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  1. Tying Off Standing Rigging.

    I suggest using epoxy glue (two parts adhesive) to glue the eye bolts on. Epoxy holds well. You will pull out a piece of wood with the eye-bolt if apply enough force.
  2. 1/72 HMS Vanguard 1787

    I read up about MDF on the internet. I am not impressed with this material. This turns me down from buying this kit. For kit this expensive manufacturer could have used a quality plywood or even precious wood instead of MDF.
  3. 1/72 HMS Vanguard 1787

    Hi, I am not familiar with this MDF material the bulkheads and keel are made of. Is it somehow inferior to a quality plywood? What about MDF work-ability with cutting, filing, drilling, gluing? How it is affected by humidity? I am cautious buying this kit because of this MDF stuff.
  4. 1/72 HMS Vanguard 1787

    Hi Darrell, is it a secret where you bought it from and for how much? Regards Yuriy
  5. Hi Mark - mgdawson, your jig idea was EXCELLENT. I made up a jig and drilled 40 holes with it so accurate - no need CNC! See here. Cannot show the jig now as it was from wood and now is in repair so I can continue with another 120 holes.
  6. Bench Vise

    I just put some cardboard on steel jaws for same purpose
  7. Bench Vise

    I purchased these vice on amazon. It is excellent for my modelling purposes. https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B071R8N3FQ/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 This is my review I wrote on amazon: I was pleasantly surprised with sturdiness and high machining quality of this vise. It is miniature but absolutely professional tool. Jaw is moving with precision of a machining lathe. 360 degree base rotation is a good bonus. I will use it for small hobby projects around the house. It can be used by modellers and jewelers as well. All 5 stars!
  8. Hi Jim Rogers, This makes sense but the trough also has notches so balls do not roll.
  9. I do not know now. The chiseled one also look good in context. I had straightened and squared the shelf up.
  10. And this is what I got just by drilling without cutting out a trough. What do you think is better?
  11. Thanks very much to all. Very informative answers. No, I do not own any power tools including drill press or mill. All is hand drilling. I neither have Dremmel. I also do not have round head bits yet. I think I should get some. I meantime found some 2 x 5 mm mahogany strips. This wood appeared to be much more workable compared to 1 x 3 mm walnut per kit instructions. Out of 2 x 5 mm strips I made 1.5 mm x 3.5 mm strips with a little plane (see below) and using a digital caliper. I started to drill again. Soon I realized making so many little holed one beside the other without CNC machine is a task not rewarding. Whatever one does holes are always visually a bit out of proper line and spacing. I decided to make sort of a trough out of the strip and this is what I got. I am almost satisfied. What do you guys think?
  12. Thanks, I tried a lime wood strip 1.5 x 5 mm. It drills no problem! I can sand it down to required size. Wood texture is beautiful But the color is white. It does not match well with surrounding colors. Painting the wood I consider a sacrilege.
  13. I have problem building cannon ball shelves around deck gratings. Wood strip is 1 x 3 mm walnut. Need to drill round cavities for cannon balls with 1.5mm drill. Wood splits and chips off all the time. I already tried drilling with 3 drill sizes as in sequence: 0.6 mm then 1mm then 1.5 mm. I secured strip into a vice. All this did not help. May be someone knows a technique how to overcome this problem? Thanks

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