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  1. twintrow

    A silly old boy tale.

    Yea right druxey assuming he remembers..... I think our brains start out with 1000 TB hard rives, then slowly get filled to the point where it takes a much longer time to access anything remembered.....to the point that we get tired of waiting for the uploading and just say "I don't remember". Kind of like when you get the message "the program you were using is no longer responding, do you want to wait or quit"
  2. How many days before grandson comes in with the coach and says "I dunno Grampa, me and Billy were just looking at it and it broke"..... I have 14 grandkids....I usually make them chairs!.. One is now married and has two of her own, and the chair is still intact. Still great job, as usual....... Tom
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    Power versus Hand Tools?

    Since most of us are "Hobbiest" only and not in it to sell our creations. (Although I have sold a few.). We tend to work when time permits, even if you are retired it is sometimes hard to find time to build.....whereas, our ancestors that built usually had more free time, and those that were building for masters, had all day and all night if needed. So we tend to want to accomplish more in the time available than just "hand tools would allow. An example would be shaving masts and yards. And a few other tasks which electric tools can expedite. Tom
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    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
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    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
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    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
  7. 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
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    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
  9. Piter Appreciate your sharing the photos, really nice workmanship. It would a great deal to label the ship name (where known), except for the group shot. Just let's us know what we are looking at. thanks again Tom
  10. twintrow

    Columbus' Anchor found?

    Druxey They have the manifest, and have located other artifacts dating to the correct period. The show "Coopers Gold" is pretty good, repetitive, but interesting in that they are using maps Gordon Cooper made while orbiting the earth looking for possible missile sites. Tom
  11. http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/05/02/experts-discover-christopher-columbus-anchor-at-caribbean-shipwreck-site.html Tom
  12. twintrow

    My workshop will close for a few days.

    My condolences My condolences Ulises, I lost my Mom a few months ago too....I can tell you it will take awhile, but then you begin to remember all the good times. Tom
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    Most 'beautiful' ship

    Yes the 1670.....I was lucky enough to obtain an Amati kit circa 1974 of the 1670 Prince. No laser cutting just printed wood requiring a great many hours of Jig saw work. But a marvelous kit that was stored in a humidity and temperature controlled storage. Tom
  14. twintrow

    Most 'beautiful' ship

    HMS Prince. Or the one I'm building ) Tom
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    Pet Book Peeve at Club Meetings

    jbshan Our club has a library made up of donated books, books given by retiring club members, and from families of deceased members. The Club also subscribes to Ships in Scale. I (as the Librarian) receive all the books, stamp them with the club logo, and they are kept in a cabinet where we meet. On the inside door is a check in/out sheet. We have over a hundred of the most popular ship modelling books (some several copies) and a few dozen sets of plans. I can't recall ever having a book or plan disappear. I suggest you make a motion at your next meeting to set up a similar system. Keeps friends, freinds. Tom

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