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  1. My dear mom had a few earthy sayings (put it in context of the northern back-woods of the early 1900s). Regarding somebody's financial situation; "She doesn't have a pot to p*ss in; or a window to throw it out of." (before indoor plumbing) Regarding somebody's high opinion of themselves; "She thinks her sh*t don't stink, but her f*rts give her away." Speaking of which, she would say; "It is better to f*rt and bear the the shame, than not to f*rt and bear the pain." One of my dad's favorites; "It is daylight in the swamp" (he was a lumberjack before I was born, I didn't kno
  2. I don't like any critter that has too many, or too few legs. The proper number is either 2 or 4. Though I have become less prone too squishing spiders as I get older. I have even been known to scooping them up with a piece of paper and depositing them outside. I would guess though, there is a maximum size over which, I would still freak out.
  3. "That is close enough for government work" "That is a high-class problem" (example: 'The Balance column in my check book is too narrow'. Fortunately I have not had this problem yet.)
  4. I hope these pictures are close up enough, I just have an iPad as a camera.
  5. Just FYI, the corsaro II called for using the smallest diameter wire for the hand rails (among other things). I found it pretty easy to work with (probably easier than the larger diameter). To secure it, I re-purposed some small brass sleeves from a previous model build, fed the end of the wire through them, then crimped them with needle nosed pliers. I added a drop of zap-a-gap for good measure, then clipped the excess off as close as I could with wire cutters. They seem pretty secure. I will likely look into this jewelers wire for the larger diameters (my wife is familiar with t
  6. I have a confession to make. I am afraid I was too ignorant to know if I have "twisted" or "braided" wire. The word "braided" popped into my head while posting the question, so that is what I went with. The (*cough*) instructions, simply called it "steel wire"
  7. Thanks Nils. I am off to google "paste-flux" and "soft-soldering".
  8. I hope this is the correct forum about this. The Corel Corsaro II comes with 3 sizes of steel braided lines. I have not worked with this material before. It is "springy" and wants to spring back if you try to fold it back on itself (like to tie off the ends). Also it appears the ends might want to unravel if not careful. Then too, I am uncertain how well it will "purchase" on a spar (i.e. not slide). Does anybody have suggestions for working with this material while rigging the model? Thanks.
  9. I used some years ago, I think I still have a few laying around. At least your photo looks like the same thing. I think I just screwed them into the bulkhead- assuming it is thick enough to take them. The problem I had was that the clamping part was some sort of soft metal that did not stand up very long before they were bent back (looking more like the 'plastic clamp' in the left had picture of your post). Eventually, they broke (after being straightened out a few times). Can you tell if the metal ones look like they are made of a more sturdy metal? SKip
  10. Hah hah! Good one daddyrabbit1954 :im Not Worthy:
  11. I have the Model Airways Jenny also, though it is currently sitting at the top of my reserve stack of kits. I was a little intimidated by it. I will watch your build with interest.
  12. For me at least, that old saying "you can't go home again" turned out to be more than physical. There were several interests I had when younger, that I thought I would just pick up again when I retired. I did; for a while (guitar and astronomy), but the spark seemed to be gone, it was like "been there, done that". A third one- programming and running a BBS on my Apple IIe is still fun, but in this case, the world has moved on, and there is no longer much user interest (I guess the internet happened). Now it mostly sits there, taking up table space and using electricty. Fortunately, my
  13. Today I received the model Corsaro II from Corel via Model Expo. I ordered it on 09/22/2016 and received it 11/28/2016. I don't know if 9 week delivery time is typical or if there was a glitch in the pipeline. I did get an excellent price (in my opinion) during one of Model Expo's sales. $384.99 including shipping. The shipping box came equipped with a large amount of packaging paper. I think we won't need to worry about packaging material while wrapping Christmas presents this year. The "instructions" are of the minimalist variaty, consisting of about 4 standard sized pages in Eng
  14. Are you referring to the book "400 Day Clock Repair Guide" by Charles Terwilliger? If so, I did buy it and a pack of 3 suspension springs. I actually found the specs for my exact clock in the book (it has specs for a -whole- bunch of them). I trimmed one of the springs to spec and tried replacing the original as carefully as I could. No luck, I still couldn't get it to run. As near as I can tell the spring should be OK but I understand they are extremely sensitive to the slightest flaw. Apparently my model building experience did not translate well to clock repair (either that or I also s
  15. Amen! We have one of these. Beautiful to look at, but look at them wrong and they stop running. We finally took it to a clock repair shop to get it fixed- what a hoot that was! It was an odd little place straight out of central casting. To old curmudgeons with magnifying glasses perched on top of their heads and up to their armpits in clocks. There were clocks on the walls from floor to ceiling. They sure did LOVE their clocks. They took us to a back room to show off an ancient grandfather clock they were repairing. They about popped a gasket when I come trundling in with our Anniversa
  16. I have looked at this model from time to time. I am interested in seeing what you think of it. Thanks for sharing. Skip
  17. Thanks. Are you sure about it not coming up on their web site? I just went there to check, and saw it OK. Perhaps there was a temporary glitch or something. My order status is "back ordered", so I suspect I better be patient.
  18. Ordered the Corel kit CORSARO II from Model Expo. Their <*cough*> list price is the highest I have found, but their current 45% off price brings it down to where I felt comfortable buying it. It is only about 5$ higher than the Premier Ship Models site (lowest I have found). I have dealt with Model Expo several times in the past and am happy with them (never dealt with Premier Ship Models). Besides, Model Expo supports this site. I had actually sworn off any more ship models because: 1) We have -way- too many finished models perched about the house as it is. 2) I have only one dec
  19. And, for anybody who (like me) is now scratching your head and wondering if you dare ask what a clove hitch is, I found this helpful youtube video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aewgmUeHpuE
  20. Great question. I am hoping I can learn from the answers, along with you. Also- great pictures. I love your cat picture. Skip
  21. Went to the Foss Waterway Seaport- Puget Sound's maritime heritage education and event center, which I didn't know existed.. I need to get out more. Walked around and looked as small wooden boats (drooling to myself). Walked around the Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain, which were visiting. Had a great lunch, totally falling off my diet.
  22. I will always remember the time my wife was showing a painting of the USS Constitution to one of her friends, and announced it was the Cutty Sark (her friend nodded knowingly). Innocence of such techie things, is one of the reasons I find her irresistible (I guess that is sexist.. I am a terrible person).
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