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About Canute

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  • Birthday 10/18/1948

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    Napoleonic Age of Sail, ACW

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  1. Launching a massive airstrike off a straight deck carrier looked like a zoo. How many a/c were there on 1 ship. 90 or so? They'd jam them in anyway they could to make them all fit for launch. They had to launch in a sequence, usually fighters first to provide air cover, scout dive bombers next and finally, the torpedo bombers. The rendezvous to build the whole strike package must have been incredible, getting separate carriers' aircraft joined up. I remember our Linebacker launches from Korat in 1972, Over 100 aircraft from just one base. We had 4 bases launching. We had flow plans with all sorts of timing. Aircraft were parked all over the base; anywhere we had space to load and launch. We all launched to a fleet of aerial tankers and hung on them until the code word for executing the strike or weather cancelling was broadcast.
  2. Coming along nicely, OC. Nice to have minimal seam filling. Spitfires always look good.
  3. Ole' Slim is racking up rays. 😀 I like you layout for mooring the Philadelphia. Keep at it, Bob.
  4. We had it in the F-4s, but that was when they were close to new. The MAC guys used it a lot in their cargo compartments.
  5. Looking good, Lou. Cockpit floors still use that, although they seem to use a tape nowadays.
  6. Well, more work done and I found a real prize buried in my RR cache: a pile driver barge. Could become the follow on to this little scow. On to the current work. The framework is pretty basic: floor, five bulkheads, some stringers and 2 end braces. Thanks to the laser cutting this craft has sheer and camber built in. The ends are identical, with buffer wood added in. Have to go back and add some creosote stain to these buffer boards. And this shows the camber, too. The stringers are added to support the deck and everything is left with the glue drying. I need to go back and touch up a few spots and fill in some gaps in the side strakes. Thanks for reading.
  7. Great job with the paint. Like EG says, looks real.
  8. Carl, where's the fun in just a cockpit. Geewhiz, mate. We want to see more to that airplane. So, you are not expecting anymore parts to continue with this build. OK, I get it. I'm just a little too literal sometimes. And there is no wayinell I'd ever say anyone is dumb, especially looking at the artistry displayed by the folks on this forum. P.S. The DB605 is the Daimler Benz engine of the Me109G
  9. Carl , are you building this Bf109G on the installment plan, ala the Dagostini models? My aircraft model instructions always seem to start with the cockpit and eventually progress through the rest of the build. So, you're awaiting a DB605? It will be a good build when it appears, Carl.
  10. Looking good, OC. Seems if one has a problem with the fit of parts in these newer kits, the builder is the one in error. A far cry from the old kits we cut our teeth with, back in the day.
  11. Bob, make sure you get a tight seal around the base where your resin is going. The resin will find any pinholes and leak out. I've had personal experience.😮
  12. Since this is a laser cut kit, there isn't a lot of fiddling required for the build. Most parts are pre-cut and also have double stick tape for fastening together. I started by staining the exterior parts with a Monroe Models black creosote stain. I waited overnight to let the stain dry and then started the hull sides. Pictures via my phone, so sorry for the blurry left edge. You can see how dark the stain got. I got the hull sides done fairly quickly and forgot to take any in progress shots. Here's the transom parts. There are two; there is no bow or stern on these craft. Completed transom. Have to build up the hull frames/bulkheads. The scow hull will look like an egg crate when we're ready for the deck.

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