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About ccoyle

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  • Birthday 08/15/1963

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    Greer, South Carolina
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    model building, hunting, fishing, reading, genealogy

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  1. Those are great memories, Bob. Our family had two VW campers; my dad did the camper conversion himself on the first one, and the second one was a pop-top. We did the same with the vacations all around Northern California. Sorry for hijacking this topic, Genocon!
  2. My grandfather, who was as fastidious as they come, had an absolutely pristine 60s-vintage VW van camper conversion. I never had a crack at inheriting that car either 'cause it got T-boned at an intersection (happily no harm to grandpa).
  3. You're right -- shooting one's own ratlines is a no-no. Is it possible that the ship was originally rigged as a sloop before being converted to a mortar vessel?
  4. Your story resonated with me on several points: 1. I am a descendant of Nieuw Amsterdam immigrants. 2. I am a native of Northern California -- like the REAL Northern California, not like the Northern Southern California town of San Francisco. 😉 3. My youngest daughter is a Kathleen. Good luck with your project!
  5. I like them both ways. Many sails on models aren't anywhere close to being in scale, and pre-sewn sails are the worst offenders in this regard, usually having a coarse weave and way, way too obvious stitching. Even so, they can still look good on a model in spite of these scale inconsistencies. The best way to think about this is to look at photos of real sailing ships: panel lines are barely perceptible, and stitching can't be seen at all. Using sail cloth with a high thread count and then gluing instead of sewing bolt ropes, IMO, is a great improvement, and properly furled silkspan (which I haven't tried myself) can likewise add a significant touch of realism to a model. But to each their own!
  6. Yep. We've been aware of this strategy for some time. MSW has made a collective decision to not engage in this sort of trolling for membership. We see our FB page as an extension of our site and will only post content from MSW or from one of our trusted partners. We also do not share our content to other pages except for relevant shares to our partners, such as posting an Amati model to Amati's page. Our philosophy in that regard is hey, it's Amati's page, so the focus should be on Amati's product, not on us. We don't feel a pressing need to cross-post willy-nilly all over FB. Does this cost us potential members? Yes, probably. But then, we also don't have to present our site as something other than what it actually is.
  7. Used to listen to a lot of Cat Stevens back in the day.
  8. When I was a kid, my family had a '55 Bel Air. My dad sold it back in the days before it became a classic collectible, as opposed to simply being an old car. I've often wondered "what if" ever since.
  9. Looking good! The kits out of Spain (Constructo, Artesania Latina, Dikar, OcCre) have always tended to have an eye-pleasing variety of woods for modelers who like to leave their builds in the natural.
  10. This is indeed sad news. Danny was everything Chuck said he was. He was a key MSW staffer for years, and he will be sorely missed.
  11. Moving is no fun, and I should know, cuz I've done it 38 times in 56+ years. 😳 I hope yours is trouble-free!

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