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About mtaylor

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  • Birthday 07/04/1948

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    Medford, OR
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    Model shipbuilding. Varied depending on the day.. :)

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  1. PBS Series The Vietnam War

    Al, To those of us who have lost relatives, friends, and acquaintances, it will never be forgotten. I'll always be appalled at the use of that chemical and our government's denials about the after effects.
  2. PBS Series The Vietnam War

    I liked that, Al, not as a like but as an "I acknowledge your pain". I'm saddened by this. Many vets and their children, as are the Vietnamese who were caught in the spray and their children are paying for the use of Agent Orange.
  3. PBS Series The Vietnam War

    Outstanding picture, Ken. Sent a shiver up my spine and stirred some memories. Lou, The bullet bouncers the Marines used were solid. Laminated steel and probably fiberglass as I think this was before Kevlar... Were you wearing the flack jacket like the grunts wore? It was a vest with steel plates that fit into pockets. Semper fi. Edit: Yep, it was before Kevlar.. Kevlar didn't show up in body armor until the late '70's or so.
  4. Pete, Look around in the scratch area at some of the French ships. By per chance do you have a copy of Frolich's "The Art of Ship Modeling"? It might help even with such things as the way cannon were rigged, etc. I think zu Mondfeld's "Historic Ship Models" also has such info.
  5. Pete, I don't know if you're only covering English ships, and I can't speak with 100% certainty, but the French didn't use "stoves" as such. The used "fireplaces" that were open on the front and top with large pots for boiling the food. Under the overhead beams were plates that directed the smoke to the chimney. The fireplace used for the officers could also roast meat. They also had ovens for fresh bread and "pastries". I'm not sure what is meant by "pastries" back than, however.
  6. Your artist is doing some magical work, Greg. I hope you'll show us more. The detail is incredible.
  7. Joe, I was going to comment the same thing as Wefalck. It does look like the column is in the front and not the rear. That is a nice machine however.
  8. Atlantis by Thistle17 - Robbe

    Just curious Joe, would rubbing compound fix it? Is it in the same spot? I wonder if there's a defect in the hull right there if is as I used to run into that way back when I did model cars.
  9. Simon, Search MSW for the ships you're interested in. It's probable that the model has been built at least once and often the builder will put info in the log about deficiencies, instructions, etc. Basically the good, the bad, and ugly.
  10. I hope that's a nice, heavy downpour of rain, Dr. Per. Looks like our rains will start on Friday and carry on for a week or so according to the Weather Channel. I hope so as it might give me shop time.
  11. Obviously long bur very productive days, Michael. Looking sweet in there.
  12. just what is a "scratch built model"?

    Hmm... interesting... so many variations of the definition. I'm using Hahn's plans, wood from various model suppliers. I turn the wood into the parts I need...buy some metal bits like eyebolts and blocks. I guess by some, I'm scratching, others: I'm hacking. Either way, it's fun, challenging, and very rewarding. Even bashing a kit has that effect on me. I guess, to me, that unless one is entering a competition, the definition isn't important but it's building that is.
  13. Question from a Newbie

    The super long strakes are usually kits. The bulkheads are usually too far apart for doing scale lengths on the decks and usually also the hulls. The 25 or so (varied by country and available wood) would be scale. Thus, it's your choice.
  14. I'll second Bob on the tools. However, I'll argue about the 'solid hull' as some can be quite complex. Do a search here on MSW for "beginner kit" or "beginner kits" and maybe "first build" (use the quotes to narrow the searches). There's quite a few good beginner kits out there and (humor alert) Victory is not one of them. I'd start with something simple like one of the cross-section kits or just a small craft to get a feel for them. Probably the small craft (rowboat or even one of Chuck's small ship's boat models as he has excellent instructions).