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  1. Love the Moran tug photo. Here is one to share with the tug lovers here. It's the tug Stamford off the Portland Head Lighthouse taken from another McAllister tug on the way to the Portland Tug Race. The Portland Head Lighthouse is the most photographed place in Maine but not too often from the water. Combines two of my interests in one photo. The NRG had been at the Portland Head light just days before during a conference. I wound up running late to catch the plane back from the conference when I spent too long watching these tugs come into the harbor in Portland for the race. The USCG Eagle was also there that day. I was lamenting missing the race so the photo was sent to me by the Capt. of the Stamford. This photo is my desktop screen saver.
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    What have you received today?

    Ulises: Did you see Mitch Michelson manning the NRG's table? We gained 1 new NRG member for sure and possibly others from the exposure. It was sort of a last minute invite from the local club. Kurt
  3. Bruce: Thanks for the kind words about the articles. They are now out of print and there are no physical back issues available from SiS or the NRG. And yes, they did edit Part 2 and 3 to fit. There wasn't anything left out but it they moved some shorter stuff into Part 2 to fit and put it into Part 3. The Part 3 stuff was out of sequence. I had forgotten about the edits completely until earlier this month when I was working on a PDF Book that will contain the entire series on the Chaperon with all the model building photos in color and it will have extra material that wasn't printed in the magazine series. I intend to make it available for a very affordable amount (TBD) on a CD or flash drive hopefully sometime in March. It will be some time before the series will be on a new and final disc of the Ships in Scale CD's we will sell through the NRG Store and the disc will contain only what was published, as it was published, including the goofed up editing. Take care, Kurt
  4. Great overall appearance and finishing with so many added details is a nice touch. Bob Smith c/a is by far the best stuff available. If the hobby shop or mail order place show their name on a c/a bottle it is most likely Bob Smit's stuff as they offer this branding to customers. There is still a company id on the back side with the Bob Smith name as somebody else will probably offer the store branding some day but the BS stuff has done this since the mid 90's.
  5. Dying cloth with tea look good for a short time - tea is very high in tannic acid and the cloth will be affected by the acid and it will deteriorate. It's happened to sails that have been dyed with tea. Check out Sculpy clay. You can shape it to the shape of a sack and then bake it in the oven to set it. Hobby Lobby and such stores carry it. Many colors so you might not even have to paint it.
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    Surgical Scalpel Blades

    I still use #11 blades but stay away from Xacto and use the Excel blades - better steel, sharper and less expensive - but mostly for the rough or heavier work. I switched to using surgical blades some time ago for most work. The 25a Swan Morton blade works for me using the two handles shown in the photo. The red plastic one cost about $8.00 and the metal one was just under $10.00. The metal one fits my hand perfectly. I change blades frequently, with some stropping before changing them out. Usually I take the slightly dull blade out of the metal handle and then put it onto the red handle and discard the blade from the red handle. The red handle with the used blade is used for rougher or dirty work. I do not use a dull blade as sharp blades are safer and work better - the blade that goes to the red handle would probably still be considered very sharp by most.
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    Glue Looper

    I have been using these since their initial introduction. V2 is a big improvement - and they are worth the $$. Kurt
  8. I clamp a piece of ply over the plate and raise the blade through the plate and the ply. Gives backing to the plate and makes the slot cleaner.
  9. Yes, it's a vent for one of the fuel tanks. There is another directly opposite.
  10. The kit is a model of a DPC Tug built during WWII. They were built on a rush basis due to the number of tankers being sunk off the east coast of the US early in WWII. The tankers being sunk created severe shortages of fuel oil for heating in the NE so these tugs were designed so that barges could be pulled closer to shore or in the intercoastal waterways where the U Boats couldn’t get to them The Office of Defense Transportation planned 100 Diesel tugs of 85’ x 24’ x 8’ and 500 barges and turned over the designing and superintending the construction of this fleet to the Philadelphia district office of the Engineer Corps, US Army. The plans called for 100 identical tugs in order to facilitate the construction as ordering 100 of each component would simplify the manufacturing and later the servicing of the boats. This also shortened procurement time as it was critical to get the tugs into service as soon as possible. In October of 1943 the Defense Plant Corporation placed an order for the Engineer Corps, US Army for the Defense Plant Corporation (DPC) for 100 diesel tug boats. The order for the 100 tugs was divided into contracts to six shipyards with individual contracts from a low of 4 tugs to a high of 42. The Long Beach shown on the kit box was based in LA and was a DPC tug as indicated by the pilothouse being squared up rather than round for the ease of production. There was also the Los Angeles another DPC Tug that was essentially identical to the Long Beach - only the name boards were different. The photos are of DPC tugs - The Becky E is shown under conversion to a live aboard in Lemont, IL. The head on of the pilot house at dawn is Miss Laura in Duluth and the Tipperary is also in Duluth. The Long Beach is shown following the Los Angeles. Kurt
  11. Eric: Something I read or maybe when I was at the museum and talked with the one brother that I seem to recall something about the mule being at the stern. I think that at that point (the museum was just opened and a lot more has been put on display since) there might have even been some sort of placard or indication of the spot evidence of the mule was found. I might be totally wrong but this is my recollection. Kurt
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    Small Blocks 2mm

    If you started with Syren blacks for your current build I would wait for them to be back in stock. Any others on the same model will stand out like a sore thumb in comparison. Place an order with Syren ASAP and work on another area in the meantime.
  13. Eric: If I remember correctly wasn't there a mule on the aft end that died when it sank? The B option (like the Mary MacDonald) has a space for the mule while A doesn't. Kurt
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    Hello from Coronado, CA

    RG Welcome to the NRG and MSW. You have a great local club there in San Diego - an invaluable tool for a modeler. Kurt
  15. Didn't a lot of photos of build logs disappear when a photo sharing site closed down and we told people to post to us not by links to such services? It thast's the case he has to follow procedure. But he should be contacted to fix the problem.

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