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About dvm27

  • Birthday 04/05/1954

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    Baltimore, MD
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    17th and 18th century naval architecture

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  1. What have you received today?

    Very crafty of your publisher, Ken. I already have your first edition (which is superb). Could you titilate us with a brief overview of whats in the working with brass shipbuilding chapter in the new edition?
  2. We want to make this CD as accurate and fun as possible but also affordable to everyone. Some of the higher end animations may not run on everyone's computers. We'll have to see how large the files are when finished. But chew on these for now. Denis is a genius!
  3. Yes, Dan, it will be available to all, most likely on a thumb drive as these files are huge!
  4. boat build commission requested

    I think perhaps professional ship model builders who take commissions are few and far between. In addition, many potential buyers are often shocked at the price of a commission (usually several thousand dollars). Is the buyer looking for a museum quality model? A model that looks good but not quite up to museum standards?
  5. If you really wanted to help the ship modelling community you would install an automatic cut-off feature wherein browsers of the MSW site would automatically be logged off after one hour of browsing. The message would be "Get back to your own ship model!".
  6. First Resawing Adventure

    Regarding the wood blanks for masts and spars I have had similar problems (I believe it's referred to as sprung wood). Jeff Hayes, formerly of the HobbyMill, was particularly adept at providing perfectly straight lengths of boxwood for mast and spars. I have some blanks of wood from him over a decade old that are still straight as a pool cue.
  7. I just tried out my new Porter Cable hot air gun for the first time and the results were astonishing! I bent a 1/8" boxwood strip, 1/2" wide, in several directions in less thank a minute. No water, no opening grain and no marks. It's almost as if the lignins are liquified and retain their new shape as the heat is turned off. Although not happy about ruining a perfectly good strip of boxwood I'm never going back to soaking wood and clamping in place until dry to bend. But be careful not to burn your fingers! I did use a blow dryer previously, as Chuck has demonstrated, and achieved mixed results but nothing comparable to the above. Here's a link for anyone interested. Thanks to Michael for exposing me to it (I believe) in one of his posts. https://www.amazon.com/PORTER-CABLE-PC1500HG-1500-Watt-Heat-Gun/dp/B004Q04X44/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1514407837&sr=8-3&keywords=hot+air+gun
  8. Yes Cliff, a picture is worth a thousand words. I, of course, am omitting the numerous intermediate photos involved in every step of the building process that Denis has included. I would highly recommend any Swan class model builders to wait until the work is finished as it is as valuable as TFFM texts are for building.
  9. Our Swan rendering guru Denis is already up to Chapter 9 in The Fully Framed Model. Those who have built a Swan class model will appreciate how detailed and perfect (unlike our models) his work is. Note the sandwiched leather between saucers in the second photo emerging from the pump within the cistern. Enjoy and Happy Holidays from Admiralty Models!
  10. Introducing myself

    Welcome aboard Steve. You may be interested in the work of Olof Erikson. Olof has built a Cutty Sark as well as Victory and Constitution...all in steel. Of course he has the advantage of being a master machinist and owns a large industrial manufacturing company where he also built his models in his spare time (or on the clock since it's his company). Here's a link to some photos of one of his models http://uniquesystems.com/u-s-s-constitution/. Do consider that a fully rigged (steel rigging of course) steel model of Constitution weighs 1300 pounds and requires a case 15' x 8' x 10'. This could upset some spouses. His Victory Model is featured in a two part Scale Ship Modeler Magazine (1990) article and this stainless steel model is an exact duplicate of Longridge's model in London, right down to the anchor stock planking of the hull.
  11. Not exactly what you were looking for but, if the Queen were on board your vessel you might expect to see furniture such as this: http://www.shipmodell.com/index_files/0ROYAL_CAROLINE3.html I don't believe you'll see finer furnishings on any ship (or dollhouse) model than these!
  12. Perhaps deletion of a log should not be an option available to us. Might be best done by a moderator.
  13. Beautifully built and finished model!
  14. For those of you curious about how an actual rudder was constructed, our resident 3D guru, Denis, has prepared these renderings for our Swan class model. These tabled joints would be very difficult to emulate on model (please give it a go Mark!) and virtually impossible to see unless you could actually visualize both sides of the rudder at the same time. When completed our 3D Swan class ship will offer a more complete (and historically accurate) treatise on contemporary ship building than the AOS series.
  15. Michael Mott mentions brazing vs soft soldering in a recent post. This begs the question how important is silver soldering at this scale? Do rigging stresses often cause soft soldered joints to fail? What other applications would favor brazing over soft soldering on our models? In my experience, I have found that soft soldering is easier and has a higher rate of success than brazing but perhaps because I do it so infrequently.