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  • Birthday 03/06/1938

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    The USA, wood model ships, Naval history, aviation, Firearms of all types

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  1. tigerdvr

    Retired from modeling, but not gone

    Prayers for Kevin, strength and patience for the parents, skill and wisdom for the surgeons.
  2. The lime wood gun deck was progressing nicely until I blew up the planks around the base of the foremast. I was using progressively larger drill bits to make the 7/16 opening. As the pictures show, things went array. Got good practice at repairing damage. After making pilot holes I used a small sander to shape the holes for the fore and main masts, just drill bit and files for the mizzen. Lesson learned. Cheers, Harley
  3. Hi Svein, really nice work on your Syren. Enjoying your log. Your lanterns are a good addition. I chose to copper plate my Syren without the nail heads. I rationalized that the nail heads were not obvious unless you were really close to the ship. I admire all of you that have taken the time to stamp the plates. There is one fault though my friend, your work area is entirely too clean and neat.😊 How would you find anything?👀 Regards, Harley
  4. Greetings Doris, this will be short & sweet-wow, just, wow. I can sit back and enjoy your log now. The lady is very skilled with the camera to. Thanks for sharing Cheers, Harley
  5. Greetings J, just found your page, nice work. I get captivated by anything I haven't worked with before so Legos hold a bit of a fascination for me. Although I have only seen a bit of your work there are some monsters out there like a battleship bigger than the builders garage, 200 and some pounds. Intend to follow your work and hope it isn't contagious. Cheers, Harley
  6. Chuck Would not seeing how planks are spiled by a professional be a great training tool/method? Having an good example in your hands brings much more meaning to the printed instructions of "how-to". IMHO that's as close to having a professional like you looking over my shoulder and guiding me through the process. Cheers, Harley
  7. Outstanding shading has really brought out the character of your build. Well done.
  8. Great Cabin Checkerboard The gundeck hatch coamings and compaionways are finished and will be glued to the false deck. I can hardly believe that I’ve reached the point where I can start laying down the gundeck. It’s almost two years since the keel was laid but that includes a hip replacement for me and taking care of an ailing Commodore. From what I have been able to research, the checkerboard pattern on the deck in the great cabin was painted canvas nailed to the deck. I have chosen to run the gundeck planks all the way to the stern and add my own “canvas”. I scanned the checkerboard but couldn’t figure out how to flip the image to get a one piece canvas. The plans only show the port side. After I spent considerable time and eye strain putting checkerboard panels together to form the “canvas deck covering”, I found that my computer error was in scanning in a pdf format. Scanning in .jpg gave me the ability to flip the image and then join the images into one canvas deck covering which will be applied to the deck and sealed. Attachments show working through the project. I think it will work out fine. Harley
  9. After a break for work in the armory I am back to the shipyard. The margin planks and waterway have been laid down. Braces were used to make sure they stayed in place while the glue dried. The coamings, gratings, etc, were constructed and will be stained and glued down. I had completed the stove previously so it's ready. Next will be the great cabin deck and then the gun deck which will be lime wood and kept light as in holystoned. Cheers, Harley (Sorry for the last picture, it was unintended and I wasn't able to delete it)
  10. I've spent some time on the American Eagle Schooner out of Rockland. Wonderful experience. Those schooners are something special. Your Latham is a very strong inspiration to tackle the kit. Thanks for sharing. Cheers, Harley
  11. You couldn't turn a hull over for planking. If your ship's stem and stern were strong enough you could adjust the fore and aft clamps to work on the deck for instance. I just stick some pieces of firm Styrofoam under the side I want elevated to get a slant as needed. Harley
  12. I've been using mine for a couple of years now. Big enough to easily handle the ME Confederacy. Configuration is very flexible. I've even used some the parts independent of the base. You won't use all the fixtures all the time. The wing nut idea is the way to go. Is it better than what works for you right now? Probably not but I think it's pretty handy and have not been tempted to use anything else since I got it. Cheers, Harley
  13. JMHO but I think the untreated one looks closer to the picture of the real deck. Main battery keeps getting better, thanks for the ruler. hjm
  14. The main battery is really looking good (JMHO). Great pictures too. It would be interesting to occasionally have a ruler alongside the piece being photographed. Cheers, Harley
  15. The other pictures show the aft eyebolt the same size as the ones on the sides being used to run the slide out. The slide that ah100m pointed out is a bit different with regards to the eyebolts. The smaller fitting may be part of the elevation adjustment apparatus, I'm just guessing on that.

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