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About EKE

  • Birthday 05/02/1959

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    Los Angeles, CA
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    Yachting of all sorts, yacht racing, naval history, radio sailing, architecture.

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  1. A follow up on the nail polish product. I received this from Amazon. It indeed seems to be the “secret sauce”. I tested it on on some scrap wood and threads. It is indeed lacquer based, quite viscous and controllable. Dries fast, with a nice matte finish. Looks very natural on thread and cord. I think this stuff, or something very similar, is the perfect product for setting knots, and controlling/fixing coils of lines and sheets. Recommended.
  2. I’ve seen photos of the helmsmen on Zulus, ant they’d typically sit on the steering house to the side of the wheel. Different, for sure!
  3. This is the product I just ordered. I'll let you know how it works. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07JNWLTVY/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  4. Thanks so much for the kind words, Mike. The clear nail polish is nothing special, really. It’s a clear nail top coat. Lots of companies make it. You want a lacquer-based polish, not the acrylic stuff. The lacquer based polish dries really fast and sets up really firm. The OPI polish I’ve been using dries with a slightly glossy finish on rope and thread, so if it’s applied too heavily, it looks too shiny in my opinion. I ordered some matte-finish lacquer-based clear nail top coat (whoa, that’s a mouthful!), but I haven’t tried it yet. It may prove to be the “secret sauce”. I’l
  5. This looks fantastic! I've always wanted to build a clipper, and have had my eye on Flying Fish for quite a while. Is the blue bottom paint based on historical information, or is it a personal choice? It looks terrific.
  6. Model built by EKE - Erik K. Evens This model was build from the wonderful “Lady Isabella” kit from Vanguard Models, designed by Chris Watton. I chose to depict the Zulu “Fidelity” (BF1497), launched in 1904. Fidelity is documented in a beautifully-drawn set of plans preserved by the Royal Maritime Museum Greenwich. Length – 600mm ( 23.6 “) Width – 100mm ( 3.9″) Height – 387mm ( 15.2”) This was my first model ship build. Many thanks to all of my new friends here at MSW, who stood by me during this most enjoyable journey. I’m grateful for your guidance,
  7. Thanks for all the kind words, my friends. Seriously, I could not have finished this as successfully without all of your critique and support. I’m grateful! James...you ask what’s next? Well, a bit of a break from ship modeling, as I have now been fully vaccinated, and I’ll be wanting to reconnect with some full-size sailboat racing, which is now required for my sanity. And also radio-controlled sailboat racing - I have to do a lot of sailing to collect enough points to qualify for the US National Championships in August in San Diego, and because of COVID, I’m way behind.
  8. Well, my Zulu, BF 1479 Fidelity is finished. This has been a really fun and informative journey, which began when I received this kit at the end of last August. Despite a very busy professional and family life, I’ve managed to prioritize enough time to keep construction moving forward, slowly and steadily, and it paid off. Since my last update, I snugged up all of the rigging, fixed it in place using the clear nail polish, completed the sheet and line tails, and trimmed all lines to proper length. I am really feeling good about how she turned out. Although t
  9. Thanks Richard! I've made my long coils 1/2" long, which at 1:64 scale is 36". I figure that's a proper length for a crewman to have made up. I really do like the nail polish for locking things in. Great stuff.
  10. Ok. I fibbed to you all about this next post being photos of the completed model. I thought it would be interesting to share my experience creating coiled sheet tails. I learned a lot, and mastered a few techniques that I think are effective. I made all the tails of the rigging lines fast to their appropriate places on the hull, either to cleats or to the bulwark rail. I got everything snugged up tight and once it all looked good, I set the knots and trimmed the tails close. My goal is to then create coiled tails separately, and install them so that they appear to be the tails o
  11. Here’s an update on the rigging, which is nearing completion. I’ve installed both the jib and the mizzen lug now, so the sail plan is now complete. I still have to build and install the block and tackle for the mizzen halyard, and then I’ll be cleaning up the tails of all the rigging lines, making up some rope coils for some of the lines which are tied off to the bulwark rails, and I’ll be coiling some of the lines on deck in a Flemish-like working fashion. I’ve been reading some of the posts here on the forum about techniques for making natural looking rope coils, so I’ll be trying to us
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