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  1. Angle of ship masts

    How interesting. I always wondered about this. A lot of knowledge in this group.
  2. Has anyone ever tried these? There are times when I think it would be nice to be working closer to eye level without sitting in a chair.,
  3. Beginner Plank on Bulkhead Model

    You might find Caldercraft's Pickle a good one to start with. My first was their Sherbourne, another possible first build. The Pickle's instructions are better, but, honestly, there is a ton of info on this site and YOuTube re: planking that might be better than any instruction bo Let us know what you decide. Have fun!
  4. Very thin rigging threads

    If you have a fly fishing shop near, go there and you will find what will work
  5. Scissors

    I have been using INOX curved cuticle scissors. I'm very impressed. You get really close cuts on rigging lines, blocks, etc. However, I fly tie as well so might try the Stellar scissors. You can never have too many pairs of good scissors.
  6. OcCre Dos Amigos - foresail

    RPaul...Although Occre was very quick to send me (free) some parts I broke, I echo your thoughts about the kit, plans, and instruction quality. I'm building this ship now, and no way am I going to try to decipher how to rig the sails. I love the lines of this ship, but the love ends there.
  7. 1.jpg

    I am building this ship right now. If mine looks half as good as yours when finished I'll be thrilled. Awesome job!!
  8. 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?
  9. Phantom

    do a search...there will be several
  10. 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.
  11. 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?
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.

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