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  1. I can’t figure out how to selectively clean out my mail box. I can only figure how to totally empty it. I read through 19 pages of questions about the forum but did not find out. Kurt
  2. Finally! That wouldn't work on my ipad, when I would go to check the box it would just open the message. When I did it on my PC of course it worked. My problem was an Apple one. Kurt
  3. I just came across a new shape (to me) scalpel handle. I like to use scalpel blades in modeling and have tried different handles. I never liked the fat ergonomic ones. This is a number 3. It feels like an xacto handle. The best part its only 4.99 on eBay. An xacto feels like a natural extension of my hand after so many years. Kurt
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    new to me scalpel handle

    I would never use a scalpel for anything but very very fine work. The blades don’t have much strength and can snap. I really won’t use an xacto either. I have a number of wood carving knives that I use for any heavy duty chores. Kurt
  5. Ed, Thanks for the answer. I’m sure I’ll find the dust jacket, I put some place safe, but forgot where that was. I guess pretty soon I’ll be able to hide my own Easter Eggs. Kurt
  6. You can line the metal ones also. I usually put a piece of wood or cardboard between the wood surface and clamp when I use the metal ones or when I use C clamps too for that matter. I always thought the miniature wooded clamps would be nice to have. I really should try and make some. Kurt
  7. Sorry I must have have hit something by error. I was going to say Engineers or a very similar mindset. I'm not, but had learned the how to approach a task from their point of view. Which is funny because I have always done the opposite in my personal life. I'm just curious because, the results definitely shows that it works. As they say "inquiring minds want to know".
  8. Ed, I have a personal question to ask you, what was your profession before you retired? It may have been discussed before and if it had I missed it. It may have been on the dust jacket of your book, which I took off and can't find ( weird habit I have, I don't want the jacket to get torn, so instead it gets lost). Anyway I always wonder, if skills from a person's daily life transition into their model building life. Your meticulous attention to detail and the logically planned sequence approach to building individual segments of your models reminds me of the friends I have who are Engineers, or very simila .
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    Huricane Florence

    My thoughts exactly. Hang in there! Kurt
  10. Ed, I’ve been following your builds and I have begun Vol 1 of the Young America and I know I’ll enjoy every page. I would rather read than watch TV and certainly love good fiction. But books like yours are my favorite. I got hooked on Longridge’s Victory and Cutty Sark books in he 1970’s, Underhill too, and read them several times each. Now its your turn. I have to save up for Vol 2 and 3. Thanks. Lottsa quality time coming up! Kurt
  11. I have no interest in Facebook, etc, partially because I feel like we’re being forced into it. I guess I’ve become my father. Fortunately I don’t see that as a bad thing. As far as Email, Yahoo and AOL have been selling off info for years for targeted advertising. They say no personal info like SS numbers, but ...... So I’m in agreement. Kurt
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    I was just scrolling around and came upon this image at Imodeler.com. I passed on from my submarine phase, but I thought this was just so cool and showed some really great imagination and the skill to bring the idea to reality. The guys name is Won-huh Lee. You can see the next torp about to strike. Amazing.
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    new to me scalpel handle

