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About daddyrabbit1954

  • Birthday 04/16/1954

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    Tampa, Florida
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    Scale model building of all types; American and world history; science; religious studies; flight; grandchildren; travel; antique car and motorcycle restoration

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  1. Another thing I've seen happen when a man gets old, they become superstitious. A true but funny story about my great uncle Tom. He religiously carried a buckeye nut in his front pants pocket. He swore the buckeye relieved his arthritis. Everyone who knew Tom was aware how he could joke and pull your leg sometimes, so I think most people didn't know whether to take him serious about that buckeye or not. Now every week day, the old men in the town where Tom lived would gather at the gas station, sit in lawn chairs underneath the Live Oak trees and shoot the breeze (that's Southern slang for telling lies and tall tales). When he finished chatting that day he came home and found we had arrived to his house. He began to repeat the story about how much better his arthritis felt since he had started carrying that buckeye. Then he reached into his front pocket to pull out his buckeye, show it off and brag about the miracle cure it provided. It was gone - missing! He panicked, jumped into his pickup truck and burned rubber (Southern slang for spinning his tires on the pavement) trying to get to the gas station as quickly as possible to find the buckeye. Sure enough, he found it. It had dropped out of his pocket while sitting under the Oak trees. Anyway, after he returned home with his found buckeye, he began repeating his miracle cure story all over again and smiled to say how much better he felt even since finding the lost buckeye. I was just a boy when that happened, a long long time ago. But it's something I'll never forget.
  2. Very convincing, just like the real thing shrunk down. Ever see that old movie, Honey I Shrunk the Kids? These pieces look like the fellow got a hold of the real things, used his machine and presto!....model ship guns. Very nice indeed, Greg.
  3. Well, that runs contrary to the laws of gravity. When the chest caves in, it falls to the stomach. I suppose if the stomach caved in, it could fall to the thighs.
  4. I second that opinion! Beautiful, just beautiful.
  5. I once wore a size 50 coat and size 32 trousers. Nowadays, it's almost reversed. My chest caved in. There is no "sucking it up", it's well beyond that stage.
  6. Whomever the Father of the House is, he has my utmost respect.
  7. Not a lot of progress lately on the model. Been getting the yard, side and back patios ready (spring cleaning) for an upcoming birthday party for one of our grandchildren. Here is the current state of the ship. Trying out some Flory Models weathering pigments. Keep in mind, I have much shading, paint detailing, and weathering to do before its anywhere near finished. I could have put a lot more detail on those torpedo launchers seen at each side of the cockpit area (last picture), but they are so darn hard to see it hardly seems worth doing too much. Will try to make sure and give everything on the deck attention to detail where it can easily be seen.
  8. I would add the following comment to all of these pictures, but it would be redundant: Great model, Greg!
  9. Clever idea, using those empty frames to form your strips.
  10. Those guns look SO good, but man, I know that is some tough duty building all those. Takes some real determination to finish them all in a week. The stock Tamiya guns are obviously not as good as the Pontos ones, but they are presentable to be sure. I agree those small handrails must be a nightmare to do. Some compound vertical curves it appears. Tough duty.
  11. This all makes much more sense to me, now that we know the picture is not of Musashi nor Yamato, but of a more modern ship. Thanks! PS: I found the AOTS from an online bookseller located in the UK for a reasonable price ($35.51 shipped).
  12. Large hands is a genetic thing from my father's family. My grandfather and great grandfather were enormous men with hands to match. I have a picture of my great grandfather taken somewhere around the turn of the century, standing in front of his blacksmith's shop with his sons (including my grandfather). My grandfather was 6'3" tall, and his head only came up to my great grandfather's shoulder in height. Huge man. My grandfather owned a hardware business. They used to buy all sorts of things like nails in bulk quantities and they came packed in wooden barrels/kegs. A keg of nails must have weighed at least 200 pounds I'd guess, but I was too young back then to pick one up so I am not sure exactly. But my grandfather would show off his strength by picking up a full keg of nails using just his fingertips to hold the wooden rim on top of the keg, then he would hold the keg straight out in front of him without bending his arms. He was one of those guys you would never want to get his hands on you for any kind of angry reason. Here, my grandfather stand on the dock on the far left. Standing beside these two average size men gives an idea of how big he was. When I was a kid, he weighed close to five hundred pounds.
  13. I'm glad you asked that question about the holes in the hull, Sam. I was ready to show my ignorance and ask the same question.
  14. I'll bet you're right, Slog. That stubborn spot on the side panel is probably due to the mylar as it won't hold a curve shape. Maybe too late now to remove the mylar, but white glue can be used to create clear portal windows like that after the panel has been shaped and secured to the model. I always keep a bottle of Micro Krystal Klear handy for just these kinds of projects where I need to create small clear windows, or instrument panel lenses, etc.
  15. My most recent installment of the Yamato, I received month 7 of the Soleil Royal instead of the month 7 of the Yamato. When I called DeAgostini, they told me "sorry about that...just keep the Soleil Royal installment we accidentally sent out and we will send you the correct month 7 installment for the Yamato." And that's about all I've done with mine so far. Yours on the other hand is coming along beautifully!