David Lester

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  • Birthday 10/01/1952

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    Cobourg, Ontario
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    reading, woodworking, architecture

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  1. Hi Techsan, I'm no expert, but judging by your pictures I would say that you have done a beautiful job so far. I think your model is well worth continuing with. I'm not sure how many of the remaining parts you feel you need to replace, but if you still have the plans, it shouldn't be too difficult to determine what you need and then source them from one or more suppliers, or buy the wood and fashion some of the replacement parts. Another option, although it would be expensive, is to try to obtain a whole second kit and work from it. I know the Mamoli company is not longer in business. Some of their kits are currently available from Dusek, but I don't believe the Constitution is one of them at this point. However, I'll bet you could still find one either through one of the major retailers or on ebay. I guess a third option would be to finish it off in admiralty style, it's almost there now. However you choose to approach it, I would encourage you to continue with this model. This model is crying out to be finished. David
  2. I think you're right Bill. There's a certain integrity in its imperfection that would be lost if I re-did it. My grandfather was a Toronto firefighter and after he retired, my dad got possession of his leather fireman's hat. Its condition was a bit beaten up and my dad thought it was a good idea to freshen it up with a coat of shiny black paint! My brother has the hat now and while it's still a wonderful keepsake, to a large extent its beauty, meaning and value have been largely compromised by its shiny black surface. I think maybe I'll leave well enough alone. David
  3. Thank you all for the input. I'm debating right now whether or not to repaint and re-rig it. David
  4. So here's the model I was referring to. I don't know who the manufacturer of the kit was and I don't know what ship it is or if it's an actual ship at all. As I mentioned I built it in 1975. Somewhere deep in my reptilian brain the name Black Swan is lurking, but that could be a false memory where I'm confusing the name Black Pearl with the fact that there is a swan on this model. I don't recall much about building it, but I do remember that the spars all came as square stock, and as a complete novice I was upset that they expected me to do something as outrageous as round square stock. At the time I was still going to school and we lived in a tiny walk-up apartment in Toronto. I built it on a folding TV table and with almost no tools. If anyone is able to shed any light on this model, I would be really interested in hearing your thoughts. Thanks!. David
  5. I have a question for the moderators. In 1975 when I was 23 years old, someone gave me a model ship kit which I built and still have. I did a pretty lousy job of building it, as I had no idea of what I was doing and it's currently in poor condition. I have scoured the internet trying to discover what model it is. I cannot find anything that appears even similar. My question is this, can I post a picture of it on this forum to see if anyone recognizes it? My concern is that I don't know whether it's a Chinese knock-off or not and I don't want to cause any trouble by posting it if it turns out it is. But now that I'm seriously interested in this hobby, my curiosity about this old model is growing. Many thanks, David
  6. I couldn't agree more that it's better to stand rather than sit for much of your model building. When I built my workbench many years ago, I built it very high, so it's really comfortable for working when standing. I also have a stool, rather than a chair, so I can sit at it comfortably as well. I would say that I spend my time about 50-50 standing vs sitting when I'm working. The only problem I discovered when it came to rigging my Constitution was that the workbench was too high for some of the upper rigging. I had to move the model to a card table. An adjustable table for your bench sounds like a great idea to me. David
  7. I realize that this will seem like a stupid question to many of you, but it's one that I haven't been able to discover the answer to on my own. I'll soon be starting the hammock netting on my Constitution. In the Bob Hunt practicum he shows the netting as two separate pieces, each one running along one side of the double stanchions. However in some pictures in various build logs, it appears as though the netting might in fact be one continuous piece, running along one row of stanchions, then across the bottom (just above the rail) and then up along the other row of stanchions. But I haven't been able to find a definitive picture one way or the other. It's not clear to me from the kit's plans either. Can anyone shed some light on this for me? Many thanks, David
  8. Another place is Lee Valley Tools. They have 1/32", 1/16", and 1/8". David
  9. Hi Mike, Check out Cast Your Anchor (www.castyouranchorhobby.com) They have walnut and boxwood belaying pins in several sizes and give very precise measurements - length, diameter and length above the rail. They're really great to deal with too. David
