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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

    Ship model terms in German. Where to find?

    I agree with Wefalck. Mr. Harland understood several languages and his 'Seamanship' is one of my most valuable books. Zu Mondfeld put out an attractive book because it is full of illustrations which are useful and inspiring to beginners. However, his accuracy is spotty and in some cases inaccurate, so everything taken from his book MUST be cross checked. I sold the book. Duff
  2. Mike, beautiful clamps. Can you ship a few to me? The cork idea is good for full sized clamps as noted above, but for yours, you might consider gluing 220 wet dry sand paper to the jaws. That will greatly reduce the potential for the clamp to slip out of position. Duff
  3. Hey Lawrence, have you seen the books The Fully Framed Model - Swan Class by David Antsecherl, VOL1, chapter 5? Also, Dan Vadis in this forum did a superb job of his Vulture using Mr. Antscherl's books (see his work in the scratch build section of this forum). Have fun! Duff
  4. Richard Griffith

    Ship model terms in German. Where to find?

    Hey Greenstone, the first step would be getting a German to English dictionary. You could get them sometimes at second hand book stores (if any still exist in your area), or get one cheap on Amazon or ebay or Abebooks, If you get stuck, send me a list and I will translate them. Duff
  5. Richard Griffith

    Mast Steps

    Hey Doug, according to Underhill, the mast step for LEON is a separate fitting, page 77 V1, 'Plank on Frame Models'. It would be the simple block on the keelson. Duff
  6. amazing gorgeous astounding Thank you Doris. Duff
  7. Thanks Mike, I meant Mark...………. What in interesting moister tester Bob~! I agree with Welfack. This site is da bomb~!! Duff
  8. Richard Griffith

    Some questions about shrouds

    And there is the The Armed Transport Bounty (Anatomy of the Ship) (Hardcover) on Amazom for under $25 US which has LOTS of details. Duff
  9. Hey Mike, not to worry. Many people use breathe when they mean expansion and contraction. I guess I have some OCD about wood, but I also try to dispel misconceptions and incorrect information. When I make mistakes, please correct me. That is one of major strong points of this forum. All the best. Duff
  10. Well Mark, I follow your posts and have great respect for your talents and your attention to this site as a special contributor. I have to disagree though, that wood does not 'breathe'; wood does not have lungs nor gills. It does expand and contract with changes in humidity. That expansion and contraction is extremely small but does affect the hull over its length, so special care is needed to avoid the adverse effects. For example, I made a wooden steam engine (approximately O scale) here in Connecticut and sent it to my granddaughter in El Paso TX. The cab dried out and split several seams, which I could not properly fix. I should have allowed for the contraction. Many old Admiralty models have cracks in their hulls due to shrinkage. So, use only well seasoned wood, never use wet planking and use lots of trunnels because the glue will eventually fail. Duff
  11. Richard Griffith

    Power versus Hand Tools?

    This is mostly a personal situation. Wefalk is guite right that our ancestors built incredible models with hand tools, and without electricity. I for one need lots of electric light and power tools, but I started this great hobby with only a few hand tools, then acquired power tools along the way. Power tools do make fast and accurate cuts, make lots of noise and dust and can speed up the production of parts. So it depends on your desire. Hand tools are essential, power tools are nice. Become proficient with hand tools first. Keep building and above all, have fun. Duff
  12. My condolences also for his family. As Druxey said above, John had an amazing amount of knowledge and was very generous is sharing it both in print and social media. RIP John................. Duff
  13. My buddy and I visited her in 2013 and our jaws dropped to stone floor when we entered. Well worth a visit, and a second time would be super! Thank you for posting the pix. Duff
  14. Richard Griffith

    Syren rigging hooks

    Hey Jim, you may need to ream them, or use 2 or 3 sizes drill bits. Duff
  15. Welcome aboard Marc~! The Connie is very dear to us and our naval tradition; she is still the flagship of our North Atlantic fleet. Keep building and above all, have fun. Duff

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