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    Exeter, NH, USA
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    archery, model building, astronomy, photography, oil painting, drumming, cooking, family.

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  1. Constitution Model in Hotel Lobby

    yes - I got a chuckle out of that, as well. ~j
  2. I walked into the Gaylord Resort and Convention Center for registration for the weeklong American Astronomical Society meeting and found this large-scale model of the Constitution just behind the registration desk. They wouldn't let me get close, but I could snap a few images to post here. It is about 5 feet in length. Out of curiosity, does anyone know its history (the model's, that is)? ~john
  3. Sopwith Camel 1/16 by Mike Dowling

    Nicely done, Mike: she is a lovely model. Display with pride. ~john
  4. YIKES!!!!!
  5. Musicians and Modelers

    I am mostly a percussionist: drums and such of all sorts. I play in a rock band, an Irish/Scottish/French Canadian band that really sounds more like Flook than anything else, and I tinker pretty well with guitars and not so well with flutes. Here are a few shots of some of the instruments in and around the house. ~john
  6. About a foot of new snow now that the blizzard has headed north to the Gulf of Maine. We ended up with just about a foot of snow (30cm). Now we have a wind chill advisory for temps reaching -22F (-30C).... pretty chilly. Must be winter!!
  7. Snow snow snow..... today's nor'easter coming up with a lot of water from Florida is hitting us in New England today. We're expecting 11-14" (28-36cm) of snow by end of day. Joy!!! More time to work in the shop on the Syren ;-) ~john
  8. Sopwith Camel 1/16 by Mike Dowling

    Hi Mike - not sure which knot I used at the time, but I used a knot then a dab of white glue to secure it. ~j
  9. Sopwith Camel 1/16 by Mike Dowling

    For the cabane and outer wing struts, I used CA. For the landing gear struts, I used epoxy soaked into the string used to simulate the bungee cables. CA was touched on the "bolts" for the wing struts. It holds well. ~j
  10. Some thoughts: Red Lead paints were often used to prevent all sorts of nautical rot issues. It is lead oxide (Pb3O4) and is red. Perhaps? ~john
  11. Sopwith Camel 1/16 by Mike Dowling

    The length of the struts will depend on the placement and angle of the cabane struts. Make sure these are properly placed and angled out appropriately to match their attachment points in the upper wing. Once those are in place, you can attach the upper wing and check into the length of the interplane struts. These came out very close to their planned size for me, maybe a mm off. You have to cut them a little long in order to file them to a wedge fit into their parts CAW42. They should be tight, as in they will "lift" the lower wing a bit and they will attempt to pull down the upper wing onto the cabane struts tightly. They shold not bend the upper wing... that's too tight ;-) ~john
  12. Sopwith Camel 1/16 by Mike Dowling

    The length of the struts will depend on the placement and angle of the cabane struts. Make sure these are properly placed and angled out appropriately to match their attachment points in the upper wing. Once those are in place, you can attach the upper wing and check into the length of the interplane struts. These came out very close to their planned size for me, maybe a mm off. You have to cut them a little long in order to file them to a wedge fit into their parts CAW42. They should be tight, as in they will "lift" the lower wing a bit and they will attempt to pull down the upper wing onto the cabane struts tightly. They shold not bend the upper wing... that's too tight ;-) ~john
  13. Sopwith Camel 1/16 by Mike Dowling

    That's unfortunate: just call back to the folks at Model Expo, and they'll take good care of you. I would resist cutting and soldering Brittania Metal, but it can be done if you want to give it a try. ~j
  14. Sopwith Camel 1/16 by Mike Dowling

    I measured the width of the fuselage at the joining location for the lower wing.... then set that accordingly. The gap in mine was a tight fit. Note that you need to place a metal fittings (landing gear struts) between the wing's inner most rib and the fuselage. In my build, the fit was too tight, so I had to carve then file away a notch for the gear struts to slide into. It worked. ~j
  15. Sopwith Camel 1/16 by Mike Dowling

    They call them Pulleys, yes.... but they are more like nubs or extrusions, or something....
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