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  1. EJ_L

    What have you received today?

    I thought of lowering the table many times over the years. (Been using this set up for nearly 20 years now) The table, which is an old closet door, rests on top of a few cabinets. Those cabinets have a massive amount of valuable storage space that I would hate to lose. Also, the space underneath the table is a great area for extra model kits and is where I keep my large power tools when not in use , jig saw, lathe etc., as well as my vacuum for saw dust. I can simply pull the hose out and flick the power switch with my foot when needed. The space has also allowed me to set up hooks for many smaller tools that need power. I ran power strips on either side of my seat and I have spaces for my plank bender, soldering iron, heat guns and dremel to hang as well as other tools like jeweler's saws, rulers and stencils. Plus, when I want and or need to stand to work on something, I do not have to bend as far over. The benefits of the taller table have far outweighed the drawbacks and the chair I was using has worked fine but, this one does make life a little nicer.
  2. EJ_L

    What have you received today?

    Today I finally got a chair tall enough for my model table. I’ve been using that table for the many years but as it stands 40 inches tall, regular chairs left me sitting really low to it. The new chair is a drafting chair that ranges from its lowest point at 19 inches to 30. As my models keep getting bigger, the extra height will be nice!
  3. Very cool! Those weapons are a detail rarely seen on models. Adds another touch to an active ship.
  4. Welcome back Mark! I hope this is a sign that those things in life are improving. Happy New Year!
  5. Well, turning those spindles took some time but, it was worth it in my opinion. As the last day of the year comes to an end, I thought some overall pictures of the ship would be nice. Over 2 years and 1,448 hours logged in. I'm thinking that 2019 may be the year she is completed. Still have a lot more to do some refresh your popcorn and drink and get comfortable. I'm looking forward to another fun year of model building with you all. Happy New Year my friends!!
  6. Spindle making in progress. This is number 10 out of a lot more. Picking up the pace though and they are turning faster the more that I do.
  7. Welcome Heinrich! I will add that book to my wish list as well. I’m planning on buying several and expanding my library greatly in 2019. I’ve added the rest of the bitts. Building knight heads now. There are still a few that are shown on the plan sheets that I am trying to figure out what their purpose is. Rigging is such a tangled mess sometimes! 😜 Took a break from direct work on the ship today to clean up a mini lathe I got from the admiral’s grandfather a while back. It doubles as a milling machine though with limited motion till I get a new x,y,z table. For my current needs, the large portion works great and now I can start turning the hundreds of spindles that I will need for the railings. The plans show, and I already installed square spindles on the waist rails but, after looking at them over the last few days, the square look appears to plain to me for this ship. Therefore I will make more decorative ones instead. Lots of turning ahead but, I think it will be worth the effort.
  8. Heinrich, looking forward to seeing this project. I have a feeling this is going to be a fun one!
  9. Vic, I will try to remember to post some pictures of how I make the coils soon. I meant to do it this weekend but, it slipped my mind till just now. The process is very simple but, worth showing multiple times for anyone who doesn’t know. I did get quite a bit done over the last few days. Walkways are installed across the waist, ladders have been built and set and the first of he side rails have gone in. Now I am fabricating the remaining bitts for the fore and mizzenmast masts as well as the remaining knights which brings me to my next major challenge, deciphering the rigging plans. I spent several hours hours yesterday with colored pencils tracing out the lines to deck locations as shown on the plans and have come to the conclusion that the person who created these drawings did not double check the design. Many lines foul each other, several lines connect to nothing and others share the same point of termination in ways gay I know would not have been done. So, that means I will turn to much more useful books, particularly Anderson’s great works as I did for La Couronne and make the best out of that source. No, I am not yet ready for rigging but, in order to make sure that I have all the deck fittings I need ready and correct, I must start looking and figuring things out now. Reality is, once I finish up with the deck pieces, dummy guns and port lids are next followed by channels and any other miscellaneous parts I have forgotten. Then the masting will start.
  10. Added the main mast bitts and knight. Since the knight sits under a deck, I went ahead and rigged up the lower portion of the lift rigging to make it easier later on.
  11. Welcome to MSW! There is plenty to learn here so I'm sure you be kept busy till you are ready to get started.
  12. EJ_L

    Just joined yesterday...

