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  • Birthday 06/26/1940

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  1. Building a kit for a profit

    moreplovac First, When someone asks how much I charge to build a model, I answer, I generally charge $100 per inch plus the cost of the kit. And possibly a little more depending on the complexity of the build and amount of ornamentation. ALWAYS establish the finished price before you agree to build. I make a copy of the Deck plan then pencil in details I intend to add on e.g.,barrels, fire buckets, etc. and have the buyer initial. Suggest a probable finish date, and give yourself some extra time just in case "honey-do" projects come up unexpectedly. Take lots of pictures while you build and send to buyer keeping them up to date on the progress and at the end of the build, on delivery copy of a CD or DVD for the client to keep. That is probably the basics. But certainly not cast in stone. Different builders do it differently. Personally I don't like commission work because that is what it becomes when you build for money....WORK. I wanted this to be a hobby not another job. Good luck Tom
  2. Gunport door question

    On those below decks without access, I drill a hole same as with the others and glue the line in trying to make it look taunt. the external appearance then is the same as the visible guns on deck. Tom Good luck
  3. Gunport door question

    The rigging line from the lid going into the hull. How do you actually secure that line ? There would be a small cleat on the inner bulwark and next to the gun station to attach the line. I'm thinking that putting glue on the line would stiffen it enough to insert it but that would look fake and not natural. I've seen plenty of pictures of your quality builds and always wondered how you did that You only wet the tip with glue, then after inserting, cut off the stiff part. Tom
  4. Prayers and good wishes to those in the path of Harvey. My son lives on Padre Island and so far has come out OK. But there are many along the coast and in Houston that need help and donations. Tom
  5. The "What did you do in your Garden today?" thread

    What did I do in my garden today......I got up looked out the window and called my landscaper! He comes once a month.. When I retired I was very serious about it 'o) I still am. Tom
  6. Flying Cloud

    Flying Cloud one of the fastest merchant ships to ever sail.
  7. IMG 20141026 190221

    Excellent work!! Great detailing. Tom
  8. 13' Rowing Skiff

    Took this from a Steve Rogers book. Only took a week to do. Nice break from the usual lengthy builds, especially the MS Constitution I'm doing (4,000 rivets, yikes!) A fun build, I gave her a nice bamboo pole with lure, cement block anchor, ice box, lunch box with thermos, tackle box a net for bringing them in, and a nice set of oars. I didn't want the usual display mount for her so made a unique one out of a piece of Ash I have aging. Hope you enjoy her as much as I.

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