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About Chidokan

  • Birthday 12/02/1957

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    my wife says my hobby is collecting hobbies..... main interests though are iaido, flyfishing, archery, and making stuff for those hobbies. Always made models, but favourites are ships....

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  1. one method I use for blackening iron sword guards is to apply shoe polish then put over a gas ring. I am lucky enough to work in a forge part time, so can use that for larger objects, but would think the best bet would be to use gun blue as a base and work from that?
  2. Fly Tying Tools

    I find the best thing I use is the spools for leader material... I store my rigging rope on them. The serrated scissors they supply for cutting deer hair seem to cut better when trimming off ends near blocks. The rest of the tools I wouldnt use, although a cheap vice, not the spring type, is useful for holding small detail parts when doing carvings or similar. Best thing I have is actually a spring grip probe from an oscilloscope... brilliant for getting in to pick up the end of short lengths when they are hidden inside other rigging!
  3. What have you received today?

    just back from Carlisle and my favourite bookshop.... £40 got me 'plank on frame models Vol 1' by harold Underhill, 'building a working model warship, hms warrior' by William Mowll, and 'AOTS Endeavour'! Bargain!!!
  4. Where do you come from

    Darlington UK, born and bred... I live about 1/2 mile from the worlds first public railway station. My side of the family has no naval connection other than the fact I make boat engines, but my wife's side of the family are related to that Cook family that had a captain in it.... because of this, I am tempted to do the Endeavour at some point for my grandkids. Maybe thats why her two brothers were in the Navy, something in the genes perhaps...

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