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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 would much appreciate the PDF as I do not have access to the manual itself. Now the question is how does that action take plac. Through this site or via private email? Please advise.


    1. alross2


      Hi Joe,


      I would think email, as I don't see any file section here.  Mine is alross2@aol.com.




  2. Thank you both for your comments. Blackreed your comments suggest familiarity with this type configuration. Although, Jim our modeler, is ex Navy, his duty was with nuclear power systems. That has left us with many questions of just how these weapons were loaded/reloaded, where the casings ended up and as you point out the spot light was just asking for it to be shot out.
  3. I know i have said this before but the gun tub is a project in itself making progress measured. Since the last posting, Jim, has made further advancement by assembly (albeit dry) of the gun carriage suspension components and has started some work of the gun locking system and other internal details. I think he is doing himself proud. Would you agree? Please note the guns are not mounted in their respective carriages but lay along side for perspective. Joe
  4. How am to ever get my modeling done? Now I have to follow your fine works, watch Leo and his build and Acorn to Arrabella. Indeed i find your "gems" amussing and it keeps me on my toes. You have a sense of humor. Joe
  5. Michael, just superb! You are such an artisan. You are an inspiration that i can only hope to follow. Joe
  6. Joinery at any scale is a challenge. You have certainly 'nailed it' here! Just beautiful work. Joe
  7. Just catching up to your news and psoitioning on product. Repetitive production however managed by hand is not a labor of love. I totally understand your position. As they have said in regard to the Care packages the US to send to disadvantaged it was a hand out not a hand up. I would be very much in favor of the tutorial route so will be on board if and when. Just a thought... why not make a DVD video and market it? Joe
  8. Now you have done it guys! You made me search further for the hobby bench I thought was a style that may work. It can be lowered and widened in the aperature and can be made wider in work surface area. The plan is simple and can be adapted for a wheel chair. I liked it as it was "handsome enough" to take residence in a living area as opposed to a shop environment. Here is what I would do: - The trestle framework can be redesigned to improve access in the knee hole area. - Remove it all together and make the rear panel the strong back. And while your add it remove the mid
  9. Here is a style that intrigued me sometime back. For your needs a design such as this could be lowered and widened to accomadate your wheel chair. This particular one is quite pricey but my estimate for a DYI version is under $500. The DYI version of this was in Shop Notes or its companion sometime around 2010. Joe
  10. Conditions have not improved much in the Finger Lakes Region as far as the infection rate goes. People just let their guard down and we still have an infection rate of 9%. Vaccinations for our 1B population has started but the supply chain is faltering. i suspect even with increased supply there will be a bow wave as first time recipients compete with 2nd round recipients. All part of the Covid Crazies! But I digress. I voluntered to turn the support system for the forward gun tub trays, as I have the lathe. I first tried making the system in one piece out of 1/2 delrin rod. It did
  11. When i was researching the ESSEX i ran across the plans on line here: bing.com/images. If you hunt around after you find page 1 the others can be found. Also i found AOS for Essex on Amazon books. It was a used copy in great condition. Joe
  12. Making tools and jigs especially ones that live on past the immediate job rival the model work at times. What a nice tool you have come up with! Joe
  13. Matt we seem to cast the most critical eye on our works. In our minds eye we hold unforgiving perfection but the execution, to us anyway, never seems to measure up. This pursuit demands so much of us especially with the incredible peers that post here. I'd say you are closing that distance quite well. Joe
  14. Oh the time spent on making these diminuitive parts. Have we all lost our minds? Half kidding and half serious. I do think that such dedication and craftmanship does rival some of the best works of the time. I do hope they are appreciated long after we have "pushed off shore". Great work Rusty. Joe
  15. I have been asked to restore a family's model of a fishing schooner modeled after a Maine vessel of the turn of the 20th century. I am told it was built by the builder of the original vessel. It has suffered the ravages of time and neglect. I need some recommendation of what to do with the sails. They were extremely well done perhaps the most notable execution of all elements. They do suffer from significant yellowing and environmental grime. They seem to be made of a very fine weave fabric and show no sign of rot. Can't tell if they are linen or a very fine weave cotton. Joe
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