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  • Birthday 07/19/1936

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    Pembrokeshire [Wales, UK]
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    Remember, this is 'interests'. Not 'activities'. Some of them used to be activities, but the body deteriorates over time. And the mind? Well, it, er, changes.
    Kite-flying. Orienteering. Cross-stitching. DIY. Astronomy. Computers. Model ships (duh!). Philosophy. Morris dancing. Folk/country music. Cooking. Beer (or Real Ale, to be precise). Belly dancing (because my eldest daughter is amazingly good at it!). And a few other things ...

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  1. Passing ships

    Nice views Spyglass. I'd be surprised if there weren't one or more floating cranes at Devonport Dockyard. I remember from my time at Portsmouth Dockyard there was a pretty big one (200-ton) there, and a number of somewhat smaller ones. If you Google yourself onto the A38 bridge across the Tamar, there's what appears to be a small floating crane moored to a pontoon on the north side. Maybe this is the one you saw?
  2. Newby with grand plans

    You and me both, Keith. The bug hit me a little later than it hit you, I think. I was 76 when I decided I wanted to build model ships. But like you, I was switching from ordinary DIY projects to building in miniature, so I had to select the tools I wanted to keep, build myself a workshop, and then start selecting the miniature tools I needed (or in many cases just wanted) to buy. I thought I knew Windsor. Used to live in that area some years ago (and indeed, my four daughters - and their families - still do) but I never found that Mantua Models shop. Looks like a useful place to go. You'll probably get some interesting guidance there, but remember their job is to make a profit, so their advice could well be adulterated with an eye to what they can sell you! Do they only sell Mantua kits? Or do they stock a wider range? Anyway, welcome to the madhouse!
  3. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    I just love those 19th century inflatables ...
  4. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    My feelings too. I have to admit that talk about firing revolvers, and whether or not a 45 bullet will pass through body mass, makes me feel a bit queasy. I don't begrudge you your guns*, but can we talk about something else here, please? What I did today was: the weekly shopping in our local Tesco supermarket, I made a fair bit of progress with my current cross-stitching project, I made a stir-fry for our dinner this evening, and attached the final (first layer) planks to my HMS Fly. Less exciting, perhaps, but benign ... [* well yes, perhaps I do, actually, but I won't discuss it here]
  5. Band Clamps

    Here's my home-made version of the corner-less band clamp. A length of 3mm elastic cord ('shock cord'), plus one of those little toggles you get on the neck cords or waist cords of 'hoodie' type garments. No need to vandalise your wardrobe to make this. You can get a pack of 20 of those toggles online, for a few cents. The toggle will hold a surprising amount of tension, and the band is easier to fit, adjust and remove than a simple elastic band.
  6. Word Recognition game

    Silk
  7. My own guess would be 'artistic licence', just to show that the item on the plan is a cathead. See also the gun-port doors showed going sideways at the stern.
  8. New Member

    ... and here's another big welcome, from an old bloke in Wales who took up the hobby about five years ago and still loves it! I think everyone here warps space from time to time (or do I mean we warp time from space to space?). Keep looking in - you'll quickly get to know the ones who are expert at it. D'you want to give us a name? Or shall we just continue to call you wool132?
  9. Maybe that’s an argument against the sanding thicknesser versus the planing thicknesser?
  10. Ah, yes, those beautiful gouges/chisels. Back in February I was feeling sorely tempted to order a set. But at the time I decided not to, on the grounds that I'm old, and might not get full value from Mihail's exquisite work prior to kicking the bucket. Good tools deserve to be used, don't they? But thank you, Bill, for reminding me about them. You re-kindled the fire of tool-lust that burns within my decrepit heart. I've now decided I must try and live long enough to enjoy them. So this evening I sent Mihail an email. Anyway, I'm now apparently #5 on his waiting list. He said he's hoping to get them to me around the end of the year. But don't hurry, Mikail! Do your usual superb job!
  11. If I'm just running a short length of wood through the bandsaw for a few seconds, I don't bother. If it's a longer job, with potentially lots of dust, I might put on a single-use face mask. I have got some! I've got a vacuum cleaner in the workshop, and it does fit easily to my woodworking machinery, but I weigh the noise nuisance and the setting-up nuisance against the probable potential lung (etc) damage. And, well, sorry, but I just can't make myself get all that anxious about the danger I'm putting myself into. It's not as though I make a living sawing up wood five days a week. And if I'm painting, I don't sit there avidly sniffing up the fumes from the thinners. It's a hobby. I do this stuff occasionally. Some days I don't do it at all. I do realise that some people are susceptible to the danger of an allergic response. Experience tells me I'm not one of them, so I feel it's OK for me to have such a cavalier attitude to the danger posed by potentially irritating dust. I suppose I'm like your typical 80-year-old, 30-a-day smoker who says his habit hasn't done him any harm...
  12. First-layer planking of my HMS Fly, proceeding fairly smoothly ...
  13. What have you received today?

    A few days ago I had a problem that, it seemed to me, I could only solve with a really neat, precise little keyhole saw. So I ordered one, and it came today. Here it is: Yesterday I solved the problem. Without the keyhole saw. It's a gorgeous little keyhole saw. I wonder if I'll ever use it?
  14. Jet or Dewalt scroll saw

    Thanks Milo/Allan. Good thinking. I didn't want my own Hegner to be permanently installed on a workbench, due to fairly limited space in my workshop. So my long-standing (36-years) method of mounting it had been to put it on a bit of 3/8" plywood with a single strip of 2"x1" deal underneath, which went into the workbench's wooden vice whenever I needed to use it. That held it steady enough for working, but the vibration could still be felt (and heard) through the bench and into the concrete floor. After reading Bob's suggestion of a cork+carpet damper, I decided to try something similar. I put 10 thicknesses of bicycle inner tube rubber beneath each of the screws that hold my Hegner to its plywood mounting board. It's now noticeably more pleasurable to work with. I had been planning to sell it on Ebay and buy a 'better' scroll saw. But I've changed my mind. Whoops - I've just saved about £500! What can I spend it on???
  15. Ship paintings

    Jim, I just love your paintings. Hope you don't mind, but I keep coming back to this thread to pinch them - especially the spritsail barge ones - for use as my Windows 'wallpaper'. It's such a pleasure to be able to look at them again and again, every time I boot up the computer.
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