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Martin W

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  1. Some attractive developments, Ron. Your steps are very neat work, indeed. I like tung oil for lots of applications, but it takes a long time to polymerize if the weather is at all cool, and until it does it serves as a magnet for dust. But there's nothing like it for deepening the natural tones of wood. Cheers, Martin
  2. Well done Ron. I have to admire your determination to work through a problem. To my mind, that's one of the key attractions to model building. Setting up, or designing a jig to get something done is very often the biggest step. But, if you're like me, in 5 months when you have to do something similar you'll look at that those holes and wonder how you ever got them done. Cheers, Martin
  3. Thanks Peter, BE, and Mike. Peter, Winkie is probably a little too good with those small pieces, which go straight into his mouth. I'm not sure how longer screws will work, since I don't know exactly what they would screw into. I'm going to give that a try if I can find some longer screws that are still thin enough. They have to have the length to pass through the base and then into the keel and plywood. BE -- He hasn't encountered any bears . . . yet. He and the turkeys mostly ignore each other, but the herd of deer that passed through our woods a few mornings ago
  4. Ahoy Nils -- Sorry to see that you've laid aside your build for a while. I think many of us have faced challenges we'd never expected before -- I've been following the difficulties in Germany with the vaccines, but I hope you & Marianne get yours soon, and that you find your way back to the Zeesboot. Cheers, Martin
  5. Thanks to everyone who clicked "like" -- it's comforting to know I haven't been entirely forgotten. Great to hear from you, BE. I'm with you entirely on having as many electrical outlets as possible: I like to have them no more than 4 ft apart. My plan is to get two circuits wired at 120v (I'm still in the States) with 20 amps apiece to cover all the basic power tools, and two other circuits at 220/240 v dedicated to the saw and dust collector. Right now, though, I'm just trying to get my hand back into the build. Last night I was rooting around in my wood supply and found 2
  6. And here I am 8 months later. There was an unbelievable amount of work involved simply in getting the new house organized, and the pandemic hasn't helped. After I got to a point where I could begin to think about modelling again, I had to set up a shop/boatyard somewhere. This house has a large basement and a very large garage, but neither has adequate power. The garage is heated and insulated, it has better light, and in the warm weather I can open the door and let my dog (a rescue who is still afraid of just about everyone) hang out. That became my choice: The w
  7. Congratulations on a fine build, Jason. As I and others have already said, the quality of your work is most impressive for a first build -- it's even hard to believe that this is your first one! Your photos show off the many nice details that will give viewers lots to look at. You'll definitely want to get some kind of case, or the dust will coat the rigging in no time. Such a beautiful model deserves a proper display. (And if you find a place nearby to help you build a case, let me know!!) I can absolutely agree with you that the journey is the more enjoyable part.
  8. Very impressive, Jason. I think there's a good reason this detail gets omitted so much, and that is, as you say, it isn't easy to figure out how to get them done. Your detailed account solves that problem for the rest of us. Many thanks! Cheers, Martin
  9. Nice work on the bands. I always had a bad time with those, as the angle of the timber made fitting anything flat a challenge. You've worked it out well. Cheers, Martin
  10. Your strategy of alternating sounds good, and if I ever manage to get back to work, I plan on following it. Those are nice boats, and they add quite a bit of visual appeal. Cheers, Martin
  11. That's a great way to finish off the year, two builds completed and a glass of merlot! The clarity of your photos always brings out your meticulous work and provides a reference source for all future modellers. Really, there could be a whole MSG calendar of your work (I'd buy it). But, oh, I don't envy you taking on a bathroom remodel. I hope English plumbers, tilers, plasterers, et al work at a steadier pace than their peers over on this side -- how many times have I heard "two months tops" turn into six long months of dust and no-shows! Best of luck, and, yes, let
  12. Great to see you back at it, Ron. Frankly, I would be terrified, utterly terrified even to try painting letters. I love carving, but even there have only barely tried doing letters, especially since they require their own technique. But your work looks pretty doggone good to me. And with the eagle above the name, the overall appearance is handsome. That gap in the planking shouldn't be at all hard to fix -- you might even just slice a long sliver off some stock and set it in place. Since the transom is painted, it could blend in well. Cheers, and Happy Holidays! M
  13. Hi there BE -- I definitely have to agree with you about the lovely lines of these boats, and your attention to detail large and small brings out those lines at their loveliest. Merlot, I find, is appropriate to any season. Cheers! Martin
  14. Hi Sooty -- I just came across your build. It's always good to see a Fly/Pegasus build getting started. It's a lovely ship to watch taking shape, and these kits provide lots of learning opportunities. I recall that Nils (aka Mirabell61) put the full panoply of sails on his build, and you can see how it looks here: You're making fine progress, and I'll be eager to watch how you go from here. That's a very nice Man Cave! Right now, I'm trying to decide between my basement and the garage. Cheers, Martin
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