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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. Here we are a month later moving a bit farther forward on the build. Our "chief engineer", Jim is headed for Florida in a week for two months, so on board now is Bill. Bill has a long history of model building and you may know that he has a number of models donated to the Navy and museums. He is a period ship modeler concentrating mostly on Civil War era vessels. Welcome aboard Bill! Today we managed to permanently install the forward gun tub support ring and continue work on the helm area interior compartments. In the ensuing weeks we will concentrate on completion of the gun tub and forward deck skin. The helm area will also be finished and readied for the helm station and radios etc.. The gun tub support collar will rise up from the support ring and will receive an inner collar (with a circular flange that is part of the rotating system that supports the twin 50 caliber machine guns. At this time we do not plan full simulation of the tub rotational mechanism since most or all is hidden. We will add realism through simulation of fasteners and the like. The gun tub is a bit involved and it seems at the moment more appropriately built at the model rather than farming it out as originally planned. Joe
  2. Hello Ron!

    I too am a member of Model Shipwrights of Western NY. Sam and I have been conversing about you over the holidays and I indicated that I would also try to reach out to you. His last reminder prompted this note. I am on MSW under the "handle" of Thistle17. I have always loved that day - sailer/racer almost had an opportunity to restore an original wooden one but didn't act fast enough on her. I now look back and muse "What was I thinking?"! I was then diverted from restoring a 17' Chris Craft Sportsman that I stumbled on at Cape Cod. Again I was pulled away from a head long plunge and lots of $$$$$ by one who knows better than me. Any ways I am now relegated to the work bench building models. Its safer and less expensive.


    I am working on the Syren Cheerful and Winchelsea. I too have a MS model of Niagara sitting on the shelf waiting for ts turn. I might mention that one of our members has many pictures of her as he too has built this model. I think I can reach out to him to see if they are captured electronically.


    In the mean time we invite you to join us this season when we resume formal gathering starting in March. If you give me your e-mail address I can copy you on minutes and agendas. Also do visit our web site for past endeavors modelshipwrightguildwny.org.


  3. I am stalled on working this endeavor as I am remodeling a first floor work area in our house for both my wife's art works and my model building. In doing so I had to move some 1970 ish model kits from a well known US manufacturer. It was striking to open the box of Rattlesnake and examine the dormant kit. I mused to myself, in today's light, that the kit should go to the "auction block" or elsewhere. Indeed the industry has come a long way in nearly 50 years especially so in the last 10 or so. But Chuck, I think I speak for all modelers when I say you have advanced this wonderful "passion" to a level that may not be achievable in a full production environment. And it is hard to see how it can be surpassed! You are truly gifted and the fact that you share your gifts is remarkable. Joe
  4. Given good weather and your ability to attend our March meeting it would be delightful to see your project. Hope it works out. The choice of wood is going to make such a warm looking model Rusty. Joe
  5. I have been ordering ahead even though I have yet to launch head first into this project as I am setting up an artist work area for my wife. We share a common work room and my wife has been patiently waiting for her area for far too long. In any event I just received the full resin set of parts Syren offers. They are astounding in replication and detail. Although his supplier continues to work at improvements these are the best I have seen from any supplier to date. Joe
  6. One never knows when you take on a project for someone else how it will be received and what will come from the interplay along the way with the client. I must say in this case the outcome has been beyond any thing I would have imagined. My wife and I have become quite friendly with the client. I doubt that is the rule in such undertakings. It has been delightful knowing the person who is one of those rare people that each time you meet it is a joy. How good is that! Just had to say it. Joe
  7. You all are to be complimented on your teamwork and excellent execution of this very detailed model! Joe
  8. In furniture making a 1/32" is easily handled without lament. In model ship building it can be dreadful. I have learned the hard way that tolerance build up, even with careful machining on very good model machines can creep in so easily that I have had to adjust my mentality from one project to the other. By golly you are human after all!!!!! Joe
  9. Bob this pursuit has its own way of making oneself a harsh critic of their work. This forum offers us all superb references for "how to and perfection". It is both a blessing and a curse. In building Cheerful (which is still in process) I learned so much and have improved immensely. You are way ahead of me (maybe that is not a good reference point)! Joe
  10. My long departed German friend taught me to be neat and orderly and clean up before one leaves the shop. I have high admiration for him and his works. He apprenticed in Germany to a wood carver and that rigor was among his first lessons. Nice discipline! Joe
  11. Superb execution Mike. You are another hard act to follow. And thanks for the tip on the sanding forms and paper. I am always fashioning up homemade ones that are barely adequate. Joe
  12. Nice to tune in and see your great work and progress. How you and the others manage to stay the course is a mystery to me. Life for me has many interruptions. Winne sits on the shelf while I add den cabinetry for my wife's art works. For now I will have to content myself with yours and the others works. Happy New Year! Joe
  13. Remarkable drive Jon! I have been in this house 11 years now and I am still trying to finish my wood working shop and model building "shop". The former is in the basement and the latter is on the first floor. I just finished the second installment of cabinetry for my wife's art work area. This all meant that I get about an hour a day to model. And yes finding the tool or glue bottle is a universal problem. I have Channing's Friendship plans and hope some day to build a scratch version. Love those Maine work boats. So much to do and so little time! Joe
  14. I too have this saw Jaagar. Mine is referenced as a veneer cutting saw and also does a good job of cutting for modeling but does not quite have the "clean cut" of the former one I suggested. You do point out the one thing I like about veneer saws and that is it is easier to start the cut with the one you suggest. I have found that with the Japanese version if I scribe the cut line first the pull sawing is much easier. Joe

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