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About BenF89

  • Birthday 05/21/1989

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    Washington, USA
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    Boats! Also: Family, books, theology, sketching and drawing, history

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  1. It’s amazing what a difference good plan sets and reference information make! What a convenience getting on the actual tug. I know firsthand how often the product doesn’t match the drawing, or (often) the drawing is simply silent on a detail or arrangement. Heck, it’s even the case on my own designed model!
  2. Dumb question (probably): how is the added thickness of the brass plating accounted for without making the superstructure out of scale in its dimensions? Or is the ‘out of scale’ negligible? (though, at 1:350, even small changes would be significant at full scale)
  3. I’m looking forward to this! I just don’t get tired of seeing folks’ Titanic builds. Encountering the Titanic story at a young age inspired my trajectory towards my current career in Naval Architecture, so it’s very near-and-dear.
  4. Looks great! I really like her lines. Beautiful ship, even if she had seen better by the time she was a war-bride transport...
  5. Thanks, Denis! Good to hear from you _________________ FORWARD HEAD OUTFIT - PART 5 Spent most of the ‘build time’ this week planning and drawing a new head arrangement, and then carefully measuring for part details. Results are below: Head Redesign- Sheet 1 Head Redesign- Sheet 2 Head Redesign - Sheet 3 My plan is to build as much as I can off the boat out of styrene, rather than build it in wood and have to sheath it. But the plastic-sheathed-wood route may be more robust. I suppose I’ll find out what I decide when I make it.
  6. I showed the brochure to my 5 yo daughter. She said "That's very fancy. I hope it NEVER sinks." So you have a vote of approval from the two of us!
  7. Have you seen Koppalakki’s build log for his Missouri? There might be some information there about what should get drilled where. Though, he’s going more for end of service life. That said, the small holes at the stem probably should not be drilled- I believe those are locators for draft marks.
  8. Just discovered this log, and I’m glad I haven’t missed the whole adventure! I’ve got my sights set on (eventually) designing and building an RC workboat/commercial craft of some type, and so I’m taking lots of mental notes. Looks like a great project so far, and I’m going to enjoy following along!
  9. Thanks for the explanation- that’s way simpler than I was thinking. (I tend to over complicate just about anything...)
  10. Thanks, that makes good sense. I wondered if easy removal was part of it, for transportation or some other reason. Easy reinstallation is just the flip-side of that. I assume these are ‘high strength’ enough so it doesn’t get knocked off easily? How thick is the plastic between the magnets? And, how are they attached to the plastic? (Sorry for the ‘20-questions’ - I just think it’s a cool idea.)
  11. Looks great! Just curious- what is the advantage of using magnets for the monitors? Just so they are free to be manually aimed as needed?
  12. Ah, yeah. That makes sense. I believe the naval architecture/design firm Jensen in West Seattle is under the Crowley umbrella. Also, I second the motion for a fully-RC version with rotating Z Drives, 16 light configurations, fire monitors, and deployable oil booms!
  13. Thanks! Sent you a PM. And, thanks for the yard info - that makes sense. Do you know if one of the local Naval Architecture firms did the design work, then?

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