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  1. Thank you for the honest review! I love the few Ancre monographs I have and was interested in that one... I think I will steer away for the time being. Chad
  2. The Harbor freight bench drill press is one of the best bang-for-the-buck tools I've ever bought. The keyless chuck is surprisingly good for a HF tool and it's still kicking 8 (or so) years later. Matter of fact, when I bought my Taig lathe and needed a motor I found it was cheaper to buy another HF drill press when it was on sale and take off the motor than buy one online. I had the dremel drill press stand beforehand and it was so sloppy. I guess you could get away with it but for the price difference it's better to an actual drill press. Chad
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    Possible ebony substitute

    Holy smokes Michael- you could probably sell that ebony now and get a better return than if you had invested that $70 in the stock market! 😂 I can't argue with the messiness of ebony dust but i think the whole toxicity thing gets blown a little out of proportion. I'm all for substitutes, but I agree with Mike that IMO nothing really comes close to the beauty of finished ebony. i look forward to seeing the Lee Valley substitute in action, though! Chad
  4. I just picked up a Dremel Stylo+ the other day and so far I love it. I have been using a Dremel 300 with the flex shaft for quite a while but there has been something wrong with the speed control so i decided to break down and get a new one. The regular dremel tool always feels too bulky so the flex shaft is a nice addition, but even then I felt like I was always repositioning it so it didn't knock something off the workbench. I decided since I mainly use it for drilling angled holes and light sanding I wouldn't need a ton of torque. So far it has fit the bill perfectly. My favorite part it it feels even more nimble than the flex shaft handle and it weighs nothing so it's really easy to move around with it. It has variable speeds and juuust enough torque for sanding. I'm pretty sure if I pushed hard enough I could bog it down easily, but it has forced me to sand a little bit less agressively which is a good thing. I don't think it would be useful for anything outside hobby work, but then again that's exactly what it's designed for! Chad
  5. That looks awesome! Great work Joss!!
  6. Awesome- thanks for the quick response! So then for modeling purposes the newer version is the better way to go?
  7. Sorry to revive a two year old topic, but I'm wondering if there is any difference in information between the hardcover AOS book and the older softvover one?
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    Rip dad

    Sorry to hear KP. Sounds like he was an extremely talented man, and while maybe he didn't put his talents to use financially it sure sounds like those talents made a mark on you and maybe even the grandkids- which I would argue may be the best use! Best Wishes, Chad
  9. Just went back and saw your log for the Naiad... pretty excited to get in on the ground floor on this one! Can you point me in the direction of the plans or model for the Anson? Chad
  10. Very nice! Is there photos of the accompanying model somewhere? Chad
  11. Awesome The Amphion is such a beautiful ship! I'll have to keep a lookout for your eventual build log! I'm about 90% done framing out a model of the US Brig Eagle from the War of 1812. In typical me fashion it's been about 5 years since I started drawing the plans and it's been a slooow, researched to death process since then. I figure I'll start a build log once I'm doing something beside building a few frames every couple months.
  12. Finished this book recently and can also highly recommend it. I found it to be a bit Euro-centric in that it dealt mostly with England, France, Spain, and the Netherlands but I was OK with that. The book takes a more broad look at the war and concentrates more on fleet actions and naval strategy by countries and how it affected the tide of the war, vs looking at individual ship actions. Definitely recommended and I'll be searching out more of Sam Willis' books in the future!
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    Ship paintings

    More awesome work Jim! Please don't ever stop posting- I love logging on and seeing the notifications for new paintings! Chad
  14. Hello old friend! Just came across your log- nice work so far! You mentioned in your first post this is the filler model before working on another Bounty? Take Care, Chad
  15. ChadB

    Ship paintings

    Wonderful as usual Jim! How long have you been painting for? Chad
  16. Oh geez... it was right under my nose! Thanks Karl!
  17. Karl- Beautiful work as usual! What type of finish do you use on your pearwood? I believe I remember reading in one of your logs at some point but I could be mistaken. Thanks, Chad
  18. Absolutely beautiful Karl!!!
  19. Absolutely beautiful Karl, as is the case with all your work. After catching up on the last few pages of your log my eagle eyes caught one small detail of Le Requin that you missed- the front is missing! I kid, I kid.... Wonderful work! Chad
  20. Holy smokes! That's going to be huge model! I'm happy I'm getting in on the ground floor of your build and will be able to follow along! Chad
  21. Wow- just sat here and read through your entire log so far. As a few other Americans mentioned, the idea of a subscription model is totally novel idea to me. It's unfortunate something like this most likely wouldn't work here since newsstands are mostly found in cities (if at all anymore) and there's not enough hobby shops around to probably carry them. It seems like it would be a great fit for new modelers so I'm surprised when you mention people giving up- I would think if you bust a railing it would be way easier to go grab another magazine and try again than have to call the supplier or buy a whole kit again (or give up). I'm curious about the magazine- is it a standard modelling magazine or is it only directions/info on that installment of the model? What is the price weekly? Looking forward to following along! Chad

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