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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. Kmart, I hope you enjoy the book when you get it. Also just FYI I noticed the way you have positioned your grates. I laser cutting the true dimension is on the bottom side of the carrier sheet which also results in minor draft which increases with the thickness of the wood sheet. If you turn your grates upside down you will have the "good" side up. This also applies when setting bulkhead frames with the angles (usually 1/4" thick wood) setting forward and rearward to get the cut angle to work with you and less sanding required. Keep up the great work you are doing, more fun lies ahead. Keep in mind on the deck plan view the stern starboard side is greater from the centerline than the port side on the spar deck. Just check the plan layout to justify the planking when you get to that point. You can see this called out in my build.
  2. The bow view shows the dolphin striker is a single vertical rather than the inverted V with two arms. Or the artist needs his "artistic license" renewed.
  3. Michael, Check or cash not setup for cards. See you there.
  4. The title is “Model Building with Brass” buy the second edition. If you come to the NRG conference I will be selling and signing them there.
  5. Hi Ken....What size Jackstay eyebolts did you order from ME?
    Looks like the eye holes are round.

  6. Dan, Great job and it really came out exquisite with all the details! Ken
  7. Tom, that was the reason I made the boat cradle removable so that I could tie down the ship for transport. Lucky that it will only be a nose job. Nice new digs to work in.
  8. Something else is also going as well, I see what looks like a drip spot from a liquid on the base wood surface. Could drastic swings in temperature cause moisture condensation on the anchor with enough buildup to drip over time? I have also see this type of corrosion on parts using blackening agents and not being rinsed thoroughly with water after being treated. This usually starts in a hole or recess in a part.
  9. Jon, your build is coming along nicely and going into more detail at the bow and stern than I did. Keep up the great work you are doing!
  10. Captain Steve, l have enjoyed following along your journey and unfortunately your being done in by a curvaceous rear end. Cocoon the project so that at some point in the future you can come back to it. Have a “Dark and Stormy” or two on me as you contemplate your next project.
  11. Dave, the doctors have told me that my youth is catching up with me having disintegrating disks L3 through L7 along with arthritis in both my left knee and hip. For the past few years model building has been my method of pain management and it does work. Keep up the great work you are doing!
  12. He will be missed, Rest In Peace!
  13. Thanks for the plug Kurt and yes I will bring some and sign them for those who wish to purchase one. If not order through Amazon.
  14. The display case is under construction, and coming along nicely. Here are a couple of in progress up dates. The drawer will hold the book and a CD of the build Just a few minor tweaks and then the stain will be applied.
  15. Walt



    1. xken


      Walt, I just posted an update about the display case on the site.


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