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  • Birthday 08/20/1962

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    Genoa, Ohio
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    woodworking, model ship building, target shooting and reloading
  1. Jud Yes with a little tweaking of the drawings I could probably come up with a Baltimore class hull. The Baltimore’s were only about 40 feet shorter and 6 foot narrower than the Des Moines class. The hull shape though is almost identical. If you sat the 2 different model hulls next to one another about the only difference would be the length. Bob and Nils Yes that is a custom built table just for this model. The risers under the hull are milled for certain spots along the sheer line and screwed to the deck. Then I screwed the risers to the table which resulted in the keel being parallel to the table. I did all this so I could use the table as a reference when marking out for the bilges, armor plates, shafts etc. Nils - Sitting is more of a necessity after I busted up my ankle a while back. I can’t stand for a long period of time before it hurts to a point were walking from one room to the next is difficult. Don
  2. David Most if not all of the hardware and fittings will be scratch built, a few exceptions my be some photo etched stuff from The Floating Drydock. The problem with this particular ship is that there was only three in the class; the Des Moines, Salem, and the Newport News. The Des Moines and the Salem were use as flagships for the Sixth Fleet and the Newport News was used as a flagship for the Second Fleet. The Newport News heavily modified and served into the Vietnam War, the Des Moines and the Salem were decommissioned around 1960 or so. It is much easier to find good plans and information on the Baltimore class as there were many ships built in that class and many had lengthy service. Luckily though the USS Salem CA 139 is a museum ship in Boston. There are many photos os her on the net which is a great help, I am not sure I could build a decent replica without those photos. When my dad was in the Med he said for a short peroid of time both the Salem and Des Moines were there together and was on both ship. He said they were almost identical except for a few compartments so I am confident that using those photos for reference will get me close enough. Don
  3. Thanks all for the likes Hopefully by starting this log it will keep me on track and moving along. This one project I want to keep moving and not drag on any longer than necessary. One my dad isn't getting any younger and two I want to get this beast out of my shop. I don't mind working on larger models but this one at times is a bit much. As I get the hull more complete I will be able to work on smaller sections at a time. This will help by having less moving around just to get one row of planks from the bow to the stern. Once I get it flipped over and start working on the superstructure there will be more to show not just the boring planking and sanding and more sanding. Don
  4. Hi Ben I have a 24x26 shop for woodworking and have basically the same equipment you do. I am on my second dust collector which is a 1.5 HP single stage, this works fine for what I use it for. I don't do as much woodworking as I used to so this works just fine. If I get another one I would probably go with a smaller cyclone type collector they are more efficient and easier to empty, especially if you do a lot of planing which creates lots of chips. For my modeling area which is in the house I use a Fein dust extractor which I just love. It is quiet and variable speed but more expensive than the typical shop vac. It is so much quieter than a shop vac which is great for inside the house. The dust deputy basically turns it into a two stage system catching almost all the dust and debris before getting to the vac keeping the filter cleaner and easy to empty. Don
  5. Thanks all After the last few years I am very excited getting back at it. I have a very supporting wife which helps a lot. I now leave the cell phone in another room and just check occasionally to see if someone actually needs me. I personally think they are highly overrated maybe I am just getting old and cranky. That seems to be the consensus of the kids. Don
  6. Thank you Richard is has been in the making for a long time. I have been adding to it for many years and trying to get all my toys before retirement while I am still working. Don
  7. Dr.Per - Yes you are correct in the corner is another table saw, it is an old MicroMark saw (about 25 years old) but about identical to the Proxxon. What you didn't see is all the stuff taped to the table getting it ready to go into deep storage only to be brought out in an extreme emergency. Tom - Yes this is one of the best deals I have gotten in a very long time and I'm sure I won't find one this good for a while. Don
  8. Chuck I am not sure why he did not edit his original post, he had all the correct information that is required of sellers. Granted if all that info was presented in the original post would have made things easier. I am very cautious when buying over the net and did not commit until I was sure of the transaction. After conversing with him several times and doing some vetting myself I was satisfied. I agree the format should be follwed especially since you and the moderators are very accommodating in helping people. I personally don't have a problem with a minimum of 25 or so post even though I dont have many posts, it really doesn't take to long to get them. I am sure that yourself and the moderators would have no problem working with the occasional person selling off stuff from an elderly parent or an estate as sooner or later this will happen to most of us, uunfortunately. Don
