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About Thistle17

  • Birthday 07/25/1939

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    Webster NY
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    Research, kit (bashing), scratch, half hull modeling of period naval and 1800-1900 work boats.

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  1. Ken can you give a specific "pointer" on the mentioned web site regarding the mentioned booklet. I signed up and scanned forums and blogs and didn'tfind it. Thanks Joe
  2. Here is a cross reference chart I ran across attempting to provide modelers alternatives in terms of manufactures of paint as replacement to Floquil. I would just add a caution as I do not know when this chart was generated and was cautioned by a model shop owner that the Floquil paints went through an evolution within themselves. Lastly this may be the same reference as published in the model railroad magazine. I do not subscribe so hopefully this does not add noise in the system. Color Chart.pdf Joe
  3. Here are some photos of opening day at the IPMS show, Noreast Con, in Batavia NY. We were guests of the Military History Society of Rochester NY at this show. The Langley is shown in the background of the first photo. Quite by chance Bill got to speak with the fellow in the foreground. He related that his dad was on the USS Whipple, a destroyer, that witnessed the sinking of the Langley in 1942! The second picture is Rustyj's splendid model of The Confederacy. It too captured a good deal of attention. The model off to the right is The Old Ironsides by Tim I a member of MSW. This was recently published in Ships In Scale.
  4. Just a "heads up" for all who are in reach of the western New York area the 19th and 20th of May. We will be participating in the NE IPMS show (Nor East Con 46) at the Quality Inn in Batavia, NY. The USS Langley and other models now on display at the Military History Society museum will be there as well as 2 scratch models, the Confederacy and Triton mid section by Rusty.
  5. Attached is the text of the May article in our local paper, on Bill Emerson and his model of the USS Langley. Goodbye Rochester.Langley.pdf
  6. Would you mind showing the setup with stock and substrate aligned in the jig ready to plane as I am not quite getting the setup. Thanks. Joe
  7. Today the USS Langley was receiving a somewhat formal acknowledgement and homage to its builder prior to send off to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington DC. While the transfer date is not fixed at this time, Bill Emerson, has received official notice of its new home from the museum administration. The model currently resides at the Military History Society Museum of Rochester NY and has been on display for the last year there. More will be forthcoming of Bill's work and this proud moment and recognition. We will post its arrival in its new home when available. Huzzah Bill! Well done indeed!
  8. One of our members has just been notified that his model of the USS Langley, the Navy's first aircraft carrier, will be on display at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in the near future. Bill Emerson completed the model. His research and experience led him on a 5 year journey. His engineering background aided in the model build and he is peerless in our group in using modern day technology, laser machining, for certain parts fabrication. Bill has other models around the country including Pensacola Florida and Washington DC.Please visit our web site and see his model on display in our gallery.
  9. I too was fascinated with the period novels of O'Brian and Kent. In the past years I have gravitated to more Non Fiction reading as I find the accounting more exciting, emotional and educational. Here is a series of books I found worth reading: Ian Toll: Six Frigates Tim McGrath: John Barry An American Hero Ian Toll: Pacific Crucible/The Conquering Tide/TBD (Trilogy) > WWII Pacific Campaign James Hornfisher: Neptune's Inferno/The Last Stand of Tin Can Sailors/Ship of Ghosts Doug Stanton: In Harms Way Roy Adkins: Nelson's Trafalgar Stephen Taylor: Commander Tom Chaffin: H.L.Hunley Hours and hours of engaging reading! Joe
  10. I have run into a problem with the boxwood planking made from purchased sheet goods. I ordered 3/64" (.047) sheet material and ripped the planking. To simulate the original material that came with the Atlantis I cut the 24 inch planks in half. As I began laying the planks I noticed significant variation in thickness of the planks across the 12" length. At first I thought is was the roughness of the ABS hull after I had sanded it down. I finally measured the plank thickness end to end and found as much as 10 thousands variation. I have learned that the vendor does try to control its variation =/- .005. I have been working with the vendor to try and correct this problem. I now will measure all stock upon receipt and will be the wiser for doing so. The vendor is sending on a new batch of sheet stock for which I am grateful. In the meantime I have a good deal of sanding ahead of me.
  11. If you can get your hands on Model Shipwright, now out of print you will find a treasure trove of incredible models and building. The publisher also released 4 annuals, Shipwright, in 2010 through 2013 which are equally rich. They too have ceased the annual publication. Try a query to Conway Press in the UK. They may be of help. Joe
  12. I have the kit. It is likely late 1980's in age in the original yellow box and complete. If you are interested I can send you a digital pic of the contents via the internal messaging system. Joe
  13. Call Chuck Baylis the Executive Director of the Military History Society of Rochester NY. He may be able to help you if anybody can. His number is 585-730-4041. He has an incredible display of military rare weaponry and has a vast knowledge of people to help you. indicate that he was referenced to you via the Model Shipwright Guild of Western NY moderator. Joe
  14. White glue can soak into the porous wood and swell and buckle it, If it is loose underneath I'd be tempted to experiment with CA glue, the very viscous, fast setting, type and squirt it underneath carefully and pressure hold that section for a few seconds. I don't think I would add more water to the decking as you describe. If it is not loose but buckled I a tad try sanding as your last step. If all else fails (and we all have had that) I'd rip it up and start again. Also white PVA glue can be softened up somewhat with heat (try a hair dryer) and then use the CA technique approach. Hope this helps. In terms of what won't stick to the material when weighted down you can use wax paper. And as far as hold downs go try those squeezable pressure clamps (see ERIK, Cutter Cheerful) and a thin plywood spanning port and starboard over the wax paper.
  15. Anyone that isn't stirred by this scene doesn't understand the tribute that should be paid to those people that "go down to the sea in ships"! What a moving site.