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  1. Make certain the stepper motors have dual shafts (out each end) so you'll be able to attach handles for manual operation...otherwise you'll have no manual option. I personally would be concerned about buying 7 year old computer technology to drive it. As Mark mentioned above, CNC is really for repetitive operations....not one off. But on the Sherline I think some parts of the CNC version have upgrades over the manual version, at least on new machines...if same held true for older machines it might mean a better machine for you. Remember you'll spend as much in tooling as the base machine..so it will be a real plus to receive a lot of tooling accessories with the machine. Good Luck!
  2. Milling Lumber for my upcoming POF projects...

    Good point Mark...I forgot to mention I'll be modeling in 1:48...hoping I can gain an understanding of what is a good mix of thicknesses in the different types of wood (Boxwood/Swiss Pear/Holly) I'll be using the table saw to resaw 8/4 and 12/4 lumber into 2-3" wide slabs that will end up 2-3" wide x approximately 24" long x ? thickness. I should be able to cut as thin as 1/8" for certain; probably even 3/32". After that I can use a thickness sander to reduce further as needed. I'll use my Byrnes saw to cut the resawn slabs into final dimensional stock.
  3. So here's an "as received" photo of the cast-off table saw a friend recently gave to me. An older Delta 10" contractor saw in functional condition with a nice cast table, extensions on both sides, and a decent fence...but it is rough as a cob. I'll be renovating this one to use for resawing lumber for my upcoming POF projects...I've got a 24T thin kerf blade on order, and the white zero clearance insert that will replace the red original will be a key component of the rebuild. Looking at the gap in the red stock unit makes it easy to see why standard table saws without alteration are not acceptable for making thin boards. I've done a good bit of woodworking over the years, and restored several old machines, so I'm pretty confident I can pull this off.... The piece of wood in the background is a 4' length of 8/4 basswood....I picked it up for $15 at the local woodworking store to use for testing as I get this machine together....don't want to use expensive Boxwood until I get the table saw "dialed in". I would like to ask a question of the group....My plan is to obtain Boxwood (for making frames), Swiss Pear (for planking and other furniture on the ship), and Holly (for decking). I'll start with 8/4 or 12/4 lumber, and will be slicing off slabs that are 2" to 3" wide....but what thicknesses to resaw my lumber to? I've looked at the lumber list for the Galley Washington here on the site as a starting point, but it only provides dimensions, not what the various thicknesses will be used for. (BTW, I'm modeling in 1:48 scale) I think I'll need some boxwood 1/4" for frames, but perhaps some thicker and thinner boxwood as well? If I'm using pear for planking and other misc items above and below deck, I suppose I'll need mostly a thickness for planking, but a variety of thickness for other items? And for making the decking out of holly, what thickness for that? I know I'll be able to use my thickness sander to finalize the wood, but where to start? If anyone has a material list for something like a Swan class ship in 1:48 scale by type of wood and size I would be most appreciative.... Any guidance would be most welcome....
  4. HaHa!....I've been back from California for a week, but just now seeing these postings....Coxswain, funny you mentioned the Sugar Pine Railroad...it was a must-do for all of us as we love old steam trains (My other hobby is making live steam locomotive to operate in the garden)...they have the largest 3 ft gauge Shay ever built operating on that line, and we've been wanting to see it operate for some years. The wife enjoys "chuck wagon dinners", so we did the dinner and night train....a fun experience. And I've also been up to Cass, West Virginia to ride behind the logging locomotives there. When I was last there (about 20 years ago) they operated a trio of loggers, Shays, a Heisler, and a Climax locomotive....but I won't hyjack this thread by diverting into a steam locomotive discussion.... Only thing we missed at Yosemite was the Giant Sequoias at Mariposa Grove...that section of Yosemite was closed for renovation until the fall. We did go view the Sequoia trees at Tuolumne Grove on the north side of the park...there are about 25 trees in that grove...it was awe inspiring being in close proximity to 2000 year old trees!
  5. Proportional Dividers