  9. Just to let everyone know the offer was legitimate. When I inquired about the offer he sent pictures and answered all my question and was a very pleasant gentleman to deal with. I think the tools as of the original post were packed up and in storage. He also offered PayPal sent as goods. The tools are unpacked and setup in my office where I do most of my building. Photos of the items bought With extra saw blades, belt, blank insert, taper jig, mic extended fence, extended miter gauge I realize I have few post but you can check out my post in new members, and I just started a log in scratch builds under USS Des Moines. Also a photo of my office where I do most of my building I also have a full woodworking shop attached to my garage. I bought this saw for a second saw so I don't have to change setups as much Photo of both saws He also had for sale a MicroLux Variable speed drill press for a great price also All were like new and work perfect Don
  10. Hi, I was a member of MSW; signed back up for MSW 2 but life got in the way of rebuilding my log on the new site. Well in the last 2-3 years; I have had both my kids finish college, get married (both within 2 months of each other - talk about a stressful experience). My daughter and her husband are expecting their 2nd child and my son and his wife are expecting twins in March. Add a new computer system at work (working lots of overtime) and another surgery on my ankle. Throw all this together did not leave much time to work on hobbies. I do follow some logs and topics though to keep updated. The current project I have been working on is the USS Des Moines CA 134. My dad served on this ship in 1958-59 so this goes to him when complete. I started log as I finally got some time to organize the pictures and put some text together. My other two projects are on hold (for the most part) until I get this one done. My other two projects are Model Shipways Armed Virginia Sloop (replacing almost all of the wood from the kit) and a scratch 1:32 model of Chucks Syren. Projects on Hold Arm Virginia Sloop (Model Shipways) Scratch build of Syren 1:32
  11. The USS Des Moines class heavy cruiser was the largest heavy cruiser ever built. It is similar to the Baltimore class except bigger and only 1 stack. The main difference is the Des Moines class has automatic 8” guns using an encased powder. These guns did not use bagged powder that was normally used in guns this large. The guns were capable of about 12 rounds per minute per barrel compared to the Baltimore class at about 6 rounds per minute. I am building this model for my dad which served on this ship from 1958-59 and has always wanted a model. I am finally getting enough time to give it a good go so hopefully it will all work out. The model is large about 88 inches (around 7.5 feet). Even at that size the scale is relatively small compared to the scale we traditionally build wooden ships. The reason I choose this scale is because I just hate working in a smaller scale than this. So he had a choice this big or no model at all. The first thing in starting the model was get some plans, most came from the Floating Dry Dock some time ago, scan them and inserted into CAD. It took a while to get them all sized and aligned properly. After doing that I found many errors in some of the drawings that took some time to get corrected. I then worked on getting the false keel and bulkheads printed out and cut up. The bulkheads that I had reliable information on and was fairly certain were correct; this was not a large enough number to make a sturdy hull. I then had to work backwards after that to get the shape of the remaining bulkheads. I did this by drawing in two bulkheads in between the ones I was certain of. I did all the drawings in CAD; this was a trial and error type of process that took some time. I then print them out, made a foam board template, temporary gluing them in place and started fairing them out. After I got some faired out I then used them as a pattern and cut out the bulkheads in plywood and glued in place. I started at the stern and worked my way up to the bow. I used ¼” Baltic birch plywood for both the keel and bulkheads. This was a fairly lengthy process but I am real happy with the results so far. I am presently working on the planking which is going along at a steady pace, just a lot of it. The planks are fastened to the bulkheads with glue and pin nails using an air nailer. It works great for this as it will all be filled and covered with a polyester resin. I am using 1/16” wood for the planking, mostly basswood but some beech was used also. I had some leftover beech so I used what I could on this then switched to basswood which I have a lot of. It does not matter what wood is used it will all get covered and painted. I am hoping to finish the planking sometime after the first of the year. Basic starting point Template process working my way forward with making new bulkheads Bulkheads and reinforcing the keel complete, just for size comparison the Arm Virginia Sloop sitting on top Planking to this point Don