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About capnharv2

  • Birthday 11/15/1955

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    Sailing ship models, sailing, restoring old wooden boats

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  1. Al, Are you looking to hang the plans near your work area to measure them? Does thee backing have to be firm enough to lay a scale or compass or dividers on? Another possibility is to take the original plans and have them laminated (or get a copy laminated). That makes them easier to hang and stiffer to get accurate measurements off. If they're stiff enough you could hang them off the back of a music stand. Tape them in place and you can move the stand anywhere you want at any height you want. For a while I was taping my Pride of Baltimore plans to the blinds in my shop. Not a great solution, but it did get the job done. Finally, get a copy of the first set of Ship Modelers Shop Notes (from the NRG store here). There is a section with some good shop ideas. Hope we've helped. Thanks, Harvey
  2. I've never had the patience or nerve to try a diorama. But I like to display my models doing things. I'm thinking of my Constitution, anchored with a ships boat on one side being deployed from davits, and another boat on the other side tied up and loading (or unloading supplies). Part of my inspiration for this comes from Harold Hahn's book the Colonial Schooner-it has pictures of one of his schooners mounted on water, with one side cut away and the other side with a ship's boat loading cargo. Another idea I've had is to build a model of 2 ships of the same period that never met, and raft them together. My two favorites pairs are: Pride of Baltimore 1 rafted up to Pride of Baltimore 2 and HMS Bounty (Captain Bligh's boat) rafted up to HMS Pandora (also Bligh's boat). Anyway, a couple thoughts to ponder. Thanks, Harvey
  3. Visit To England

    Dig up a couple modelers?? "I'm not dead yet!"
  4. Visit To England

    Are you sure you can't convince the Admiral to retire there??
  5. FWIW, it looks like it's called a warping fairlead http://www.nauticexpo.com/boat-manufacturer/warping-fairlead-1024.html
  6. Rigging for Dummies

    Another book, if you're interested in the how and why of rigging, is Seamanship in the Age of Sail. I've found it to be very interesting and useful
  7. Musicians and Modelers

    I played trumpet in a brass quintet for 10-15 years. We mainly played at retirement homes-our motto was "If they don't like what they hear, they can turn their hearing aids down". We got invited back to play all the time . . . Thanks, Harvey
  8. Friendship Sloop overall view

    Glad to hear! Is it the big one or the small one? Have you visited the Sail Power & Steam Museum in Rockland? They're finishing up a strip-planked Friendship started in the 60's and have recently been donated the Sloop Blackjack, built in the early 1900's (1910 I believe). Another good reference are the Howard Chapelle drawings of the Friendship Sloop Pemaquid in his book American Small Sailing Craft. If you have any questions or need help, please drop me a line. Thanks! Harvey
  9. AL Swift by Capnharv2

    Another started by somebody else, but not completed kit I inherited. Finished in Boxwood and Ebony. Excellent photography courtesy of Mike Graff.
  10. Swift from port Qtr

    Thanks Jack! I have more picture, but haven't found them yet. I will post them when I find them. Yes, working with Ebony is a challenge. It doesn't bend or glue easily. The finished product is hard to beat, though. Thanks again, Harvey
  11. I inherited this partially built kit several years ago. After I finished it, I gave it to a friend of mine as a wedding present.

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