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About lmagna

  • Birthday 06/19/1949

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    Everett Washington
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    Modeling, hiking, camping, reading

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  1. Ship paintings

    Jim Thank you for sharing. The Mellon is stationed here in Seattle, (Not far from where I live) but the painting looks like areas in Alaska and northern British Colombia. Just another aspect of your talent. Not only do you depict the ship and sea/weather state but the location where as you say, you may never have been and make it all look "right". Lou
  2. Ship paintings

    Hello Jason I also live in the Puget Sound area and I was thinking that the mountains/water/Orca's looked more like the area around the Puget Sound entrance in which the mountains would probably be the Olympics. You can't really see much of the Cascades until you get much further into the sound closer to Seattle. Either way it is a very accurate looking picture and I can think of several places around here that still look like that even today. I have had the privilege of being followed by Orca's twice, (Two different times) across the sound while traveling by boat, and it is quite the thrill to watch several animals that are larger than the vessel you are riding in sweep by less than twenty feet away! Jim Pleas keep up showing your paintings, It is becoming a morning fix for me to looks and see what you will grace us with for the day. Lou
  3. Wow So many options! I have never made anything from a 3D printer and had no idea that the cost could be so inexpensive. Looking forward to your brass version Charlie. I think you will be impressed on how easy it is to do. Lou
  4. Hi Charlie You might try using a straight tube of K&S brass, (Or solid rod if you prefer). Cut a piece somewhat longer than you will need and chuck it into a Dremel, drill, or what ever you use and file the taper on the end. K&S tubing has fairly thick walls. When you get the taper you want cut a notch at the bending location and fold it 45 degrees. you can then either solder or if you prefer glue it and like stated before build the base from anything you want. One way would be to take the next size larger tubing and make another tapered cone just like the first and when you have the right shape cut it off and slide it over the other main pipe. Again solder or glue. You can do pretty much the same thing using aluminum tubing but I find the softer metal, not being able to solder it, plus it likes to clog my files more trouble than using brass. Give it a try, if nothing else it is a cheap experment. Lou
  5. Independence Transom Detail Kit

    Thanks for the bit of relief, I thought that I may have done a real dumb dumb. I do know for a fact that if I see stuff as well done as this for sale as replacements for stuff that is included in the kits that are out there then I personally would jump at replacing the cast stuff with higher quality mini kits so to speak. I would also consider Photo Etch in the same light. It seems like the PE, resin, and mini kit aftermarket people have almost left the wooden period ship industry completely alone. I don't know what the market numbers would be for stuff like that but I do know I would be buying it if it was quality and available. Lou
  6. Independence Transom Detail Kit

    Hi Mark If you mean where is this part on the Traintroll site, I ran into the same problem so I emailed the owner Andy and was told that he had not had the chance to add it to his catalog. He then just sent me a PayPal invoice for price plus shipping and we did it that way. As for other people producing the same thing in the past I have no idea about that at all. I do hope that I have not purchased a pirated product. I suppose that it is possible, after all I am pretty newly returned to ship modeling after being gone for way too many years and there is much I am not aware of. After all I can't even spell Transom right so how trustworthy can I be? Lou
  7. After reading the post the other day by Doc Blake on the transom kit he found that was being produced by Traintroll.com, a company in Rode Island I felt it would be an admirable addition to my as yet un-started Artesania Latina kit and save me a ton of scratch building when the time came. Besides it was very cost effective in my eyes and I could not see how I could go all that wrong. So I took the jump and contacted Andy Small and shortly had a PayPal invoice for cost plus shipping and two days later had the kit in hand! Coast to coast! I opened the package very carefully for the pictures and then repackaged them so that they could be safely stored in the kit box for the time when needed. They are very nice but also very delicate looking. I think that for anyone like me who has the kit unbuilt, or has not reached that stage yet, this kit is quite and improvement over what is in the kit and in my case will make a better transom than i could have done from scratch. Hope this helps someone. Lou Sorry, I meant to place this in the "What did you get today" section. Hope this works as well.
  8. PBS Series The Vietnam War

    Mark I agree with you completely. I don't think I ever watched Mannix, In fact with only a few exceptions I have never even to this day watched any Vietnam related movie. Even though this conflict has had some dissension it is NOTHING like it was in the early 70s. I thought at first that it was gong to be a repeat when people started marching on the freeways around here and blocking traffic and all the old stuff. But this time around these movements did not seem to gain the traction that the anti's did in the 70s. Like you I hope that this is at least partly due to us surviving those years and helping change the following years and making home coming better for those who followed us. Lou
  9. PBS Series The Vietnam War

