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  1. Roger, Thought about that. But, too late, now it's mounted on the board.
  2. Andy! Lost track of you for a while. The last time we communicated you had helped me with a Great Lakes steamer I was building by pointing me toward a kit that could supply the hull. Thanks for the help. Got it done and lots of brownie points. I had to cut out the cargo area or the model would have been 7 feet long. Tom
  3. Great! Thanks Chris; got my patent this morning. You're in violation. As royalty. I'll take all the 1/32" pear you can crank out! Hugs, TB
  4. Chris, not a bad idea. I might copy. It's not patented is it? Sawdust must be a problem. Tom
  5. Let's number your circles 1-8, left to right. It looks like circles 3,4,6,7 those lines all go to a belaying pin at those racks. Circles 1,2,5,8 all refer to jib/staysail sheets. Are you going to put sails on your model? If not, then don't worry about the sheets, 'cause you won't have anything to attach them to. If you are, those are probably blocks attached to the deck to give the sheet a fair run.
  6. Michael, with reference to your comment #666 above, and just for the record, I can remember, during my log of Vinalhaven, that you would stop doing your projects and make drawings/illustrations to help me with mine. So I would respectfully suggest that your dedication to and inspiration for this group is most remarkable (in other words, take the bow!) BTW, that lamp is going together with incredible speed. Tom
  7. Done! Just what I've been looking for. Thank you! Thank you!
  8. I've run out of superlative words to describe what I see when I visit these pages, but I'm with Kurt in desiring a pilgrimage to Edmonton. And BTW, how do you thin down leather? Tom
  9. Well, Keith, you certainly minimized waste. It's a beautiful picture as is; almost a shame to cut it up!
  10. Keith, That looks like a lot of filing and cutting to shape the blade; how are your fingers holding up? RE: staysail tacking: back in the old days (1950's) I spent summers on an Alden schooner that came with a fisherman's staysail (Quadrilateral between main and fore above the foresail) and we had to lower it and rerig when coming about, if that's any help. Tom
  11. Joe, I'm with you on the learning curve. I did get the rotary table and angle table and the slitting saw. The former because Danny told me to, the latter because KeithAug showed how to use it in building bulkheads with great precision. I have used the machine in rudimentary operations, but I've also made some cannon carriage sides in 1:96 using the DRO feature with great success. If this machine were a woman, I'd marry her! Tom
  12. Joe, Interesting coincidence, I followed along with your discussion because I also was in the market. And I came to the same conclusions as you did. I got the 5410 DRO, as I like to deal in millimeters. The DRO is a great attachment and very accurate; a huge addition for precision! Tom
  13. Bob, I've been quietly following along on your build. I feel compelled to come out of the shadows and remark on your wonderful workmanship, and, as I recall, without the benefit of power tools! The joinery is fantastic. Tom
  14. Keith, I'm looking at your "sketches" and I'm convinced that you have an engineering background; most of us don't do such detailed drawings . And I will reiterate what I wrote before: we need to package up this log and save it for other budding shipwrights. Tom

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