dropped anchor....and it floated... CUT!!!!!! They had to haul it in, add weights to it then do it again. DOH!
  7. Hms Enterprize shipyard 1:72

    Many thanks
  8. Hms Enterprize shipyard 1:72

    Clare, Who is GPM?
  9. For what it's worth, I am firmly in the #2 pencil camp. For me, solid black is not subtle enough. I have the privilege of belonging to a club with access to actual tall ships. I can go up on the Berkeley and look down on HMS SURPRISE and CALIFORNIAN and see how real caulking looks. Even so, scale distance is only 1.5 to 2 feet away. Mentally factoring in the effect of distance on color and I feel the old #2 represents it best.
  10. OPTIVISOR is supposed to be pretty good. Quality plus changeable lenses. I have one, but I still prefer my cheapo Deluxe Lighted Headband Magnifier (see MicroMark) that the lights fell off years ago.
  11. Red bulwarks

    I'll buy that.
  12. Please take a survey

    I don't know if I am seeing this correctly,but....there is quite a gap between first post and second. Is that correct?
  13. Red bulwarks

    I am late to the discussion...please pardon my tardiness. I was a little involved in the discussion on pigments referenced by Wayne, so this interests me in terms of "what did they use and why". I see the phrase "...did not paint..." several times above. I hope that means they did not use color, but did in some other fashion treat the wood. I have seen untreated wooden buildings and structures and note how (relatively) rapidly they deteriorate. I can only guess at the impact an open ocean, salt water environment would have on raw wood. Would pinetar be used, as Duff suggests, or something else.
  14. Sandpaper. Use. It.

    Vossie, Thanks for the tip on the book. Finishing has been a weak area with me. In some cases I prefer to paint a piece before installing it to ensure a crisp paint line, or lack of over paint. Similarly, paint or stain a section before installing moulding. The issue has always been to seal or not seal. I have painted with some success using a method outlined by Chuck and others. However, I only paint small areas. I either stain or leave natural the bulk of the model. I usually avoid sanding sealer due to fear that it will screw up efforts to stain. Perhaps I should experiment.

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