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    One more for the cell phone crowd Samsung S7
  3. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    Saturdays I make my weekly run to the local big chain booze pusher and pickup a half gallon of Admiral Nelsons spiced rum and a few bottle of wine for the admiral. Cops in the line next to me grabbing some smokes. I said, "My wife doesn't want to see me drinking tonight so I'll have to consume all this on the way home". Cop says, "I know where you live Adams". Incidentally, Captain Morgans = $25 to $30. Admiral Nelson = $12 to $14.
  4. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    Sounds like home to me. On the corner of the busiest intersection they put up a skate park. One month after they finished the park, they tore up the road for 3 weeks. No one could use the corner at all and I can't see what they did. Now, one other thing they did when they put in the park was to narrow a 4 lane to 2. 4 ways in and out of this town. Each one, 4 lanes go down to 2. I live 4 miles from my pharmacy (not that I'm on drugs or anything) and it takes me no less than 12 minutes. Supposed to be a quaint town. With kmart, fast food, grocers... Looks like any other arm pit with 20,000 people.
  5. Monogram 1/132 Bonhomme Richard

    Yes but, in the case of the Bonhomme Richard, there are two beautiful models in the US Naval Academy Museum that are considered to be very close in appearance to the actual ship. If they were used as a pattern a model ship manufacturer, either plastic or wooden, would have a very fine, believable kit of a very important ship in US history.
  6. Build Log Photography

    Here is my set up. It's able to be set up at all times. Makes it simple to walk from the work bench to the photo area and take any number of photos and go back to modeling. It's an old Speedotron brown line studio strobe system (400 Watt seconds) with a large head inside the overhead soft box and smaller heads flanking the desk. As there isn't (to my knowledge) any sort of interface from my newer digital Canon DSLR to the Speedotron, I use an off camera flash to trigger a remote on the Speedotron power unit. The high voltage of the Speedotron unit can fry the circuits on digital cameras w/o some sort of isolation. I get photos with very soft shadows using these lights with the diffusion material softening the light. Kurt
  7. I will not claim that you can't get cut, but the 15 TPI on an 1/8" are not near as aggressive as the 3 TPI on a resaw blade. Neither intimidates me as much as the 10" table saw.
  8. Monogram 1/132 Bonhomme Richard

    I think the main problem, is like HMS Beagle, historians are not sure what she really looked like. Both were converted merchantmen, and no plans were ever made of the ships.
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    I just use my I phone camera, I don’t know if I would want to use a fancy camera I’m afraid of what it will show
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    Looks great, I have a Nikon dslr but as you do I use my iphone usually as it is handier and needs less light
  12. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    Here in Aiken, they have spent many bucks renovating the downtown. Modern "old fashion" street lights, center of the road (median strip) parking, and sidewalks, building improvements, etc., but they still have 4 axle busting half sunk sewer drain gratings going down the middle of main street, that have been there for longer than the 25 years I've lived in the area. (the streets have always been split 4 lane type, with a wide median).
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    14 Mega pixel camera, the type that most people use. For real close up shots I shoot through one of the old style magnifying lamps with the circular flouresent bulbs. I have 3 of the 15 inch kitchen lamps over my workbench, about 2 foot above the surface.
  15. Knots for iron stropped blocks

    Thank you. Best, J.
  16. Knots for iron stropped blocks

    I just take a brass or copper wire of suitable diameter and punch it flat at two points with a round, flat punch. I then lightly mark the centre in the flats and drill. The wire is then bent to the shackle shape around a pin nailed into a piece of wood. The shackle now can be cut off from the wire and both flat ends shaped with a fine grindstone in the hand-held electrical drill.
  17. Knots for iron stropped blocks

    Thanks Welflack, I’ve been able to make shackles down to about 3.5mm. Would you please share with me your technique to make them as small as 1.5mm? Best, John
  18. Build Log Photography

