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Announcing Admiralty Models Fall workshop! "Constructing the Elements of the Stern" October 6 to 7, 2018 This workshop, run by David Antscherl and Greg Herbert, will focus on the intricate construction of an 18th century stern. We will provide a 1:48 scale laser-cut kit for you to assemble ahead of the workshop. At the workshop you will learn how to make card patterns, plan, cut and fit a set of lights (window frames) across the stern, understand the geometry and construction of quarter galleries as well as interpret contemporary plans. The cost of the workshop will be $290. This will include the cost of a laser-cut kit sent to you in advance with an instructional guide. The workshop also includes a guide book. We will conduct our workshop in Baltimore, MD on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Previous workshops have filled up fast, so we recommend you register soon as space is limited. Please contact Dr. Greg Herbert at email@example.com to guarantee your kit and workshop space. Special hotel rates have been negotiated at the Marriott courtyard, Hunt Valley MD.
There's no heat or AC in my shop/garage, so over the winter nothing of substance got done and the garage served more as an extension to the refrigerator. With warmer weather here the focus is on getting the garage cleared up and usable as a shop. The bandsaw got casters, the tablesaw's casters got repaired, and small cabinet with a bunch of shallow drawers found at a thrift store was added for all my little tools. It requires moving a lot of stuff out onto the driveway to work on the shop and then it started to rain - a lot. During the monsoon I was playing around in my old 3D drawing program with an old idea for a 4 foot by 6 foot work-table on casters and I think I finally nailed a mechanism that will work. There's a lot of folks here that suffer from work-area space issues and a need tools and tables to be mobile - so I thought I'd share this with you. A lot of it was inspired by a fellow on YouTube and this video: Here's some images of the 3D model (drawn in free software called Anim8or) Please pardon Posin' Paul, he's just there for scale. With some internal bits removed so you can see; the brown arms are L iron from a bed frame. The 6 casters are mounted on a 3/4" thick white pine board and levered against a strip of wood. Lowering the end of the bed-frame sticking out of the right of the table, levers the wheels down and lifts the table an inch off the floor. No hinges are used saving $20 at least. The whole caster set-up will slide right out if you want to remove them for some reason. The top is 4' x 6' with hardboard (Masonite) work surface that can be replaced if it gets too gnarly. The body is basically two 5 foot by 21.5" boxes built of OSB (Oriented Strand Board) which is running about $12 for a 3/4" x 4' x 8' sheet. The caster levers operate in a 2" gap between the boxes making the body 45" wide and 60" long. A pair of drawers will go into one of the pigeon holes; a vice get mounted in one end, and electrical outlets will be installed on all four sides There will probably be hooks and such on the ends to hang things. The skirting around the base will have relief cut in (not show in pics) so the table will essentially have four feet to sit on; and the lever will have a latching system to hold it down in the deployed position. The height of the table is designed for it to also act as an out-feed table for my table-saw. Obviously a 4 x 6 table may be a bit much for some of you, but it's the caster set-up I'm mainly showing you here - which can be adapted to nearly any size bench or table, as shown in Carl's video above. When I get to building this beast, I'll add it to this thread.
I recently had the pleasure of attending another Admiralty Models workshop, this time it was a two day workshop on painting friezes and flags. This was my fourth Admiralty Models workshop and as with all the others I came away with knowledge and skills that could immediately be applied. There were a total of 8 attendees, some of whom I knew from previous workshops and several new faces. This workshop was held in scenic Niagara-On-The-Lake, ON at David’s house. The Friday session began with David giving a really informative demonstration on color theory. We all know that mountains in the distance look bluish even though we know they are covered with green trees. Many ship modelers don’t take this color shift into consideration when painting flags and friezes for their models. David explained how to select the correct colors to mix in order to arrive at a color that looks correct. I think everyone came away from this demo with a much better understanding of color and how it impacts our models. Next we did a hands-on exercise painting a ball. If you paint a circle on a piece of paper all you have is a circle. If you are trying to represent an object that is three dimensional there are some techniques that can be employed to arrive at the effect. David walked us through these steps and I for one was very pleasantly surprised at how well my very first attempt turned out. With a better understanding of how to represent 3D objects we moved on. We talked about how to prepare paper for painting so that it doesn’t curl up when it dries. There is nothing worse than spending time painting something only to have it curl when you are done (and we all know once that happens there is no undoing it). Next we talked about how to transfer a design to the paper that will be painted. With that done we moved on to actually painting some elements of a frieze. For our exercise we used some of the ornamentation from the stern of the Minerva of 1780 which is on display at the USNA Museum. We took our time with this exercise and at the end of the day I had started to master the skills needed to paint a more than passable frieze. It was a very productive day. One of my samples is displayed at the top of this post, much magnified. Saturday started with coffee and a discussion of the previous day’s lessons. I think everyone was happy with what they had learned and the knowledge that they could apply what they learned to actual practice. We talked a bit about the subject each of us would use for today’s flag exercise. For mine I selected a US flag from 1815 which I then modified by adding the words “Don’t Tread On Me” on one of the white bars. David commented that this was an ambitious first project because each of the 15 stars was only approximately 1/8” high. With drawing in hand we moved down to the work area and got busy. Our flags would be painted on SilkSpan so that after they were painted we could drape them. David circulated as we worked and gave us tips as we painted and explained common mistakes people make when painting flags. By early afternoon my flag was painted and I was impressed. By using the color theory David had given us the day before I was able to paint a flag that really did look authentic. Once the painting part of the lesson was done David went into detail how to mount the flag to a staff. Many people simply glue the edge of the flag to the staff and leave it at that. Left this way the flag is very unrealistic; it is flat and sticks straight out from the staff. Our last exercise was to drape our flag to give it a much more realistic look. This is the first flag I’ve painted and for a first effort I think it came out very well. Every year as modelers many of us spend time and money trying to learn new skills that will allow us to better represent the ships our models portray. I’m a member of The NRG and the Ship Model Society of New Jersey and through these groups I get to rub elbows with some of the best modelers out there. I post here on Model Ship World but more importantly for me, I read the build logs of modelers far more skilled than me and I learn from each and every one of them. Over time I’ve built up a library of books and magazines and I spend countless hours every year reading them. All of this is done in the hope of improving the quality of the models I build. When trying to learn technical skills I have always done best when I work with a professional who can guide me personally. It’s for this reason that I consider the money I spend on workshops by Admiralty Models to be a very wise investment. Greg and David are some of the best in the business and working with them in very small friendly groups is an ideal way to learn. In the two years since I attended my first Admiralty Models workshop David and Greg have gone from being skilled mentors to friends that I can count on for advice.