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About Hank

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  • Birthday 11/05/1946

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    Mocksville, NC
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    U.S.N. history, early USN Sailing Warships, 1960's era USN Combatants

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  1. I have books 1-16 of the Thomas Kidd Series available for sale. All are in excellent condition - read once and put on the shelf! The following list describes their title, type (hard/soft) cover, original price: I will sell the Kidd Series books for 50% of their original price + shipping. Some of the hardcover editions are no longer available, so if you collect nautical books, this might be a good deal. The 3 additional paperbacks are from the 1960's era and are interesting reading if you've never encountered Hornblower or heard of the Mary Deare. Anyone interested please PM me, etc.
  2. Phil, I appreciate your comments above re. CAD and tend to basically agree with your observations. While I wouldn't characterize CAD drawings as being "artistic" I would say that some very proficient CAD drafters have been able to produce 3D rendered drawings (and I include your OKY BOAT pix) that certainly could almost pass for photos. I think this is an exception and not the rule overall. You are IMHO, completely correct in that much of it depends on that individual's ability to produce a quality and professional drawing in the end. There is a talent and knack to this, it's not by accid
  3. Roger, I can relate to your sub tale in that when drawing up HVAC & Mechanical equipment (boilers, chillers, heat exchangers, etc.) in new facilities layouts, we had to include repair/replacement space for pulling out tube bundles, etc. and believe it or not, quite a few corp. managers didn't want to allot this extra floor space because it cost more - they simply had no conception of what's required to maintain & operate this equipment - they were only interested in the bottom line. Hank
  4. Tim, To answer your question, "Yes!" - I reported aboard 03 Sept. 68 a few days before NEW JERSEY left Long Beach, CA for her one and only WestPac cruise 1968-69. We spent 6 months on/off the gun line and then an extra 2 weeks lurking in the Sea of Japan after NK shot down a USAF EC-121. I have been a member of their veterans group since 1990. I got you beat on the Tamiya 1/350 scale models - that kit first hit the market as a Life-Like kit (and in my opinion was a better kit in many ways - I've had/built 2 of them). I've built the Tamiya kits as well, but sold those in progress as I had
  5. Tim wrote: Sorry I missed that, Tim - Well, back in the '60s (in NC) boys took shop, girls took home economics - just the way it was back then. I see your point however and that does make sense. Different times, etc. I did learn cooking from my mother and found years later this came in quite handy. Not to bore everyone to tears 😱, but I'll relate this short tale - Having been transferred to a DE in San Diego in 1968 I quickly learned that this would be temporary as this ship was going to transit to Seattle, WA as a USNR Station Ship and they had no billet for a PN3 (Personnelman). So,
  6. Rik, In regards to the Spark freeware - I'm pretty sure that this version is a lot less "user friendly" than their Spark Mechanical version that you have to purchase - at least, my experience with CAD & various software programs is that what's free is basic - no bells, whistles, or enhancements. And - this is where I'M having a problem in that I'm used to a professional level CAD program WITH all those extras. And I think that's why my acquaintance who's making great strides in using Spark is doing so because he's never had any prior CAD experience to confuse the issue, so to speak.
  7. Richard said: I think any of these so-called computer groups or clubs, etc. can turn out to be a waste of time - I went to one of these "social group meetings" way back in the early '80s in order to enhance my MS-DOS operating system skills etc. and it turned into a 2 hour session of old geezers trying to sell everyone one of us "newbies" on their favorite software program at the time. Yeah, believe it - in 1984 there were actually computer geezers (old dudes in their 50s - LOL!!!) - and I'm now 74, go figure, right?? And, no one learned anything!! Perhaps finding another local
  8. Tim, You're not alone!! I too, took mech. drafting in 10th grade (1962) and would have pursued an industrial arts path but my parents wanted me to go the "college prep" route instead. After a short college stint, 4 years USN, and back to college to finish, where did I end up??? Western-Electric doing board tech. illustrating prior to learning a pre-CAD computer based graphics program while working on the Safeguard Anti-Ballistic Missile Program. I then took a contract at one of the NC DuPont facilities doing board drafting until 1983 when they brought in IGDS Intergraph CAD - and I
  9. Tim, Well, looks like both of us have separated ourselves (albeit only a short distance) from The Admiral and the ever-searching, ever-reaching Cat!!! Kudos on Your Shop - it looks like it will serve you well. I think your compact size & layout looks great and should provide a suitable space for model construction. However, you may want to invest in a home RADAR unit, in case The Admiral's pottery project goes belly-up and things start flying thru the air - LOL!!! Hank
  10. OK, so here's a post-election/pre-Turkey Day Update: Needing additional work space (I mean we all realize that 2 sides of the shop utilizing a work bench isn't REALLY enough, is it???) I've added a slide in/out work tray under the back work surface under the window. I used left-overs and a piece of glued-up pine board (24"Wx15"D) that was a remainder, so have no extra cost involved. Well, since I don't pay myself.....yeah, that's right!!! So, here is the open/shut case photos on this little project: And finally, here is the board in use - I'm making small part assemblies f
  11. Well, all the above is well and good....however, the question asked by SailingAnthony1812 is regarding frigate CONSTELLATION's spar dimensions, not a discussion as to whether the ship in Baltimore's Inner Harbor is or isn't the original frigate CONSTELLATION. Many of you weren't members of the NRG when this article was published (myself included), but back in the very early days of the N.R. Journal, when it was still a black & white, stapled newsletter, there was a beautiful model of CONSTELLATION (1797) described in photos, plans, drawings, and so forth by Thomas A. Todd - th
  12. Having bought the Byrne's Saw many years ago, I read thru this whole thread with interest. There is a lot of good information here. While my use of the saw has tended to be in a rather simple and straightforward application - nothing exotic or requiring angled cuts as in ripping, I find it quite useful in the ways other modelers have chosen to address the issue of angled rip cuts. I've also toyed with purchasing Jim's angled table accessory and may still do so - if the need becomes a reality. I especially like the idea of mounting the saw on a permanently angled base of sorts, usin
  13. Dave, Thanks so much - I've also enjoyed posting the progress and also "messing witch people" along the way. I hope my humor played into this trip!!! Hank
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