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About bdgiantman2

  • Birthday 10/20/1979

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    Aurora, CO
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    Currently working on model of Yacht Mary. Future projects include brig USS George Washington (1837) and the Oliver H. Perry. Also have plans to make a scratch-build that I drew up myself

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  1. Hello Toni. Sorry to hear you are having computer issues, those can be super frustrating. A few weeks ago I got my kit in the mail, I am excited to be starting soon while following your blog. At the beginning of the blog I think you mentioned briefly about options for openings for the gun ports. I am interested in seeing more about this, as some of the support pieces the kit provides you were placing right in the middle of the ports. Brian
  2. I am also interested in this practice kit. When I went to the NRG home page, as Kurt suggested, I couldn't find the link to place order for this model. Brian D
  3. If I remember correctly from the original thesis by Dr. Crisman, they did have saws "powered" by waterfalls or similar way by river currents. Now not the same as our modern power equipment, but I know what you mean. In another book I have about ships from the same time period, another popular device used is rough rock blocks dubbed "Holy Stones" because the same size as average Bible from that time for sanding decks and hull.
  4. I agree completely with Mike and Tim. Although you did thoroughly explain earlier in the blog spelling out how you did it, seeing the video helped a lot. Thanks for taking the time to do that.
  5. Am I seeing small pieces of PVC pipe being used for base of masts? If so, that is sneaky of you. Brian
  6. Mike, your model of the Winchelsea is coming along very nicely. I admire the work you and Chuck do on your ships. I evidently don't know what this belt term being mentioned for the area you are building is referring to. Have never heard of this belt in any of the books I use for my guidance. Keep up the great work. Brian
  7. I see that the ol' paintbrush has been busy lately. The sleek hull looks really nice now painted, as well as the other areas as well. I like the shrubs you are placed around the pool and elsewhere on the ship, and your furniture building skills always amaze me. I don't think though that the pool in stern would be all frothy like you have it, it isn't a jacuzzi. Brian
  8. You, sir, are doing an amazing job on this model. Very clean and professional looking. Keep up this project. Brian
  9. Maybe you could use some really thin pieces of cardboard or the material used to make manila envelopes to make up that half of a millimeter spacing? Just a thought. Brian
  10. Absolutely incredible work planking the lower hull of your Winnie model, Mr. Passaro. Now after this overload of information, I want to make sure I am understanding correctly as I am very new to your style of building and markings. So you want us to take a strip of sticky paper, and make markings on this piece of paper with the beams to plank the hull (you are calling these belts?). Then we are to put this piece of paper onto each rib of any model and make additional tick marks on the actual ribs and after get all the markings done then can use either tape or planks to make sure everything is all properly made? And then after making sure everything lines up properly can start gluing on the hull planks onto the model. Brian
  11. I really like my Dremel Scroll Saw that I got through Home Depot (should be $60, maybe a tad less). The saw is very accurate and easy to use, the only one issue I have is no tilt-base (although I don't really need it thanks to my disc and belt sander). I have yet to get a modeling table saw nor do I have any lathe as of yet. Small steps but do what I can with what I have. Brian
  12. Very nicely done model of Niagara, sir. The only one thing I want to say is I am a little personally concerned about how some of the ropes from that three-way joint midships passes right in front of the carronades. In my research and reading about the brigs of 1812 war, Niagara was notorious for catching her own rigging on fire shooting off the carronades. Brian
  13. She is looking so life-like and ready to experience being in the water. Outstanding skills building this model. You are very talented.
  14. I really like those scrolls, and the other details you are making on the Winnie. This model is turning out very impressive. The examples of both wood types are a pleasure to see. And thanks for the lesson about fairing inboard, a new one for me. A while back on this web site, I recall a certain Mr. Chuck Passaro teaching to use an x-acto blade for doing finer details such as curving scrolls or the s-shape decorations a lot of ships of the time period had. Perhaps that same advice would help the volute details.
  15. Those wings for the radoms came out sick! I like a lot. Sapphire is coming out amazing so far, she looks so bad-***. Another really cool feature about the real yacht is that the pool in the stern doubles as a helipad which retracts into the deck when charters want to be in the pool. Even though not the same exact scale, I found these cool 3d printed helicopters and have one "flying" alongside the ship. https://www.shapeways.com/marketplace/miniatures/aircraft?q=&sort=popularity&facet[pdcId][]=150&facet[pdcId][]=490&facet[price][min]=1&facet[price][max]=2500&facet[price][from]=1&facet[price][to]=2500

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