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About Gabek

  • Birthday 06/21/1961

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    Winnipeg, Canada
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    Fishing, painting figurines (Warhammer), wood carving, fly-tying, reading, baking (cheesecakes a specialty). New hobby: turning pens.

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  1. Gabek

    Unusual ship models

    Speak for yourself! I have a white moustache, no beard and no hair! So there! Stereotype busted wide open.
  2. As of July 1 (Canada Day) I am officially a retired teacher! 


    Looking forward to hours and hours of model building...once I have completed my orders!

  3. Although I am still in the early stages of my Triton cross-section, I am going to have to make some decisions soon. My overall plan is to paint one half of the model and show off the wood plus cutaways on the other half. My big question is about painting the hold... Photos of the HMS Trincomalee's hold show that everything: planks, pillars, beams, etc, were painted white. However, photos of the Victory's hold show unpainted sides and pillars. Any advice? Regards, Gabe
  4. Great topic...and one I am going to address on my Triton cross-section. At 1/96 scale I am not even going to attempt a nail pattern! I am using a book and photos of HMS Trincomalee a lot as reference. Here's a decent shot of the copper showing different colours and the visibility of the nails. Clear skies, Gabe
  5. Welcome aboard! Hope we can solve this mystery for you. Could this be the USCGS Eagle? http://www.historicships.com/TALLSHIPS/Constructo/USCG%20Eagle/Eagle.htm Clear skies! Gabe
  6. Gabek

    New to the model ship hobby

    Welcome aboard, Trevor & Son! This is the right place to come to for help and a really supportive atmosphere! And this is such a great hobby to get into - besides the model, there's lots of skills and knowledge to build! Make sure to check out build logs of similar ships to help you along and don't hesitate to ask questions, particularly through your own build log. Really looking forward to watching your family project unfold. Clear skies, Gabe
  7. Gabek

    Amazing Photographs

    The Nonsuch, 17th Century Ketch replica For a couple of years now I have been wanting to post these pictures of a replica ship sitting almost in the centre of North America. I finally got my chance when I took my class on a field trip last week. In the Manitoba Museum sits the Nonsuch, the first vessel sent by The Hudson Bay Company (HBC) to open up a fur trade with the interior of what is now Canada. The replica was commissioned, built and sailed in honour of the 300th anniversary of the HBC and eventually shipped (sorry...unintended pun) by truck to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada - where the headquarters of the modern company were. The ketch was donated to the province and placed beside the museum where a permanent structure was built around it. Today, the exhibit is one of the attractions of this excellent museum and the gallery has been transformed to look like an English port. People can climb aboard, stroll around the "dock" and even walk down to the sea bed and check out the hull . For more info.... https://manitobamuseum.ca/main/visit/museum-galleries/nonsuch-gallery/ First view of the ship Windlass and bowsprit A view of 'Deptford' from on board 4 pounders (?) on the dock The hull seen from the seabed (More pictures will come after I give them a spin) Regards, Gabe
  8. Thanks, Ken and rschissler! Great advice, folks! I had checked out Moonbug's blog (say that five times real quick!) and I really like some of the mods he made...he's gone with the highrise fo'c's'le. So I am putting that down as a +1 vote. I checked out that book on amazon.ca...cheapest was $107, up to $505! I checked out our libraries and no luck...besides, if I do get that book I won't finish this model for at least 5 years! But, if Pastor leans toward the big fo'c's'le then that will be another +1 vote for. I am going to head down to my cave and build me a high fo'c's'le caravel! Stay tuned for the next decision... Regards and thanks again, Gabe
  9. Gabek