    I have this at my disposal Yet I tend to reach for my Samsung cell phone whenever I want to take pictures of my build to post. I'm curious what other's use to document and photograph the status of the build.
  19. Frankie, your statement about jackstays is an example of what my point is. For the most part, especially before 1800, there was very little "safety" equipment on board ships. They rigged lifelines during heavy storms but for everyday sailing it was every man for himself.
  20. Where does everyone store there build when they're not working on it? We don't have the luxury of leaving the ship build and it's items just sitting out in the open so need some ideas on storing it all in one place. Any suggestions would be cool. Thanks
  21. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    3' or 3" ... 3' is quite an accomplishement, you'd probably be parking at the other side of the street on the law of someone, 3" is narrow mindedness
  22. HMS Surprise

    I last used them about 5 years ago but that's no help now. Apparently they are still at it and doing well since they're still in business. Maybe place a small order and see what the service is like?
  23. HMS Surprise

    I have not recently purchased from Tower Hobbies but back in the 80s and 90s they were the premier supplier of R/C planes and supplies and very reliable often receiving orders in Alaska within a week. I'd bet on them.
  24. Just like in school!

    I have it in my memory that years ago, a journal article said that there are probably way more SOS kits (and Victory as well I'm guessing) sitting unfinished and likely unstarted on closet shelves than are ever finished. Your feeling of being overwhelmed is a totally valid response. A first rate man-o-war was a major undertaking for a country. A model of one is a virtuoso undertaking. To make matters worse, the small scale (1:90 ) gets close to miniature scale, which because of the physical limits of modeling materials - wood mostly - skilled tricks are needed for various components. There is just a lot more of everything - a serious amount of repetitive work. Looking at pictures, it is difficult to realize, but a 74 is a really major undertaking and a 1st rate is essentially twice as large. A brig is a good first choice. But still a substantial undertaking. You do seem to have a knack for finding "not now being manufactured" kits. Perhaps Ebay is a solution to the kit in the closet. Or maybe it is like the exercise springs present that my ex-inlaws used to pass as a joke each Xmas - the same kits over and over. Wo bist du? You do not list a location. Economical sourcing of wood is location dependent. choosing species that are optimal for scaling down is tricky.
  25. Sopwith Camel 1/16 by Mike Dowling

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

    Hello All – I am nearing the completion of my first ship (HMS Bounty By Constructo #80817 1/50 Scale) and looking at the HMS Surprise (by Artesania Latina #22910 1/48 Scale) as my next build. There are a lot of venders that offer this kit with price ranging from mid $600 to over $700. However, I found the kit offered by Towers Hobbies with a price of $569.99 with free shipping. This appears to be a good deal but I am not sure how dependable and trustworthy Towers Hobbies is for delivery complete and new kits. Has anyone purchased Kits from Towers Hobbies or any recommendations to buy the kit from another vender? Thanks for the Help…
  27. Sopwith Camel 1/16 by Mike Dowling

    Thanks John, that is a great help especially regarding this silly idea of standing the fuselage on it's nose - it's just so unstable. I didn't think of using the engine mounting hole - brilliant! Don't quite understand about the protrusions on the stick. Do you mean the bits they call pulleys? As for how far I go with this thing I'm not sure. I have done the control leads for the rudder but don't know if they work yet - waiting for them to dry ! If they do then I will keep trying with more but as you say - who on earth is going to play with the controls once done ? !
  28. Sopwith Camel 1/16 by Mike Dowling

    Hi Mike, I started in the front for all of the control wire rigging. Getting the elevator and ailerons fixed in a level position was easy with some spare sewing thread to tie them in place. The control stick I secured using a jig made out of spare single-strand copper wire... a little flimsier than a paper clip. I then sat the plane on its nose on a block of 2x4 into which I had drilled a hole and placed a rod that fit into the engine mounting hole at the front of the plane. I didn't want the thing to fall over while rigging, and that nearly happened a couple of times anyway! In the instructions note the way they cable over/under the little protrusions on the control stick. This just will not stay put no matter how much you try. You could, I suppose drill fat holes there and thread the cables through them, but I didn't go through this level of care. It will depend on how much you actually intend to move the controls once the model is complete. Mine is for display only, so .... each to their own ;-) ~john
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