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About xken

  • Birthday 02/09/1947

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    Morro Bay, CA
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    Scratch building of all venues and working with brass.

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  1. Brain, eyes and hands all working together!
  2. You can wipe both the wood and the rubber clamping faces with acetone. The wood can be lightly sanded as well.
  3. Others have identified the possible issue being the rubber jaw inserts. A couple of points to consider next time remove the rubber inserts since you are clamping and a portion of your clamping force is lost in the rubber; and use scrap wood of the same kind being clamped between the jaws and wood being clamped. Jaws or a harder wood could leave impressions in the wood as well. I suspect what you are seeing is mold release(silicone based) that is used in the production process. Try cleaning with acetone and then light sanding after the acetone has dried completely. This is just one of the many "Joys" of model making.
  4. John, Love to see WWI planes being built; these are my first love in model building. Not sure how detailed you will wish to get, but here is a link to my scratch built Camel that was a commission for Fine Art Models at 1/15th scale per their request that you my enjoy for details. It also includes the bomb rack that was used on some. Looks like you are off to a great start and keep up the great work! http://www.wwi-models.org/Images/Foran/Camel/index.html
  5. Spring is almost over here in Morro Bay and time for the summer fogs. Winters are at times warmer than the summers due to the heavy coastal fog we get at times. The locals call it Gray May into June Gloom. Anyway here is our back yard gardens with occasional pruning by a couple of horses at the back fence. Pretty much weed free the way a garden should be.
  6. Try using wood stain conditioner; on certain woods it does a good job of evenly raising the grain.
  7. Finally after three weeks the roof is going on. Got all excited on Friday when the shingles arrived and stacked on the roof. They did a great job holding the roof down over the weekend, even after we were told that a crew would show up Saturday morning. The crew was a no show but came this morning. We were told that it was too windy on Saturday; however today they are working against 35 mph gusts this afternoon. keeping fingers crossed that they will finish today.
  8. Yes, at 70 one wonders; however, since the kids will eventually inherit it I am glad it will last that long and will be a long term investment. The grand kids will be in their 50's when it needs to be replaced again.
  9. Roof shingles finally showed up this morning. Manufacturer allegedly was having production problems with the 30 year shingles we ordered so finally after two weeks they upgraded us no charge to the 50 year shingle in the color and specification we ordered which was in stock. We wanted a high wind resistant, solar reflecting color and finish which is a step up from a normal shingle. Here they are going up on the roof by the delivery truck.
  10. Getting a new roof starting today with removing the 2 up there new shingles tomorrow.
  11. Glad to see another Marine reporting aboard. I am in the middle of a Constitution build so stop by and visit. I was in Marine helicopters Vietnam tour with HMM-164 and HMM-362 July `67 - Aug `68. Semper Fi to those who fly! This is a great site to enjoy and learn as well. Semper Fi! Ken
  12. Sitting on the deck of my son's house in Southold,NY enjoying the morning breeze while the twin grandsons are napping. Life is good! Up from naps and playing with some new toys. These are the ones that will get the Constitution once completed.
  13. Now you just need to buy a "spare" motor Ken, and then you'll be able to have both machines set up permanently! Grant, Sssshhhhh! The Admiral has not figured that out yet.
  14. Just received my Sherline X-Y Table that my lathe column will fit on and become a milling machine by adding my lathe motor to the column. Changes from lathe to column in less than a minute. I plan to put this to work when making my yards both milling and drilling. Now back to tying ratlines for the topmasts.
  15. Wulf, here is a link to the show. Put this on your must go to list, plenty to see, swap meet and suppliers to buy from. Plan on taking a fair amount of cash. http://www.wemeshow.com/ Ron, the challenge with stacked disks is cutting them out and then alignment. This was one reason I bought my first lathe. As for casting in resin one would need to do pressure pot casting to drive the resin into the fin detail and then contending with the cleanup of the mold joint lines. Don't ask how I know all this.