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About Fright

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    Atlanta GA
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    Music, art, acting, astronomy and model building. Also the proud owner of a vintage 1966 Oldsmobile 98 Hearse for those "special' evenings out!

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  1. I just received the book "Ship Modeling Simplified" by Frank Mastini from Ebay. Hope this will help me along with some of the many questions that arise on my modeling. Waiting for "Planking the Built-Up Ship Model" by Jim Roberts from Model Shipways.
  2. Howdy camper! Welcome to this site.
  3. Welcome aboard Lou! I just started working with wooden ships instead of plastic. Good ventures on your lanikai.
  4. Cheers and welcome!
  5. Welcome aboard! It's been many years since I visited Old Town - I had a college friend who lived in Sacramento. I hope all of the rain and flooding did not effect your area. All the more reason to build a boat/ship!
  6. Welcome and good adventures in your future projects!
  7. Alan... thank you for this close up of the main boom and saddle. Saddles are not mentioned at all on my plans but this diagram clearly shows me where the placement for it would go on the mast. I wasn't sure on that. Thank you for your help - my project for Monday. Ron - thank you for your tip on the practicum for the Phantom. I would have liked to have purchased a POB kit as a next build, but I picked the Phantom up for $30 and one more basic kit would help my skills before I tackle framing a hull. This kit will give me a chance to work on plating a hull and planking a deck.
  8. Took another try today - and I learned a valuable lesson about wood. Depending on the piece to be cut has a lot to do with the direction of the grain you cut through ! DUH!!! I was able to produce the jaws for the mainsail boom and another for the mainsail gaff. I still need to sand them down a bit for size but they work. Another split but 2 out of 3 I can handle those odds. I thank everyone for the ideas and especially to Bill who turned the 'light switch' on about angle on grain. I'm now a HaPpY CaMPeR thanks to you guys! On a side note, I just picked up Models Shipways 'Phantom' NY Pilot Boat for a screamin' deal. This will be my 2nd wooden kit and hope the next one will be a POB kit. By then, I hope my skills will be up to snuff.
  9. To Vossiewulf, Pat and Bill - thanks for these tips on glue and wood. I'm going to try gluing paper to the wood and go against the grain where the curve in the jaw is located and see if that works. Otherwise, I have some styrene sheets for those pieces! I'd prefer to stay with wood if possible. Thanks again for everyone's help and responses. I have my eye of either another solid frame build that would entail coppering the hull or an entry level POB kit for my next wood project. I will definitely try my hand at planking a deck. Good week to all and cheers!
  10. Vossiewulf - Wow! Thanks for this tip! I need to make 4 boom jaws. The kit is an old Scientific Bluenose model that I found at a garage sale. The plans are very basic but I've been trying to add many of the missing details for this schooner by using the Bluenose Practicum as a reference. Thanks again for helping me resolve this issue. Here's my link:
  11. Could someone tell me what I am doing wrong? I'm having a heck of a time trying to keep jaws from splitting when cutting them off of sheet. I'm using 1/16" thickness basswood. I've used a micro drill bit to rough out the curve before using my Xacto blade, but they keep splitting. I've tried cutting with and without drilling and working from either end. What am I doing that is wrong? Need help. The original kit by Scientific had 1/16" balsa sheets but totally useless, but I'm having the same issue with the basswood. Many thanks for any help!
  12. Hello Dave from another sod pounder missing my ocean!