    Welcome to MSW! Best wishes to you as you continue your build. Looking forward to seeing pictures of her.
  13. EJ_L

    Just Joined

    Welcome to MSW Dan! Looking forward to seeing the ships you choose to build as that is a minority era with not as many builds going on. Should be fun and I'm sure very educational!
  14. Incredible! The level of detail you are able to achieve really has to make one consider the usage of different materials on a build. I have always tried to stick with wood but, after seeing what you can do with clays and foils I'm considering more and more mixing materials, especially when the appearance of the model is more important than how it is built. To be honest, if one were to just look at a random picture of your model, I don't think they would be able to tell it isn't made of wood!
  15. Looks like you are off and running nicely on this one. I think I’ll stick around and see how she turns out. Keep up the good work!
  16. I'm quickly approaching the lid dilemma myself. How to make them and make them look good.... I'm becoming more and more tempted to try Doris' method and make the decorative pieces by clay and mount them to the wood lids. The nails... well that is still uncertain.
  17. I've read that as well that often there were unarmed ports that had versatile uses with ventilation being chief among them on the lower decks as air struggled to get down there especially on the two and three deck ships. Other causes of lack of full armaments could include the availability of the guns themselves particularly during war when many ships were being outfitted and refitted and during peace when demand to produce new guns was at a low. This problem was largely encountered in foreign ports as supplies would be low. Cost of the guns came into play as well as it was not uncommon for the Navies to only supply a limited amount of shot and powder and left additional munition supplies up to the captain. If a captain found himself unable or unwilling to fully stock the ship, a smart trade off would be the number of guns being carried in exchange for more ammunition for those he could afford. A well trained crew could always shift guns rather quickly and easily from port to port to set up for action as needed. Weight played another crucial role as a captain might find that while his ship can carry 110 guns, she sails better with only 100. If those 10 extra guns can be traded out for maneuverability without costing the effectiveness of combat, I believe that is a trade many captains would have taken as sailing the ship was even more crucial than the fire power. These are of course only my opinions as I am far from an expert on the subject but, from readings and the apparent commonality of the extra ports and lesser guns than the rated number suggests, I feel that they may hold some credit.
  18. Thanks to everyone for the kind words and likes! As for the hooks, yes, they are scratch made. I found some 20gauge wire in the jewelry department at Hobby Lobby that has been working great for hooks and eyebolts. Also found this loop tool there as well that makes this process very easy. Simply insert the wire, squeeze and release and then cut to length and you have an eyebolt. To make the hook, I use a pair of needle nose pliers that have rounded prongs instead of flat. Grip the stem of the eyebolt and roll it around the prongs of the pliers in the same direction as the eye loop and you now have a hook. Sometimes you have to do a little trimming or straightening and the black coating is also prone to come off. I don't worry too much about that until after they are installed. A tiny paint brush with some flat black paint cleans those marks up. Usually I will spend an hour making eyebolts and hooks. I have a small drawer that I store them in and in an hour I can have a couple hundred made so I don't have to do it often. It is an easy way of stocking up on much needed pieces while taking a break from the actual build. Also, the looper tool, even the smallest one can make the eyes a bit large for some scales. Simply trim the end of the looped wire where it returns back to the stem and crimp it back tight to the stem with a pair of needle nose pliers and you have a smaller eye. If you do that in tiny bites, you can easily adjust the eyebolt sizes as needed. I make all of mine the "stock" size when mass producing and then resize as needed.
  19. She is indeed massive. 36 inches long, 15inches tall and 8 inches wide without any masts. Will grow significantly in all directions once masted. I have no idea yet where she will make berth once completed!
  20. Finished rigging the guns on the upper gun deck. With those installed I can install the bitts and the cradles for the ship’s boats. Also with the work on the gun decks wrapping up I can start building the railings for the forecastle, quarter and poop decks without as much fear of them being damaged.
  21. EJ_L

    New guy

    Welcome to MSW!! You definitely picked a challenge but, you are in the right place to get those questions answered and keep the motivation flowing. Best of luck to you!
  22. One thing compounds another.... Keeping up the good thoughts and best wishes that the doctors and drugs get her sorted out and back on the healing path.

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