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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. amazing gorgeous astounding Thank you Doris. Duff
  2. Thanks Mike, I meant Mark...………. What in interesting moister tester Bob~! I agree with Welfack. This site is da bomb~!! Duff
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Richard Griffith

    Syren rigging hooks

    Hey Jim, you may need to ream them, or use 2 or 3 sizes drill bits. Duff
  10. 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
  11. Richard Griffith

    What constitutes “Fighting Sails”?

    GrandpaPhil, good advice by Mark and Wayne. The courses also posed a significant fire hazard during battle from their own guns as well as from the enemy, so brailing reduced that problem. Brailing the courses also improved visibility. Good luck with your build~! Duff
  12. Richard Griffith

    PE Tool Suggestion

    Dan's half needle idea is good - I also use a very small loop of wire held in a dowel. Duff
  13. Richard Griffith

    Selling Models

    Good idea Mike. The tax write off is only for the cost of the kit and supplies, not for the labor. Another suggestion is social media. Duff
  14. I too have one and it does the job for me, but as Mike said, one has to be aware of its limitations. For me, I added an adjustable stop on the starboard side which allows repetitive cuts of the same length. Plus the real benefit is cutting brass and aluminum tubing. For $33, it is a decent tool. Duff

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