    Hello from Southern Ontario

    Welcome aboard, David! You have come to the right place to learn, to get advice and tons of support! Creating a build log is a great experience. Looking forward to reading yours when you start your next model. Why not post pictures of your Bounty in the finished models gallery? Clear skies! Gabe
  10. Happy to oblige you, Crackers! I modified the poll. FYI - I saw the little line in the editor about making a poll so I'm giving it a try. I'm still a little shaky on how to use the poll...it looks it always shows up first in your topic. Editing it is a little strange. We'll see how this works. Clear skies! Gabe
  11. Here's a test of the polling feature in this content editor. Checking to see if I can get your votes on how to build my Santa Maria. Thanks for you input!
  12. In the, "I can't believe I'm doing this" category... Ok...on so many levels I have really put my foot in it this time. For a few years now I had it in mind to build models for my sons when they graduate from university. For my oldest, Christopher, I want to give him the Santa Maria. For my youngest, I intend to build the Matthew. (His name is William...no, just kidding. His name is Matthew.) I also thought I would scratch build them at a standard scale or, at the very least, I would make nice ships in bottles. I've got a book on the Matthew and found some online plans. I bought some plans for the S. Maria on eBay - fairly old, Italian plans (funny - I just saw someone post a picture of the boat from this plan for someone who wanted to bash his AL Santa Maria!) However, about a year ago I spotted a good deal and picked up this kit. I'm not very knowledgeable about the ships in this period and I'm not terribly interested in them, so I was going to just follow the instructions on this model when the time comes. Well, I came to a big realization this week: My son is just a few months away from graduating! [gulp] Trouble! Where had all the time gone?! I pulled the box out from my pile (I haven't bothered to list my "on the shelf" models - it would take too long!), took a good look at it and said, "I think I can do this...but I will DEFINITELY NOT BASH THIS KIT!" [sigh] So, I decided to start this kit. I put away my Harvey (haven't started the log on this one, yet...I began building it before I found MSW), stopped the work I was doing on my HMS Titan and opened up the Maria. I've been looking at the model and the instructions...checked out a couple of logs here...Ok...I can do this...but I will DEFINITELY NOT BASH THIS KIT!" [sigh] What am I doing!? Well, my son is celebrating his 22 birthday today so I thought, "Today's the perfect day to start the Santa Maria" This is the first laser-cut kit I have encountered and I am impressed with how easy it was to cut away the parts from the sheets. Nice tight fits for the bulkheads. I only had to work on two slots to get the bulkheads to fit flush with the top of the false keel. It took me a very short time to glue up the bulkheads. All except one were square when I pushed them into their slots on the keel. Ok...good start. Except...I was studying the photos and the plans in this kit some more and I just didn't like the look of the ship. The forecastle looks odd to me...there doesn't seem to be enough ladders to get up and down the decks...some of the rigging looks wonky. I kept thinking of the modeler who was looking for authentic boat plans...so...I pulled out those old plans I had bought. [Grrr!] Big mistake. I like the look of the Santa Maria in the older plans! I don't know which is more accurate - but accuracy is not bothering me. Well, not too much. So,...I...might...bash...this...kit. [sigh] But, I have an idea... I'm going to ask the wonderful people here at MSW to help me decide. I'm going to put some of the changes I'd like to make and you let me know what you think. [Oh...I think this model will now be a house warming gift for my son ] [big breath] Here goes: Biggest decision right now... High, Railed Forecastle - keep it or drop it? Looking forward to your input. Several more decisions to come as needed. Kind regards, Gabe
  13. Gabek

    Hello from Edmonton. Alberta Canada

    Welcome aboard! Nice to see another Canadian prairie boy here on MSW! I chuckle every time I think of being in the middle of the continent and being infatuated with ships! But, you have come to the right place. Great people, wonderful resources, awesome encouragement...and this site helps motivate me, to boot! I started a Harvey but put it on hold to do a scratch group project offered here on the site. With respect to your question...a Baltimore clipper like the Harvey would probably be a good substitute for the Ringle. The clipper was a unique design. (And, you are in the prairies so not too many of your friends would know! Heck, I put a Union jack on my Virginia pilot boat! ) Great to see you here. Clear skies! Gabe
  14. Gabek

    Hi from Ontario Canada

    Welcome, Neighbour! You'll enjoy being a part of this group. Very supportive atmosphere, great resources. Starting a build log is a real learning experience and motivator. All the best! Gabe
  15. Gabek

    Greetings from Sweden

    Greetings from Canada, Torbogdan! You will learn a lot in these forums and don't be afraid to ask questions. The people here are great and very supportive. All the best in your build...and season's greetings! Regards, Gabe

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