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  1. I was going through T Warris' Corsair build log (really nice build so far) this morning. He was using a sealing iron to quickset his hull planking. I was wondering if anyone has ever used this tool for blank bending. Chuck's method of using a hair dryer to bend planks works very good, but might you be able to do the same thing a bit quicker with a sealing iron?
  2. Phantom

    do a search...there will be several
  3. I try (stress try) to use nose and mouth covering when sawing and sanding. I hook a Shop Vac hose up to my equipment. I'm just shy of 70, and my wind isn't what it used to be and I've always wondered if I am doing enough. I have a friend who has an entire outbuilding devoted to his wood pursuits, and he has a complete dust system. Obviously, I doubt if us part time modelers need such equipment, but I'm curious what others do.
  4. I bought a 100 pack of #11 blades a couple years ago. I did not keep the outer package cover so I don't know the brand. They are plenty sharp when new, but dull quickly and the tips brea with ease. Is this just common, or are some better than others?
  5. Good plank on bulkhead option

    I built the Pickle last year. Instructions were an upgrade from Caldercraft's older selections. It was a very pleasurable build. It being a smaller craft, it does not have many carronades to rig, and has less complicated rigging than the Granado. Give it some thought. Another consideration is Caldercraft's Mortar Vessel Convulsion. Of my 4 completed builds to date, this was my favorite. Sadly, it was at my son's condo and it was dropped and the rear mast, spars, and rigging were badly damaged. It's on my bucket list to order new plans (pitched mine when build was complete...I'll never do that again) and fix her.
  6. OcCre kits

    I'm building Ochre's Dos Amigos and the instructions are in English...but they are pretty brief. Also, the visual directions are in color. You can contact Occre....they seem very customer friendly. I lost my parts list, and they responded to my request for another in a very timely manner.
  7. Working more than one build

    I've usually got several builds going at one time. It helps from getting a bit burned out occasionally by just doing something different. However, once the planking and finishing of decks and hull is complete, I usually concentrate more on that build until I get to the rigging stage. Rigging, for me, is very tedious and requires a lot of concentration. I take breaks from that and work on something else for awhile.
  8. Hey....let's not talk him out of thethe plain fun in researching mini table saws, thickness sanders, scroll saws, mini lathes, numerous dremels etc. Just don't mention to your better half what they cost.
  9. I built about 1/3 of the Triton cross section a year or so ago. I put it on the bench for a later date. IMO, this is not beginner project as it is a scratch build from plans. I'd suggest something not too complicated like...Caldercraft's Sherborne or Pickle, od the Shenandoah, or any of the already suggested Midwest ship models (Sharpir Schooner).
  10. tapering masts

    I have the Proxxon mini lathe, but, honestly, I find it easier to use my drill. I mounted it upside down in a vice, and move sandpaper between my thumb and forefinger up and down until I get the right diameter and taper. Double up on the sandpaper as it gets a bit warm.
  11. Thickness sander

    I've used this sander for about a year. Here are my thoughts: 1) It will take many swipes to get even a 1/8 inch reduction. Don't be in a hurry and try to shorten the number of swipes by increasing the turn of the adjustment knob too much. 2) To avoid a potential injury from kickback do not position yourself behind the machine. 3) In order to prevent kickback I use both hands...pushing in and pulling out simultaneously. On the pulling out side, for safety sake, don't grasp the wood until you can get a very good grip. 4) Make sure the wood is completely flat on the platform during the entire process....especially avoid accidental lifting at the end on the pulling side. 5) After a swipe, turn the piece over and swipe it again before changing the adjustment knob. 6) Check your sandpaper occasionally to make sure there aren't uneven places across the width 7) Usea good micrometer or measuring tool. 8) Once more.....don't be in a hurry. 9) Once more...always be extra careful.
  12. red oak

    has anyone used this for planking?
  13. Starboard side

    Lovely job!!
  14. HMS Mortar Vessel Convulsion

    12 months in the making