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  1. Wonderful model, Josh. Congratulations! I'm just about ready to start reading his book, "Sailing Around the World Alone."
  2. Oh man, I do not like those seemingly never ending, repetitive tasks that are common in ship modeling. The sails look wonderful and, although I'm sure it's not historically correct, I rather like seeing the contrast of the white stitching to the darker color of the sails.
  3. You can learn a lot by reading build logs on the forum but the best thing you can do is start a build log for the model you are building. You'll be able to ask questions and get excellent advice. Others will be able to learn from your build as well and you'll make friends here in the process. Welcome to MSW and good luck with your build. You've chosen a great model to begin with.
  4. I've looked for it on the internet and can only find it form vendors in Europe. Were you able to find it in the USA?
  5. I'm just getting caught up on your build and your Alert is looking fantastic! I'm going to try that Floo Gloo Fly Tying Cement also. The rope looks great with it. Where were you able to find it?
  6. Oh gosh, I share the same character trait and it is both a blessing and a curse. It's a blessing when I finally attempt to fix the problem and it turns out well and it's a curse when my attempted fix is worse than the original problem. I'm trying to learn to step back a bit and know when "good enough" is enough...but it's so hard for me to do!
  7. I just took my seat to watch this build as well, Bob. It looks like you are moving right along so I don't expect any dull moments in this show!
  8. Thanks, Bradley. Monterey was a magical place to be in the early 70's as a young man. It certainly has grown by leaps and bounds since then. My wife and I find ourselves looking at the homes for sale in the area too. I think you mentioned that you are rebuilding your home in Santa Rosa. I hope that is going well for you. The Monterey area in in the midst of a prolonged drought as well and, unfortunately, the conditions here ripe for a catastrophic fire like many areas in California. We're hoping for rain like all other Californians but it appears we are in store for an
  9. Thank you VTHokiEE, Ryland, Glenn, Justin, Grant and Don for your kind thoughts and words. My wife and I and our son are in Pebble Beach for a week. We rented a nice house with a view of ocean over the tops of the Monterey Pine and Cyprus trees. It's a stunningly beautiful area. So we'll have a wonderful, relaxing week here and I'll have ample time to continue playing my guitar too. The whole Monterey area is very special to me since I spent 2 1/2 years here attending Monterey Peninsula College after I got out of the service back in 1970-72. The memories always come fl
  10. I was just looking over your wonderful build again, Kevin. Those are beautiful brass fittings. Are all of those supplied from the kit?
  11. Well, as they say, when it rains, it pours. I've had a couple of medical issues pop up and that has taken some time and attention. About a month ago I came down with an intestinal infection that required some heavy duty antibiotics and took me 3 weeks to get back to normal. Then to top it off I noticed a lump in my upper chest. I ended up having to have a mammogram and an ultrasound. The radiologist thinks it is "probably benign" and we will just monitor it for a while and do another ultrasound in 6 months. Now I know what women have to go through on a routine basis! This all came
  12. I've joined into following your build since I have the same model an the shelf waiting for it's time in shipyard. I'm a big fan of working with each plank until it nearly sits exactly on the hull without any clamps by prebending the plank using dry heat while slightly moistening the plank. Clamping the plank to my work table and then bending and twisting it while heating it with a hair dryer to create those compound curves near the bow works very well also.
  13. I agree with everyone else that showing the lines between the planks and joints on wooden hulls adds to the realism of the model especially on these hard working boats.
  14. Very, very nicely done, Yves. I think you've already convinced me that this model should be on my tick list.
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