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  1. I am with Jud, as an ex-navalman I am mystified with some of the over weathering of models I see (mainly plastic). I believe that through the ages, basic naval practices (cannot speak for merchant service) will be based around the same principles. I am sure that as there was not too much shore leave (fear of runners etc) one of the first things the First Lieutenant would have organised was a cleaning and painting party for the ship's sides etc. I acknowledge however, this is more difficult in such times as performing blockades etc. The ship is the sailor's home and cleanliness is paramount if you do not want a sick ship, or an angry Admiral/Squadron/Flotilla Commander. Ship's husbandry and maintaining fighting skills can be achieved together. Even in times of war, in most theatres some effort was made to keeps interiors clean, and basic ship's husbandry done on accessible parts of the upper decks and ship's equipment (especially life boats etc). Yes in times like WWII, during prolonged partols or escort duty in rough weather (Murmansk run) would have prevented any maintenance at all. That said, even during our long deployments (6-9 months) some effort was made to minimise corrosion and maintain the ship's appearance (but not at the expense of proficiency). While I am not a fan, and this is intended as a personal opinion only, I understand some modellers use weathering to display their skills - each to their own preferences and I do admire the skills required to do this level of weathering. cheers Pat
  2. Ship paintings

    You pick some unusual but interesting subject matter JIm; very nicely executed as usual! cheers Pat
  3. Hold Down Jigs

    Hi Mauri, thanks for responding - I am the proud owner of one of Michael Mott's third hands. Do you have a link to Ed's third hand post please? However, what I am really looking for is a jig for holding small parts on a flat surface here. cheers Pat
  4. Hi all, I am hoping to make a hold-down jig from metal. I hope to achieve something that is flexible to use and not too difficult to make. The device will have a flat metal base about 150mm / 6 in square with hold down fingers that can slide laterally along the edge of the square and in-and-out. The primary use will be to hold small parts for soldering and possibly filing etc. I am hoping I can design something with changeable insert bases, one for soldering, another for cutting and drilling and another pad for filing (sitting higher). Recently, while browsing, I saw a couple of likely candidate designs that peaked my interest in such a jig, and thought would be useful; but, the idiot I am, I did not bookmark them. I am hoping somebody may recall these, or offer a contribution. One device I saw had a round base and also incorporated what looked similar to GRS flex-arms; the other was a metal surround as described above but I think had a soldering pad inserted. I have searched a few likely logs and this forum with no luck so far. Any contributions, suggestions or pointers to these jigs would be greatly appreciated. cheers Pat
  5. I hope the new residence and circumstances settle down soon. You carving skills have not changed though, still of very high quality. cheers Pat
  6. Ship paintings

    I'll say it again - you certainly can capture and portray the 'atmosphere' in your paintings. No need to go to a gallery as we have one of the better 'virtual' ones available to us here on MSW cheers Pat
  7. What have you received today?

    Santa was kind to me; can't say I was a good boy (too many temptations) so this was a great surprise cheers Pat
  8. Ship paintings

    Another fine display of your talent Jim. Thanks for sharing. cheers Pat
  9. I am a very late visitor to this thread Mike and my loss for not seeing this earlier. What a wonderful asset to have this log and watch one of these beauties come together. Very many thanks for taking the time, effort and costs in make this available to us. cheers Pat
  10. Ship paintings

    If you had not pointed it out Jim, I think most would not have noticed the alignment of light and beak Nice work (again). cheers Pat
  11. new important wreck discovered!

    You are absolutely right there Jan; let's see if our scrap hungry neighbours will stay away? cheers Pat
  12. new important wreck discovered!

    The purpose of the search, as with HMAS Sydney, was to find the crew and resolve the mystery of her demise. Other than to photograph her with the intention to determine how she was sunk, I believe the intention is to leave her in her resting place - she is afterall a war-grave. "Eternally on patrol" Pat
  13. Nice job Jim, the plating looks great. cheers Pat
  14. Dirk, is it worth contacting Google about the Chrome issues (us not you)? cheers Pat
  15. Ship paintings

    Nice deep rich colours in your latest JIM cheers Pat