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  1. In response to the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic, and to help ease your time while practicing social distancing, the Nautical Research Guild has decided to make the digital edition of the Nautical Research Journal, Vol. 65.1 – Spring 2020, free for all to read and enjoy. Please share this digital edition with all your friends, family, and fellow modelers you think might enjoy, or need, a fun distraction. Our hobby is going through an adjustment with club meetings cancelled. But on the plus side, many modelers are now able to spend more time than ever in the shop. It is great for those of us that have this great hobby in common to be able to spend more time doing something we love rather than staring at the walls. We are all in this together, so take this opportunity to work on a model or researching your next project while stuck at home. If you wish to share this with your friends, family and fellow modelers, please share this link: https://thenrg.org/covid19. Stay safe, practice social distancing and do all you can to be here when this is all over. We hope you enjoy reading this issue of the Nautical Research Journal.
  2. To find what tools you might want to have check out You Tube videos on using PE. One tool that I wouldn't want to do without is a bender similar to this one by Small Shop - link below. I have the larger original PE bender by Mission Models (see photo) and it is super - but the price is so much higher that I hesitate to recommend it (I have had it for years and it was the only one made when I got it). Kurt https://thesmallshop.com/collections/photo-etch-bending-tools
  3. Snoops used to be very reliable but they were sold to a liberal leaning company and their results now show a liberal bias to the results. Checked at against something I know very well and today's snoops results are much different than before.
  4. No problem with the images - fair use applies. As to what kind of boat - it's up to you as I have seen photos of just about every type of small boat used on riverboats. John boats were common as were the type you show. I have seen photos with a mix of boats carried on the same riverboat. They were work boats meant to service the big boat. Some of the more prestigious riverboats certainly had matching boats but the smaller guys used what was available to them. I don't think you can go wrong with either of the two you show but if I was picking a boat to make that was easy to make I would go with a John Boat - no curves, flat bottom and easy to make.
  5. Dave: I make it a practice to anneal brass before working with it. Didn't used to do this for drilling but after I started doing it before drilling things went much easier. I am not a machinist so there will surely be other answers. Kurt
  6. As well as being a security issue - now the entire world knows there is a little less defense in the area where it's supposed to patrol.
  7. The Museum has just decided that the 2020 Contest and Show is cancelled. Their website will be updated ASAP. The event will be held as usual the third weekend in May 2021. May 14-16 are the dates for 2021. Kurt
  8. Bob: Air bubbles will appear in the resin "water" a heat gun carefully directed at the top surface will cause them to rise and pop. I haven't done this myself but I know it's necessary from friend's experience. Check to Woodland Scenics web site - I think they tell how to do it with their "water' product - but all resins are similar in this respect. Kurt
  9. The display method is just as important as the model itself. No need to skip details of the display. It will help many who have not done it and want to try. I for one would appreciate you providing details. Kurt
  10. Pat: You might consider trimming the pieces added along side the mounting holes where they will later interfere with the garboard plank - before adding the bulkheads for ease in trimming. Kurt
  11. Stay-brite requires close fits - a bit looser than silver solder but not much. I have used it with a small torch - the Smith Little torch as well as a butane torch. I have also used it with resistance soldering - which I am coming to love. I haven't used it with a soldering iron but for smaller stuff it would probably work OK.
  12. I meant to say that the idea of baking to solder isn't so far off base. Airbrushes are assembled using an industrial process of baking the parts withe the solder and flux in place - but it's not something you can do at home.
  13. Some are just trying to get you to say "YES" so they can say you agreed to having your electric, gas or something switched over - usually with obscenely inflated prices. We make it a practice to never say the magic word until we know exactly who we are talking to. We have recently told our friends who don't use my cell phone that if they don't stick around for the answering machine to kick in so we can hear who it is they had better email us because we are not picking the phone up unless standing next to it - and that doesn't even work for 5 to 6 PM the prime time for the low life's to bother us - in defiance of the federal Do Not Call list - which of course exempted the politicians who enacted the law.
  14. Do a search for previous discussions on soldering. Lots of great tips to be found. I have found that actual silver soldering is not really needed in our hobby for any issue of strength. I have used stay-brite a high silver content solder that melts at lower temps than silver solder and it can be blackened unlike regular soft solders. To get small flakes one can hammer solder flat and snip it off in small flakes. Much easier to do this with stay-brite than silver solders but that's the way to do it for them too. I have demonstrated and talked on silver soldering at several NRG Conferences or seminars and used to do it all the time but I have since switched to using stay-brite except when doing joints in close proximity to each other.
  15. I have used these tools for years and they are great for what I use them for - rough quick flattening or shaping of wood - and fiberglass. I have a flat 1.5 inch wide by 8 inches long piece that I keep real handy for making sure bases of parts are flat. Touch up with a sanding stick to smooth the parts I use the perma-grit tools on. I am not sure if the tools I have are by this company but the tools I have come in several different "grits" for coarse or finer work.

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