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About Canute

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    Engine Stoker 3rd Class
  • Birthday 10/18/1948

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    Western NC
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    Napoleonic Age of Sail, ACW

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  1. Like Jack says, gloss coat where you want the decals. Cut the decals as close to the color as you can and put it in some water. The decal slides off and you take a fine implement to lift the decal from the water and place it where you need it. Coat it with Microset and leave it alone. The decal may pucker up; don't touch it. After it dries check for silvering (where air gets trapped under the decal). Prick a few holes in the silvering and reapply the MicroSet. After all traces of silvering are gone, clean up any watermarks and apply a gloss coat.
  2. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    Typical of a lot of contractors. Kinda lucky they even took the job, but then again those walls need to get stuccoed sooner rather than later. Fall/winter are the fog and rain time there in the Central Valey (I spent time in Sacramento and Merced/Atwater, courtesy of Uncle Sam in those time periods).
  3. PBS Series The Vietnam War

    Lou, amen and amen. The politicians say what the military will do, per the US Constitution. Can't have it any other way.
  4. PBS Series The Vietnam War

    Lou, as one Viet Nam vet to another, welcome home. I went through a similar situation when I came home in '73. Spent a month in CONUS and went to Germany for 3 years. Got to decompress with similar guys over there, rather than going cold turkey with little support available stateside. Didn't change much until Reagan and really was better after Desert Storm. People now understand it's not us GIs but the politicians who put the GI in those positions. Michael, we had some recruiting issues in the Air Guard after Desert Storm, because of the go-go ops tempo for all flying units. My Guardsmen, almost all airline pilots, were irate over the frequent deployments. Mostly over financial issues. Wasn't fun when you had to tell folks to pack bags and go to wherever. My worst job as a CO.
  5. Working more than one build

    A wise man! May you live long and prosper.
  6. PBS Series The Vietnam War

    Guys, I flew AF Phantoms over there, so I never saw your armor plate until years later, as we got smarter with protective gear. The Agent Orange stuff has affected a number of my buddies, none for the better. Like Mark says, it was an appalling use. And to all Viet Nam vets, welcome home, brothers.
  7. Good plank on bulkhead option

    Eric, same plans, but some folks like to read plans ahead of time to see if they like the kit and for scratchbuilders to purchase and build a ship based on those plans.
  8. just what is a "scratch built model"?

    For an NMRA judge model, it could be. I'd like to see documentation, which can only open up a can of worms that we don't need to hash out here. Just because it's scratch built, doesn't mean it's museum grade. Different criteria. If you enjoy what you're doing, keep at it. That's rule #1. I am the captain of my build. The models will only get better with each build.
  9. just what is a "scratch built model"?

    I would disagree on some of that. If you did all the drawing and layout for laser cutting, photo etching and 3D printing, you did enough of the intellectual work of drawing plans and laying out to consider it scratch built. A laser cutter or 3D printer is just a tool, albeit a high tech one. You use other tools in the building, such as scroll saws and maybe a rope walk. Do you only use wood from trees grown on your property? Somebody used tools to harvest and initially shape the wood you use. Don't wrap yourself around an axle over the process. I'm a judge in the National Model Railroaders Association (NMRA) and have to address this issue from time to time. Our guidelines allow for certain tools and jigs and exempt a few "store bought" parts used on a model. What I outlined above is one of the guiding principals of what constitutes a scratch-built model. Another one is that 90% of a model must be built from basic shapes of wood, plastic and metal. If you do use "store bought" castings, they should compromise less than 10% of your parts used. That criteria is to separate a super-detailed kit from a real scratch built model. I wouldn't worry about all this; it's an NMRA criteria for evaluating models. IPMS contests may use different criteria. AS NMRA folks, we don't expect the modeler to forge his own spikes and roll out sheet stock. If you do, then that's extra credit. The big thing is did you learn new techniques as you progressed through your build. Reading the various build logs here on MSW, i see that we are learning new "stuff". That's a great part of this hobby, the intellectual growth we have. Relax and enjoy your builds. As one of our wiser members said, it's the journey that's the most fun.
  10. Sopwith F.1 Camel Build Log

    John, my sincere condolences for your loss. He's in my prayers.
  11. Pucko, I wouldn't generalize to that extent. Like Clare said, every thing is it's own case. We know there are some Chinese manufacturers who just copy, with no regard for copyrights. The model railroaders are pretty happy with their items made in China, and Korea and Japan before that. Some European kits are spotty for wood quality; US ones tend to give us basswood. Translations of instructions can be a trial.; others, like newer Victory Models, are very well written. MSW is a good place for each of us to do a little research on a kit we are interested in to find out if it meets our personal needs. Hopefully the builder will put information like that in his or her opening discussions in a build log.
  12. Them Old Jokes

    Jack, you are too kind.
  13. John, I'm with you on that.
  14. John, the same things apply for inland flood zones. Areas in the Northeast have many rivers and streams encroached by people & municipalities building up to the average shorelines. FEMA shouldn't be slammed for enforcing common sense; it's usually the local jurisdictions who see ratables for tax purposes. Managing their expectations was a big part of my job when I worked in Emergency Management.
  15. Very bad for the Caribbean. Puerto Rico is in Maria's sights, as is Hispaniola and assorted other islands. Right now it's progged to pass east of the Bahamas, Cat 4 is the forecast. Hope it curves out into the Mid Atlantic and misses the mainland. Hope your weather pans out, Mark.