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About EJ_L

  • Birthday 03/29/1984

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    Wichita, Ks
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    Obviously I enjoy scale model building, ships and my HO scale railroad layout are my main areas right now but I still do the occasional car model for people.
    I also highly enjoy wood working, especially lathe work. I make many things from pens and ornaments to bowls, plates, vases and goblets. Always experimenting and trying new ideas as I see them.
    Outside of these I also enjoy my wife, two dogs and outdoor activities like biking, camping and fishing.

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  1. Welcome to MSW André! Great to have you with us. It sounds like you have a full ship yard of projects ready to go so I wish you happy building and look forward to seeing your work!
  2. Welcome to MSW Martin! I wish you the best of luck and happy building where ever the hobby takes you!
  3. Welcome to MSW Jeff! Great to have you with us. Best of luck to you on both your current build and your future Victory!
  4. Welcome to MSW!! Great to have you with us and best of luck to you on your build!
  5. Nothing better than a blue ribbon finish! Congratulations!!
  6. I've never had it come white either but I have read up on it and have been cautioned when ordering online to get a visual confirmation of the wood color as the color range can be great. Many woods are called mahogany but the color differences can be extreme. The last time I bought some to match I actually mailed a sample of what I was using to the supplier I was talking to so he could match it up as close as possible.
  7. Like most woods there are a variety of species that share the same general name. Honduran mahogany alone can be rather pale in color or deep red depending upon where it was grown, moisture, fungus and age of the tree when cut can all factor into it.
  8. As I am usually working on multiple builds at the same time I rarely feel "done" but, I do take some time to kick back and just look at the completed ship, admire and criticize the results and identify the areas I need to improve on for the next one. Then I put her in her case, take down the drawings and pictures from the tack board and set up the next build. I would add that I pour a drink but I will be honest and admit that I already had that drink poured while working so at this point that drink is just a constant...
  9. Nice find! Original or not, it is still a nice decorative piece that will look great hanging in a house.
  10. firsttimer

    Welcome to MSW! Great to have you with us. Please do start up a build log as that looks like a fun and interesting build to follow along with and with the RC components it will be good to see her in action when done. I wish you the best of luck on your Smit Rotterdam!
  11. Welcome to MSW! Good to have you with us and I wish you the best of luck on your Hermoine build.
  12. Work on Soleil Royal' interior cabins. Pictured are the Great Cabin (lower) and the Admiral'ss Cabin (upper). Captain's Cabin has yet to be built. All the cabins have or ill have flickering LED lights to simulate actual lantern lighting and will be visible through the stern lights when fully enclosed.
  13. La Couronne has all of her masts topped out and is now ready for the yards to install. I'm thinking that she will be ready for her maiden voyage this summer. We shall see.
  14. Welcome back to MSW! Hopefully this time around you will be able to fully enjoy the hobby. Best of luck to you on your build of the Bounty. I would recommend checking some of the great build logs of her on here for some ideas and guidance and then start up your own log so we can follow along and be there when you need help. Again, I wish you good luck and I look forward to seeing your build!
  15. Welcome to MSW Adam! Good to have you with us. Anja gave you a great link for the tools and ideas for starting kits. Only things I would add is first with tools, start simple. Buy what you need as you need it and the blow to the wallet won't be as painful. As for ships to start with, stay simple for the first one. Even if it looks like it may be too easy, (solid hull for example) there are going to be challenges that you have not experienced before. Bending wood for planking, shaping the hull, having to build almost all the parts out of rough lumber and of course the rigging are things that most people have not had to do or only at a minimum coming from the plastic side. I speak from experience! In fact, my first wooden ship was the Rattlesnake. I had built plastic ships before but I quickly found out I was not fully prepared for wood ships and should have started smaller. The other thing I tell everyone is to find a ship that speaks to you and peaks your interest. Read up a little on different ships that you find kits for and see if one has a history that catches your attention. Sometimes if the ship has a story that you find fascinating it can help motivate you to build her better and push through those tougher spots. No matter what ship you decide upon we will be here ready and willing to give advice, guidance or just friendly support. Good luck to you and I look forward to seeing what you decide on!