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  1. I guess it was a bit long, but I'm sorry to see the small craft section go. It's the only bit I felt comfortable in. Martin
  2. That's the one! Thanks, James. I thought it was blue too! That site had more sections, including a small boat section, I seem to remember. Anyway, thanks for the confirmation. Cheers, Martin
  3. Floquil were the very finest model paints known to mankind....then they screwed it all up. In England you could get them from Victors of Islington, dealers in all things American model railroad. They shut down. So, next, I got my chum in Florida to buy and send me some. These, I noticed, had a different smell and didn't work so well. "Oh here we go", I thought, "unwelcome, unnecessary changes to formula". Same as cellulose and now they're even trying to foul up our use of the only decent paint left, enamel. I do use Vallejo for detailing figures as the pigmentation is denser than most and I can get it locally, but I hate acrylics generally. The only thing that should be water based is orange squash. I don't see why, when we have so much technology, we can't produce a "safe" replacement for the older paint media and damned water based muck is not it! But of course it was always perfectly safe. My Grandfather made his own paints. He would grind white lead and mix with oils into a paint that he would guarantee for ten years when applied to a London house. Try getting that these days. He died of something completely unrelated at a goodly age. My other grandfather, between cabinet making, restored old motorbikes and painted them with cellulose. He made his own wood stains and polishes. He too, died of an unrelated problem at a reasonable age. I have used all the so-called "wrong" substances all my life and am also approaching a reasonable age. I still spray cellulose from my dwindling supply and clean up all things with cellulose thinners, which, considering the lack of paint of that kind, is still freely available, oddly. If we make the world any "safer", we'll all die of boredom as there'll be little to sniff with a satisfied grin, like cellulose, enamel oil paints, Castrol R, St. Bruno, Valor parrafin heaters, road tar, etc. etc
  4. Oh, Gawd knows. I don't do pootahs beyond simple internet and image searches. I think it's sorted out now. Martin
  5. Dan, thanks for the link. I shall be going through that lot later.I wonder why so many opt for the HMS style of boat/ship when over on Gaff Rig International, people rave in great numbers about the simple elegance of a Galway Hooker or a Falmouth Quay Punt, a Leigh Peter Boat or a Tollesbury Smack. Or how about the unusual, almost odd nature of a Norfolk wherry, a Shetland Sixareen or a North Eastern Coble? So much variety, so much interesting specialisation and local design and build practices. Lines drawings in Edgar March's books, photos everywhere. Jutta thought, Eccles, as the Goons would have said. Martin PS, this post didn't appear, but came back to my e-mail account as a "Mailer Daemon"!! How could that happen?
  6. Thanks E.J., for the kind welcome. Cheers, Martin
  7. Thanks for the welcome, Mark. Martin
  8. I should have said....if you can take something of a Maverick, then I'll stick around. I worked as a professional modelmaker for years till I retired and still keep my hand in, so I might have strange ways, as Gentle Giant used to sing, so sweetly. Cheers, Martin
  9. Thanks for the very nice welcome. As to a build log I don't know. I don't like to promise something then not deliver because I'm busy with other things which often happens. And as I said, I don't tend to do much on boats in the Winter, although my intention to make 1/4" scale inshore craft might change that as they won't be for use, just display I do have a Norfolk Wherry started and a model of our wooden canal boat, on which we lived for 5 years and cruised the British Midland canals. She was wooden right through, "but not as we know it, Jim" A wooden boat, massively built with a kelson, but no keel! Where we had to make our own water proofing from pitch, tar, horse poo and cow hair! Also, the hull is a bit of a mess as it was knocked up quickly and as it has to be black, like all good English yachts it will be epoxied, filled, etc. Not something to see. But I could do a log of all the other bits. I have an outdoor shed where the hull is and an indoor workshop where I do anything that takes my fancy, like the above decklights and the masts and spars. I made the gaff jaws and saddle last night, but must wait till I complete my minidrill stand before drilling them. I started making a ropemaking machine today, but have no way of drilling vertical holes......actually, it's just occurred to me.....I can drill them on the lathe against a pad in the tailstock! Haha, off we go then. Cheers, Martin
  10. Thanks for the welcomes, folks. Here's a deck light made for the working model of Vanity. Dovetailed joints on the casing and mortice and tenon joint on the lids. Cuban Mahogany, 2 coats of cellulose sanding sealer, ready now for varnish. Cheers, Martin
  11. I weeded three of four borders and filled 4 bags of it. Took the bags to the tip and found that kneeling for 4 hours and then being expected to climb foot high stairs carrying heavy bags don't work. Fortunately a helpful younger lad in the car in front took em up and threw them in. I didn't realise my knees had given up as I live on one level. Raining today (thank heavens). Martin
  12. I bet there are no forums for those! Martin
  13. I think it must have been when this one merged with NRG. It certainly has fewer separate sections than the one I was thinking of and does seem to be the definitive serious ship model forum. Oh well, everything, it seems, changes, for good or bad or no apparent reason at all! Martin
  14. Thanks for the welcome, Eddie. I may go quiet in the winter as I only do boats in the summer months in the, so far, feeble hope I'll get one afloat! But the truth is, I probably don't actually care if they float or not. In which case I have some very big boats hanging around! Martin
  15. Thanks for the welcome....if that is relevant, as I may have been here before. Has the format changed in the last year or so? I'm in England David and I am a terrible tub thumper. I just can't do foreign stuff. OK, ships are not so bad as cars and railways and of course, mahogany speedboats are almost unheard of over here, except for imported ones. So it is indeed, to America and especially Canada that I turn for subject matter. But my liking for inshore craft is strictly Edgar March. I always fancied a round the coast collection of indigenous inshore craft in 1/4" scale. Cheers, Martin