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  1. Great variety of beautiful model ships! Thanks very much for the photos! Bob
  2. Kurt, I joined the NRG recently. Are any of the digital issues previous to the date that I joined available for me to access? Thanks, Bob
  3. When you say "scale drawings," does that mean they are 1:1 drawings? Also, are the drawings relatively easy to understand? I've seen some drawings that were so "cluttered" with detail that it was actually difficult to determine what I was actually looking at and to get accurate measurements. Bob
  4. I forgot to add that I also use Chuck's method of using a small iron like a travel iron to bend wood too. If the bend has a curve with and a twist in it, I like to use the hair dryer method. If it's a more straight forward bend, I like to use the travel iron method which also requires wetting the wood slightly with your fingers before heating it up with the iron. Sometimes I use both methods on a single piece of wood that I'm bending. Whatever it takes to get the job done! Bob
  5. One of the things I finding out about building model boats is that there are many good ways to do things. Modelers seem to find their favorite means of doing something through trial and error. Dave has found, at least on this particular model, that soaking the wood frames and clamping them until it dries works well for him in bending the frames. Many modelers use soaking and clamping successfully to bend wood. I used an Amati plank bending tool to bend the frames on my Indian Girl Canoe. It's one of those tools that looks like a soldering iron with a big, piece of curved metal on the end. I would take a frame and moisten it with a dab of water with my fingers and then gently began to apply heat with the tool while a frame was laying in the curved section of the wood block that comes with the plank bending tool. I would continue to dab it frequently with a little water and rubbing the heating element over the frame while checking the fit of the curve frequently in the canoe. I used medium viscosity CA to glue the frame into place once the fit was close to the correct contour. You need to take care not to scorch the wood. Keeping the heating element moving over a slightly moist surface pretty much prevented any scorching for me. My preferred way to bend wood, however, is Chuck's method of using a hair dryer for dry heat while twisting and bending the wood. This method worked well for me on the Medway Longboat. However, the canoe frames were too small with sharp bends for me to be able to hold them and bend them using dry heat. I preferred the using the plank bending tool method. Bob
  6. BobG

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    I'm a long ways away from being able to scratch build a model from the architectural drawings but I would like to be able to substitute better quality wood for the wood supplied in some of the kits that I'm interested in building. So many kits have mediocre or even poor quality wood in them that it's difficult to get the kind of sharp edges and smoothly sanded surfaces that I want on the model. So maybe a Byrnes saw will be the first tabletop machine that I buy. Bob
  7. You're building a wonderful model, Andrew. Great to see her coming along so nicely. Bob
  8. The repetition in model ship building can test just about anyone's patience except maybe the Dali Lama! Drilling around 700 little holes and putting a sliver of fishing line in them to simulate nails on the Medway Longboat nearly sent me to the looney house! Hang in there,Dave, she's coming along! Bob
  9. I just reread your log from where you began the rigging and your photos are helping me a lot in understanding how to do the rigging. I've said it before but I'll say it again, your Medway Longboat is simply beautifully done. Bob
  10. Great to see this build coming along. How have you found the quality of the wood supplied by Soclaine? It looks pretty good to me in your photos. There is a Soclaine model that I'm interested in but I can't find much information about the quality of their kits. Bob
  11. I've been there and done that! I swear that my tools find the glue on my work desk like a moth to the flame! If you are going to use CA make sure to have some Debonder ready at hand. I've glued up to 3 fingers to a piece of wood and, believe me, never just try to pry your fingers loose unless you don't mind losing a patch of skin. Regardless of these pitfalls, I still find that CA has it's place and can be very useful. Bob
  12. I use medium viscosity CA frequently and have had good results with it. The main thing for me is work with the wooden part, like a plank for example, until it fits almost perfectly and then be very careful applying the glue in a tiny amount so it won't bleed and stain. You need to position the piece rather quickly since you only have 15 seconds or so to adjust the placement before the CA grabs tightly. The thinner the dab of CA, the quicker it sets. A slightly thicker dab of CA will alIow you to move the piece around a little longer but you may get some squeeze out. I have a dry cloth ready to dab up any bleed quickly before it dries. If I end up with some staining I sand it lightly and then apply a finish like Wipe-on-Poly. I also use Titebond Thick and Quick white, carpenter's glue. I like it because it dries faster than regular Titebond glue and it doesn't run much at all. I use it when I think a need a bit more time to adjust the placement of a piece. I generally just use finger pressure to hold the piece in place while the glue sets up without a lot of clamping. Once it's pretty firmly set, I let it dry for 10 minutes or so before doing anything which would apply pressure to the piece.
  13. Chuck, I ordered one of your serving machines and it should arrive within a week or so. I've never done any rigging or serving but I'm looking forward to learning to do it. Can you recommend a brand and size of thread to use with your serving machine? Also, does the size of the serving thread change with the size of the rope being served? As always, many thanks, Bob
  14. I think you actually made a nice, little boat from this kit especially considering all the challenges that the quality of the kit materials presented to you. It's hard to continue to work hard on a model that you have become a bit discouraged with it but you persevered and, as you said, learned a lot. Congratulations for sticking with it and finishing it. Your next model will be better because of everything you've learned on this boat. Unfortunately, I have found that I learn as much from my mistakes as I do from the things that I did very well. I'm currently starting the rigging on the Medway Longboat from Syren and I've never done any rigging before. I've had to slow way down and take some time off from continuing so I can read and learn about rigging. There's a lot for me to learn and it feels a little bit overwhelming but I'm beginning to understand more and more through my research. I'm enjoying the whole building and learning process. Make sure you keep it fun! Bob
  15. Absolutely stunning model! Fantastic work! Bob
  16. Beautiful gondola! Thanks for the history of these historic boats too. I think I will start building my Amati Gondola pretty soon. Bob
  17. Those canons are beautiful, Bob. Fantastic painting and coloring! It's going to be a gorgeous model. Bob
  18. I usually use a small center punch or a pointed tool to make a small, pointed dent in the wood at the exact center of the hole and then drill a pilot hole with a very small drill bit. The pilot hole centers and guides the drill bit used to make the finished hole. I use this method for tiny holes drilled with a pin vise and larger holes drilled with power. Bob
  19. I hope you are still making progress on your Pride of Baltimore. She has such beautiful lines and is one of America's most beautiful sailing ships in my opinion. I know you wish that the planking was tighter and smoother but, since the hull will be painted, you can still obtain a nice, smooth hull to paint by using some wood filler and sanding carefully. Don't give up on her; she's a beauty! Bob
  20. Very nicely done! She's a beautiful, little boat. I look forward to seeing your second build. Bob

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