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About marktiedens

  • Birthday 10/17/1951

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  1. Pin or not to pin the yards to masts?

    I drill the holes & make sure the pins will go in,but the yards are not attached until after the masts are stepped & the standing rigging is done. Other people may do it differently,but that works for me. Mark
  2. Pin or not to pin the yards to masts?

    My pinning doesn`t go all the way through the yard or mast - I drill the holes only half way through each one.That way it`s invisible. Mark
  3. Pin or not to pin the yards to masts?

    Definitely pin. I use 1mm brass wire - hard enough to hold the yard,but soft enough to straighten out if you bump the yard out of alignment. Mark
  4. I have had one of those Aeropiccola plank benders for many years - it works wonderful. With Aeropiccola long out of business, I don`t know why someone hasn`t copied it. Mark
  5. OcCre kits

    I`m currently working on the Nuestra Senora - the instructions are brief,but adequate to go along with the many color pictures. My biggest issue is the wood - the plywood tends to de-laminate if sanded or filed the wrong direction & most of the plywood is warped to some degree - the deck planking is so bad it is unusable. In spite of that it`s still not a bad kit,just needs a bit of extra work. Don`t know why the plywood is warped - most of the plywood sheets were sealed in shrink wrap,so weather or humidity should not have affected it. Mark
  6. A balmy 15F here this morning. Temps may hit -20F by Sunday & Monday night with highs of -5F.Brrrrrrrrrrr! Mark
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    Thank you very much!
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    Thanks very much Vince! Mark
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    Thanks Mike!
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    Thanks Ken!
  11. Royal William

    This is my build of the HMS Royal William fro the Euromodel kit with a few modifications
  12. Ken3335

    Great job on a difficult kit. Mark
  13. Vallejo makes a line of paint called model air - it`s pre-thinned & can be sprayed without extra thinning. They can also be brushed just as well. They are very high quality paints. Mark
  14. Ageing Decks

    Hi O.C. - what I did on my current build was I soaked the planks in household bleach for about 40 minutes,then rinsed them,then laid them out to dry. They turned a light grey when dry. The planks I used were kit supplied 1mm thick walnut,so I don`t know how that would come out using other types of wood - haven`t tried it on anything other than walnut. It didn`t seem to hurt the wood,either. Mark
  15. VASA01

    Beautiful work Mark

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