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About alde

  • Birthday 06/14/1961

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    Bremerton, WA USA
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    Maritime History and Ships

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  1. Lou, I was tossing around the idea of the blue paint for a while. On the other hand double planking would be a great solution. Once I do the paint I'm stuck with it but some of the models I've seen with blue trim look great. I have to make my decision soon.
  2. I was thinking of making that thin strip above the top molding strip a nice blue like I see on some of the builds of ships of this era like on some of the Swan class. Then the color on the stern would fit.
  3. Mark, You can see under the hole a bit of the pear wood showing through.
  4. First I want to say how glad I am that I removed the old planking. The new is far from perfect but way better. I'm still working on the stern which has had its own issues. I think I finally got it figured out after 3 times. I was hoping for an opinion from you guys though. After so many do overs the planking on the stern has gotten thin. I really don't want to rip it out and start over. Would it be appropriate to paint the stern planks and if so what would be an acceptable color? When I look at my pictures ompaired to some other builds I realize what a wood butcher I am. It's getting better though.
  5. When I was a kid I was walking across the carpeted living room. I felt a sharp pain on the bottom of my foot and started dancing on one leg. As i was hopping in pain my mom with a perfectly straight face said "oh, you found my earing". The entire stud was stuck straight in. We all had a good laugh about it later but I didn't think it was very funny at the time.
  6. My understanding is that planks varied in length from about 20 feet to 24 feet. On my current build I'm making my planks 22 scale feet long.
  7. Fantastic Chuck. Do you profile the boxwood shear strip before or after its applied to the hull? I would think it might be easier on the hull if your careful not to scratch the hull or protect it with tape.
  8. Your not making it any easier talking about the seafood. Maybe I can get an adult babysitter and join you guys. I'll see what I can do.
  9. Oh how I wish I had a bit more freedom to travel. It's close enough if I didn't have so many responsibilities on the home front I'd be there. Maybe you could post pictures afterwards.
  10. It looks like your off to a great start.
  11. It's great that your shipyard move is about done. I'm looking forward to seeing some progress and especially your carvings.
  12. I dug out my guitar but slotting files for the heck of it. My smallest is .010” and the largest is .056”. They should work just fine if the metal is softened first. Here are a couple of pictures. The cutting surface is on the edge.
  13. A cheaper alternative that may work is guitar nut slotting files. I didn't think of it until your post but I have a full set and they go pretty small.

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