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  1. Newby with grand plans

    jump in with both feet K and dont worry about relevant work or hobby skill, you have 70 years of relevant skills under your belt, after 40 yrs as a nuclear inspector and no "relevant" skills this was my first scratch built model, you'll go from frustration to elation and back many times, but thats what keeps our blood pressure up,,,good luck
  2. just what is a "scratch built model"?

    or turning your wifes panties into whaleboat canopy you got it dave!!!!!
  3. just what is a "scratch built model"?

    i know there are rules kurt, i was curious to see what the people that build the models think not the people that make the rules
  4. just what is a "scratch built model"?

    who cares whether you're driving a Ferrari or a mini van? you're driving, right??
  5. just what is a "scratch built model"?

    to me " building" is the operative word,, not conceptualizing, not designing, not engineering,,, use any plan, use any tool you want but you operate and guide that tool , not let a computer program do it for you,, you can today laser scan a complete model,part, have it 3D printed, are you a scratch builder or a geek? P.S.to illustrate my point, i was certified by the American Welding Society as a welding inspector for 40 years, inspected nuclear reactors, submarines, rocket components, air liners, ships, trains, pipe lines and a million other things, did that make me a welder? no!! never struck an arc in my life!! is the guy that can write or use a program to have a machine build a model for him a builder? or maybe a model maker???
  6. just what is a "scratch built model"?

    beautiful little girl mike, perhaps a future naval architect, let her know she has fans all over the world
  7. just what is a "scratch built model"?

    my last two words,, i promise!!! had a friend in chicago a few years back who passed away way too young, a master machinist, tool and die maker who with his skills and knowledge did magic in his shop, my currant neighbor operates cnc machines for a major electrical motor manufacturer here in town, his job title is not a machinist its machine operator....
  8. Nelson/Trafalgar trivia

    surely lord nelson was well know for his prowess on the seas even before the battle that killed him,,could it be the reference to the battle had been added sometime afterward just to embellish the towns stature? P.S. you guys dont use canoes anymore?
  9. just what is a "scratch built model"?

    maybe i'm wrong guys but it seems most of us here, or at least so it seams, are pretty much old timers, dont to see much youth
  10. just what is a "scratch built model"?

    i turn them on a, at least 60 year old, table top drill press i borrowed from a friend a few years ago to turn the masts and yard arms for the mayflower, its an oldie but a goody, turns 7000 rpm, doubles as a lathe, end mill, router, drum sander, even a circular saw with a dremel saw blade,,, indispensable P.S. thanks for the kind words guys i see a lot of magnificent work being done here but i also believe that even unintentionally some of it is doing a disservice to the hobby by discouraging the young kids that cant afford a $1000 for mamoli kit from trying,, maybe if they see a fat pocket book is not need just some basic tools and some ingenuity it will give them a nudge to try. Hell, it even discourages me at times.
  11. just what is a "scratch built model"?

    looks like this horse has run its last furlong so lets all agree to disagree the pics arent the best but thats my scratch built armament for the devil, not scale not museum but she is destined for the slipways and the deep blue sea, all told it will take a total of 930 separate pieces sewn,cut, bent, sanded, filed,stabbed,glued,painted,burnt,soldered by these sewn,cut,bent,sanded, filed,stabbed,glues,painted,burnt,soldered and bleeding fingers to do just the tubes and guns,,, and yes the torpedoes are loaded backwards but thats a whole different story that goes with that P.S. yes , the barrel boot on the 5 inch is made from sacrificial pair of boxers
  12. just what is a "scratch built model"?

    as one sailor to another popeye, thanks, she was meant to get a couple of motors just never got around to installing them, i find building bigger is easier, shes 4 feet as is the mayflower,, the blue devil is gonna be 6
  13. just what is a "scratch built model"?

    you are totally right noel, you would be using the skills of another person not yours,, you would be, as you say, an assembler not a builder
  14. just what is a "scratch built model"?

    it has been a hoot john and to underscore my contention of what constitutes a scratch build i am finishing my first 5 inch battery for the blue devil to which one pair of my boxer shorts succumbed for the making of the barrel boot mondays are gonna be commando days
  15. just what is a "scratch built model"?

    not to argue tarheel but lets say i do all the cad drawings, write all the files for the laser,printer,mill,etc. do all the intellectual work but i dont have the equipment so i farm it to someone that has, would that still be considered scratch building? would than scratch building be defined by the equipment i possess? i use a printer/scanner, the most sophisticated equipment i have... believe it or not the models i posted here and the 25 foot barrellback all were built with the same tools, they dont belong in the same room as a lot of the work i see here but i would consider them scratch built, i know there are rules as to what is what and somethings we have to buy, not everybody can produce their own raw materials but once you let a machine do the work for you ,you are not doing it ,the machine is. you take a piece of brass to a lathe and turn it into a part you need, its you. you take it to a cnc lathe, its the machine doing the work ,not you..