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  1. bigcreekdad

    Looking for plans for Mamoli Black Prince

    PM me...I might...I'll look later today.
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    Using wood from old downs trees

    We have a cabin in northern Michigan. Our property is quite wooded and there are many downed trees in the forest. There is walnut, oak, and maple, besides poplar, cedar, birch etc. I burn quite a bit of it in our wood stove. I've often wondered if this downed, long dead, wood could be used for modeling. Any thoughts?
  3. Getting frustrated. I'm at the point where I need to buy wood. However, trying to find boxwood has been difficult. The Lumberyard's website for sheet stock tab takes you nowhere, and Crown Timberyard won't let you in unless you enter a password..huh? In any case, I am going to build with some other type of wood. Leaning towards pear. Any suggestions?
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    Wood options for Cutter Cheerful besides boxwood

    chuck...i will be in touch
  5. Your build log will be my guide when I get to the planking stage. Well done!!
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    Rigging hooks

    Where can I purchase aftermarket hooks for rigging to deck and hull?
  7. 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.
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    Angle of ship masts

    How interesting. I always wondered about this. A lot of knowledge in this group.
  9. 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.,
  10. Remember, you always have the option of not coppering. I coppered my Pickle, and I really went back and forth on it. However, in the future, if I am very happy with the planking, I will not copper. Especially if I am substituting with woods like cherry or swiss pear ( a really nice look). You lose the authenticity I suppose, but, for me anyway, that's not of utmost importance. You are doing well.
  11. bigcreekdad

    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!
  12. bigcreekdad

    Very thin rigging threads

    If you have a fly fishing shop near, go there and you will find what will work
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    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.
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    Dos Amigos by bigcreekdad

    Some headway since last posting.Deck pretty much finished (other than anchors). Lower main and fore masts installed with first trestles, and onto the shrouds. Been studying the rigging plans, and have a headache.
  15. I'm replanking the ship after an abysmal attempt at tree nailing. I'm planking over the original, and will sand down quite a bit when complete. I'm still uncertain whether I will tree nail or not. I'll post a pic of the replanking when complete. In the meantime, I'm toying with the idea of not mounting the swiveling cannon in the bow. Frankly, I think it looks a bit goofy....no offense to those who have built the ship with the cannon. Any ideas on some deck furniture to take the space?
  16. I've always liked this ship. Looking forward to your build.
  17. bigcreekdad

    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.
  18. bigcreekdad


    I am building this ship right now. If mine looks half as good as yours when finished I'll be thrilled. Awesome job!!
  19. Nice job on the thinning. My first attempt at a build was the Phantom. I thinned too much, and ended up going right through it in many places later. Ended up as kindling for my wood stove. But a good learning experience.
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    Dos Amigos by bigcreekdad

    More progress on deck work, especially the 2000 (or so it seemed) belaying pins. I did not use the kit supplied pins. Also, finished stropping the deadeyes, attaching chains, and mounting on railings. I'd be curious to hear thoughts on using the chain material....positive or negative. I'm likely going to paint them black as I don't care for even the light shine they give off. This ship comes with sails, which I don't intend to use. However, the rigging plans for the sails are pretty much overlaid with the running rigging...this is going to be a real best when I get that far trying to differentiate them.

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