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About chuckd

  • Birthday 08/12/1962

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    clearlake ca.
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    wooden ship building aircraft modeling auto restoration fishing
  1. I also enjoy rigging always learn more about how the ship functions.would have loved to see one 100 years ago sailing by professional sailors
  2. The round ones for drip coffee makers they flatten out considerably when wet or painted
  3. For smaller models i have made sails of coffee filters they dont tear take glue well and can be hung in intended shape and painted as they are too translucent otherwise.gluing in boltropes made of small wire helps to keep sails in proper shape when installed
  4. I am scratch building the essex currently another good reference is rigging period ship models by lennarth peterson. Portias book has good dimensions of masts etc.peterson s has good generic rigging.
  5. ill try im not much of a photographer if you sand the deck pretty smooth first it makes the gaps more uniform and the al.ox.comes right off the smooth surface also I make small indents with a pin where the trenails would be in the decking as in scale theyre too small to duplicate well otherwise
  6. another method is to glue down the deck planking,take @3oo grit sandpaper and scuff up a p iece of aluminum then lightly wet sand the decking the aluminum oxide on the paper will stay in the cracks leaving black lines @ to scale.you can highlight dowels where boards are fastened this way also
  7. my father was a fisherman operating a charter boat and the "aircraft carrier" was a common fishing destination acting sort of like a reef.the fishermen knew about it through fish finder sonar.i wonder how much radiation we ingested through the years as that part of the story seems left out until now!
  8. thanks for the info.maybe ill go with tan stained almost black.i suppose they would be pretty dark with wear even if not tarred?
  9. I have a dumb question.i am coming to this point on my constitution build also and wonder should the ratlines be black or tan?ive read that they weren't actually tarred but are allways black in pictures.are they considered standing rigging or are just the shrouds tarred?im sure someone knows more about this than I do thanks chuck
  10. I am currently building uss constitution and will build a case and thinking about donating it to a local retirement home.youll never find a more appreciative audience for your work and once the models done I don't mind someone else enjoying it besides there big and my house is small......
  11. just in time to show what ive done wrong on mine!
  12. if your not painting I think the copper lends contrast to the wood as for realism the copper was probably pretty green soon after installation anyway.bear in mind copper is slow and expensive good luck chuck d

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