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About grsjax

  • Birthday 03/01/1951

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  1. Was looking at Loctite GO2 glue today at Wally World and was wondering if anyone is using it. From the description on the package it looks pretty good and it works with wood, plastic and metal.
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    Oscillating Wonder Cutter

    This is a startup that isn't on the market yet. Claims it can cut soft material like leather. This is a link to their Kickstarter page.
  3. For a kit like the MSW Bluenose you wouldn't need a lot of tools. Bare bones would be an xacto knife with a No.11 blade (get extra blades), a razor saw, large and small tweezers and sandpaper do most of what you need to do. A few other tools are nice to have like a couple of needle files and maybe a miter box but arn't necessary to complete the model. Look over each step in the process and determine before hand what tools are going to required. Have fun.
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    What type of wood is this?

    Don't know what kind of wood it is but would be surprised if it was boxwood. Anyway if you need boxwood get it from Chuck on this forum. He has high quality stuff at reasonable prices.
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    Wood Ship Kits for Kids

    There is, or was a company called Woodkrafter that makes simple model ships for kids. Don't know if they are still in business.
  6. The eruption died down on its own a week or so back. Don't think the rain would have effected in any case.
  7. Brass spacers used in lamps can make good ship stands. They already have a hole through them so simply running a screw up through the base board, spacer and into the keel makes a solid stand. These are links to a couple of lamp part supplier that sells them. You can usually find good ones for about $5 a pair. https://www.grandbrass.com/category/necks-cast_brass_necks/necks/ https://www.antiquelampsupply.com/lamp-parts/couplings-loops-hooks-swivels/couplings-armbacks-necks-swivels-spindles
  8. 40" of rain in 72 hours. At one point is was raining 4" an hour. Lots of flooding and road closures but no damage at our place.
  9. Thanks for the kind thoughts. Luckly we are in a spot that doesn't flood and can last for several days if the roads get cut. Biggest problem is going to be power outages. If a lot of lines go down we could be using candles for a week or more. Makes doing fine work very difficult.
  10. I would sand it to fit. Others may have different advice.
  11. grsjax

    How similar is building a model to a real boat?

    It is actually easier working on large timbers if you have the right tools. But as was said above you can't just glue your planks on.
  12. grsjax

    Falkonet boat model kits quality

    I have been looking at the Master Korabel kits. Just wanted to try a simple small scale boat first and the Falkonet 6 oar boat looked like a good bet. Already ordered the Falkonet kit. Figured if Model-expo was selling them they must be legit. Live and learn.
  13. If they are not to delicate they can be polished in a tumbler. A kids rock tumbler is perfect for this. Use a fine medium like ground walnut shell or corn cob with a shot of liquid polish like Brasso. The finer the medium the better the result will be. Add a shot of Brasso or other liquid polish to the medium. Don't use the grit sold with the tumber, much to harsh for brass. Put everything in the tumbler barrel and let run for 30 minutes or so. Take out one of the parts and check the state of the polish. If it needs more time do it in increments of 10 minutes or so. After it looks good rinse with acetone and let dry.
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    What Wood Is Best For What

    Good advice. A make do alternative is a hot attic. Don't know what your weather is like there but if attics get hot then you can sticker the boards there and get some dry wood. Down side is you can't really control the moisture levels very well.
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    Falkonet boat model kits quality

    Thanks I think I will go ahead and order one. I will put up a review of the kit.

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