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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. CDRUSN, I have found out that you have to change the pixel settings on cell phones to take pictures and post onto this site. I have used my Android phone a few times to post pictures, have always had to make pictures with fewer pixels to upload. Not sure how computer is better able to upload a picture instead of cell phone. Just my experiences and two cents. Brian
  2. Hello Marcus, I remember having the same issue as you of having difficulty uploading pictures from my Android phone onto this site. It seems that the size of picture that the phone takes is too big or too many pixels for this site to accommodate. After being given an old digital camera, the problem ended for me. Another solution you can try to do is to e-mail yourself the pictures and then using a computer upload the pictures onto your forum. Brian
  3. Channell, great job on the building of those anti-aircraft guns for your Bismarck model. I have to admit I am amazed at the detail difference when making the guns with the photo-etched metal. Keep up the great blog. Brian
  4. Hi Joe and Greg, thanks for the replies. For my next project I am considering building Brig Eagle using the plans by Gene Bodnar. In his guide, the keel measures 1/4 inches wide and 3/8 inches thick. One of the guys in the club I am with here in Denver was e-mailing to me it is better to get over-sized and mill down to correct thickness. He offered to mill for me. I thought that I saw that Crown Timber had a piece that was 1/2 inch thick, but that was wrong. However, I can glue two pieces of wood 1/4 inch thick on top of each other and mill down to size. I only hope that it doesn't show super obviously. Gene says the keel bottom comes in three main pieces each being a little over a foot long. The length is not an issue at this time. Brian
  5. I don't know if this is in the wrong category, if it is, admin has permission to move to right place. For my next model, I am considering ordering boxwood through Jason at Crown Timber. However, I need a certain size of wood that Jason doesn't provide. This will be my first time ever working personally with boxwood. For those of you who have used boxwood, do you advise planing down a thicker size to the desired size or to make layers? Thanks for the help, I am looking forward to this. Brian
  6. I like your idea, been following quietly along on this dio. If I recall the Ballard book correctly about the Bismarck, he had to use an un-manned sled because the water was too deep for a manned sub to visit. ARGO looks about the same length as a VW Bug, but half the width, if that might help you. ARGO though would be using scale lights the size and power of Christmas-tree lights. Would be interesting to see on your model. Keep up the work. Brian
  7. I have heard that one of those materials has a problem of building static inside the case, thinking it is the acrylic cases. But it also depends on the material of the model. A friend of mine has a beautiful sailing model of USS Constitution, sails and all. He that problem whenever the case is lifted/lowered. Not sure how a plastic and metal model like Bismarck would respond. Personally, I would go no thicker than 1/4 in material for the case either way. Brian
  8. The business ends of Bismarck have finally been installed! She is looking mean and ready to go. I can hear the sea pumps right now and the whirring of 1940s technology. I can't wait to see what you do for the seaplanes Bismarck carried, assuming that you even put some on this model. Great job on this ship, someday I may have to attempt something like this myself. Brian
  9. Looks almost like you built one ship into three models with those individually cased sections of a sailing ship. You have amazing construction skills and some very nice exhibits. Congrats on finishing the Chebece. Brian :)
  10. If I remember the deck layout correctly, I think there is a galley just forward of the officer's bench on the Chebece. This model is looking great as all of your projects are. You are a master builder. Brian
  11. And Patrick is off to the races again daring to make another amazing yacht interior! Genesis is looking great, making nice progress on her. Brian
  12. Another late comer to this blog, she is a good looking ship, Marcus! I will be following on this project. Looks kind of similar to what we call a Yawl rig. Brian
  13. Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice!!! That is one badass ship, I like a lot the way you formed the stern and underwater parts of the hull. Keep it up! Brian
  14. Maaaaaaannn, I miss a few days of checking blogs here on NRG and already you are this far with Genesis! Fast sailing, mate. I will have to find a back seat to watch with my soda on the big-screen tv. Brian
  15. Patrick my man, that is one SWEET yacht you have. SHADOW looks absolutely beautiful and amazing. I am so ready for a brief ride post launching Brian

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