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  1. Wow, yours look way better then mine. If mine looked like that I would use them too.
  2. Hi Erik, I think I have the same kit that you do. Mine stalled a long long time ago. I did not like the stern metal etching plates that were supplied with the kit. Mine are really in very poor condition. The etchings were not etched properly, and not only that they are really kind of ugly. I sort of stalled on the kit, with the idea of replacing the whole stern with my own version made from wood and fancy toothpicks. How are your stern metal etching plates? Are you going to be able to use them?
  3. Chippa

    The "What have you done today?" thread.

    Well I've been working on something other then my model ship, oh for the past couple of months or so. I finally got everything "tinkered up" just the way I want it. Went for a ride last night and FUN FUN FUN. The engine and sprockets/chains/mounts come from a kit. I got this to help me with my daily exercise, Im an old guy, so my right heel hurts to much to let me go for walks anymore. So I decided to start riding bicycles for exercise, then one thing turned into another and I put a motor on the bicycle, so I could essentially ride out as far as I could and when I get to tired I just cruise on back home using the power of the engine. It is only a 49CC engine 4 stroke. But it pulls me around at a top speed of about 30mph, but I only cruise around at about 15 to 20 mph. Now I can get back to my model ship eh?
  4. Wow - fairly diverse set of folks. I'll add my two cents worth. I graduated High school at the age of 17, and joined the U.S. Navy. They made me a "Cryptographic Technician", and basically put us under NSA and NSA budgets. We were not under the U.S. Navy budget. So basically we were a bunch of NSA dudes wearing US Navy uniforms. I spent 6 years doing spooky stuff for the NSA. Then after exiting the Navy I got my BSEE (Electrical Engineering). Essentially I have 32 years behind me working in the Electronics Industry. Mostly hardware research and development, but sprinkled with quite a bit of Software development too. I got laid off about 2 years ago. The company sales picture just dropped down into the dust, so they had to let most of the engineering team go. I immediately decided to jump into "Futures and Stock Daytrading", and I've been doing that ever since. It seemed to me that daytrading might be a more reliable endeavor over current employment and company outlooks.
  5. As long as you don't put up a sign that says "Wrong size plank used", then who in the world will know that you did? It looks good to me. By the time your finished the model, that size detail will be swallowed by the rest of the Ships details. You can always put another sign up in front of the finished model that says "I like this size planking better".
  6. Chippa

    Woodcarving Makes Guinness World Record

    So do you think that was carved in one day? lol .
  7. Chippa

    Woodcarving Makes Guinness World Record

    This is a truly amazing piece of work. And I don't mean to berate the talent. But, I find it hard to believe he got it done in 4 years. This is basically 10 feet every year. 5 feet in 6 months. Or keep doing the math, and you get 7.5 inches every 3 weeks. Now look at one of those sections, and remember thats 7.5 linear inches measured from left to right, but including floor to top in just 3 weeks. There is a lot of detail in that much of a slice, I just don't think it can be done in 3 weeks.
  8. I decided to recycle an old "Laser" which was originally used/attached to my radial arm saw blade. After I purchased the darn thing, I decided I didn't like the idea of having to offset all my measurements by 1/8". So I took it off a long time ago and just left it in my toolbox. Then I decided to put it to good use as a homemade "Laser Level Guide". I attached it to my ancient, really ancient sears drill press accessory, which was originally used for mounting electric drills for use as a drill press. I also drilled out the Laser circular thingy and soldered in a push button switch. I needed this to verify that all my lines on the hull are at exact heights relative to each other. It works great. The picture shows a huge splash of red light on the 10th bulkhead from the stern. But, trust me, it is actually just a small red dot. I guess my eyes and the camera see things differently.
  9. Some updates have been done. Although I don't get to spend as much time on this as I would like too. Perhaps an hour or two here and there. I managed to get the lower gun deck glued in. After the glue dried I had to take the Xacto knife and trim off the edges of the deck, because they extended out beyond the bulkhead frames, just a little. Next Step was to get the lower deck cannon carriages made up, so that I could get an accurate height between the gun carriages and the dummy gun barrel mounts. Good thing to because the instructions didnt say anything about this, and If I don't do this step then the dummy gun barrels will be mounted much lower than the carriage guns. Next up was the mounting of what the instructions call "brackets for planking" at the bow. It seems like I won't need filler blocks with these extra frames at the bow. Much of the "fairing" has been done to. Next up is the dummy cannon mounts and frames for the cannons, once this is done maybe I can begin planking.
  10. Chippa

