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  • Birthday 06/15/1950

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    Freeport, NY
  1. i think this is probably one of the best exchanges of ideas i have read on this site. Each modeler has expressed their personal views & experiences in this craft that are truly enlightening and inspiring. I've been modeling since the early 1960's as a teen (model cars, some of which I still have and display) but in the middle seventies, on a trip to the Smithsonian, in Washington D.C., I saw a huge display of model wooden ships for the first time. I was mesmerized; I'd never seen anything like it. Right then & there I knew that some day, I had to build one. Then in the mid 1980's, I took my girlfriend (now my wife) to the NY South Street Seaport Museum. Again, model wooden Ships. I told her that one day I wanted to build a model ship. For my 35th birthday, she gave me Model Shipways PHANTOM. I didn't build it until 1995, why... I was overwhelmed! It looked so complicated. Then, one night, I took the hull & plans out of the box and studied everything. I looked at it as a challenge and figured, if I could plastic model cars and make my own parts, why couldn't I build the PHANTOM? I visited the hobby shop, found and later subscribed to SHIPS IN SCALE Magazine & learned about books, the NRG and discovered the LONG ISLAND SHIP MODEL SOCIETY. I joint the cub and learned from all sorts of fellow modelers about tools and this "trade." I realized then, with their help , criticism, advice & encouragement, that I could realized my dream...that I could build model ships like those in the Smithsonian. It became a passion; one of the most rewarding accomplishments so many folks walk away from out of frustration. This craft, in my view, takes, research, encouragement, practice, loads of time but most of all, perseverance; so to you newcomers...NEVER GIVE UP...YOU CAN DO IT. TMAN Current Build: Model Shipways, EAGLE Completed Models: Model Shipways PHANTOM Boucher Models, Henry Hudson's HALF MOON GERTRUDE L. THEBAUD Note: All solid hull models
  2. Thanks, great advice...I'll wait at least a week. TMAN
  3. Hey all, I'm currently using an old jar of Floquil Buwarks White on my current build of Model Shipways, Topsail Schooner "Eagle." I need to apply multiple coats to any parts that require painting, particularly the metal windlass. I cleaned all the "tarnish & age" off the windless with a fine brass brush & 0000 steel wool; came out real nice. Soaked it in isopropyl alcohol for a quick minute, sprayed the next day with Krylon grey metal primer. Came out real sweet! But...the floquil white isn't adequately covering the windless knees, cheeks & bits. Do I have to re-prime the part or can i paint over the areas with an acrylic paint? Thanks, TMAN

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