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Geoff Matson

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About Geoff Matson

  • Birthday 08/07/1947

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  • Location
    Harvard Illinois
  • Interests
    Presently building MSW Constitution and working on the Masting and Rigging part

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  1. Geoff Matson

    Getting Back Into The Hobby After 45+ Years

    Welcome to MSW. Look forward to having you around.
  2. Geoff Matson

    Rigging Tip

    I rigged as much of the lower foremast off the model as I could. Now when I installed the mast I needed something to keep the pre rigged lines off the model and not get snagged on anything. I picked up a couple of those plexiglass picture frames that you slide the pictures in between the plexiglass. I placed one on each side of the model to hold the lines off. Then I could work on the lines without snagging or getting caught on anything. It worked great as I was installing the swifter.
  3. I made a little progress today. I have the swifter lines on the foremast roughed in. I rigged as much of the foremast off the ship to make it as easy as I could. When I did this I needed a way to hold the rat nest of lines off the model and not get snagged on anything. I picked up a couple of those plexiglass picture frames that you stick the pictures it. They work great keeping the lines from getting caught on the model.
  4. Geoff Matson

    New way to mount your mast

    Some times the wording is tricky. Here is the link https://www.amazon.com/s/?keywords=quick Stick Holding Wax Remember just experiment with it. It works for me and I like it.
  5. Try this https://www.amazon.com/s/?keywords=quick Stick Holding Wax The name may be confusing. Hope this helps>
  6. Geoff Matson

    New way to mount your mast

    jct, I think you will like it. The price is right. The doll house people use it to mount doll house pictures on the wall andset furniture in place. It is great to mount you masts, and then if you need a tweak, just turn it a bit.
  7. I am getting close to installing the foremast. I was often confused about whether to clue it or leave it loose and let the rigging keep it in place. I know if I glue it, I will break it and be screwed. If I just set it in the mast hole and let the rigging hold it in place, it will twist, and I will be screwed. I came upon another method that I am going to use. It is a product called Quick-Stix remove-able wax. I purchased it on Amazon for $5.00 .My wife has a friend who builds miniature doll houses and uses it all the time. It is a soft wax that sticks to what it is applied too. It holds the item firm in place. If you need to remove it, ok. If you need to tweak it, ok. I feel it will be great on the masts and bowsprit. Just put a little ball of the wax on the bottom of the mast and stick it in place. It will hold them in place, while the rigging is done. If you have an accident, you can remove it. You could use it in many instances while modeling.
  8. I am getting close to installing the foremast. I was often confused about whether to clue it or leave it loose and let the rigging keep it in place. I know if I glue it, I will break it and be screwed. If I just set it in the mast hole and let the rigging hold it in place, it will twist, and I will be screwed. I came upon another method that I am going to use. It is a product called Quick-Stix remove-able wax. I purchased it on Amazon for $5.00 .My wife has a friend who builds miniature doll houses and uses it all the time. It is a soft wax that sticks to what it is applied too. It holds the item firm in place. If you need to remove it, ok. If you need to tweak it, ok. I feel it will be great on the masts and bowsprit. Just put a little ball of the wax on the bottom of the mast and stick it in place. It will hold them in place, while the rigging is done. If you have an accident, you can remove it. You could use it in many instances while modeling.
  9. Geoff Matson

    How to sharpen a file.

    I was a horseshoer for 40 years. I used files and rasps to work on horses feet. I would use it first to trim and level the hoof. When the file or rasp got tired of that job I would use it finish the horse's foot. Doing this job was half going over the hoof wall and half going over the nails and edge of the shoe. Kind of half hoof and half metal. When the rasp or file got tired of that job I used it on metal when making horseshoes. When it got tired of that job I used the old rasp or file to make things out of like knives. I got a lot of use out of one file that way. For modeling I would use the file first for wood. Then went it got tired of that I would use it on metal. After that you are pretty much done with it. Remember a new sharp file will do the job right. Once it is dull all you are doing if buffing the wood. Hope this helps.
  10. Geoff Matson

    Constitution by jfinan - BlueJacket

    I just found your build. It is nice to see how the Bluejacket kit comes together. You did a great job on fairing the hull and shaping the bulwarks. I will be looking forward to following the rest of build.
  11. I have used both on guns as well as the chain. This is just a little stronger medium. I got his one from the gun area at Walmart. Another benefit of living in the country. It looks good and I find it easier than painting. When I mount the bow sprit I will post a picture. I am holding off on the bowsprit for as long as I can. I am afraid I will break something. Once I get to the stays I will have to mount it.
  12. I blackened my gammoning chain with Birchwood Casey which can be purchased at any gun store. I cleaned the chain in white vinegar and then dipped it in cold water. This chain will be used on the bowsprit. The chain is the 21 links to an inch chain that came with the kit.
  13. KHauptfuehrer, I used the square wood strips for my masts and spars. I sanded them to to size. I used a metal drill guide to help me get the proper diameter. The metal drill guide acted as a draw plate.
  14. I am enjoying watching your progress with your build. It is great to see the detail you are adding. I look forward to your continued progress.
  15. Fall is here and I am all ready to bring my Conny out of dry dock and back into production. I have taken time off to get other things done and get my interest back into the labor of love. I am getting ready to set the foremast and begin my rigging process.

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