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  1. http://www.necn.com/on-air/as-seen-on/leaving-dry-dock_NECN-436347993.html
  2. TseMyk 25

  3. Great blog, lots of interesting articles. Thanks for posting!
  4. Cool! For additional fun, here's a list that these guys put together of other intrepid small boat sailors: http://www.microcruising.com/famoussmallboats.htm
  5. Thanks John, Joe, miss you guys too. Work has just been taking most of my energy lately--I've been making a lot of stuff, but all client work--I haven't touched my models in far too long. Meanwhile, I'm enjoying watching Sal and the rest of you doing wonderful things...
  6. Really nice work Sal! As far as making the physical parts, working as you are in the same size as your intended physical model is a huge advantage, as it allows you to start "distorting" some elements to size them to common stock, whether wood, brass, or model railroad-type (Grandt Line, Titchy Train, Archer, etc...) scale nuts and bolts, then sorting the remaining parts into turnings, photo-etch, 3-D prints, building a B.O.M. as you go...just as if you hadn't retired! Of course making a 3-d model of Armenia "as built" is pretty awesome in of itself, I'm really enjoying watching this.
  7. http://www.pddnet.com/news/2016/05/us-navy-poised-take-ownership-its-largest-warship?et_cid=5287267&et_rid=573842266&type=headline&et_cid=5287267&et_rid=573842266&linkid=http%3a%2f%2fwww.pddnet.com%2fnews%2f2016%2f05%2fus-navy-poised-take-ownership-its-largest-warship%3fet_cid%3d5287267%26et_rid%3d%%subscriberid%%%26type%3dheadline I've been following the building of the Zumwalt for a while now, but what really struck me is: "...Capt. James Kirk, the destroyer's skipper." Somebody in BUPERS/NPC just might have a sense of humor...
  8. Great work. I love the expression on her face-- "Hmmm... golden apples...well-played, Hippomenes..."
  9. Sultana figurehead discussion

    On a more boring note, making an original figure head is a laudable goal, but I would recommend a couple of intermediate steps to greatly improve the learning curve-- First, do some rough sketches. No Davinci stuff required here, if you can draw a hull plan or even mark planks for spiling, you have the required skills to draw schematic figures with the basic pose and proportions. Work with just a front and side view. Start larger than your final scale--5 or even 10x bigger. Work on tracing paper so you can trace over what you have right and redo the parts you don't like yet. When you have the basic proportions, use photo reference details of faces, hair, hands, props, etc. (you can use a similar technique for your carving pattern, reduce your large drawing to scale and it will look awesome.) Second, get some Sculptey from a craft store, make a simple aluminum wire armature, and do some quick maquettes, still working in large scale. Does it look right? Scale it down to your final size and make another quick model. Does it still look right? Why or why not? At some point, the 'roughs' will turn into 'keepers' and you still haven't used up any boxwood. Most figures I've seen aren't let down by carving technique or lack of detail, but by proportion and basic anatomy. Eyes are in the middle of the head, nose bisects eye-line and chin, mouth halfway between...elbows end at bottom of ribcage, wrists aprox. at hips, etc... Limbs bend only at certain angles, and only at joints. ("rubber arms" are a frequent sculpt error, especially in small scale) I hope this helps, I look forward to seeing this develop!
  10. I guess they make container ships for people now...
  11. Norwegian Steamship 1880-1900

    Nils did a magnificent model of the Bohuslan (I think based on the Billings kit): http://modelshipworld.com/index.php/topic/6288-steamship-ss-bohusl%C3%A4n-by-nils-langemann-billings-1914-scale-150-swedish-live-museum-steamer-already-completed/?hl=bohusl%C3%A4n The Curtis-Wiley Diving machine used in the 1929-1934 salvage operations of the Islander was an amazing piece of steampunk gear--might make an interesting diorama... http://www.nickmessinger.co.uk/islander.html
  12. Norwegian Steamship 1880-1900

    This is not all that similar, but maybe close enough for a "practice build" until you can scratchbuild the ship you want? http://atlastmodels.se/bohuslan/ The Canadian-Pacific "Islander" shown was actually built in Scotland in 1888...
  13. If you are running into problems with the step rez on STL, try going to a service bureau that does objet parts. (16 to 30 micron, depending on settings) Spendy for larger parts, but not bad for fiddly bits.
  14. http://www.pddnet.com/article/2015/11/unique-boat-hull-scanned-worlds-oldest-transportation-company?et_cid=4963851&et_rid=573842266&type=headline I wonder if they will let model builders use the data...