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Landlubber Mike

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  • Birthday 08/17/1973

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  1. Looking great! Those cranes really make for an interesting focal point on the model. Did the Yahagi have bands on the smokestacks (for lack of a better word, I forget what they are called)? The Shimakaze did and I’m thinking about how to best add them, especially given that there are 2-3 narrow bands to include. Hard to figure out how to weather, etc. when I also have PE to add to them.
  2. I like moving to a single piece if the Death Star can handle it. Only issue might be that if you are using plywood, finding a piece that long that is perfectly flat might be a challenge. Nice to see you back in the workshop!
  3. Thanks very much guys. Not sure that I would ever make pens to sell - I think I'd be even harder on myself to make them absolutely perfect. Right now I just enjoy puttering around and trying out new tools, techniques and finishes on them, and then give them out to family and friends. In terms of selling, it seems like there are a ton of people already selling pens. For many, they are mass producing using fairly inexpensive pen kits and blanks. There was one guy on the pen forums who cranks out thousands of pens a year, and had it down to the number of seconds it took per step per pen. I think if I did that it would seem too much like a job, and I probably wouldn't enjoy myself being my boss. I prefer to make them using higher end kits and more interesting blanks. Working with the burl and spalted woods takes a lot longer - you have to be careful because the wood can have cracks, voids, and punky spots that can catch your tools and chip or crack or otherwise ruin the blank. Then there is the finish as well - if there are cracks and voids, you have to fill them to help stabilize the blank and end up with a smooth finish. So, the finishing can take quite a long time. With all the steps involved, and higher priced materials, I would probably end up barely netting minimum wage when all was said and done. 😬
  4. I need to stop logging onto MSW. Every time I do, I seem to end up spending more money 😬
  5. Looks great Greg, nice start! The planes back then were really interesting - lots of experimentation going on. It's funny, I bought a few plane kits to get my feet wet before starting my plastic ship kit. Looks like they use less of the fiddly small PE than the ship kits, but the painting and weathering is a lot more involved - pre-shading, post-shading, pin washes, etc. etc. I'm almost thinking I should start the ship and then work on the plane kit.
  6. I always thought these were sharp looking subjects. Your upgrades are going to make it even better. I'm in for this one! Do you make the decals yourself or do you outsource them? I'm a bit stuck on what to do for decals on my Charles Morgan. Part of the problem is that the stern lettering is white, and white letters require special printers. I'm using ebony so not sure I want to print using white paper with the background surrounding the letters blackened from the ink.
  7. A few months back, @vossiewulf posted pictures of some gorgeous knives he made using blades from Ron Hock, Japanese blades, etc. (haven't seen vossie on here in a while, hope he is ok). I thought I'd give it a shot since I had the tools to add handles, and went ahead and bought a few from Hock. He sells some knives already with handles, but I thought it would be more fun to put my own handles on. I ended up using Sindora burl for these knives (from left to right, two violin knives, a marking knife, and his 1" carving knife). I had purchased a block that I was going to use for pen turning, but decided to split it into four blanks that I used for the scales. For the spacer piece that went alongside the blade in between the two scale halves, I used boxwood. The finish is what I started using when I turn pens - a coat of boiled linseed oil, followed by a few coats of boiled linseed oil/medium CA mixture, followed by a few coats of medium CA. From there, I used micro mesh pads from 1500-15000, then put them on my buffing wheel. Fun little project if you're looking for something different than building models. F Last few months I got sidetracked into a new hobby and started turning pens. I had a lathe so I figured why not try it. Well, like most hobbies, it can suck you in and before I knew it, I ended up upgrading to the larger bed Sherline lathe and bought a few other accessories. I pretty much went from knowing almost nothing about lathes to now being fairly proficient, which should carry forward into model work. It's also been fun learning about different woods, finishes, etc. In ship modeling we try to go for wood with minimal grain. In pen turning, I personally prefer turning wood with lots of character, including burl woods, spalted woods, etc. They tend to be trickier to turn given that they have cracks, voids, punky wood parts, etc., but the natural beauty just can't be beat in my opinion. Here is a batch I recently made using spalted woods from Hawaii: You can also turn acrylic blanks. Lots of interesting bright colors, patterns, etc. I prefer the wood pens, but my daughters like the brightly colored ones, so I what can I do? Here are some I've made from acrylic for my kids: Anyway, just thought I'd share. Sometimes it's nice to take a break and try something different. Frankly, I think delving into these other areas will make me a better modeler because of the techniques and other experiences I have learned which can likely be transferred over to model work.
  8. Very nice! With all those holes in the deck, looks like you have a lot of fun details to add. The crane and platform are very cool items of interest on this ship. What are those raised lines on the hull sides for?
  9. Looks great Kevin! What did you use for the hull red if you don't mind me asking?
  10. The disc sander is one of my most used tools too. It was a big game changer for me.

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