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Everything posted by bigcreekdad

  1. 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.
  2. Angle of ship masts

    How interesting. I always wondered about this. A lot of knowledge in this group.
  3. 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.,
  4. 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!
  5. Rigging hooks

    Where can I purchase aftermarket hooks for rigging to deck and hull?
  6. Very thin rigging threads

    If you have a fly fishing shop near, go there and you will find what will work
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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!!
  10. 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?
  11. Phantom

    do a search...there will be several
  12. 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?
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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).
  18. red oak

    has anyone used this for planking?
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. red oak

    guess not....looks good though
  22. Yard arm tapering

    I've used both a drill and a mini lathe. Sandpaper or a file to taper. You really need to make sure the dowel is straight before starting to taper to avoid the wobble. I've had good luck with both.
  23. My mizzen mast has broken below the trestle tree. I had to remove the whole mast, which necessitated cutting away a ton of rigging. Stupidly, I threw away the plans after completion (BIG lesson learned there). I will be doing a lot of rebuilding here. Are there any builders of this kit in the USA who still have their plans? If so, would you be willing to ship them to me? I will copy and ship back right away, and pay all expenses. Otherwise I will contact Caldercraft and purchase a new set. Thanks Mates. Update...heard from Jotika today. Plans available at very reasonable price.
  24. Kinda disappointed....no help here, and no response from Caldercraft. My fault, but I really hate to scrap my build.

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