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About CaptainSteve

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    Apprentice Wood-Hacker (3rdClass)
  • Birthday 12/19/1965

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    Stand on a street corner ...
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    Inhale deeply ...
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    Shout "CaptainSteve !!!"
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    just as loud as you can.

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    Perth, Australia
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    Modelling (especially the detail stuff)
    History (especially research into my builds)
    Computing (Pseudo Code is King)
    Martial Arts (1st Dan TOGKA)

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  1. Do you have a green bottom?

    This thread might be a good place to start ... ... in particular, see the photos on pg2 by Dafi.
  2. Therapy for Shipaholics

    The man sounds in dire need of your help, Dr Per. Can you prescribe out of state ??
  3. Song Title Game

    Green Door - Shakin' Stevens
  4. My mistake, John. Where I typed "Select Edit Title", I SHOULD have typed "Select Edit Profile".
  5. John. If you mean like the "Apprentice Wood-Hacker 3rd Class" in my description, then go to your Profile (click on your picture). Select Edit Title (approx 1/4 page down on right). Then just edit your own Member Title (under Basic Info) to read what you want. Hope that answers your question.
  6. DRINK CAN RING-PULLS After the above entries, taken from USS Constitution builds that I follow on MSW, this one comes from my own build. I had noticed some iron-works marked on the plans. As this hull will eventually be copper-plated, I wanted to replicate these hull braces as an added detail. To my eye, the horseshoe-shaped front brace looked a lot like a drink can ring-pull … … so I salvaged a few for a trial. Holes were drilled to simulate the bolt-heads. The ring-pull ends were trimmed off. … shaping the bow hull-brace around a pencil-tip. Braces for the stern were cut from the rim of the drink can, annealed and straightened. … grooving out a seat for the stern braces. The horseshoe-shaped bow brace fitted into position ... …. and the stern braces also placed. The surface of the braces sits slightly proud of the keel. Since I am still a long way from planking and copper-plating my hull, a test was done to see how the braces would appear, once plated … ... NOTE TO SELF: Be more careful when coppering-over the holes.
  7. SHOELACES Browsing some of the logs that I follow recently, and I stumbled upon this idea by one of my favourite USS Constitution builders. Thanks to Tom (UsedToSail) for this idea to reproduce more realistic slings for the boats on his build. Over to Tom … “I have been doing some thinking about how to stack the two cutters on the waist rails. The plans show only the large cutter with cradles underneath and strong backs over the tops to hold it down. I could use the same method and use cradles on the small cutter to sit on the strong backs, but I thought they might stick up too high. In the AOS book, they show the small cutter inside the large cutter, with fenders between them. I liked this method better, but was struggling how to make fenders until one day, as I was tying my shoes, it hit me to try pieces of shoe laces. I bought some white oval laces and after cutting the pieces, I browned them using brown shoe polish. I was quite happy with the look.” Tom says that he first tried this with round laces, but it didn't look as good: Better success was had using a flatter lace … And a later pic from Tom’s build, showing the boats positioned on-deck …
  8. Let's see if we can get this thread back on track ... CHALK Perhaps the best method of recreating small, carved details can be found in XKen’s USS Constitution build log. Wood carving is a skill-set that can take years to master. One slip-up can mean having to re-do hours of work. But Ken has found an easier way. Here, he shows us how to use a piece of ordinary black-board chalk to carve the detail ends for his catheads. With Ken’s permission, I have lifted a few pictures from his log. I’m sure that his explanations speak for themselves … And here's the final result, in position on Ken's Constitution build.
  9. Hello from Perth, Western Australia