    Thanks for your post Pete. In my case, I was in Huey's. Most of my days consisted of airborne taxi service. Either carrying troops who were going into "something" or cargo to support those troops after they were down. Sometimes we just took off and flew somewhere where we sat back down again and waited for something to happen. There is no way that I feel I can claim over 250 days of "Combat" even though I have a couple of thousand hours of 'combat flight hours'. I am neither ashamed or doubtful about my time in country. All of the people on my unit did a good job as far as I remember. As I said before my only reluctance stemmed from the inability to walk among my peers when I returned and even admit that I had been in the service over the last couple of years without being fearful that I would be branded as some kind of potentially out of control nut case homicidal maniac drug addict. This may have been exasperated somewhat in my case in that I spent the next few years attending college on Uncle Sam's dime thus putting myself right in the middle of the anti crowd. As a kind of example I was asked to attend the wedding of a very close cousin within a week or so of my return. I wanted to go but the only nice clothing I owned was the dress uniform I came home in and felt obligated to ask her if it was OK attire rather than cause her undue embarrassment by having a uniformed presence in her wedding party. This kind of caution went on for years, at least in my case. I took my friends advice years ago and was mostly able to leave those few months of my life behind and look more and more at the YEARS before and after. I feel that while not being a complete answer it has made me a better person than I would have been if I continued to carry every item of that baggage with me forever. I am still in contact with fellow vets and agree we are a brotherhood of kindred souls whether that is because of experiences shared while in country or because of the almost universal feeling of rejection felt later. Again thanks for sharing and welcome home. Lou
  10. Brian I am not going to add to the 'Opinions and ideas' as not only is unnecessary but there is no way i am even qualified! But I have come to the opinion over the years that if there are multiple suggestions on how to do something then there are multiple ways of doing something and that eventually you will come up with the way that WORKS FOR YOU. I am sure you will be able to find YOUR WAY. I will be watching from the back corner as I do not want to learn any more naughty words than I already know. Lou
  11. PBS Series The Vietnam War

    Welcome home Ken Just a quick note. Sometimes I get a little tired when people say WE lost the Vietnam war. We on the line won that war just to see our efforts thrown away by public opinion and politicians. I can only hope that we don't waste the lives of our present people by doing the same thing! They deserve, and should be allowed to feel that they did a good job in their efforts and sacrifices. Lou
  12. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    Carl Yeah but it was a REALLY fun car to drive! Lou
  13. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    I think the original Minis were all built in England At least mine was. Lou
  14. PBS Series The Vietnam War

    This topic has gone a long way since I last looked in. Luckily I never had to directly deal with Agent Orange. Getting to fly over the canopy rather than have to hack our way through it probably helped. We also possibly had more open areas than others with less need to use the stuff. Mark Yeah I think our vests were pretty much the standard infantry issue. Pete If I remember right the slip in panels were a combination of steel kevlar and ceramic, not to sure as if my vest became "Used" I just turned it in and got another issued. Only happened twice to me. And yes if we could get our hands on a second vest it ended up being sat on as "extra" protection. I don't know how the ground pounders put up with the heat of wearing the things but it wasn't to bad while flying around with no doors. I guess I am kind of odd. While I think I was OK while I was over there, the sudden culture shock of coming back to the world was the real shock. One day I was flying around with a bunch of people who all were wearing green, and less than 24 hours later I was a civilian walking down the streets of Oakland to get on a bus that would take me home. I felt like a deer in the headlights! Then in the weeks, (and years) that followed it became clear, at least where I lived, that you did not admit to being a military vet and especially a Vietnam vet for fear of being branded a nut case by others. This finally started to change in the Reagan years and I suppose has finally ended since the Gulf Wars but I think there may be a few emotional scars. I do have to remember though a talk I had with a guy I served with many years after the fact. It changed a lot for me at least on how I looked at the war and the years that followed. He said that he thought it was stupid that we let things that happened over an 11 month period thirty years ago, (At the time) dictate our daily life to such an extent. He also made me a little ashamed I suppose when he reminded me that a "Tour" in 1941 was for the duration and for some consisted of YEARS of combat. I think that the present day vets have it much worse than I did. I did one tour and came home to a "Normal (?) life. They in many cases have gotten through one tour and got home just to have to turn around a few months later and have to do it all over again, sometimes as many as three or more tours in the space of one enlistment! Switching back and forth from civilian mindset to combat mode repeatedly has to be a horrible strain on the emotional persona. This has become kind of a ramble of personal thoughts rather than where it started so I will quit boring people. Back to fun stuff! Lou
  15. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    "Was it rusted" That sounds more like the original Mini Coopers, I think they came from the factory with rust pre applied! Lou