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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. Blizzard. Winds pushing 48mph, blowing snow/rain/sleet/ice/goo and broken limbs and trees all over the place today. One pine broke into two and landed on the garage. Sigh. Such is NH in March! ~john
  2. Thomas: amazing work to watch. Your ship is coming along wonderfully, and the detail is astounding. The Syren is on my list... and I could only hope to aspire to such levels. I do have a question that maybe you could help me with... from a beginner's perspective having never built a ship with cannons or other deck based arms: do you glue the cannons, etc, to the deck? If so, what do you use for that? Thanks! I shall be sitting back and enjoying your build. ~john
  3. Hello Phil, All, The Eagle was not my build. Those were images posted by someone else to help me along with my build of the Kate Cory. The Kate Cory is 3/16" = 1 foot (1:64). Hull length is 15.25". The copper is 1/4" tape. I applied it over the solid hull after I had given the hull a couple of shiny layers of varnish. This makes it stick much better. Pieces are overlapped just a tiny bit. Here are some images I have from those portions of the build, then a couple of the completed model. I think the copper came out rather well overall. No need for the added complexity of nail patterns at this scale. Each to their own, though. If you want to add that level of detail, go for it! It's your build, after all.
  4. Just finished the Kate Cory late last year... used copper tape cut into plate-sized strips and applied onto a varnished surface. They do not have the nail or rivet pattern. I have done nothing to maintain their shine, and will enjoy seeing it darken with age. http://modelshipworld.com/index.php/topic/6842-kate-cory-by-jablackwell-finished-model-shipways-scale-164/?p=211568 At this scale, nail patterns would be just too much, in my opinion. ~john
  5. Hi Eddie, Looks like some really good solutions to keeping the deadeyes all the same height.... I am taking notes as well. I used a wire jig (already noted here in message #4 above, Richvee. http://modelshipworld.com/index.php/topic/6842-kate-cory-by-jablackwell-finished-model-shipways-scale-164/?p=350446 My solution was to have the lower deadeye in place already. Get the jig to hold the upper eye in place. Thread the shroud into place at the top of the mast and tension it with a alligator clip. Tie the top deadeye onto the shroud using whatever methods... I wrap the shroud around the eye, then clip it and then seize it. Release the clips to get them out of the way. Remove the spacer jig, and finally thread the lanyards through the deadeyes. I am really liking davec's method above as well. A jig is the key. All the best, ~john
  6. Hi Ed, Thanks for the information here. I, too, have used CA for years on models: ships, planes, trains, etc etc. No ill effects. My planes spend time outdoors, but the glue joints are hidden: no direct UV. Most window glass if effective at blocking much if not all UV light these days. Depends on the house, age of materials and such. There are UV reactive plastic beads that one can use to detect UV easily and affordably: https://www.amazon.com/Ultraviolet-Detecting-Beads-250-Pack/dp/B00906M148 if anyone wants to see what their ships are exposed to. I am now tempted to generate a long term experiment with thread, CA, and a variety of conditions: inside, outside, behind glass, under stress, etc. Tempting. Let me give it some thought. ~john
  7. The Kate Cory is a lovely ship. The readily available kit for it is a solid hull as you know, but it makes for a fun and detailed build with opportunities for as much ingenuity and kit bashing as one wishes. Plans for her are available from the New Bedford Whaling Museum: https://www.whalingmuseum.org/ In all cases: encouragement! Go for it! Have fun! Go at whatever pace your heart desires. ~john
  8. Modal jazz.... like Miles Davis, Kind of Blue. Silence also works.... The less stress the better ~john
  9. Nice looking plane, Pierre! Welcome to the forum: great folks here and a ton of help, as well. I'm looking forward to your builds! ~john
  10. John, I love coming to your log here.... your work is splendid and an inspiration. I have enjoyed each and every post. Nice work on those boomkins! ~john
  11. Welcome to the forum, leginseel! I look forward to seeing your build in progress. ~john
  12. Thanks, Jean-Pierre. I think she is a lovely ship, but I can tell you that there are plenty of errors lurking in there if one gets close. I'm thinking about the next builds... taking a break first with some airplane work... then back to ships. ~john