    Just an update on the scalple handle after using it a little bit I think its garbage. It looks cool but thats about it. The rear portion screws off, which it does by itself. It’s more cheaply made than a standard XActo. I did get the Bard Parker 371070. It is nice but it should be for a real scalple. They go for over $100 when new. Mine’s not, so $10 isn’t too bad. It will take a while to get used to the thinness where you hold it. As intended there would be no resistence when using so a very light touch would be fine. Using on wood, etc, I’m not sure yet how comfortable it would be trying to hold it more firmly. I guess you could put tape or silicone tubing where your thumb and forefinger would go. We’ll see. Kurt
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    Thanks! Some people have amazing talent. I like the part where he says the sub takes 5 hours. That can't include everything, if it does he really IS amazing. Kurt
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    I think he has explosions pretty well nailed, too!
  16. This is something new for me, I've never posted a build before. Several people have suggested that I do one. Up until now, I hadn't really wanted to commit to one. I have always loved following builds, but was always disappointed when some just stopped or had large periods of inactivity. I can't promise either won't happen here, or how often it will be updated knowing me, but I'll do my best. So, I recently obtained a Model Shipways Yellow box kit of the Newsboy 1854 from an EBay bid for a reasonable price. That's also something I've never done before. I'm not sure exactly how old the kit is, probably late '60s or early "70s (At least after 1964 according to the plan copyright). I had one of these kits around then, but screwed it up. The Newsboy has always been one of my favorite ships, she's like a miniature clipper. The model is based on plans by George F Campbell for Model Shipways. Approx 1980 Erik Ronnberg came up with a modified version of her feeling she was too English looking in her deck layout. I plan to model her in the original kit design. The orginal ship was a 290 ton Brigantine ( The rig is a hermaphrodite brig without square sails on the main mast). It was launched June of 1854. She was desinged by D. J Lawlor, built at the Adams and Brown shipyard in Owl's Head, Maine and owned by Dabney & Cunningham of Boston. She was envolved in the Triangular Trade between New York, the Mediterranean and the West Indies carrying different types of cargoes specific to those destinations. Length 111' 0" Beam 27' 0' Draft 11' 0" Pete Jaquith, has been kind enough to share his build notes of his model with me. I hope he resumes his build again soon (one of these large periods of inactivity). I was really pleased with the condition of the hull, and the quality of the wood. It puts to shame the current solid hull offerings. I am guessing the hull was carved on an old shoe last duplicator. If anyone does know please let me know. I know from wood carving that most of the blanks used for carving around that time period were. I saw one of the machines at the place I took woodcarving lessons at about 25 years ago, the machine was second or third hand and pretty old by then but could make several exact copies of a master at one time. The kit fittings are lead, so they won't be used. I hope to scratch build most, and modify some current BlueJacket Britannia fittings which are a tin, antinomy and copper mix. The figurehead, I am going to try and carve out of boxwood or pear, or at least recast in resin. Of course Chuck's blocks and rope will be used. I may or may not plank over the hull as Pete did, and may paint instead of copper the ships bottom, Don't know yet, I have a little time to decide. The plans where a bit discolored with age but still in good shape. I managed to get a back up set from a fellow in England and still another from Frank McMahon (Mahuna), whos build of the skipjack Kathryn is amazing. Talk about redundance. Alex Bellinger, who's ninch is Ships in a Bottle also shared some information with me. He's built no less than 6 Newsboys so far and number 7 is supposed to be in the near future. So far I've just started in making up templates for her. Kurt
  17. Pete, I’m really thankful for your input. It has given me the advantage of knowing there is a bump in the road up ahead and how to avoid it if posslble. That is why you have to start your build up again. I’m going to need a lot of help and with your professional background its that much more meaningful and appreciated. Hopefully fall will come soon and you can start working on Newsboy again. I think this model is worth the effort to correct her minor faults. Right at this point I know what needs to be done, but I’m still trying to figure out just how I want to do it. Actually overcoming any faults with this model is much more satisfying than if everything just went perfectly from the get go. So ... get back to work!
  18. Okay, This is the stern profile, and I can see what Pete means. I don't think I'm gonna rebuild the transom area. I'll probably glue some vertical pieces to the transom and add a piece in that gap above ( pointing down) of line F. That kinda looks what like Pete did except his transom piece is horizontal. The first picture is mine, the second is Pete Jaquith's solution. It will all be planked over. Any suggestions?
  19. For sure! Once I have the profile, I’ll flip the hull on its side with both rails verticaly perpendicular to my work surface ( a piece of glass). Then I make sure a point centerline at bow and stern are the exact same height from the glass, and block the hull in that position. Then I take a marking gauge ( like for waterlines) and mark the center line completely around the hull. I’ve found that to be the easiest for me to get the line correct on the deck, even the deck has several layers. I used to do the line very first thing on the keel the try to carry it up the stem and stern. Not to bad, but carrying down to the deck would drive me nuts! I even tried laser levels and such. As long as things are perpendicular and the bow and stern the same height, this works good for me. No sweat, eazy peazy ( finally after all these years).
  20. The bow profile, has been shaped. As you can see there is a lot of meat to be removed when I reach that point shaping sections 1 and 2. This ship has a nice clipper bow so everything should will eventually be very sleek in that area (I hope). Next to shape the stern. The template is exactly on the money where the stern post meets the keel except when machining one side is missing a piece where the cutter wandered. I'll just glue in a patch before I shape the profile. Pete Jaquith has told me he had to add some wood to stern area to get the proper shape. If I find that to be the case, instead of cutting out and adding a single block of wood, I'll laminate the block from pieces in various directions to minimize end grain on the counter and transom. I've done this before with each layer being made up of about there or four pie shade wedges staggered so it looks like a curved brick wall. It gets pretty strong and the advantage is I can cut most of the inside surface before its attached. It will probably be planked over so it won't be seen.
  21. I began cutting the bow profile to shape this morning, and I'm now reasonably sure that the wood is Basswood, especially cutting across the grain. Originally I wasn't sure if it might be Poplar, because it looked slightly different from the Basswood I'm used to. But I'm not used to Basswood that's been setting around for 50 years. I guess I look a little different from setting around more than that. Kurt
  22. Painting of the Newsboy 1855, not sure of the artist. choose files... Click to choose files
  23. You go it! If that was obsolete, Lowes and Home Depot wouldn’t still sell them. Its all kind of an art, especially with hand tools. At my club there are several guys who have taken some of the old Scientific kits which I always though were real garbage, but I guess back in the day they weren’t. Anyhow they have made them into incredibly beautiful models by anyones standard. Kurt

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