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  1. I actually use the Preac more than the Byrnes saw. I use the Byrnes primarily for more heavy duty cutting. I feel like I am less likely to accidentally injure myself with the Preac. Since I travel a lot, the Preac is a lot more portable as well.
  2. This was also my first wood ship model back in the "80's. I look at it in horror because of all the mistakes (mine and Mantua's) but friends think it looks great so I still keep it on display in my living room. Use this kit to learn and hone your skills.
  3. Jan, the NRG board agrees with your comment regarding " there is so much water between us on the old continent and the NRG". This has been one of the reasons we are considering the publication of a digital Journal at some point in the future.
  4. Thank you everyone for the compliments and likes. Yes, the stanchion is all one piece. Chuck, I like the GPS idea better!
  5. The next item on the agenda was the quarter deck rail. All told, this took me about 20 hours to fabricate and install. There are no construction photos but I will do my best to describe the process. There are five stanchions and a double rail at the break of the quarter deck. The stanchions are morticed into the breast rail inferiorly and the upper rail superiorly. They pass through the lower rail. The rails have a beading scraped into them but the thickess is so small, 0.065", that the beading is barely notable. The stanchions were made as follows: The profile of the central portion of the stanchion was cut into brass sheet stock as both a template and final shaper. (I use very thin dental cut-off discs for this operation.) Square stock slightly larger than the finished dimension was chocked into the lathe. The central portion of the stanchion was then turned just enough to remove all the edges. Then the profile was roughly shaped by eye. Finally, the template was used as a scraper to provide the final shape. Slots were drilled and cleaned up for the sheaves. These are simple discs, turned with a Dremel and sandpaper to the correct diameter and then center-bored before cutting off to prevent splintering. The rails were shaped by placing them in a moist paper towel in the microwave...low power and 10 second bursts. They were then clamped to a curved chair back to dry. It is very fiddly to get everything plumb and square, especially when the deck and the rails curve. My sequence was to first insert the stancions into the breast rail mortices. When the glue was set but not dry I inserted the lower rail and glued it into position. After that was set I added the top rail and clamped everything to dry. In the picture above, I still have to remove escess glue. It really looks better than the photo would suggest; on my computer screen this is 5X magnification. It looks better in the next photo. It also looks like I have a ring bolt to replace!
  6. First of all, Mike, look at the post from Bob W just above yours. The wording is as quoted "Thank you for your recent donation to the Nautical Research Guild’s Model Ship World website." I am not sure how much more specific we can get. But to address you other concern regarding the perceived value of the NRG let me try and put it into perspective. First, the NRG is the owner of MSW. That in itself should offer you more than a little value. The NRG is a corporation. And like any corporation, there is a budget for the maintainance of the various facets of the organization, including MSW, the Journal, the annual conference, research grants and administrative expenses. This website is not a cash cow. The NRG subsidizes MSW out of our general funds, not the other way around. None of the directors receive any compensation and we all spend many hours in support of the organization. Second, have looked at the store? There are several types of products for sale, developed by the NRG, which enhance our hobby, from Shop Notes and CD's to the Galley Washington plans. Prior to the NRG's purchase of MSW, you would have paid full price for these items. As a member of MSW you can get a discount code from the NRG. I believe this represents value. Thirdly, as a member of MSW you can request associate membership in the NRG as stipulated in Article I of our Bylaws: SECTION 2 – Associate Member Any person, foreign or domestic, desiring membership in the NRG who is a registered member in good standing of Model Ship World shall be admitted without regard to age, gender, race, nationality, color or creed upon application. What does Accociate Membership get you today beyond what your MSW membership provides? Nothing...yet. But I am reasonably sure that will change at some point in the future. I am sorry for sounding a bit snippy, but the NRG is an organization I care deeply about and I get a bit testy when someone questions its value.
  7. I would suggest you narrow your choices down to a couple of kits and then read some of the corresponding build logs. This will give you the best way to compare the kits you are interested in. After all, every company makes both good and bad kits.
  8. The ship is very nice. The background story is amazing.
  9. Thanks everyone for the comments and the likes. One thing I forgot to mention is that the "glass" on the binnacle is mica.
  10. It really depends on personal preference. For example, some builders prefer water-based and others prefer oil or spirit based. Your best bet is to look at some of the builds and pick out your preference in appearance. Then try it out on some scrap to make sure you like the look. On my Atalanta, for example, all of the wood is finished with Watco's except for the holly on the lower hull which is clear flat dope. In particular, look at the difference between the deck planking and the lower hull... They are both holly but have totally different appearances because of the different finishes applied.
  11. Discount Campus is who I purchased my mill from.
  12. I ordered my Sherline mill from an authorized retailer for significantly less money. The name escapes me but it was somewhere on the East coast. The advantage of buying direct from Sherline is the advise you will receive to guide your purchase. Don't forget, the accessories will cost you at least as much as the mill itself, so plan your purchase accordingly.
  13. Thank you Carl. The picture is about 125% life size. With the bit of magnification I can really see the irregularity in the hashed areas. No different from ship modeling!
  14. One of the nurses in surgery was kind enough to provide me with some goose eggs to decorate. She would not accept any money so I made this for her instead.