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

    Not what I did, but my son had a business dinner at the New York Yacht Club last night in the "Model Room". Based upon the pictures he sent all I can say is WOW! A model of each of the contenders for the America's Cup since around 1867 displayed side by side, as well as other models scattered around as well as half hulls everywhere. Has anybody else been there? What an absolute amazing display of models.
  2. Here is a new Model Expo product that will make tying ratlines easier. I designed it based upon my experiences with the Constitution and thinking there had to be an easier way. We ended up doing three sizes for most common scales. http://modelexpo-online.com/MS7201-Ratliner--the-Shroud-Building-Tool--For-Approximate-Scales-of-176-to-190_p_1509.html
  3. Sopwith Camel 1/16 by Mike Dowling

    These may be of some help to sort out details if needed. I used these to build my camel. Braces are where the turnbuckles are attached.
  4. Sopwith Camel 1/16 by Mike Dowling

    Mike, I was away all day. Sorry for the confusion there are two props being shown in the link. The one being step by step shown is for a Fokker D VII. The last bottom two are for the Sopwith one shows the front, side and rear views with the laminated layers per the real prop taken from period plans for the Sopwith Camel. The picture next to it shows the prop installed. I used cherry, basswood and black walnut for visual enhancement per client request. Others above are doing a good job of verbally describing the carving process; study the pattern of the laminations and that may also help. The laminations are also a great aid in carving providing a color pattern to follow and duplicate.
  5. Sopwith Camel 1/16 by Mike Dowling

    Try this for a little reference. http://www.wwi-models.org/Images/Foran/Hand_Carved_Props/index.html
  6. PBS Series The Vietnam War

    Thank you all for stopping by and your great comments! We spent all day babysitting the two granddaughters while our daughter helped a friend tear stucco off their house wall. Wish I had the girls energy. As for the bullet bouncer it was 1 inch thick of alternating layers of fiberglass cloth and steel mesh impregnated with resin. We band sawed the crew chief's part with the .50 bullet embedded in it and made a trophy for him with it. As for the impact it picked him up and threw him across the inside of a CH-46 bouncing him off the my side. A first I thought he was dead, but it just knocked him out. When I took the bouncer off on the way back to base the tip just barely poked though and he had a burn the size of a silver dollar and couple of broken ribs and a bruise over his entire chest but walked off the bird when back at base. One lucky SOB. More than once it save my butt as well, small caliber rounds was like getting hit with a baseball bat swung by a major league player. Thanks again for your stopping by!
  7. PBS Series The Vietnam War

    Patrick, I am sure he did, if you look close you can see a trace of blood on his right leg where he was hit. Most of the time we picked them up in the field and dropped them off at the closest medical facility, including the hospital ships stationed along the coast. We also flew day and night whenever and wherever the wounded were located.
  8. I have been watching the PBS Series "The Vietnam War" and my to my surprise this screen capture from a film/video flashed by on the Medevac section. I was a helicopter mechanic and machine gunner with HMM-164 and TAD to HMM-362 in 1967-1968. This was in a HMM-362 UH-34D during TET '68 and during the extraction a news film crew hitch hiked a ride down to Danang. The wounded Marine rested his head on my knee so he could see the sites out the door during the flight and unknown to us the film crew filmed a segment of us. Over my left shoulder is a M-60 that can be partially seen. On my chest is the 40 pound bullet bouncer that also had a rear part for the back. Very heavy but worked very well, a crew chief on one flight took a .50 Cal square in the chest and survived. This picture came from a film/video from a PBS show that aired years ago. Semper Fi to those who fly!
  9. just what is a "scratch built model"?

    A great deal of good comments have been made above so I will throw in my two cents. To me a kit build is the subject was purchased in a box with assembly instructions and assembled per instructions with all the component parts in the box other than paint or glue. Kit bashing is starting with a purchased kit in a box and then super detailing and or substituting kit parts with scratch built parts of a much better quality. I would use my USS Constitution as an example of this. Scratch building is building a subject that did not come in a kit box, subject was researched, plans either drawn or purchased, no written instructions were followed and all materials and limited components/parts were purchased. i.e. wood strips, aluminum or brass stock, leather etc. Examples of these are my 1911 Model T Board track Racer 1/8 scale. Or any of my WWI airplanes. No I did not process the raw aluminum and brass, nor did I grow and skin a goat for the leather. I just like to keep things simple.
  10. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    I woke up this morning and while having coffee and checking Facebook found this. https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/tributetoaveteran?source=feed_text&story_id=1664205860288398
  11. What have you received today?

    Finally broke down and bought this and will put to use soon hopefully. I have their chop saw and was very impressed with the quality and am supporting a MSW sponsor as well. I also do something similar as Kurt above by reading the instructions and studying the plans and building it in my head. Here my new toy.
  12. We are Moving

    Color me jealous love the space; just wishing I had it too!
  13. What have you received today?

    Grant, thanks for the heads up, I am discovering that instructions should be taken with a grain of salt and plans if good a guideline and let common sense prevail. Ship building experience does help with the pitfalls.
  14. What have you received today?

    Purchased this kit from Darrell. Will build down the road. The kit is vintage and the polystyrene parts organizer disintegrated in transit. Just fun down the road to sort them out. This looks like it will also be a fun build. Especially now that I have a better understanding of ship building.
  15. This was my first ship build. This shows random overall and detailed views of the completed brig.