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  • Birthday 11/04/1946

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  1. You can see a great example of this technique on Blue Ensign's Pegasus build log starting at post 1372
  2. My first model was a plastic B-29 that my father built for me when I was 7 or 8 back in the early 50s. I believe that was the first and last model my father ever made. I don't remember when or what I bought and made as my first build. I do remember that I had one criteria for choosing a model (within my budget) the more complicated the better. That usually meant modern ships (WWII vintage) with the occasional airplane or car. Cars and planes didn't appeal to me too much because they were too easy to assemble. I just enjoyed putting things together. It never occurred to me to paint the model, never having seen another model completed by someone else so it was some time before I did that. After a few years of sitting in my room and getting damaged due to not being protected, I would pry the decks of the ships trying not to damage the model any more than it was. Then I would place one or two firecrackers inside the model and glue the deck down again without any of the fuses showing. Firecrackers were very precious to me since they were illegal in Massachusetts so I had to use them very sparingly. I wanted a lot bang for my buck! Replacing them was very haphazard. Then I would wait for Winter when it snowed. Believe it or not, I was safety conscious even as a child because I needed the snow. My method of setting off the firecrackers was to place the ships on the snow. With a little imagination the snow became the ocean with the ship plowing through the waves. I also needed the snow for its fireproof properties because I would light the plastic ship afire. If you have ever burned plastic, it makes a small flame with black sooty smoke, perfect for the scale of the ship. The ship would burn (battle worn) and unless you listen very carefully for a hissing sound of a burning fuse, the ship would explode without warning once the fame burned through the superstructure. Any burning pieces would land on the fireproof snow! Ah, those days are gone. I graduated to Gullows balsa wood planes for static display. I knew nothing about RC (still don't) and if I made them as rubberband powered planes, one flight would usually ended in disaster. I just didn't want to see all my hard work fall apart on the first "landing." Over the years I've built plastic sailing ships with no knowledge of rigging, cars (plastic and metal), and planes (plastic and wood). What I thought then was pretty good model building is laughable today but I had fun doing it. Once I started true model ship building, I've never stopped.
  3. JerseyCity - Just a thought, could a clear plastic straw been used instead of the bamboo skewer? You could have painted the inside of the straw to give the "lamps" a transparent lens look or would the wire detailing not work with the flimsy plastic?
  4. I don't know why you were so worried about the clutter. It looks essentially like my work bench!
  5. 7 Provinces - I'm thinking about a new work bench/table and your idea sounds interesting. Any chance of some pictures to illustrate what you did?
  6. Jay, You need to look at the link you provided for more details about silver soldering. A number of images are missing.
  7. Your timing couldn't have been more perfect. I am just beginning to rig my Mamoli Rattlesnake and it uses the same nomenclature. You've made my work much easier. Thanks
  8. Beautifully done! Do you have any images of the step by step process on how you made those stars?
  9. Small Cleats When building my first wooden model in thirty years, the Evergreen I needed to tie lines to the deck. I was winging it because the kit didn't have any detailed plans for any of the rigging and I knew nothing about rigging. I needed tiny cleats. Somehow I got an idea to use the tiny rail nails used by railroad hobbyist. In cross section a nail is the shape of a T, very similar to a cleat - a very short T. I filed the edges of the nail head as shown in the diagram below. This gets you the basic shape. You can file the ends to a more pointed shape and add an upward bend to either side. Just drill a hole and insert to the depth required.
  10. I would love if you could construct a Cutting Head for me as well. I don't have any milling tools. Please contact me when you can.
  11. I too am looking for a seizing machine and possible a rope machine. Would you please send me your price list. If you would, please let me know what the shipping costs would be to Aiken SC USA