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About Landlocked123

  • Birthday 07/03/1954

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    The Nutmeg State
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    Nautical research, Flyfishing, Flytying, anything to do with the outdoors and moving water.

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  1. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    Jack, Don’t your teeth get rattled out of you head? Best, John
  2. Hold Down Jigs

    Hi Pat, i think you might be thinking about the soldering table below. I also received one this Christmas and it’s built like a tank. Best, John https://contenti.com/jewelry-soldering-supplies/jewelry-soldering-tools/soldering-boards/rotating-soldering-table
  3. Color of ratlines

    Thanks guys....I appreciate your input. J.
  4. Color of ratlines

    Hi, I’m nearing the finish line on my Bluejacket Smuggler (1877 gaff rigged schooner) and the only remaining task is tying the ratlines. There only 4 sets of shrouds comprised of two lines each so the job is not particularly daunting. Where I am completely hung up is on the type of rope for the lines. I used the Bluejacket supplied black line for the all the standing rigging and Syren’s light brown rope for all the running rigging. Ratlines on this period ship were not tarred but in almost every model I see the builder uses black line. I know it’s my build and I can go however I wish, but I’ve tied samples of both and am still completely flummoxed. I need some help to push me off the fence, Best, John
  5. A few follow-ups on my previous post: Roger - Testors Thinners for their Model Master Enamels or lacquer thinner work just fine with Floquil. As I mentioned, unused bottles of Froquil generally bring $7-10 on eBay. If you have unopened bottles leave then that way until you need them. Generally, highly separated bottles can be reconstituted, especially if unopened. Sometimes when the pigments are very coagulated, it takes some time. Once opened, thoroughly clean the paper liner in the cap, the lip of the bottle, and the threads (both in he cap and jar) with lacquer thinner. Screw the cap on snuggly and store upright in a cool dark place. I keep mine in desk drawer in my basement workshop. I have found that he best place to find new old stock is in the vanishing number of Mom and Pop hobby shops in small towns. I live in New England and whenever I find myself in a old town, I check to see if there are any hobby shops around. I’ve been lucky enough to find old Floquil display racks with bottles marked with 1970s prices which the proprietor will usually honor. Jack (as usual) is right on point with the MicroMark paint stirrer. It works great when reblending separated paint. It’s also easy to clean. After stirring, I stick it in a small jar of lacquer thinner, give it a spin for a second, and wipe dry with a paper towel. Finally, a word of caution, do not make the mistake of thinking that the same color paint from different bottles will be the same color. This is especially true with 15-25 year old paint. Please don’t ask how I learned this😖.. Best, John
  6. What Goes Around Comes Around

    That is great story. And the fact that the two Dads were able to reconnect, even better! Best, John
  7. What have you received today?

    To All my friends on MSW, My wife and I just watched the Alistair Sim version of “A Christmas Carol” and I’m overcome with the spirit of Christmas. I want to wish all my friends on MSW the very happiest and merriest of Christmas’s and the best life has to offer in the New Year, 🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉 Best, John
  8. What have you received today?

    As far as I’m concerned, there are Labs, and then dogs. For my entire 60+ years on this planet we’ve shared our lives with Labradors. The real bitch is that they don’t last more than 15 years and the pain rips your heart out. J.
  9. What brand of #11 blades do you use

    Hi- I recently bought the Swann-Morton scalpel package on Amazon (below). I received 100 no. 11 blades, a blade remover, a handle, and most importantly, needle pliers (similar to a hemostat) for handling the insertion of the blades. I’m quite happy with the purchase. Best, John https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DNW2D9S/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  10. Knots for iron stropped blocks

    Thank you. Best, J.
  11. Knots for iron stropped blocks

    Thanks Welflack, I’ve been able to make shackles down to about 3.5mm. Would you please share with me your technique to make them as small as 1.5mm? Best, John
  12. Hi, I’m nearing the finish line on my Bluejacket Smuggler (1877 gaff rigged schooner) and have started on the running rigging. The kit supplies iron stropped blocks made from cast Brittania metal. I’ve cleaned up the casting flash, drilled out the beckets and sheaves, and have most of them painted the suggested white. I’ll be using Syren rope in sizes .008, .012 and .018. I don’t know what kind of knot I should use to tie the blocks to the lines. I was thinking of using the old taut-line hitch from my Boy Scout days since it would be secure and not very bulky. I would appreciate any suggestions you may have of a more appropriate knot. Thanks. Best, John
  13. Brazing vs soft soldering

    Hi Gents, Russ turned me on to silver soldering a few years ago. I use a pen style butane tourch and paste solder that comes premixed in a syringe. And Russ is right (above) that silver soldering becomes second nature. There are few benefits that I find worth mentioning. First, there is essentially no wait time for the iron to heat up, one click and I have heat. Second, with the paste solder/flux I can apply pin head sized amount precisely where I want with a toothpick. The joint flashes over in a second or two. Finally, it takes a higher temperature to remelt the soldered joint, so it is quite easy to add a nearby additional joint without affecting the first. I will still use Tix occasionally, but generally only if I’m soldering very close to wood or Britannia metal. Best, John ps. I use silver solder mostly for convenience, not strength. J.
  14. Mitch, Thanks for for the clarification. I guess I really went over the top in my posts. It just I would really like the conference to come back to “right” coast and I think Annapolis or Norfolk would be great fits. Sorry for any annoyance I’ve caused. Sincerly, John

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