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Martin W

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  1. Well done, Peter. Your Captain has the right notion of finding the direct route to a solution. A good cast of a heroic figure will always strike the eye -- even more than would a mere pachyderm. Cheers, Martin
  2. Add an exclamation mark to my like!!!! The fine wire is a brilliant solution. Cheers, Martin
  3. Hi BE -- I went back and looked at a photo I took of a gun on the Constitution. Unfortunately, it's a bit unclear to upload here (and I'm sure you've seen more guns in real life than land-locked I have). But from what I could make out, the key bolt was proportionally only the merest smidgeon shorter than yours. In other words, simply the fact that you've made the effort to add that detail will make up for a micrometer's difference. I admired your addition of these details on the Pegasus guns so much, that I gave them a go, and only learned that a) I couldn't find chain fine enough, and b,c,d,e, &f) I lacked the skills to fabricate and install such items neatly enough. In my view the guns are always one of the most tedious parts of a build. But I say, keep at it, and when they're done, they'll impress any 12" viewer. Cheers, Martin
  4. Ahoy Peter -- I know the experience of seeing flaws everywhere! But after a glass or two of merlot, the eye begins to soften a bit, and the full beauty of the build stands out! She's looking pretty good to my (sober) eye. And the captain shows just what a big girl she is. Cheers, Martin
  5. Hi BE -- I didn't know about using de-ionized water. Does that take the place of flux? Cheers, Martin
  6. Hi Bob -- As a builder of the Prince, I concur with your assessment of the kit. It's old, has not been updated, and so falls far short of what many people have come to expect from a kit -- especially now that Syren is producing some very interesting projects. But, and this a a major but, as every one else attests, you've taken a poor kit and have done more than most of us could do! I'm a bit behind you in years, but blurred vision has begun to make those details at 1:64 almost impossible to gauge. Still these builds provide a quiet means of slow and steady attention. You're one of the real craftspeople on this site, Bob. Three cheers for another fine accomplishment. Martin
  7. That is a fascinating construction of a cathead -- lacking the outboard support, and resting on that vertical beam. Hmm, I have to wonder just how much weight it was able to handle. Cheers, Martin
  8. How very intriguing -- not only the flushing toilet, but the simple idea of collecting fresh water. Nice work as always, Peter. The quarter galleries make a bold addition, and the steps & bolster make everything start looking like a Man of War! Cheers, Martin
  9. I remember trying to match the work you did on Pegasus' guns, and never being able to get those details. Now, at 1:48, the details really look good. I want to ask about your decision to fit the carronades with wheeled carriages rather than trunions. Have you already discussed this? Cheers, Martin
  10. That's not a "mess," it's a well-organized work site where everything is in plain view!
  11. That's a really nice looking Fly, Doug. Terrific work. Cheers, Martin
  12. Thanks, Ron, glad to have you check in. Seeing the attention to detail you put into your Oneida has always inspired me. Cheers, Martin
  13. Ha ha! Thanks, Doug. The difficulties might also be thought of as intriguing questions, like, hmm, can I do this? Thanks for checking in. Martin
  14. Thanks for checking you guys. Peter -- Those are very nice comments that I'll carry with me to the boatyard for many nights. I recently heard a famous woodworker say that the difference between an amateur and professional is that when someone compliments the amateur he begins to list all the faults of the piece, and when someone compliments the professional he just says, thanks. Mike -- I like your idea of pinning these figures from the back. That would prevent having to drill a hole all the way through. Last night I spent my whole modelling time sketching possibilities for the lower pieces, and working out the connection between them and the upper quarter pieces. My plan is to make a sort of L joint (technically, a lap joint I suppose) that the dogfish head would fit into and that would give gluing surfaces at the bottom and the back. So the two points of support would be the pinned head of the Triton, and the pinned & glued head of the dogfish. We'll see how it goes. Cheers, Martin

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