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  1. Almost half the time, the rigging was handled in the dark. Crew was open to change at every port. Their nationality was varied. Navy crew altered. In severe weather the lines were handled under real stress. There was every reason for having which line was where be as standardized as possible.
  2. Jaager

    Hello from Port Chester, NY

    Barrels, check the site database or the online journal for ways to make them. You can get a dowel that is close to the diameter and use a drill to turn it to the arc cross section shape. If nothing is closer, there is a Wood Craft in Norwalk that has veneer to cover the dowel plug. Trying to think of a way to reuse the same plug and assemble the staves. Best I can come up with is a second dowel that is the diameter of the ends, that the staves can be glued to at either end. Maybe a band of paper or cardboard as support for the middle. Cover the ends with veneer. Come to think of it, just use cardboard instead of veneer, if you are good at painting faux wood. Or if you have a good graphics program, down load a wood texture from a graphics site and print it on paper.
  3. My bias 1st - prime with 50% diluted super blonde shellac. Most anything is compatible over it. Pre 20th C sail, - matte For your glue 1st or finish first - consider protecting the bond area foot print with high quality painters tape, cut JUSST shy of its full outline, and finish, remove tape, glue. I am giving Sutherland Welles polymerized Tung oil a close look. Otherwise, several 100% shellac - rag app or pure Tung oil - rag app. Renaissance Wax as a final. About the only way to protect against dust - a case. Pay attention to ventilation of the case, having it be an oven would not be good.
  4. Fabric shops here have letter size sheets of Mylar, used for patterns. A computer drawing program = font sizing and rotation Web has sites with free fonts. An exact pattern of the location can be made from the model and that scanned into the drawing program You can practice the scroll in the drawing program. Print the result on the Mylar - cut it out and you have a stencil double stick tape to reduce seeping
  5. FastCap Babe-Bot, 4 Ounce Glue Bottle Amazon $7 Highland $5 Wood Craft $8 --plus shipping - which can be a lot.
  6. Jaager

    What have you received today?

    Not today, but recently, I have a 10" Ryobi 3000 - apparently obsolete but it works, but I bought this to try on my Byrnes table saw: GRR-RIPPER hold down save your fimgers- with the 1/8" side spacer and the tail dragger attachments.
  7. I only have a passing knowledge of sail handling, but the painting has me wondering. I thought that stunsails were used in light breezes. The sky looks like a storm. The sea surface being combers, I think there is a correlation between wind speed and how the surface looks and I doubt that light breezes do that. The angle it is hitting the bow and the angle of the yards. Water pouring from the stb main stun spreader. And how much fishing could the sea birds do in those conditions, or even scoop up garbage? By the way, it has got to be difficult to get that much detail at what really is a miniature scale. Excellent job. Can you imagine what that ship would be like at 1:48? Who gets the house, you or it?
  8. Jaager

    Christmas time again

    Would it be possible to replace the bulbs with LED? They allow batteries to be more efficient also, so each house with an internal battery? No more wires, no heat. On/off is a chore - unless there is a switch that answers to a remote. Each house with its own battery and each battery has a switch tuned to the same frequency?
  9. Bob suggested this for a Byrnes tool add on. My drill press would be a lot more tedious to use without the momentary power foot switch. HF, I think. An X Y table can run the cost up there. Micro-Mark wants $120 for one. AliExpress has one for $40.
  10. Did I imagine this? I think when I was first exposed to POB - from a book by Lusci - the mould outer face was perpendicular rather than beveled. The first layer of planking was supposed to only rest on the edge farthest from the center. It was supposed to provide an accurate shape and not be a pseudo frame timber and is too narrow for that anyway.
  11. Jaager

    Orientation of wood grain

    You did as well as can be had for your species choices. I doubt it will be a practical difference which ever is your choice. I intend to use Holly dyed black where you will use Ebony. I think the old holeystoned white descriptions of decking was poetic license to describe the difference from a deck stained by bare feet covered in tar. Sanding does not change the native color of decking wood. Sun bleaching tends to be grey or silver, not white. I have Holly that is yellow and grey (Blue Mold) and may stand for Pine, or Oak decking, but I think - suspect - that white Holly is more of a modeler's convention than a representation of what was real.
  12. Jaager

    Orientation of wood grain

    I obsess about the same thing. Best I can come up with is choose a species with low contrast grain to begin with. It is easier for me to just slice my framing stock from 8x4 -the edge grain becoming the face of the frame. The sided face is a continuous curve anyway and you takes your chances on how that looks. For the ends where I need 4 inch stock, I have to flip 90 degrees and I get a plain sawn face - can't help that. For planking, either is equally easy to get, so I look at the surfaces and pick the one I like better. Hard Maple is tricky - the same plank can go from plain to flame as it is cut farther in. What I find to be more distracting is a species of wood with open grain - my imagination sees those pores as being large enough to break a crewman's ankle if it were enlarged from model scale to full size.
  13. Jaager

    The "What have you done today?" thread.

    My father, sold Remington Rand Univac for a short while. In undergrad, they tried to orient us to computers by typing punch cards for an IBM 360. I saved months of work on calculations for my research project in grad school, because I learned to program a Wang 600 mini computer. The guys in the Biochem dept wasted time playing something totally new on a Wang 700 that they called Pong. Then, a next door lab bought this small box, with a little green port hole screen with the name - Apple. My Wang programing skill did not translate at all. They could type papers on it, but the difference was not enough better than a IBM Sellectric with a tape drive to be worth learning to program it.
  14. That copper is what? newly applied? The new penny color probably will not survive immersion for long. Something less stark would probably be more accurate. With a model, you would almost need to be close enough to touch your nose, to match the photo. Note that even this close, the "nails" do not show and the seams are subtle.
  15. If you are needing the vertical drilling action and any milling is light cuts in model scale wood: Eurotools DRL 300 - an Asian machine sold under many brand names. It should not cost more than $80 US if you shop. I bought mine from Otto Frei . I added an X/Y table - it cost about what the drill did - I doubt that it has ball bearings for the spindle, so much lateral force is not a good idea, blocks and careful cutting of notches in beams for carlings should be OK.

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