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Richard Griffith

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About Richard Griffith

  • Birthday 04/20/1949

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    Middletown, CT, USA
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    modeling sailing ships, from 1500 to 1850, trains, armor, WW1 airplanes and wooden toys, president CT Marine Model Club, member Mystic Seaport, member Mystic Seaport Ship Modelers club, member NRG

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  1. Richard Griffith

    How much rigging

    Yaymay, it depends on how much detail you want to include. Suggest you skip the sails as those will double your work effort but not the amount of line. I don't think 120' will be enough, though. If I recall correctly, the Connie had 10 to 12 different sizes of line, and lots of it. You could rig her with the 3 sizes. As a general rule, use lighter line as you go higher up the masts. The darker lines would be for the standing rigging, lighter for the running lines.
  2. Richard Griffith

    Holding small parts for soldering

    Dave, and Mike, I prefer the torch. It looks like you already have a ceramic block and T pins. Anchor your ring to the block, add solder paste to it, then put tiny pieces of solder in the paste, then put your brass pipe on top. Brace the pipe so it won't move. Be sure the parts are clean, and you may have to hammer the solder into tiny flat pieces. As soon as the solder melts, remove the heat. Duff
  3. very nice work! I may have missed it-what specie of wood are the wales and how did you make that tight turn under the counter?
  4. Richard Griffith

    Surgical Scalpel Blades

    I use both, depends on the job. Sometimes I use a carving knife that can be used with force as its blade is thick. Duff
  5. So sad, sorry for your loss. RIP in cat heaven. We too love cats and lost ours May 17th when our house burned down. We were not home at the time.
  6. I agree with Bob. Never mind that the air brush will be ruined, but your lungs and nervous system will be too. Controlling the humidity is the best strategy, then replacing the cracked planks should 'solve' the problem. BTW, Longridge's HMS Victory develop cracks in its hull planking…….. Duff
  7. Hi Toni and everyone, I have used the diluted artist acrylic paint and got the color I wanted, but the rope became too stiff. It became difficult to hang realistically and to get tight knots. Perhaps I used too much paint,,,,,, duff
  8. Hey Pieter, brass, bronze and mixed metal were in use at that time, mostly for bolts, bottom protection ('coppering' which was mixed metal), cannon, binnacles and the like. Iron was cheaper and although it would rust, got painted. Unless you have documentation, paint them dull black. Duff
  9. Richard Griffith

    General / organisation of wood

    himmliche Kunst~! sehr gut gemacht.
  10. Chris is 'on the money' with his comments. Potential buyers don't give a hoot about great grandad but you do, and that cannot be priced. The model is nicely made and shows well. If you MUST sell her, I suggest you seek a professional such as Fiddlers Green in NJ (I have no connection). As for a box, furniture and appliance stores have large boxes for the asking, Best regards, Duff
  11. I'm with Michael...great subject and nice work Javier. Duff
  12. Yikes~! I am looking closely at the pictures but can not believe my eyes...….The master artist makes magic. Thank you Doris.
  13. Richard Griffith

    Hello all and already looking for help

    welcome aboard, Iliya~! Good advice above. Yes buy tools only as you REALLY need them. Of course all of my wants are all of my needs............Duff
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    I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy''''''''One hour on the ratlines, one hour on the bottle''''''just keep those lines straight and yop're good to go. Duff

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