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  1. Impressive modeling work!
  2. I went to the Mariners' Museum yesterday for the first time in many years (since the Monitor Center opened, in fact). I found the whole museum truly excellent. I especially liked the ship models. Besides the Ship Model Society's display, there are two more galleries of models, plus models as part of almost every other exhibit. A delightful surprise were the full-size, walk-in models of part of the Merrimack or Virginia under reconstruction and of some of the Monitor's interior. I spent almost four hours and didn't have time for every exhibit.
  3. Plastic model Navy ship enthusiast

    Welcome to the forum, Brian. I too have some family connections to the World War II U.S. Navy. One was an uncle who died a few years ago. I'd known since I was little that he had been in the Navy in World War II. When I learned his age, I did the arithmetic, and I realized that he had been 17 years old in 1945, the last year of the war. He must have enlisted as soon as he was eligible.
  4. New member in Alexandria, VA

    Well, it's been a month. Repairing the rigging, which I thought would take a few minutes, I cracked a block but managed to glue it back together with the cord going through it. Then I snapped a spar, and to fix that I had to drill out a mast cap, but all all my drill bits smaller than 3/16" had long since broken. However, I found a hardware store that sells single drill bits, and now I have a full set again. So here's a photo. The topmasts appear to have warped or bowed a bit over the years, but I'm not ready to take that on yet.
  5. The Hampton Roads Ship Model Society is having a 50th Anniversary exhibit at the Mariners’ Museum, Newport News, Virginia (I'm not a member, I only saw this on the museum's website). Also, museum admission is only $1 till Labor Day (Sep. 4). http://www.marinersmuseum.org/hampton-roads-ship-model-society-50th-anniversary/
  6. I added some pictures of the Wisconsin on my website at http://www.stevedunham.50megs.com/photos/BB64Wisconsin.html
  7. A few weeks ago, for the first time, I visited the Nauticus museum in Norfolk, Virginia. I enjoyed it very much. It has exhibits about the port of Norfolk, the Navy, sea life, and more. It has a good number of ship models, and the battleship Wisconsin is one of the exhibits. There are two 3D films, Aircraft Carrier and Secret Ocean, which is by Jean-Michel Cousteau. I watched that one (I didn't have time for both), and it was excellent. In the same building is the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, which is free. I had to breeze through that one for lack of time; I really wanted a couple of hours to see the exhibits, so I'll have to go back some day. I had lunch in the Dockside Cafe; the food was delicious and not too expensive. I had a Hampton Roads Transit day pass (which costs only $4 and is good on the buses, light rail, and Elizabeth River ferries). After Nauticus closed, I boarded a ferry just for the boat ride. As the ferry approached Portsmouth on the other side of the river, I saw the Portsmouth lightship on display out of the water, just two blocks from the ferry dock, so I walked over there. The shipyard museum was closed for the day, but the lightship is outside where you can walk up to it. Clearly there is more for me to see. Some years ago I visited the lifesaving museum on the oceanfront in Virginia Beach (about 10 miles from Norfolk). This is worth a visit too. (I hope this post isn't duplicative; I searched the forum and didn't find anything about Nauticus.)
  8. Hello, everybody. I'm somewhere between beginner and master model builder, as the home page says, though I've been away from the hobby for decades, so I'm probably closer to beginner. I never lost my love of ships, though (I have a few ship pictures on my website at http://www.stevedunham.50megs.com/photos/Afloat_photos.html). I built a few models, both kits and from scratch. My first one, the Model Shipways Phantom, is in a display case in my apartment, and I noticed that a bit of rigging had come loose. I figured I could fix it in a minute but had some trouble, and I was intimidated by all the tiny bits of wood and wire and cord, as if they'd been done my somebody else. I was probably 23 when I built it, and now I'm 63. ("Cry me a harbor," you might be saying.) Anyway, I'll manage it, and I have the Harriet Lane kit that someone gave me as a gift long ago and that I barely started before having to put it aside, and once the Phantom is repaired and back in the case, I'll try to pick up where I left off. I look forward to learning from all the great material on this site, and I'll post again now and then if I have anything sensible to say.