    Once again this forum and the older archived messages are proving to be a valuable resource. After reading about the use of proportional dividers for planking, scaling plan measurements and a multitude of other uses in our model shipbuilding hobby, I started trolling eBay for a nice set...today I managed to win an auction for a very nice set of K&E Universal Paragon Proportional Dividers...same as the ones pictured by Bob Cleek above, just the earlier case with the paper insert of charts rather than the metal base. This particular model seems all over the map...I paid $74.95 for mine in very nice condition with a great case....but just a month ago a set sold for nearly $200...so go figure. I suppose it pays to have patience not only for building our models but also when it comes to acquiring tools!..... Now if I could just locate a set of K&E Copenhagen Ship Curves......
  6. I'm planning to attend my first NRG Conference this year....have booked a non-smoking room with two double beds at the host hotel Hilton Bayfront in St. Petersburg. Arriving Thursday afternoon October 26th...staying four nights, checking out Monday October 30th (planning on attending Admiralty Models workshop on Sunday and Monday). If a non-smoker is interested in sharing this room I'd be happy to split the cost for the nights you'd be attending. Would prefer someone needing to stay all four nights of course, but if you're not staying for the Admiralty Model's workshop then 2 or 3 nights would be fine. Half the room cost at conference rate including taxes is $81.93 per night. Best Regards, Cliff Cliff Ward cd_ward@nc.rr.com (919) 616-6759
  7. Thanks for all the suggestions and comments....yes, we did get up to the cable car museum...early morning at the turntables and again later in the day seemed to be the trick to avoiding lines...that and catching the cable cars mid route rather than at either end. Before the two days were over we toured the Maritime Museum, visited the Cable Car Museum, rode over every inch of all three cable car lines, rode the "F" streetcar line with the PCC cars from end to end, visited the Streetcar Museum, had lunch at Fisherman's wharf on Sunday (where I got some bad crab that got me sick overnight...ugh!), made a trip over to Muir Woods, enjoyed a wonderful dinner tonight in Chinatown, plus a fun walk down Lombard's Crooked Street and a drive by the "Painted Ladies" for the Mrs (She wanted to see in person the iconic source that is in so many photos with the row of Painted Ladies and the city in the background). All in all a wonderful couple of days for a family visit to San Francisco...tomorrow we're off to Yosemite for the rest of the week....suppose we'll have to dodge smoke from the fires still coming under control just southwest of the Park, but should be fun none the less. Best Regards, Cliff
  8. An enjoyable afternoon at the San Francisco Maritime National Park...the lumber schooner "CA Trader" had guided tours which was an interesting lesson in how much work goes into restoring these old ships...I was amazed how much replacement had taken place of hull structural members. It was not meeting day at the Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwight's club room onboard the ferry "Eureka", but a peak through the crack in the door showed what appears to be a nice model ship maker's library, and the ship models on display outside the club room shows a nice assortment of well made models...the Park's visitors center across the street also has 10 or so models also built to a nice standard which may or may not be associated with the club. All in all the museum was a nice visit and a good way to introduce my 19 year old son to ship related matters...as a mechnical engineering student in college these days, he was particularly interested in the steam engines as well as the construction methods visible on the interior of the CA Thayer. Best Regards Cliff
  9. We are Moving

    A friend of mine recently moved after being in the same house for 25 years...sold or gave away 80% of his "stuff"...said he only kept the things that were REALLY important to him...said it was one of the most liberating events he has experienced in many years...now starting fresh in his new place. Wish you all the best on your move...will be excited to see photos of your new shop!
  10. Another new one

    Hello Daniel: Welcome to MSW!...you'll find a friendly and very helpful group of ship modelers here. You mention returning to the hobby after a long interlude...depending on where you are with your modeling, you may benefit from reading through the thread: "For Beginners--A Cautionary Tale"....I found it very helpful for me: Best Regards, Cliff
  11. 18 year old model ship enthusiast

    Welcome to Model Ship World!...you'll find a great group of open and helpful folks on this site...and as a younger fellow (most of us are north of the half century mark), you'll find a host of people who will bend over backwards to answer your questions.
  12. Is there a true POF kit in the market?

    Hi Ulises: I initially looked for a kit when I wanted to dive into building a POF ship model...after a short search and discovering the multitude of options available by starting with plans (with related book) it became a simple choice for me to pass on obtaining a kit and just acquire the needed components on my own. I am starting my POF experience with an Echo Cross Section build using the kit from Admiralty Models...that kit consists primarily of milled wood, plans and a set of detailed build instructions. There are a number of full frame models where the same plans/build book would be available, and milled wood will be available from several sources. Other needed components are likewise available from specialty suppliers. All the best, do post a build log when you get started whatever direction you go...
  13. Thank you Richard, I appreciate the info. We'll probably take in the guided tour of C.A. Thayer if timing works out. This is a family vacation, and I'm keen to keep things interesting for my wife and son, neither of whom have a particular passion about ships. Based on what I'm seeing on the park web site, I figure 4 hours will be as much as they can remain engaged. Thanks too for the insight regarding the Cable cars....a visit to the Cable Car museum is actually one of our key "must do" places in San Francisco....to your point about the crowds our plan is to park near the cable car turn around at the Maritime Park (I've already reserved a reasonable parking space via online service), take a cable car over to the cable car museum, and then return to the Maritime park by noon to spend the afternoon visiting the ships and museum. I figure the cable cars would be slightly less crowded first thing in the morning. Thanks again, Cliff
  14. Newbe

    Welcome Syd from another fellow modeler still active with the Live Steam train hobby. I'm new on the forum as well and can say everyone I've encountered has been very welcoming and helpful...I'm certain you'll find the same. What I particularly like is the group accepts new folks at whatever level there are at regarding their ship modelling abilities, beginner or advanced...all here seem to want to provide guidance and assistance to help modelers advance knowledge and skills....what more could one want! Looking forward to seeing your first build log as you start... Best Regards, Cliff
  15. The Ward family will be traveling from North Carolina over to Northern California next week on vacation. We'll be in the San Francisco Bay area for a couple of days and plan to go to the San Francisco Maritime National Park Sunday afternoon. Since we'll only be there a half day, I am hoping others here on the forum who have been there can provide insight as to particular exhibits to see while we are there. I did notice from the park's web site that there is an open house and guided tour of the C.A. Thayer that looked interesting... Any comments would be welcome before we head out on Saturday morning. Best Regards, Cliff Cliff Ward Cary, North Carolina USA