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  1. Thanks for the clarification about Mike's speciality, Greg. I use an old hairdryer. But I have an old heat gun, so I'll try that. Tony
  2. Yes, he does quite a lot that could be in the 'don't try this at home' category. His use of the table saw, for example. But as a surgeon he's used to being supremely confident with his risks which you can reckon he's worked at perfecting. At least I think he's a surgeon. I always enjoy watching different styles and approaches to model ship builds which demonstrate the wide range of imagination and thinking that can be applied to the same situation. He's also good at adapting his tools. Once I can start modelling again (hoping for August) I'll certainly go back to some of the videos for stimulation but I won't try the toaster idea as I can use other sources of heat. Tony
  3. I deleted the Dropbox files of the translations and complete links of Mike's YouTube videos some time ago. However, following a pm from another member, I have reposted them in Dropbox at: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/7lql7kn7vrz8ted/AABxuBO1WfPmefnzPN9aHx3ha?dl=0 Tony
  4. Many of you may have already seen this, but when I posted a question to the Science Museum (using the contact details provided on their website) about viewing models of 18th Century cutters and about what had happened to the old Shipping Gallery, they pointed me to a digitally captured video of the entire display. You can see it at http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/about_us/history/shipping.aspx. I found this brilliant but also very saddening, since there is now no way in which you can easily see all those models in one place. However, the Science Museum were enormously helpful. They gave me a list of every model of a cutter in their possession, and pointers to where each model could be found. These models are scattered over the country, but a fair number are still at the Science Museum and it only takes an email to them to request a visit to see whatever you want. Tony
  5. Not only is this unimaginably skilled work, as well as beautiful, it is also wonderfully photographed against a great backdrop that gives a sense of the majesty of the original. Thank you very much indeed for posting these images. Antonin

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