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  • Birthday 10/30/1956

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  1. I'm not sure if any expensive tools are needed. Here's a wonderful example of a detailed interior from Doris's Royal Caroline build (The whole build log is a treat). Richard
  2. I'm not allergic to spider venom I just have a totally rational fear of them. If I ever find one that big I'd have to kill it or leave home.
  3. If you mean his Saw operation guide, I created a PDF copy - see this link Richard.
  4. Maybe these? Richard.
  5. Interesting. Richard.
  6. Looks good, I think the mixture of woods adds to it. A compass rose is a fine idea. But personally, I would use maple and sapele. I think the high-contrast of holly and ebony might look a little "non-rustic". However, I've seen the work you've done in wood. I'm sure it will be great whichever you choose. All the best, Richard
  7. Well that adds another variable . But for me makes no difference (I tried all of them). One of the problems is how many things can make a difference - browser/browser version/screen size/image size/theme/... I think the only thing I can take away from this is - if you see a rotated image, turn you head sideways and don't blame the poster. Richard.
  8. If you inspect the actual page source, the image element is pointing at this url: This image is the right way up. So basically you're uploading the image the right way up. The software running this site is saving it the right way up. But when it puts onto the page, it's rotating it. So after some thought I wondered if it's because it's exactly 480x640? So I resized the image to 479x639 and added it here. So apparently you need to avoid images that are 480x640. I wonder if there's any other "magic numbers"? Richard
  9. Not sure why it works for JerseyCity Frankie. It's rotated for me as well. Just for fun, I tried it in 6 ( ) different browsers - all look the same. I only use my phone for photos. I always process my photos prior to upload; cropping, resizing, and yes rotating when I took the picture with my phone sideways. I've never seen them "re-rotated" during upload. So basically, I have no idea . Richard
  10. The copper tape I have does seem to be around 0.002 in. According to the USS Constitution the thickest plates would have been 28oz per sq. ft. See This is then an 8lb plate. At 1/48 scale this would have been 0.00077. Well I'm working at 1/50th which is a bit better but the tape is still between 2.7 and 3.5 times too thick. Now even if I could get tape thin enough, I don't think it would be usable. Plus to be strictly accurate, I'd need 3 different thicknesses (28/26/22 oz). So basically I'm not going to worry about it . I'm not sure what to do about an overlap though. Yes, it's out of scale but to the naked eye it didn't really look that way (at least to me) when I stuck a couple of sample pieces to a plank. I will not be able to get a 100% accurate 1in overlap but if I don't overlap, can I avoid a small gap between each strip? Since I'm using strips there will be no overlap at the vertical joints (this will need to be an indent from the jig). So I'll have to experiment. I'm currently work on a nailing jig. Once that's done (and if it works), I'll create some test strips and see if I can actually apply them. I have to say, nothing in this hobby is simple. One thing that did surprise me was how thin these plates are in real life - less than a millimeter. Richard
  11. Last night anyway. Watched a BBC documentary on the reconstruction and sailing of a 3,800 year old Egyptian boat. Picture by Cheryl Ward It was an interesting seeing the traditional methods being used. It sailed quite well but without a keel really wallows in a swell. Of course, my first thought was "are there plans?" - it looked like an interesting build. Not too complicated so long as you have plans for the planks (each one is different). There are no frames. Here are a couple of links: Worth watching if you get a chance. Richard
  12. Before I start rigging, I needed a more permanent setup than a board on my desk: Over the Christmas break I was able to put together a small workbench to fit in my office. The main structure is painted MDF and stained pine 2x1's I had lying around from other projects. A poplar board then made the top. Some small drawers (designed for artists pens) and some photo boxes completed the storage. I then added the 2 hard aluminium plates (discards from work), these are good for clamping my vise and when gluing. The center plywood cutting board is replaceable. The whole things on caster so I can move it around. I still need to make a final base and support for the hull (the current clamp is wobbly and not level ). Overall a distinct improvement. Richard.
  13. I haven't posted here for a while. I could do a "What have you received in the last 3 months" - that would be more interesting. But yes, I enjoy the little parcels. My last was some copper tape and a new razor saw miter box. Before that some copper and brass head pins. Before that some small wooden drawers..... "Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day.." - Shakespeare. Richard. p.s. that's one of about 3 quotes I actually know.
  14. If it is pee at least I'll get no complaints about the cost. I'll have to do it outside though (still at my rate of progress it'll be warm before I'm ready).