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  1. Thanks for the pics from NMM. Nice! When I was there (about 15 years ago) there was almost nothing to see - mostly lots of silly interactive displays for kindergarteners and hardly any models. Photography was prohibited without any exceptions, and the ban strictly enforced. If your camera is a SLR type, next time you take pics of models, try using a polarising filter and set the camera on Aperture priority, select the smallest aperture (biggest F number) for the greatest depth of field and mount it on a tripod (if allowed in the museum). The polariser will eliminate (or greatly reduce) glass glare reflections from model cases, but will slightly lengthen exposure time. Also, the small aperture (opening) will greatly lengthen exposure time, which the camera will automatically select. For these reasons, you'll unfortunately need a tripod, since hand held photography will almost certainly smudge the pics (you won't be able to keep the camera steady for such a long exposure time (usually about half a minute or longer, depending on the ambient light). DON'T EVER USE A FLASH!!! Use a cable release or self timer to avoid accidently shaking the camera with your finger during picture taking. You might also have to adjust white ballance to something like "Incandescent" setting, so your pictures won't turn too yellow. Thanks again!! :-) Thomas
  2. https://www.cnn.com/videos/travel/2018/09/19/the-hms-endeavour-could-finally-be-found-orig-tc.cnn
  3. Dan, May I ask what type of paper do you use for printing the designs? Regular, extra thick, matte, glossy photo paper...?
  4. Many years ago, when the SIS magazine was still owned by Clay Feldman, there was an article there about wood bending method by a German modeler Gebhard Kammerlander. He used a special gun with a crescent shaped head (he used to sell it). He would first soak the strips of wood in LUKE WARM water for a few minutes and with a medium heat applied, he would bend it like a pretzel. No need for a hot kettle, a curling iron, a hot lightbulb and such... Everything was easy and quick. You could add more to your bending or lessen it by bending in reverse direction. See the video here: Rather than buying this device from Gebhard, I modified my old soldering gun (80 W, 110 Volt Weller) by replacing its tip with a home made head - see pic. That way, I ended up with two tools - a wood bending tool and a soldering gun. The only thing I had to fashion, was a heat controling device, since the heat for wood bending is about 1/3 less than for soldering, otherwise you will burn your wood. I made it (following the advice from a stain glass class I once took) from an ordinary, cheap household dimmer available from house building centers and/or electrical supplies stores. I wholeheartedly recommend trying this method! See if it works for you.
  5. Dziadeczek

    syrenscompany ropewalk

    Aren't you supposed to allow one end of yout ropewalk to slide on the table (perhaps weighted with a ballast?) to allow your rope to shrink somewhat? Twisted rope is typically shorter than individual strands for about 25%. Perhaps that's the reason you broke your first rope...
  6. Dziadeczek

    What have you received today?

    Ron, A while ago I made such a "block rigging tool" from a piece of steel strapping tape I picked up for free from a local hardware store (scrap metal). I can place even a smallest (2 mm) block in the jaws of this tool and that allows me to strop the block with ease and without loosing it. Smallest blocks sometimes will require to redrill their holes a bit bigger to pass the rope through. Soaking the end of the stropping thread in white glue and rolling it in your fingers to sharpen it will ease the process of passing it through the hole (after the glue dries, off course!) By the way, notice that the ends of the jaws are filed a bit concave in order to hold the rounded up shape of a block better and with their entire surfaces, to prevent it from slipping away into the abyss.
  7. J. Boudriot in his "74 gun ship" details the cabins there, including the captain's cabin. Drawings and descriptions are given.
  8. If however you'd have decided to do it yourself and your models are in display cases, here is what I once did with my Billing's "Norske Loeve" (this was recommended once by someone from the old "Seaways" list). I obtained a large bag od styrofoam "popcorns" and simply gently filled out an entire case with them (built with plastic sheets, not glass, BTW. Lexan, to be precise) WITH the model inside, , making sure styrofoam fell into all crannies and corners in between the model and the case. Then, I carefully taped the case with a blue painters tape and placed everything in the trunk of my car (station wagon), laying it flat on soft blankets, and drove it to the new place. It was however not nearly as far as yours, just a few miles, but, to my astonishement, absolutely nothing happened to the model, after complete removal of the 'popcorns'. And the roads were not as smooth as one could imagine! You can obtain these styrofoam 'popcorns' in large bags from places like post offices or office supplies stores, like Staples or Office Depot. Something to consider, besides professionals...
  9. I have a handful of pics of the Constitution's carronades. Maybe they'll help?
  10. Have you tried a round head burr of appropriate size for a Dremel rotary tool? I find it to be much more delicate and accurate than ordinary drill bitts for these type of tasks.
  11. Dziadeczek

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    Nice model! Thank you!!!
  12. Mc Kay gives 18 inches for both lower deadeyes, and Longridge says 3/8 inch (0.95 cm) in your scale (1:48), which is about right.
  13. It used to be called Ventura County Maritime Museum, but since its move to the new location (2012) the new name is now Channel Islands Maritime Museum. Probably because it is located within the Channel Islands Harbor and in the near proximity to the Channel Islands National Park - a couple of dozen miles into the Pacific. Here is a link that might provide additional info: http://www.cimmvc.org/about-cimm/
  14. And yet another, recent revisit to the Museum resulted in still more pictures... Here they are: http://www.bluemelon.com/pstrykacz/channelislandmaritimemuseumoxnardca#page-60/photo-7011156 beginning with nr. 71 (California strawberries) and onward. Be sure to open them up in full size (original) format. Greetings to all, Thomas

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