    Welcome to MSW, Peter ... there are a few of us Perth-ites here.
  10. You piqued my interest with this, Slog. Notwithstanding the plethora of guests mysteriously viewing the "So Where Do You Do Yours" thread, after having a brief read thru of just 16 pages of guest log-ins, another question crosses my mind. We're a model ship-building site. We've got pages and pages of photographs of some of the world's best craftsmanship. You wanna Google "old ship", you will be led to MSW (it's how I first found this place ... okay, so I had to add a few Boolean arguments). So why is it that hardly any guests are reading any of the build logs ?? THAT seems odd to me !!!
  11. In 1606, the small Dutch ship, Duyfken, sailed from the Indonesian island of Banda in search of gold and trade opportunities on the fabled island of Nova Guinea. Under the command of Willem Janszoon, Duyfken and her crew ventured south-east. They sailed beyond Os Papuas (Papua New Guinea) and explored and chartered part of the coast of Nova Guinea. They did not find gold - but they did find the northern coast of a huge continent: Australia. Captain Janszoon was the first European to map and record Australia, so Duyfken's voyage marks the beginning of Australia's recorded history. In 2017, a full-size, ocean-going replica of the Duyfken returned to visit Elizabeth Quay, Perth, Western Australia. These are some photographs taken of that exhibition:
  12. CaptainSteve's Bathtub - Vol3

    This is a heavily-bashed build of the MS kit of the Bounty Launch (scale 1:16). This boat sails under the watchful eye of my mate, CaptainAndrew.
  13. Therapy for Shipaholics

    Dr Per, Today I write requesting your urgent assistance to help those poor modellers, such as myself, who suffer from a most debilitating illness. That is, Addiction Confliction Determination Complex (AC/DC). Personally, I recently had a brief respite when, having finished Grand Theft Auto V for the fourth time, in a rare bout of lucid effort, I managed to complete an entire stage of my Bounty Launch build!! But, now, as the football season heats up to Finals conclusion (with mine own favourite team well in the mix), I can feel myself slipping yet again. Indeed, were they to release Elder Scrolls VI tomorrow, then I would surely be a lost cause. MSW stands at the vanguard of research into this disease. Indeed, I am aware that moderator Mark Taylor has a particular interest in AC/DC studies, having once famously declared that “a day without AC/DC is not a day”. (A rather callous statement from a leading researcher into this disorder, but, hey, at least it shows that AC/DC is at the forefront of his thinking.) No doubt you would be familiar with the Ice Bucket Challenge which is currently sweeping the internet, and raising large amounts for much-needed research into MND. Thus, I would like to suggest we organize some similar form of fund-raising to help those unfortunate members of our community who need our help. In a similar vein, I propose the Sawdust Challenge, whereby members submit videos in which they are having buckets of homemade sawdust tipped over themselves … OR donate $10 to MSW, in order that this organisation may continue their research into finding a cure for this terrible disorder. And, I, Captain Steve do hereby nominate Dr Per to accept my challenge. Help save the world from AC/DC. (Oi !!!)
  14. Airship

    Unique !!! I love it !!
  15. Arr !!! CaptainSteve 'ere. Recently promoted to Apprentice Wood-Hacker (3rdClass), aboard the USS Constitution (under Cap'n 'ull, 'is ownself, no less). Most all of us as ship-modellers, I suspect, strive to create as much realism as we possibly can with our models. Whether you class yourself as a kit-builder, scratch-builder (seriously, you guys truly are the Jedi-Masters of the model-ship universe!!), or something in-between; surely we look to make our models correct - aesthetically, technically and historically. Myself, I have discovered that I am a kit-basher ... a term I had never heard of prior to my discovering MSW. I unashamedly accept the title. As such, I often find myself looking at everyday objects through the eyes of a modeller. Fortunately, my job often sees me waiting in stores and various businesses, giving me golden opportunities to browse through their display stocks, whilst considering how some items could be trimmed/chopped/painted to become the perfect capstan/smoke-stack/cannon-ball or whatever. As such, I would like to start a new forum based upon everyday items which could be tailored into ship parts to enhance our models. [Please note that, with the recent change of name for this forum, I am familiar with the works of Douglas Adams AND have read his entire, brilliant "HHGTTG: A Trilogy in Four Parts"]
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