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About probablynot

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    Supercargo's clerk
  • 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. Your Images for our Facebook Page :-)

    OK, here are a few. One pic of my "La Petite Nella" (aka Mare Nostrum), my first build; One 'work-in-progress' pic of my USS Enterprise; One pic of the 1:12 model (scratch built) of my nineteen-forties sailing canoe; and one of my "Half Moon". You have my permission to use any/all of these endorsed with the MSW/NRG watermark.
  2. Joe’s right - they are very delicate, precision tools. Frankly, I’m glad I chose the standard handles that allow you to manipulate the gouges much as you might hold a pen or a fine sable brush. The palm handles (yes, I have got some palm chisels) don’t seem to give you the same control at the very fine level. Mind you, I suppose it all depends on your own ‘feel’ for tools like this.
  3. meaning of words

    Patience. (This is Yellowstone just drumming her fingers on the table, waiting till it's time to give us the Big One ...)
  4. Them Old Jokes

    That's a bit quadriplegicist, isn't it? I bet there's a law against it now ...
  5. Just for information, Mihael is pretty quick in making these tools once your 'turn' comes up. Delivery from Russia seems a bit slow, however (although my experience might have been a bit skewed by the Christmas rush). He posted mine on 13th December; they arrived today (9th January).
  6. What have you received today?

    About this long ... He does also make them with the stubby (shorter) 'palm chisel' handles.
  7. What have you received today?

    Here's what I received this morning. A slightly belated Christmas present from me, to myself. One of Mihael Kirsanov's beautifully made and presented sets of carving chisels/gouges. https://modelshipworld.com/index.php?/topic/15528-miniature-russian-carving-tools/& It's going to be a pleasure to work with these exquisite little tools.
  8. Make your own clamp, Like I did.
  9. Withdrawal

    But sorry, if you weren’t there for the MSW-1 to the current MSW-2 re-incarnation, back in (ooh, when was it, 2013?), you just have no idea what the phrase “withdrawal symptoms” means! That really was painful...
  10. Great link, Dirk. I copied-and-pasted it into my Notepad, substituted '25-probablynot' for '1399-piet', and now I've got a quick, bookmarked link to all my own topics!
  11. I've learned that the place to go, when issues like this arise, is Model Ship World's page on Facebook. The MSW powers-that-be are usually kind enough to post an explanation there. https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=model ship world
  12. What have you received today?

    Nice find, FF. For your information, the Admirals Superintendent at Portsmouth Royal Naval Dockyard (at the relevant times) were: Admiral Sir George Augustus Elliot Feb 1863 - June 1865 and Admiral Sir George Greville Wellesley June 1865 - June 1869 They both have quite extensive Wikipedia write-ups. And as an aside, I'll mention that the Admiral Superintendent when I first went to work at Portsmouth Dockyard (as a rather lowly clerk, but with the pretentious title of Assistant Secretary to the Admiral Superintendent) was Rear-Admiral Sir John S.W. Walsham,Bt [Jan 1961 – Jan 1964]. While I worked there, I married Cathy, my first wife. She was French, the youngest daughter of a doctor in a little provincial town in the west of France. We lived for the first few months of our married life in a small bed-sit apartment on Portsea Island - very cramped, very untidy. But she was a society girl, and she absolutely insisted that I invite the Admiral and his wife to come and visit us for dinner one evening. "What!!! I can't possibly do that!!" "But Brian, you must! It's the polite thing to do!" I felt rather like Oliver Twist walking to the serving-table and nervously asking for more gruel! But I did it. I walked into his office, and told him that my new wife and I would be delighted if he, and Lady Walsham, would honour us with their presence for dinner (on whatever the date was). To my astonishment he accepted. We had a rather simple meal, cooked by Cathy in the tiny cupboard that served as a kitchenette for our little apartment, but the conversation was excellent, the food and the wine were OK, and the whole evening went surprisingly (to me) well. Some days later, we received in the post a very elegant invitation to dine with Sir John and Lady Walsham at their official Dockyard Residence. Oak panelled dining room, silver service, dishes served by household staff etc. Not a routine dinner, with a whole bunch of Dockyard staff and their wives, but a special one just for Cathy and me! It did wonders for my reputation for the four years or so I was working there!
  13. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    I tried to get my thicknesser to do that with a piece of corkscrew hornbeam, but for some reason the planks came out straight. Incidentally, are those splatter-marks shark's blood?
  14. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    Today I got my hair cut. Cost me roughly 389 times as much as it used to cost me (or, to be more accurate, used to cost my dad, on my behalf) 70 years ago. I told him to cut it short - the cut's got to last till next April. I didn't mind the inane conversation he insisted on having with me. They all do that, don't they? But I reacted a bit when he asked (at the end) if I wanted him to trim my eyebrows. What on earth was that all about? I didn't let him do it.

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