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  • Birthday 04/05/1954

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    17th and 18th century naval architecture

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  1. I believe Dr. Mike is a cardiologist. Personally, I have switched to a heat gun to bend wood and find it superior and quicker to soaking and steaming.
  2. Dr. Mike is a gifted model maker but some of his techniques are a bit...unusual. For example, in video 78, minute 28:02, he is using a toaster to heat planks for bending. He retrieves them when ready with a curved surgical clamp. I'm quite certain I recall my mother telling me never to stick anything metallic into a plugged in toaster that's actually in the process of toasting but she sometimes was a worry wort. Perhaps Russian toasters are different than US toasters?
  3. 40mm/56 Twin Bofors by oneslim, Bob W

    Great looking diorama, Bob!
  4. Alaskan Yellow Cedar

    There's nothing to justify, Ian. Your model is beautiful and we'd all love to follow your progress just as we do the many Swan or other builds.
  5. We've just two more openings for participants for our October Admiralty Models workshop in Baltimore. Chuck has done an incredible job translating David Antscherls illustration into a wooden mockup for our participants to assemble ahead of the workshop. Plans are underway for a Saturday evening after dinner speaker. So come join sixteen of your fellow ship model makers for a congenial, low stress, work at your own pace 1 1/2 days workshop on adding the elements of the stern. No, this will not cover carving - that is another series of workshops unto itself. Details above in first post of this thread. Greg
  6. I have see illustrations with the cannon turned sideways and lashed fore and aft to the bulwark. This would seem to provide more stability in a rolling sea but I can't provide a reference offhand.
  7. David Antscherl and I live rather far apart to produce and edit online courses. At one time I believe the NRG was considering offering some online tutorials. Perhaps they are still working out the logistics.
  8. Wish that were possible, Mark and Lou. The course outline and notes are just a rough guide as to what we are trying to accomplish, but so much of what we offer is hands on learning and individualized instruction. We almost did a West Coast conference a few years ago but the number of participants was just short by a few. IF there is a West Coast club interesting in hosting an Admiralty Models workshop we'd be happy to accomodate them.
  9. Announcing Admiralty Models Fall workshop! "Constructing the Elements of the Stern" October 6 to 7, 2018 This workshop, run by David Antscherl and Greg Herbert, will focus on the intricate construction of an 18th century stern. We will provide a 1:48 scale laser-cut kit for you to assemble ahead of the workshop. At the workshop you will learn how to make card patterns, plan, cut and fit a set of lights (window frames) across the stern, understand the geometry and construction of quarter galleries as well as interpret contemporary plans. The cost of the workshop will be $290. This will include the cost of a laser-cut kit sent to you in advance with an instructional guide. The workshop also includes a guide book. We will conduct our workshop in Baltimore, MD on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Previous workshops have filled up fast, so we recommend you register soon as space is limited. Please contact Dr. Greg Herbert at dvm27@comcast.net to guarantee your kit and workshop space. Special hotel rates have been negotiated at the Marriott courtyard, Hunt Valley MD.
  10. I've recently switched to Birchwood Casey Brass Black as I find it easier and more consistent than the Jax blackener. I also use 320 grit sandpaper on the brass (or before I form rings and other small items). Soak the piece in alcohol first (or vinegar) to degrease. The B.C. solution is applied with a small brush and only takes 10-15 seconds to work. Rinse in water then see if you want the piece darker. If so just repeat the above process. I also do not solder my rings but do file the ends after forming the circle. This makes a neat joint. I can't imagine why you would need to solder the breeching rings unless your cannon was actually going to fire! And I now use only silver soldering paste. It is self fluxing and flows beautifully, Check out https://www.beaducation.com/pc/393-jewelry-making-tools-soldering-fusing-tools. Also, look at the videos on silver soldering and other jewelry work. they're terrific. And remember - you need a tight joint for silver solder to flow.
  11. Hey guys - this forum is supposed to be in English. What language are you speaking?
  12. Thanks for the update, Mike. I marvel at details like the bowsprit opening. Since they cannot pop the bowsprit in every few minutes after reshaping the various surfaces of the opening (like we can on a model) I wonder how they get such a precise fit.
  13. Wonder what this is?

    It's entitled “Leviathan” Ark of the Apocalypse. Eight feet tall (on a seven foot custom display table), two and a half feet wide, and roughly 200 pounds, it took 14 months to complete. No price quoted for the piece but he did sell it and it is someone's foyer (or crypt).
  14. Just to be clear this is the work of Denis Rakaric, on behalf of Admiralty Models. I believe his work ranks among the best in the world!

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