  10. Hi Tom, I believe the channels should be 1/2" deep. I used 3/32" x 1/2" stock and tapered it to 1/16" at the outer edge, leaving it at 3/32" against the hull. It's very hard to find, but there is a little illustration showing it on page 7 of the plans. It's just up and to the right of the centre of the page. I had to shape a slight contour on the inside edge of the fore channels to get them to sit tightly against the hull, and I guess I shouldn't have been surprised to find that the two contours were not perfect matches for each other - close, but not identical. They certainly seem to be secure enough without supports once the chain plates are added. Hope that's of some help. David
  11. That's beautiful cottage country! We visit our friends there who have a cottage on Kashagawigamog Lake. David
  12. Hi, and welcome to the forum, I'm happy to greet another Canadian to the site. I have done quite a bit of work sourcing supplies and tools from Canadian suppliers and have learned that you can find almost everything you'll need without having to order from the US. I did purchase my first two kits from Model Expo, but I purchased my last one from a Toronto dealer. I also initially purchased some tools and supplies in the US at Micro-Mark as well as Blue Jacket before I located my Canadian sources. All of the US companies were great to deal with and I had no problems with shipping whatsoever. I don't really remember what the duty costs were, nor did I worry about it. I just paid the total to VISA and viewed it as the cost of doing business. However, it just seems simpler to buy from a Canadian supplier. They are few and far between, but once you find them, there isn't too much that's not available. Regardless of whether it's a US or Canadian company, I find the shipping charges to be the real bugbear. It's not a such a problem on a big order, but if you find you just need a few small items, the shipping is often more money than the items themselves. So, here are the Canadian companies I've dealt with and I've had excellent experiences with them all. Cast Your Anchor (Toronto) www.castyouranchorhobby.com - They deal exclusively in model ships and related tools and parts. Oddly enough they price in US dollars and the prices seem a bit high to me, however there is no duty at all to be paid over and above, as it's already built into the price, so probably works out about even in the end. I especially like that they don't have a minimum shipping charge. and for small purchases, there's none at all. They just pop the item in an envelop and stick a stamp on it. They can also get kits from virtually any manufacturer. They went out of their way to find me a Mamoli Rattlesnake even after Mamoli went out of business. While their whole inventory displays on their website, I don't order on line as the website doesn't seem to function very well, better to phone and speak to them directly. It's kind of a mom and pop sort of place, but I really like them. You always speak to someone named Sandra. Great Hobbies (Charlottetown, PEI, I think) www.greathobbies.com - they have a very extensive inventory of tools, construction materials, paint, parts etc etc. Hobby and Toy Central (Oakville or Burlington or somewhere like that) - www.hobbyandtoycentral.com - similar inventory to Great Hobbies Above Ground Art Suplies (Toronto) - www.abovegroundartsupplies.com - this is actually an artists' supply house but they have a big inventory of basswood and balsa wood in appropriate dimensions. Tooseart Art and Graphic Supplies (Toronto) - www.tooseart.ca - very similar to Above Ground, although smaller selection and relatively poor inventory in stock, but they do have some oddball tools. I bought a "Chopper" cutting tool there which is very useful. Credit Valley Railway Company (Mississauga) - www.cvrco.com - actually a model railway supplier, but they have such things as brass, decals, rivets, styrene plastic, tools etc that could prove useful for model ships. Mary Maxim (Paris, ON) - www.marymaxim.ca - they have a huge selection of crochet thread if you're looking for rigging supplies. There are a couple of things I needed that I simply couldn't find on line in Canada - one was annealed wire in small gauges. Home Hardware carries it, but only in gauges large enough to use on the actual ship. However, I did find it in fine gauges at Blue Jacket in Maine - www.bluejacketinc.com and the other thing I couldn't find, and I was very surprised, was copper tape, for coppering the hull of my model. It's sold by stained glass suppliers and while I know they're everywhere, I couldn't find one on line that carried the right dimension. I ended up buying it from a place called Fire Mountain Gems in Oregon- www.firemountaingems.com. For the most part though, I'm now pretty much Canadian self sufficient. One thing that I haven't tried to source yet in Canada is upgraded wood. I'm still at the stage where I'm quite happy with the kit supplied wood, but many of the more experienced and scratch modelers like to upgrade the wood to something like boxwood, pear wood etc. I don't know where you would buy that. I'm sure you can, but I just haven't searched it out yet. Hope that's of some help and I look forward to seeing your build log. David ps, Is your name Haliburton, or do you live in Haliburton or are you just a fan of the writer Thomas Haliburton?