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Larry Van Es

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About Larry Van Es

  • Birthday 09/26/1945

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    Yorba Linda. California USA
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    Old Cars - History = Whaling

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  1. Larry Van Es

    Hello

    You already have more demonstrated skills than I had when I started. I chose MSW Syren because of the great manual that came with the kit. She was built specifically to accompany the Constitution to the siege of Tripoli and played a pivotal role in the battle. You can download the chapters of the manual at: http://modelexpo-online.com/model-shipways-us-brig-syren-1-64-scale Under the Instructions & Parts List tab Even if you decide on another ship model this will allow you to study in general the methods used to build wooden ship models. Good luck
  2. Larry Van Es

    New to this wonderful forum

    Welcome from another Larry.
  3. Larry Van Es

    Terrified

    I've never had a problem with insecurity. When I was in grade school I was given a pocket watch that didn't work. I told everyone that I was going to repair it and they told me that I was crazy. I've always thought that if I worked hard enough and long enough I could do anything. Well I took everything apart, found out why it didn't work, fixed the problem, and put it back together. It ran but ran very fast and backwards. That's when I discovered that I had built a time machine and I stuck to that story. So relax. The point is to have fun and if you're doing that it must be right.
  4. Larry Van Es

    New Member from Sunny Southern California.

    Thanks for all the plugs for our club guys. You would really benefit from attending a few meetings. We meet on the third Wednesday of every month. at the Red Cross Building near Fullerton College. In addition to the up close personal help we have a table at the back that sells books and things that have been donated by other members for pennies on the dollar. We also have an auction once a year where you can pick up models, books, tools and equipment. If you go on line to http://www.shipmodelersassociation.org/index.html You can see the latest newsletter and get a feel of what the meetings are like. We usually have 30 or 40 people at each meeting. My contact information is on the first page of the newsletter if you have any questions. I'm in Rome right now but will be back in a week.
  5. Larry Van Es

    Hello from a rookie

    Welcome to the hobby from southern California. In picking your model pick one that you really like. If you don't love the model you won't stick with it when the going gets rough.
  6. I've read all of the O'Brian books and am just finishing Julian Stockwin's Inferno. I started from the beginning with both series. Although both series are similar in that both heroes have a learned friend as a foil, I frankly I found the Stockwin series more enjoyable. Like you said I enjoyed how both start with a young man who knows nothing about the sea who has to learn everything. You learn all facets of life as a seaman from the bottom to the top. You also learn a great deal of the history of the British Navy during this era. I was lucky. Being a member of a club I was able to purchase the entire O'Brian series in paperback along with the companion book Sea of Words ( a dictionary of nautical terms ) for ten dollars from the back table. I also was able to purchase the Stockwin series in used hardcover, most for less than ten dollars with shipping. It's amazing how both heroes took part in just about every part of British naval history.
  7. You can remove most of the solder with the wire brush tool for the dremel. Then re-blacken. But I don't really see anything in the photo though. Remember that you won't be able see it as closely once the ship is rigged as you can holding it in your hand. The galley stack and tree pumps came out nice.
  8. I think that this would tend to leave a rather ragged hole. Most would rather have the nice round hole that drilling leaves. A lot more work but then again who does trenailing if you have a life.
  9. Hi. I selected the Syren as my first wooden ship model because of it's great instruction manual. If you go to Model Expo and click on the Syren model, you can actually download the manual in PDF format. It's under the tab marked "Documents" under the pictures. Chuck did a marvelous job designing the model and documenting every step of construction.This is the model that I always recommend to people such as yourself.
  10. I also enjoyed Ken's presentation on Modeling with Brass. During the presentation, among the photos, all of a sudden I saw a 1913 Model T oil pan and I couldn't believe it.. I have one of a later year in my back yard. It was so realistic I couldn't believe it. Actually Ken said it was a 1911 but they were the same for those years. If you get a chance check out his book Model Building with Brass. I bought it as soon as I got upstairs and love it. Sorry Ken, I had to give the book a plug I'm loving it.
  11. I to was happy to meet you at the conference. I thought that I had everything that I needed for my Sherline lathe and mill for ship modeling, but now I see that I was wrong. What we need is you involved in ship modeling so that we can ask your advise on what tool to use or buy. I've always thought that if you needed it Sherline always could provide it and I'm happy to see that Sherline is once again fulfilling our needs. Happy to see you come on board.
  12. Larry Van Es

    Newby

    Welcome to MSW from Southern California.
  13. Larry Van Es

    New here and first boat

    Welcome from Southern California. You don't want to see globs of glue on your model. Painting over them doesn't doesn't look much better. You'll want to practice your gluing technique before you start. Excess regular wood glue can be scraped off the surface just before it's completely dry. It comes off like rubber. I couldn't see how anyone could work with CA until someone in the club showed me how he uses it. He buys the small tubes of super glue by the dozen at Home Depot. He never squeezes the tube. He just tips the tube and applies a small drop to the joint and then places the tube into a small bottle facing up. Then takes a tissue and touches it to the opposite side of the joint if possible or an adjoining area if not. This wicks the glue under the joint and it seems to disappear. He can use the glue for hours without replacing the cap. Less glue is usually better. Excess glue doesn't make a joint stronger.

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