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  1. Hello Les here. After a big build I generally check into the Modellers rehab centre to undergo a twelve step withdrawal program. No more searching web sites till three in the morning for the correct passage set for the Captain's cabin door etc or secretly ordering parts from a supplier. I reconnect with my wife and get the howdy total stranger response. Once the sunlight doesn't burn any more I can shuffle off to the laboratory and start my next experiment.
  2. Hello Les here. My first wooden ship kit was purchased by my wife for me. A Bluenose kit by an extinct kit producer called Dikar. There was no internet at that time and any info was what I could scrounge from a book store. Not a great beginning. But based on my modelling knowledge a good kit was produced. Now we have a place such as Model Ship World that has great people and a huge data base to help us with any questions we can think of. For a beginner there is a lure to jump into a super kit right off the bat, but disaster is but a breath away. The way to kill a potential builder is get in over your head out of the gate. All of what you say is good. However there are many plank on bulkhead kits that are not too difficult for first time builders. The internet is full of info and kits for any build level. Just get out there and look at the suppliers, you will be rewarded.
  3. Hello Les here Sorry for the late reply. This product is designed to have a fast grab and set. It's ok if you don't have to relocate a part. Overall your best bet would be a general PVA wood glue. Yellow if you don't care about any issues with squeeze out affecting any staining etc. White that dries clear for attaching clear parts to sub assemblies. Just make sure you clean any glue squeeze out so you don't have come back later and try to sand it out.
  4. Good evening. Les here. I have question about the belaying pins supplied with my 1/64 HM Bark Endeavour. When viewed in scale they would appear to be the size of a regular glass coke bottle. I have ordered replacements from Cauldercraft that are 9.75 x 1.5 mm. Much slimmer in size. Would these be a better fit? Thnx Les.
  5. Hello Les here. Your useless tool guru. Have found a jig on the Rockler Tools web site. Take a look at the thin rip jig for your table saw. Item # 36833. Any feed back, maybe the best but who knows. It's on the way.
  6. Hello Gaetan Les back. Yes you can rip thin strips as you say. However if your trying to consistantly rip deck planking that is 1mm x 5mm say, you have be careful extracting the cut piece out of the feed end by the fence. Dicey. This can cause chatter and leave saw blade marks on your cut. Not to mention having it sucked past the blade and zero clearance plate. Reviews of the Rockler product has been suggested by one user to purchase two of these units so the wood can be guided doubly before the blade to reduce wobble of the feed stock. I will use my Krieg feather boards to possibly do the same thing. I will put another feather board past the blade to ensure that the piece being cut does not flutter left or right making contact with the blade so as to reduce chatter marks. As a carpenter I would just like to point out how dangerous it is to try and cut very fine rips between the fence and blade. I have had all the possible things that could happen, happen. Murphy's Law.
  7. Hello Roger. Les here. I am interested in how good this unit is. My hope is that it can successfully rip 1 - 2 mm thin pieces. Are you satisfied with it?
  8. Hello Gaetan. Les here. There is a distinct advantage to ripping very thin pieces of wood outboard of the fence. By trapping 1/16 inch strips between the fence and the blade you risk shattering them or cutting yourself. For those interested in what this unit looks like go to Rockler tools. It is called the thin rip jig. Stk # 36833.
  9. Hello Les here. Belaying pin racks have many holes so it gives an option where to belay a rope or whatever. Also provides space for spare pins.
  10. Bonjour Gaetan. I am looking at making my own planking etc instead of purchasing after market products. This appears to be able to rip 1 mm thin strips. I can't do that reliably on my table saw without the danger of loosing pieces or my fingers. Hopefully this one will work. Merci.
  11. Hello Les here. I have a question about the stern lantern on a ship. On my model of Cook's ship HMB Endeavour, the glass supplied is red. Would the glass have been clear with a red light or is this correct?
  12. Hello Les here. Thanks mates. Good pics by Rick 01. I sometimes think that kit makers just throw in what ever is in the bin to make a kit. It makes us spend hundreds of dollars to correct. Oh well thnx Les.
  13. Hello druxey. Les here. In general would a stern lantern have lit red? I agree that the glass or what ever would have clear or opaque. But if so what would have a ship done to make the light appear red if that is correct?
  14. Hello Les here. I have a question about the ships pumps for Cook's ship the HMB Endeavour. Models I have researched on line show the pumps just mounted on the deck full height. The Marquardt book shows them with only a portion showing above deck. Most of it below deck? Which would be correct?
  15. Hello Les here. Some of the pictures of elm tree pumps were painted. Would this be typical or would natural be also correct?
  16. Thanx Banyan. Thats what I figured. Some models show the top of the pump higher than the Marquardt book. I will go by the book.
  17. Hello Les here. I jusr purchased the Amati Loom-a-line rigging jig. Seemed a good idea at the time. Has anyone used this thing and is it any good. I don't want to start using up my Syren rigging and find out it's, meh!
  18. Hello Les here. Heres my two cents worth. Sorry Canada doesn't have pennies any more. So one tooney. I used to watch a PBS show called the Furniture Guys. Great stuff and very comedic. They used to make their own wood dyes by soaking chains, and any other piece of metallic junk they could find in water and anything else they could come up with. Interesting as entertainment but a waste of time in my opinion. Go to any good paint store and they will have a great selection of water based stains. Just apply and finish. Controllable and predictable. No alchemy required.
  19. Hello Les here. I just purchased the latest edition of Fine Woodworking, 2017 tool guide. In it is an article concerning PVA wood glues. This is an excellent article for those who are starting out and are looking at the bottles of glue in Home Depot, Lowes or your local hardware store and are wondering which to buy. Also there is a good follow on article about CA adhesives. This mag is published in the US and is available in Canada through Chapters or Indigo. Overseas you could check with your stockists to see if they have. Very good info here.
  20. Hello Les here. I am trying to come up with a way to bevel the tops of the posts for belaying pin racks and bitts etc. Some sort of jig that could accommodate four or five pieces at a time. I have tried clamping but when I start to file they dislodge and go bye bye. Any help would be great.
  21. Hello Gregory. Les here. Thnx for the call back. Tools are not an issue. I took an 8 x 12 x 3 mm piece of plywood with 2 x 3 mm glued on the top and down the left side. Picture the inside of a construction square. I marked the top and side in mm's. I put tape on my saw at 2 mms for the depth cuts on the 4 x 4's for the bitts and belaying pin racks. I lined up four and made the cuts on all four sides. Limitation is it that pieces are hand held and tend to move around. Then hand tapered with an exacto knife. I was just wondering if any one has a picture or diagram of something better? Thnx Les.
  22. Hello Les here. I have a question about the posts for bitts and belaying pin racks.The tops of these posts are tapered. Is there a way to set up a production line for tapering the tops ? I have many to do>
  23. Hello Les here. I agree with the above. A schooner can support a set of sails. As a Canadian this is an iconic ship. I purchased the book Bluenose, by Brian and Phil Backman. It has several pictures of this ship under full sail and a full history. ISBN: 0-7710-1000-1. Highly recommended. Also if you rig her with sails maybe consider doing a base that makes her look under sail instead of the traditional vertical bases. Woodland Scenics has great suggestions bases upon railroad dioramas but has excellent water effects. Just saying.
  24. Hello Les here. I have seen pictures of the hammocks stored on the rails above deck. Would this be a typical stowage? Seems to me that under sail these would get wet. Would they have been hanged up for airing or just stowed below decks?
  25. Hello Les here. The cannons supplied in my kit are a brownish colour. Also swivel guns are shiny metallic gray. How would I paint these out to be more realistic? .