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  1. And still to this day, "Madame, there IS no second."
  2. Riggers' Loft
  3. Blockhead
  4. How about a "Topic" on Shop safety, and under that, threads on: - Toxic Materials Handling and Precautions - Corrosive Materials Handling and Precautions - Flammable Materials and Fire Safety - Eye Protection - Hearing Protection - Breathing Protection - etc etc etc
  5. Mark, During a period of "downsizing" severances and early retirements where I worked, our version of the mushroom was "they keep you in the dark, they feed you ..... and when you're old enough, they can you."
  6. Bill I should have been more specific. I opened it with OpenOffice 4.1.2, running on Windows 7 Pro
  7. I just downloaded it, and it opened as "read only" but I "saved as" and re-opened the saved version and it runs ok
  8. My favorite quote about the America's cup was after the court ruled against Conner, but before he won on appeal. One of the news guys said: "Dennis Conner is the only man to lose the cup twice - once to better sailors, and once to better lawyers." I miss the days when it was economically feasible for a dozen teams to mount a challenge, but I have to admit I watched the last cup races with rapt attention.
  9. Should you decide to clean up or refinish the stock, here is a link to the US Civilian Marksmanship Program web page with their suggestions on the topic:
  10. John, Here's one source; 2 sizes and they do look handy.
  11. CDW Worse - an engineer, spawned by a PAIR of lawyers
  12. and it looks like you got 17 of the large cannons, not 16
  13. This has bee an interesting thread to follow. Question for those who have studied this far more than I: Is it valid to use experience with modern weapons using modern, smokeless propellants and muzzle velocities of Mach 3 or more to cannon used in the age of sail? Black powder gives more of a "whoomf" than a "bang" and as best I can find, muzzle velocities were less than or maybe equal to the speed of sound so the sharp "crack" is missing. And the total energy was far less. Back in the day, they maybe lobbed a projectile small enough for you to carry, over ranges of hundreds or maybe a thousand yards. The big 16" guns on 20th century battleships sent projectiles weighing on the order of 2,000 pounds over distances of 20 miles or so. Just curious what others may think about this aspect.
  14. Don't Get Mad - Get Even:
  15. Messis, I don't know how to do this, but I'd suggest you experiment with some scrap fabric material and different stiffening materials, mixes and application techniques before treating the sails on your model. And please let us know what you find that works and doesn't work. Good luck,