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alde

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  • Birthday 06/14/1961

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    Bremerton, WA USA
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    Maritime History and Ships

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  1. Is it the Birchwood Casey Brass Black? If so I have used it and it worked well for me too. But like you point out it needs time to set before it's durable enough to handle.
  2. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    Lou, Aligator tastes like gamey chicken with a hint of fishy. It's not bad but nothing to write home about either.
  3. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    The Revell car kits bring back some great childhood memories for sure. My oldest brother got me started when he came back from his last tour in Vietnam. He bought a brand new 1968 Camaro then bought me the Revell kit of the same car. We built it together to match his. I wish I still had it as a memory of him. After that I was hooked and have been building models of one kind or another ever since.
  4. Retirement

    That’s a bunch of models. It’s amazing what some older kits bring on auction sites. I once had a 1/12 scale formula I racer that was in the closet for years. I paid like $40 for it new. When I listed it the bidding went nuts and it sold for $254. The guy said it was a fantastic deal for him and he was thrilled to get it. I never expected that.
  5. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    I love Levenworth. My wife and I spent our anniversary there a few years ago and it was great. Beautiful scenery and great German food. Only problem is our anniversary is in February. I'm sure glad I brought my 4 wheel drive truck on that trip or we would have been in trouble.
  6. CA glues

    Every time I try to use super glue for anything it turns into a disaster. I try to avoid the stuff all together. I'm learning there's no substitute for good fitting parts and. For knots diluted white glue works great.
  7. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    Keep strong Patrick. I’ve been going through the same thing with my 91 YO mom. The docs treat her well but there is only so much they can do at her age. She refuses to use a cain even though she has balance problems and keeps falling
  8. Retirement

    I have a huge stash of plastic kits too. Since I got into wooden ships I have lost interest in them. I really should work on selling most of them off. I’ll never build them and someone else may as well enjoy them.
  9. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    I’m sure it will surpass your expectations and be great. I’m looking forward to seeing it progress into a fine instrument.
  10. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    Fantastic Julie, it looks great and so familiar. On the soundboard, when my Luthier friend helped me pick mine it had sustain in the un-cut and un-sanded raw state. He held it with thumb and index finger on the corners and tapped around on several pieces. Then he came to one and held it to my ears and tapped it. It absolutely rang. He said "this is the one you want".
  11. Thanks for posting this. I have this book on the shelf in line to read. Glad to know it's a good one.
  12. Retirement

    I will be retired 2 years this July and am just now getting to the point that I can dedicate a few hours a day to modeling. I usually just hit the shop on weekdays and sometimes Saturday. I did the same thing as you as far as building a kit stash and buying tools the last 5 or so years on the job. I could work pretty much all the overtime I wanted and put it all into getting ready for retirement. Just be aware that over the time it takes to build a kit or two your skills will improve and your tastes in models may change. I have a pretty narrow area of interest so I bought kits that match that but get progressively more difficult. I have also gotten ready to do some scratch building with books, plans and tools. I should be set for two lifetime's at least. Just have fun and enjoy your retirement.
  13. POF Kit

    From the Lumberyard you can get the HMS Halifax kit with laser cut frames. There are some great build logs here. I have the kit in pear and it's beautiful.
  14. I do make copies and cut them up as I go. It's nice to have the profile and rigging plans to refer to though. I did think of something after I posted the question though. How about a painters easel with a magnetic board on it? That way it can easily be moved out of the way or folded up when not needed.
  15. I've been trying to come up with a way to lay out a plan sheet so I can refer to it while building. I thought about a magnetic white board or some foam board but don't have the wall space for it. Maybe something like a roll up map would work. What do you guys do? I wish I had the space for a drafting table in my shop but don't have near as much space as I would like. I have just been keeping the plans rolled and unroll them as I need to measure or get info from but that's a real hassle sometimes.

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