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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. When some one I have known or wished I had known passes I am often reminded of a stanza of one of John Donne's meditations. It goes something like this "If a piece of the continent is washed away by the sea, Europe is the less". Truly the world is the less with his passing. Joe
  2. Kurt it is obvious you and the board are committed to sustaining our pursuits. You are all to be commended for you work and wisdom. Thank you one and all. Joe
  3. Yes Wefalck as I understand it is designed so. I can't tell you how impressed I am with the design of the machine, the accessories offered and the service of Sherline. and I thank you for your 90 degree suggestions. I will certainly put them to good use. I logged on just now to extol the virtues further of this tool. In making a table for the Atlantis model I have had to bring on line another router table to fashion the legs. I bought a 1/4" aluminum mounting plate that was supposed to fit my router and allow a built in lift from the table top. When I assembled the plate and router I ran into an interference problem for the lift tool and the router plate, pre-drilled access point. I thought about filing the plate and living with a functional albeit awful looking access hole. In the "now what am I going to do" moment I thought of the vertical mill. It took a little bit of thinking but within just a few passes I had a clearance hole I could be pleased to look at time and time again. This is just more testimony of this wonderful tool! Joe
  4. Acorn To Arabella

    I often use You Tube to get input on repairs or "how to" do something as I am sure you do. Once in awhile you run across a nugget that is a must for viewing. Today i stumbled on 2 individuals building a full size sailing vessel in western Massachusetts. I haven't completed the posts, since it is an investment in considerable viewing time. Still it is captivating. It begins with the casting of the 4 1/2 ballast and carries onto fashioning the keel. It is a testimony to man's will, ingenuity and talent. So lift your head up from those wonderful models and take the time to watch this incredible and fascinating journey. They expect the whole project to take 8 or so years so I am not sure how many You Tube videos are out there or will be. Start here: http://www.acorntoarabella.com/project/ See if you don't find this as mesmerizing as I did. Joe
  5. Wish you success. I am aware you have some incredible modelers up there. Unfortunately I am committed to another event the same day else I surely would think about coming. I do hope you post some pictures on this site once it is over. Joe
  6. Someone had said to me on this thread that I would invest as much in accessories as in the original cost of the mill. I think I am going down that rabbit hole. I just purchased the Sherline rotary table for my mill. I also purchased the tooling plate as well. Interestingly the rotary table was on sale on their web site so that was fortuitous. The 2 other recommendations they make to further increase the versatility of the mill is to add in the right angle support (for the rotary table) and the right angle tail stock attachment. Now I can see the usefulness of both but I would appreciate hearing from others on how useful these elements are. Joe
  7. Hi Y'all from Charlottesville

    You are not alone with losses like this. We all share the experience. I have had luck with the internet seeking even parts for a model from a defunct manufacturer. So broaden your search to forums out there. There has to be someone who can help. Oh and" Y'all gonna love it here" as they used to say to me (a Yankee) when I lived in Texas. Joe
  8. Atlantis by Thistle17 - Robbe

    I just completed what I believe will be the stand for the model. As I am anxious to work the table itself I have to get past this element hastily to deliver the model soon. Nothing is glued up yet and the assembly parts need final sanding. As I stood back and evaluated the stand I did realize one element I may have to revisit. Although the environment where this unit will live is a controlled environment temperature and humidity swings can't be guaranteed. I might say the same for the model. The stand uprights are about 6" wide and I think over time they may blow out the delicate trim around them. I hate making service calls! Hmm! Joe
  9. Atlantis by Thistle17 - Robbe

    I finally met with the client today. It is the first time she has seen it. Modestly I say she loved it! That made my day! We did decided it is prudent to step the masts and reassemble it at its new home about 35 miles south of Rochester. While that will require about a 2 day effort at the site, it is the safe way to its new home. All running and standing rigging will be identified and its termination points will be identified as well. I am now working on a stand for the model and it is being done in mahogany trim and a maple platform. With the trim it will mimic the deck treatment and should not be a detraction. I have pulled out the lumber for the table and that will be started and hopefully finished not too long after the stand. Since the environment where the model is going is rustic (yet nicely done) I am using quarter sawn Douglas Fir for the table. The face grain is beautiful but the side grain is a bit distracting so the legs have to be made as 4 separate wedges glued together. The rest of the table will be straight forward apron and top construction. As a final touch a plaque will be made for the model and named by the owner. Then I will have my first build declared a finished product! Joe
  10. We are exactly one month away from our July 28th Seminar by Carlos Montalvao, a professional ship modeler, from Lisbon Portugal. You may recall he just completed a 1:24 scale model of the Sultanah for a museum in Oman. if you scroll up a bit you will see the model being received. The title of the seminar is Museum Standards for Ship Modeling. We have seen some preliminary slides and what we find is that it goes much deeper than standards. It is a full accounting of the research and building of the model. I have attached an article recently published on the model and about Carlos. There are still a few seats left if you are in or near the Rochester NY area. We have secured a wonderful venue at the Perinton NY, Community Center and have invited members and guests an opportunity to display their works in the Open Workshop segment of the gathering. We anticipate that this will be a memorable event for all attendees. Here is that link https://issuu.com/durrahluxury/docs/durrah_issue_40/42 See the PDF flyer above if you have interest. Joe
  11. Jeff I am not an expert at planking but have learned a lot from those better than myself. In reading your post I have to presume you are trying to avoid spiling or at the least, minimize it. I have tried Chuck's method of heating and force bending the planks with less than good results. In the demo he did in his video I think (guess) he was using 3/64 planking (a fat 1mm). Wood doesn't bend in 3 planes as I have been taught so that may be a good limit to keep in mind. In my mind spiling is unavoidable but can be mastered. I have been tutored by a fine modeler and have been allowed to capture his NRG presentation of a number of years back on our web site. It is in our RESOURCES segment under SHOP NOTES Part II on Planking. Our web site is www.modelshipwrightguildwny.org. His pictorial presentation is easily understood. Mind you we are not the first nor last word on hull planking but you may find the references within helpful. My 4 cents. Joe
  12. Hello from Upstate NY

    Shean it may be a long drive but if you can attend the July 28th seminar in the flyerI referenced, it may be a good way for you to meet everyone. The title of the seminar is a bit misleading as it will be a pretty complete expose' on how he built the Sultanah for the country of Oman's new museum. It is a 1:24 scale model of incredible work. It may be worth the trip for you. Do let us know as we have a few more seats available and it is right off exit 45 on the NYS Thruway. Joe
  13. Hello from Upstate NY

    Shean! We have a group of modelers in Rochester NY. Please visit our site www.modelshipwrightguildwny.org to get a sense of who we are. If you are near we would certainly enjoy your participation as we have all levels of skill and interests in the group. We have a member in Syracuse and one in Buffalo. They commute to our monthly meetings. We also have a member in Lisbon Portugal that will be coming to the US to give a seminar on July 28th (see our EVENTS and TOPICS OF INTEREST on the web site to learn more). If you can make it, there would be a warm welcome awaiting you! If you wish Joe
  14. ChuckIi have put out an e-mail to members of our group and as Tim I (a member) has responded already I too would join in. ( What have I just committed to? I await the Winne, still working on Cheerful, Essex sits on the shelf along with the long boat. I am hopelessly addicted!) Joe

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