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  1. Thanks to both of you for your replies. I'll give acrylic paint a go, using Frankie's described method.
  2. I'd be grateful for any advice folk might have about the practicality of using acrylic paint instead of acrylic ink to dye rigging. Having read advice on the Forum from Mahuna and others, I decided to experiment with acrylic ink mixed with isopropyl alcohol. This has worked well and, like Mahuna, I've decided to use various combinations of black, brown and raw sienna for the standing and running rigging. Incidentally, I'm using DMC Cordonnet thread spun up on Chuck's Rope Rocket. My problem is sourcing ink at a reasonable price. I've found economy size bottles of black and brown, but raw sienna ink only seems to be available in small 30 ml/1 fl. oz. bottles. However I've found raw sienna acrylic paint in 150 ml bottles for the same price as the much smaller ink bottle. I've googled the difference between acrylic paint and ink without much success - from what I can gather the ink has finer particles and greater fluidity which makes it a better choice for airbrushing. However other sources say paint can be used to dye fabrics. Before I shell out on some paint and test it for myself, does anyone have experience with using it to dye rigging successfully, and are there any specific techniques involved? Thanks Derek
  3. I agree that shipping and other import duties from the US can be a pain (otherwise I’d buy up a lot more of Syren's stock!). However books aren’t usually too bad. I’ve just ordered the Jim Roberts book from the US via amazon.com for $14.99 + $4.44 shipping to the UK - just over £14 total. Not as cheap as yours though! Derek
  4. Hello from spain to everybody

    Many thanks - I look forward to seeing your build log.
  5. Hello from spain to everybody

    I agree with everyone else Javier - your work is superb. I’d love to see more examples, and details of your construction techniques (I showed my wife your pictures and she is now asking why I can’t make my models as small as yours as they would take up so much less space in the house!). Best wishes Derek
  6. Cunk on Britain

    The BBC describe this series as "mockumentaries". I hope no-one is taking them seriously?!...
  7. I find the black coated wire a bit too shiny for my taste. I've tried black iron wire (from wires.co.uk) with some success. It's a dull dark gray, rather than pure black, but to my eye that looks more realistic for ironwork. Others have pointed out that iron rusts, but so far I've not had that problem. A coat of matt varnish should keep the air and moisture out (I hope!). Derek
  8. Thanks for the tip. I looked for it on Amazon just now and saw that it is free to read if you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited. It’s a while since I’ve found a new maritime author so I’m looking forward to reading it. Derek
  9. Yup. Just tried clicking well under the arrow and it works! Anywhere near the arrow doesn't work. Oh well, all part of life's rich tapestry. I'll get back to more trivial stuff now.
  10. Just tried it on my PC - standard Windows 10, 64 bit system. The up arrow doesn't work in either Chrome or Edge for me. But then I had neither used it nor even noticed it before, so I don't miss it!
  11. 4.jpg

    Beautiful planking/lovely model - you must be very pleased!
  12. Good question. According to my dictionary (O.E.D.), period has many meanings including: "attributive = belonging to a particular period, e.g. period costume". I guess this usage assumes the reader or listener understands which period is being referred to from the context. So for example in a discussion about Shakespeare's Macbeth the statement that the actors were in period costume would tell you that they were dressed as 11th century Scots. However I suspect 'period' is used in a slightly looser way in relation to ship modelling. When I hear the term 'period ships', I tend to think of naval vessels of the Georgian era, but that's only because that's the period I'm most interested in. I'd be intrigued to know if others have a different/better take on this? Derek
  13. Got mine - really good value. Thanks for the tip!
  14. Syren Serv-o-Matic

    Thanks Jim. I’ll follow your advice.
  15. I've just had my first go with the Syren Serv-o-Matic. As with the Rope Rocket that I used for the first time last week, I cleaned off the laser char and applied a couple of coats of varnish. I really felt this was worth the trouble, to bring out the fine cherry. As with the Rocket however, I made the mistake of assembling the components before varnishing them. I was too impatient, and assembled both machines before realising it was then harder to apply the varnish - especially without gumming up the moving parts. I should have followed Chuck's instructions, which as usual are comprehensive and well illustrated. A couple of points I would emphasise from my own experience. First, it really is vital to ensure all the gears move freely - to the extent that they almost feel loose and sloppy. If you watch Chuck's short Youtube video you'll get an idea of how everything should move, powered by just one finger. Another point Chuck makes in the instructions that I would echo is the importance of getting the right tension in the rope being served - too loose and it is difficult to get the serving thread to lay on properly; too taut and the rope will pull the handles in to the machine ends and make the gears too stiff to turn freely. I quickly found there is a knack to serving. It's not super difficult, but it does need practice. I experimented on a piece of light coloured rope for contrast, which tends to highlight the mistakes. I'm not sure how easy it is to see in the picture, but the serving starts out a bit gappy and lumpy on the lefthand side, then gets better towards the right as my technique improved. Also, I should have used a less 'hairy' serving thread. Being hand powered, it's a simple matter to put mistakes right; as soon as you see a gap, or you overlap the serving thread, you just reverse direction to before the error and then continue. In summary, another useful addition to the workshop which I'm looking forward to using in conjunction with the Rope Rocket. Derek

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