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  1. Just another two cents. In general, what model is one building. Is it the one from the plans and built to the best standards available at the time of the ship was built. Is it exactly as it was just before launch. This no one will know unless the ship exists today as it was originally built. Is it the same ship that one of the captains decided to make some rigging changes since he didn't like the way the ship handled under certain sea conditions. I understand that some British captains changed rigging and/or rake of masts to help the handling but being against Admiralty orders not to change rigging. I think it is not possible to reproduce a model exactly as originally built. I think we need to let Ed get on with this magnificent build thread and understand that he is building this to the plans set that he has and building to best available standards of the time and incorporating the best of the research that he has done.
  2. Interesting that the messages I received did not speak of the certificate expired. Glad that's the only issue.
  3. Has anyone attempted to go to Seawatch Books website in the last few days. I get a warning from all of the browsers that I use that the site is unsafe to access.
  4. Here is a picture of the Japanese ship Yamashiro with torpedo nets stowed. Perhaps a sister ship??
  5. I just looked at your previous PE work, especially the railings which are extremely difficult to shape and mount. I think you will do just fine with the very small parts.👍
  6. I appreciate the difficulties in installing PE. It is my worst nightmare. My biggest problem is managing the adhesives to fasten the parts. Keep working at it. It truly enhances the model considerably.
  7. Nice recovery. Went through this on two previous builds over the years. Everything must be methodically measured and checked against the plans. If not, disaster. Keep up the great work.
  8. Hi Ed, Following this thread is pure joy. An education on every page. For SJSoane and others I suggest Google "Around the Horn movies 1930's" and you will get a first hand view of the crew working in extremely rough weather. "Imaging climbing out there in heavy weather..." took very special people to do that kind of work.
  9. Hi Greg, excellent work. I am totally befuddled using CA on parts mostly at the scale of the Yamato. No matter what advice is given I fail miserably. Could you please relate some of your techniques as it appears to come very easy for you. Thanks, IR3
  10. Just tuned in. I just love the exquisite wood work on the old speed boats. Very nice job. Keep up the good work. IR3
  11. A bit more work on the DQ. The Texas (or Hurricane) deck is on and more windows in place. This brings the total up to over 150 so far. If you like windows, this is the kit for you. I had trouble at first with windows falling off after gluing. It turns out that I need to scuff up the backs of the windows to provide a good medium for the thin CA. That and kicker has the windows on pretty firmly. After priming and painting there should not be a problem with windows falling off. I still need to put in the doors. The plan indicates that they are wood panel doors which I am not going to attempt. I have the stamped out Saito doors which I might paint some wood color. I need to check some pictures to see if these are indeed painted white. BTW, one of the good parts of the kit are the stampings for the windows and doors. They actually came out quite nice. I have to deal with the shear before painting. It is really bad and due to very poor die cutting of the cabin sides. I assume that at one time the parts were die cut perfectly but as time went on not much maintenance was done on the dies. Hmm, just noticed the missing window on the Cabin deck. Until next time, IR3
  12. A bit more work on the Delta Queen. Many problems fitting the various deck pieces. The sheer of the boat was almost impossible to set up. With the fiber glass hull being so uneven and the frame punchings so poor the corrections could not be made until the main cabin structure was started. This was not practical. So the boat goes into the classification of Stand Off Fun scale. It is strictly a small pond or swimming pool model and will never be a show winner. I started on the main cabin structures. This is removable to get access to the interior. Not shown in the pictures is a small inner box on the first deck level to seat the cabin structure. As you can see from the pictures the sheer has its problems. I will deal with some of them but for the most part, since it is removable probably not too much effort. Until next time, IR3
  13. A bit more work on the Delta Queen. The door knobs have been installed but alas, unless one looks very closely the first deck obscures them. But at least they are there. The fore part of deck one is installed with the support pillars. I kind of wish I did the fore portion of the model as the Victoria. It is more presentable with staircases going up to the first deck and a different front. Of course, this is the Delta Queen and so it will be the DQ. Before going on, I need to caulk the seams between the hull and the inner structure to prevent water from coming in. There is very little free board so keeping the interior dry is an absolute must. The steam plant will be coming out for this operation. Until next tine, IR3

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