    The "What have you done today?" thread.

    Oh man, that was to funny. Great. When I get those Microsoft technician phone calls, I tell them my brother handles all the computer problems in hour house. And he is in the other room, but you can call him on his cell phone. Then I give them the phone number to the local FBI office. They usually diligently write it down, even asking me to repeat the phone number. I usually don't get another one of those calls for six months or so.
  11. Hi Jerry, I like the way steelers and drop planks look. Have you seen this picture? http://modelshipworldforum.com/resources/Framing_and_Planking/bluff_bow_planking_primer.pdf
  12. Got to spend a little time on this model. This one shows the bulkheads with the "Longherons" in place. I'm showing this one in case someone else decides to build this Mantua model. Those longherons gave me some headscratching. There no sizes listed as to length of cut, and width of plank. The instructions more or less just sort of give me the idea of "just do it". So I "just did it", and hope all is alright. Much filing of the slots on the keel and bulkheads to get everything to fit. Although, these longherons do serve a good purpose. They make sure that all the bulkheads are the right height, and do help aid in preventing the twisting of the hull. But it is really tricky getting them cut to the right length. Some dimensions in the instructions would have been helpfull. The bulkheads are just dry fit, no glue as yet. Next is to finish adding some more supports. Then find some small right angle aluminum to help square up the bulkheads for gluing.
  13. Thanks for the hints. I think I have figured out what "Longherons" are. My picture shows two strips of wood up near the top. I believe those are the longherons, that need to fit into those slots on the bulkhead frames. Unfortunately, not all the frames fit. So I will have to sand those slots to get a sliding fit. Also I can't mount one frame at a time. I will have to put the "longherons" through all the slots first, then mount the whole shebang on to the keel. It's gonna be tricky. Although I appreciate the idea that those "longherons" are there to help prevent twisting of the hull.
  14. Oh Brother. I am trying to fit the Frames to the Keel. But the instructions make no sense whatsoever. Problems before even starting. The instructions say: "Place all the sixteen frames into the longherons 17 and keel 18; check the centre line ot framing and glue." Haha. what in the world are "longherons"? Italian to english translation says "backstay, frame member, spar." sheesshh Then what in the world is "centre line ot"? Huh? what is ot? Here's the problem: I think those longherons are supposed to be a strip of wood going through the center of the frames. But again, no instructions on what size wood to use. And it appears that there are two strips one above the other. Oh man, this model is gonna take a lot longer then I thought. Anybody out there understand these Italians?
  15. Here's my USS Constitution kit, I got this off of craigslist for $25.00. I had to get it at that price. So I'm taking the first step. Step 1: - Open the Box. Step2 : Make sure it's all there. Step3: Get a "Dry Dock" workstation going. I went ahead and took an old aquarium stand (48 gallon) and added the 2x4 supports to hold an overhead 2 bulb flourescent lighting system. I am an old fart, and I need bright lights to help me see better. I have nestled this Dry Dock in between my "Rockhounding" and "Lapidary" collections. My first chosen task - made a "Build Board". Or maybe some call it a "keel Clamp". Well that's all for today. According to the "instructions" my first task is to cut out all the bulkheads, and mount them. Hopefully I will get time to do this part sometime this week. I really hope I haven't started to early, cause I have a lot of other things to take of. Like looking for a job, and writing automatic stock trading programs.

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