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  1. jbford

    What have you received today?

    We have a Janome sewing machine and it will sew a leather strap or silk scarf without missing a stitch. Well worth the money. Now onward to making those sails on it....
  2. jbford

    Vasa builders FYI

    The assembly guide is amazing. First time ship builder who has some basic skills would be able to get her done. Many kits have beautiful plans, but building an object from a set of plans is nigh-on impossible for those of us who are not machinists or carpenters. When a beginner reads "now plank the hull" in the usual model instructions is when they throw it in the trash.
  3. We have hardwood floors and use "Minwax Hardwood Floor Restorer" on high traffic areas. This works well (so far) for me for thinning acrylic paints, and we always have a bottle of it around. It also seems good as a light sealer. The viscosity is low and so far no paint has curdled when mixed with it, good when you are looking for a wash or weathered look.
  4. I intend to do away with the circular staircases and go with two straight ones. Have already purchased some HO sized wood stairs. Also intend to square off the opening through the second deck and possibly change the shape of the second level cabin. Also change some of the railing "fillers: from photoetch to wood or laserboard. Will post photos if this ever actually gets constructed and doesn't look awful!
  5. jbford

    HMS Surprise

    Tower is a very reliable vendor. Had a problem with paint once and they replaced defective item. I have also ordered from HobbyLinc and they seem good also.
  6. Looking good! Keep forging ahead. I start the King soon and need lots of ideas and tips.
  7. Thank you gentlemen! Yes, I am just in the shopping phase now. My experience level is low, and am trying to speed up some of the tasks that have turned out to be tedious and hard on my somewhat arthritic hands. Drilling and "slotting" are two things that have taken a lot of time and seem boring to me. Planking using only hand tools has proven very enjoyable. And shaping masts by hand has also been very satisfying, but future builds will require adding square sections to some of the masts and making lots of pinrails. Money is limited so getting a nice drill press seems like a good first step and perhaps not too messy to use in the spare room workshop. Upgrading to a micromill will double the purchase price, but might be for the best.
  8. Could anyone give some tips or links to how they use a drill press to notch timbers or square masts etc. using repeated plunge cuts? I am not really wanting to get into a micro-mill, just a drill press with vise and depth stop. Looking into a machine with vise with slot to fit fence on the table like the more expensive MicroMark or the Proxxon .
  9. thanks... good advice and will be interesting to do some experimentation. Woods harvested here in commercial quantities are bald cypress, red and white oak, Eastern cedar, hickory, and pine. Occasionally a cherry, maple, locust, black walnut, pecan, etc. Have made some small tables from the red cedar. It is very prone to splitting, pilot holes are a must for wood screws. So far have only done double planked models. First layer using the simplified method that Mr. Mastini describes in his book where planks going down to a sliver are allowed; second layer making an attempt at scale planking using stealers and drop planks. Doing a second layer of veneer and covering up any filler putty most certainly sounds like a good idea.
  10. I have a couple of Model Shipways kits that are all basswood. (Niagara and Glad Tidings.) The hulls will be painted, they are single planked. Is there any advantage to replacing the wood that is to be painted with something else such as Alaskan cedar or Swiss pear? Will proper priming/sealing/sanding make up for the "stringy" look of the basswood?
  11. Beautiful work so far. I have a Mamoli Mayflower waiting in the closet and they are similar enough that your work will provide some ideas for my future build.
  12. I just built launching ways for a boat and wanted to simulate that "railroad tie" look. Wound up mixing one part Matte Medium thoroughly with one part Burnt Umber craft paint. Added several drops of Black and swirled the mix with end of a toothpick to partially mix. This yielded a nasty looking brown/black mixture; when applied to balsa sticks (careful not to brush out too much) the effect was reminiscent of wood treated with tar.
  13. all- thanks for the insights. Clare--my most detailed model that is already in the closet is the MS Niagara. it will certainly use a bit of line and take some time. before that, i am about to start on a AL Bluenose-II and then the MS Glad Tidings. got the Bluenose second hand and it is complete except for the line. i may use the slick Model Shipways line for both of these. we hope to get up to PA to see the niagara firsthand and take a lot of photos i'm trying to not plan too far out as arthritis is really slowing me down. Buying from Chuck might be the best way to go, already have some of his fine blocks and they are great.
  14. my work is not good enough to warrant buying handmade "rope" but am thinking of laying in a supply of cheap line from one of the major kit manufacturers. of the line i have seen, some seems fuzzy almost like yarn and some is very hard and slick. any suggestions would be appreciated.
  15. NO! They work great for building full-scale objects, but the underlying wood needs to be thick and solid. If not it will splinter and that pin will become a bullet. These things are called a nail GUN for a reason and drive the steel pins all the way into a 2-inch thick fir board.

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