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Chuck Seiler

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    : San Diego area
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    Shipmodeling, eh

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  1. So, those of us going to the conference, then meandering around the Southwest for a week and may not have access to the interweb....can we reserve a spot in line now?
  2. I hear ya. Best of luck on the drive. I look forward to seeing her up close.
  3. Chuck Seiler

    Purpose of tall mast on bow of riverboat

    Wow! I get to answer 2 questions in 1 post. Speaking of FAR WEST #1. The forward mast was indeed used as a gauge to help the pilot maneuver the boat. As you see from the pic, the mast IS the same height as the stacks. I doubt there were many bridges on the Missouri River in 1876, but I am sure there were some nearer to the Mississippi. The mast acted as a centerline and horizon to provide the pilot a point of reference. The black doohicky on the mast (arrow) was the "horizon". Missouri boats were very similar in design to Mississippi boats #2. Mississippi boats like the ROBERT E. LEE did NOT have the "grasshopper" feature. Running into or over obstacles was frowned upon. However, on the Missouri there were obstacles aplenty. The grasshopper feature was important. You can see he antenna looking booms sticking out of the front of the model above. The starboard (unpainted) spar is rigged. Each boom had its own capstan. In addition to grasshopping, these could be used for loading/unloading cargo and gangplank deployment.
  4. Brian, I have dabbled with this for awhile. I prefer natural wood with some colour highlights as well as black for wales, etc, so the area is not large. Dyes are available in many colors and can be purchased in liquid or powder, as indicated above. I prefer to use the stuff that can be dissolved in alcohol...it penetrates better. Another option is ink. I have used black India Ink for wales and a blue ink for fancywork. When all is said and done, I have settled on paint because I have more options and flexibility...but those others are still good.
  5. Floorboards in place. Interior starts getting colour. Arm rests and bench supports in place. I, once again, used a spacer to facilitate installation of a part. In this case, the center bench support (see arrow).
  6. Chuck Seiler

    Unskilled and Inexperienced

    I agree, but for different reasons. The longboat is NOT a beginner's kit. Because you are single planking and you can see both sides of the planking, this poses quite a few challenges. Your planking has to be PERFECT. Just my $.02. Good luck with your build. I look forwrd to your log.
  7. No, really, I am using it to make flags for a model. SURE you are. Whatever you say (wink wink)
  8. I have tried to use tissue paper in the past and have had issue with it tearing while printing. You have to take care when attaching it to a piece of paper. Subsequently, based on a friend who does miniatures, have gone to cigarette paper. Downside 1: You are limited in size. Downside 2: When you go into the tobacco store to buy the cigarette papers you get the knowing "I know what you are going to use that for" look. ...but, hey, it's legal in California now so.....
  9. Chuck Seiler

    Little known facts of Titanic sinking

    Officially, correct. That was RATED capacity. IIRC that was based on the number of 'robust men' that could safely be put in the boat in an open sea. Given the fact that not all the people were 'robust men' and (more importantly) the seas were dead calm they could have safely stuffed more people in each boat. It may have been uncomfortable, but the boats would not have foundered. One of the major sad notes is that many boats were only partially filled to begin with.
  10. Why is there a window in the bow?
  11. CAPRAILS. Here you see how I clamped down the caprails in the bow area. I would do similarly amidship (amidboats) and aft. Overhead shot of forward caprail in place Below, caprails in place and trimmed down. I need to trim the area next tothe stem. I like the way the flare looks, but it is not supportive of future planking. The "ears" should fix this. I have started the floorboards, although in a back asswards fashion.
  12. Your "Falling behind" is still light years ahead of my "Working my butt off". Don't let us rush you.
  13. Again, ask as the need arises. In my experience, there is no universal "best brand", although there are some brands that cover a wide variety of equipment. If you ask about miniature table saws, you will get 2 or 3 or 4 answers. Ask about thickness sanders you will get alot as well, although not necessarily the same companies.

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