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  • Birthday 06/14/1946

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    Music, reading, photography. Oh yeah- ship modeling!

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  1. Indeed, Chuck. Sad. As we all know, when something doesn't make any (ethical) sense: "...just follow the money." There are those who are craven enough to ONLY follow the money. I'm reasonably convinced my MSW colleagues aren't in this category. Ron
  2. I didn't realize a PDF file wouldn't display so I converted my page to a jpeg. This should display now. I should mention that I believe my photo of my Diana was ripped-off from our forum gallery! Ron
  3. Good decision, David. Ron
  4. Oops. I forgot to add that the close-up photo (showing six cannon) is the color I saw 3 years ago, in-person. The other two pics are the new color. Ron
  5. An update, Mates. See photos here, from Victory web site (in Portsmouth). Indeed, the new color for the Victory is a weird hue of "pink." Actually, it's more a Caucasian flesh tone, or is even described by early visitors as " smoked trout!" I think it looks very "beige." Apparently, the perception of the color depends on the weather; if the sun is shining it's very fleshy looking and when overcast, it looks like Norwegian Gravlax! There is even an online question on the site asking for an opinion of the new color. 56% don't like it. I've voted similarly. This quote also: "Andrew Baines, the head of historic ships at the museum, said: "We are calling it Victory Hull Ochre. It varies in different light, but I believe it is close to a pale terracotta colour." According to the latest findings of marine archaeologists, this new color is more accurate to what Admiral Nelson's ship looked like. I'm not convinced it's wholly accurate. Pale terra cotta? Smoked trout? Norwegian Gravlax? Let's have our own online vote, eh? Comments? Ron PS I'll be at the museum later this June and I'll get a first-hand impression (and bring back some original pics for my Model Club's Newsletter).
  6. Thanks Bill! Better late than never...




  7. Andrew, P.S. My MSW avatar shown here is, indeed, a stern light from the Victory that I took a couple years ago. I wonder if the light is now illuminated with pink candles too? Ron
  8. Andrew, Pink? Huh? Do you have any more information on this - a pic? This news must either be a cynical and late April's Fool's joke - or, the UK is sailing off the edge of the world, post-Brexit. I'm visiting the UK in a couple weeks and I'd love to take photos of a pink Vic in Portsmouth for my model club! I wasn't planning on going there, but confirmation of this could change my plans! I'd love to make the cover of my club's September Newsletter issue a photo of a pink-hued icon. Thanks for the additional info (from the restoration boss); it's clear that the principal decorative colors of the period were a creamy yellowish color. The particular hue of "yellow" was in fact, closer to what we'd today call, "ochre" - a pale yellowish color. Ochre was the substance that was used to make the paint (whether used by painters of bulwarks or artist Turner). Today's (bright) yellow is made from chemicals that are substantively different and considerably higher in gamma (spectral content intensity). Cheers! Ron
  9. Thank You. You are correct: I used boxwood for the upper hull and stern planking and for all the masts and spars. I did use the kit's walnut for the lower hull as well as the "tanganyika" for the deck planking. Most of the deck furniture was made from scratch. This is an excellent kit to upgrade; the kit's plans were good. Also upgraded all the rigging with genuine rope (SyrenShipModel) and high-quality blocks (Lloyd Warner's - unfortunately, no longer available). This is one of my favorite builds, completed in 2012.
  10. Interesting. I'm looking forward to seeing what they look like after painting. What did you pay for this set? Ron
  11. Jason, Better late than never! I did give the Spreading Canvas Book/catalog a good review. I'm not certain when the NRG Journal will publish it. A note on museum marketing (John): Yale is very good at promoting it's academic prowess, especially its excellent music school. Their excellent museums, not so much. The Yale Center For British Art has robust, eternal funding (Paul Mellon, the billionaire/philanthropist is the principal benefactor). The Center remains free to the public since it's founding in 1966. Likewise, Yale University's main art museum is ALSO free, although they do encourage one to make a contribution. Neither of these world-class institutions need money to remain open. Indeed, marketing (PR) in the case of Yale's museums should be their vibrant connection to community, a service for the benefit of all who love and support museums: in my mind, there is no reason why Yale management couldn't find a few shekels in an effort to better promote their treasures. Given Yale's endowments (second only to Harvard's), I think this could be likened to change left in the couch cushions. I know, this is where one might suggest something else is at play here: could it be "elitism?" Ron
  12. Thank you. This model was fun to build. I bashed an excellent kit from Victory Models (Amati). Ron
  13. Thanks! Ron
  14. Jason, I hope you made it! I am doing a book review for "Spreading Canvas" for NRG Journal/MSW later this month. Ron
  15. MikeB4 & Chasseur: Thanks! Much appreciated. This was a fun kit to bash; I especially liked doing the unique, decorative painting. Rigging was fun too since on this 4-master there were two (2) lateen-rigged sails!