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About Thistle17

  • Birthday 07/25/1939

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    Webster NY
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    Research, kit (bashing), scratch, half hull modeling of period naval and 1800-1900 work boats.

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  1. I am sure you know but just for the sake of it wood swells across its width i.e. perpendicular to its fiber cells. So don't glue them in until you are sure they are completely dry if you go this route. Look on this site for alternate measures for planking. I think you may find these methods preferable. Joe
  2. Our group got to see Rusty's model in person last weekend. It is such a warm and rich appearing rendition in pear wood. His execution is skillful aaaaaaaaand all the more so as we remind ourselves that to this point it is all scratch! Joe
  3. I'm curious. It would seem you are just a few steps from creating of say a DXF file to have your parts machined via laser or cnc routing. is there a reason you didn't go that route? Joe
  4. Dan we have never met but know that a sadness for your plight grips me. You are the second person in two months who has had to put down their tools doing what they have loved to do. Would that I could personally offer you words of comfort and peace...... Joe
  5. I too am in the process of building Cheerful in the original boxwood material as offered early on. I haven't posted a build because I have gotten so far behind it is almost anti-climatic to report on it. I will say that after some false starts with planking and the like I am now at the deck level adding detail. So to give you some encouragement it is finally starting to get exciting to work on her as fleeting as that may be. Don't lose heart and as Chuck all too often emphasizes take your time. Joe
  6. Your build is coming along just fine. It too was my first build from an AJ Fisher kit that was a solid hull. Plenty of on-line pictures to help guide you and if I recall there was a book out on its build that may be of help. Of course most of the recent info is of II. And I notice that much of the deck "furniture" is for safety or comfort conformance. I did use Erik Ronnberg Jr's manual of Benjamin Latham as a guide as I viewed him as an authority. I have a question for you. When you speak of her as a racer what do you mean. It was my understanding that the original Bluenose raced against some American vessels of the same "class" to see which was the fastest. It is my understanding she was never converted to be a racer as such. Joe
  7. This is such a magical trip you are taking us on as your build advances. Absolutely love it! Adding figures and creating the environment adds so much viewing interest. Two years ago we had a member of the Rochester Museum and Science Center in to give a talk on his work on a diorama restoration of early Rochester NY down by the falls (which was the city epicenter for a time). He related they wanted as accurate a depiction of the population represented so they went back to historical records and gleaned enough information to include people of color in the new display. Kudos to you Jond for your similar work! Joe
  8. Thank you for sharing this latest tip Mike. You make the road ahead less difficult! Joe
  9. I have thought about the notion of recording time spent at modeling for some time. My problem is that time spent is either fleeting or limited so the start/stop inefficiencies creep in distorting actual time spent at the task. Not to mention my "do overs"! In contrast I have a good friend who runs a small but profitable business designing and building kitchen, bath, bar and the like cabinetry. I have actually helped him on a rather large project building church music stands and benches for the Abbey of the Genesee in mid state NY. What I observed in him is that he is poetry in motion. Efficient just doesn't adequately describe his work habits. His shop is orderly with hand and specialty tools at hand. He has a way of going about tasking that is fluid and well thought out after many years at this endeavor. His large shop space is divided into machining, assembly, painting/spraying areas. He is not at all shy about buying modern tools to execute his tasking as time is money lost or gained. So I would humbly offer rather than record hours spent at modeling maybe we all should step back and record or analyze our methods of work instead. After all we soon find out there is just not enough time in the universe to build all the models we wish!!!!!! Joe
  10. Check this site out for properties of this wood. https://www.woodworkerssource.com/show_tree_wood.php?wood=Staudtia stipitata Given what I read I only offer that this wood is going to be difficult to edge bend given its density and reference comparison to maple. You may have to resort to soaking in water or alcohol. I would try a sample piece before I go too far. Chuck Passaro also recommends heat to edge bend in the area of the curve. Joe
  11. I forgot to mention that you can get a healthy dose of knowledge from this individual's email and postings. He is quite the CNC enthusiast. Bob Warfield from CNCCookbook <bob@cnccookbook.com> Joe
  12. At the outset let me say I am not trained as a machinist. Having said that I did invest in the Sherline Mill with DRO capability. I love the machine! I also invested in a Sainsmart 3018 Pro to try to teach myself and my grandson who is in college studying Mechanical Engineering to give him some early hands on exposure to this type of tooling. Firstly let me say I do not recommend that CNC system. It is a learning tool. What I would offer is that we had such a disappointing entry into the CNC world via this product. However as painful a startup as it was, we learned quite a bit about the entire environment. Here are my thoughts: invest in a turn key system of both hardware and software (CAD/CAM) if you don't want to spend all your energy and time stitching together a system. From the standpoint of a machine paying for itself one should have other projects other than ship modeling as Ron suggests. Depending on what software front end (CAD software) you choose, and there are plenty, there can be a steep learning curve for the more powerful/useful ones. Even some of the better ones are freeware to the home user. The more powerful systems (CAD/CAM) allow one to even scan in images, import certain types of files, like DXF files and even with conversion JPEG images. But you may have to learn how to debug and edit 'g code' to have it produce what you want. There is a caution on the import of the more common DXF files. Certain DXF files that were meant for a laser system may need significant editing to have them run a router based system. Node discontinuities are the problem for the most part. These are just a few thoughts that I/we had to learn the hard way' We did this over 2 months of summer trail and error. What made it fun I was spending quality time with my grandson! If all this doesn't deter you please keep this thread alive and we all can learn and contribute with you. Joe
  13. How did I ever miss this build log! In reading earlier posts I can only say that I appreciate your sense of the what elements of your work bring satisfaction and those that don't that haunt you. I can relate and at times i find it a curse in this model building pursuit. Nonetheless your work is inspiring and a joy to now follow. Your work is excellent. If you are ever in the Rochester area we have a small model group. Our web site is www.modelshipwrightguildwny.org. Although we have members from Syracuse and Buffalo (and even Lisbon Portugal) it would be a trek to have you attend one of our meetings. You may be interested to know that the Niagara Model's group will be holding an open house in June of this year just over the border. They have some fantastic modelers. We plan to attend. Look under the topical heading dealing with model club news and events to learn more. Joe
  14. This looks like a well made machine with good features however it is a bit more on Amazon. Joe
  15. The larger table is still available but not advertised. I inquired about 6 months ago and he would supply it. The rub as I recall was that I had to ship my present table top to him for the rework. I have yet to do so as it is in use for a project. I still wish to do it but can't free up the top. As Mike says check with Jim. Joe

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