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About DonInAZ

  • Birthday 04/29/1964

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    Phoenix, AZ
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    Model Building (Wood Ships, Plastic, Rockets, Trains and Radio Control), Wargames, Photography, Travel, Music, Movies, Sci-Fi, History and Literature

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  1. Okay, so I've set up a temporary modeling area in my game room... The model room is still packed to the walls with unbuilt model kits of all kinds. It's time to sell a lot them I know I'll never build. Anyway, I hope to post some more progress pics soon. Need to get this build over the finish line!
  2. Behind schedule as usual... Ok so we've made it into the new house but my model room is currently a model storage room. I need to sell off some stuff I know I'll never build so I can get my work area set up.
  3. Wow Derek, Great build log so far... Your pictures are fantastic. Nice and close and very easy to relate to what your describing in the log. I have this model in my stash, but am working on some simpler builds first. She makes a beautiful model though and I'm leaning towards this as my first plank on bulkhead model. Also, I'm not sure if you found this already as part of your research, but a gentleman named Gary Brinker has a detailed 40 part YouTube build of this kit from start to finish. I know he discusses some of the pitfalls of the instructions and ambiguities of the plans during the build. In the end, his turned out VERY nice and I believe he said it was only his 2nd wood ship model as well. Anyway, thank you for sharing your hard work and I look forward to following your progress. Don
  4. So here is the only recent progress I can report on: I've cut out the sail and shaped and stained the mast and the boom. As you can see from the picture below the boom is not taking the stain quite as well as the mast did. I will attempt a few more "coats" and if it still looks dodgy, I will likely just replace it with a higher quality material. As for the sail itself, I coated it with dope on both sides to give it a little rigidity. I'm probably going to experiment a bit more with it since I purchased aftermarket sail cloth and have a lot of extra to try different things. The one below isn't too bad but the "frays" tend to grow over time even after sealing the edges with fabric sealer. I don't really like the "hemmed" approach as it usually looks way out of scale. I have to admit that I don't know a lot about fabric or sewing so I'm a bit out of my element here. And I'm definitely open to suggestions... As far as the stitch lines on the sail go, I just used a pencil to lightly indicate them. I still am not completely satisfied with those. On my next attempt, I think I will use a brown colored pencil. As I stated in my previous post, this will likely be the only progress I make until I get settled into our new house and my new dedicated workshop. Look for something in the early summer perhaps. Don
  5. GREAT JOB! Wow Elijah, you have really done some fantastic work here. An outstanding first effort (waaaay better than mine) and the the fact that you stuck with it, didn't get discouraged and came through it all with a great looking Phantom should be an inspiration to all of us! As others have stated, your patience, attitude and work ethic shows a maturity and strength of character not often found in young people today. I'm sure whatever you chose to do in life, you will be successful at it. Thank you for being willing to share your first build experience with everyone. I look forward to following your Philidelphia build and I'm sure it will be fantastic. Don
  6. Just a quick update since it's been awhile... I got laid off in late summer of last year (I know...life happens...) and that obviously had an effect on my time and money priorities. As such, the crabbing skiff (and modeling budget) went back on hold whilst I concentrated on finding a new job. I did make a little bit of progress in the fall (as seen in the previous few posts) but not a lot. Well I'm happy to report that right after Thanksgiving, I started a new and better job. The only problem was that my commute is about 90 min to work and 120 - 150 min home in the evening (depending on traffic) which doesn't leave much time for modeling. Anyway, that's probably more than anyone wanted to know about my personal life, but I wanted everyone who might be following this build to know that I have not abandoned the model and nothing has gone wrong with it, I've just had very little spare time lately. This should all be changing soon as we are in the process of buying a new house that will be closer to the office and will allow me to have a dedicated room/workshop for modeling. What that also means is that it might be a little while longer before we finish this build as it will take some time to set up in the new house. I have made a bit of progress on the mast, boom and sail and I will try and post something on that soon (before packing up for the move). Then hopefully come summer, I'll be back in full swing with a dedicated workshop and we'll get this little gal done! Don
  7. And since she was mentioned... Our Grand Ol' Lady here in the States... The U.S.S. Constitution The oldest ship still sailing under her own power.
  8. Correct. U.S.S. Constitution is the oldest that still sails. At least to my knowledge.
  9. All masked up and ready for the paint shop! I'll be painting it the same as the box cover model. White with red below the waterline and leaving the interior natural wood.
  10. Hi Rob, I always enjoy reading threads about someone just starting out and their process for choosing a first model kit. Back in the 90s, I tried and failed to build what was considered a "beginners" kit - the Model Shipways Phantom. Because there was no internet and I didn't have anyone to answer questions, it all went horribly wrong and I got discouraged about the whole hobby. I recently decided to try again as, like most of us here, I have a passion for all things nautical. This time around I went with an even more basic kit, the Chesapeak Bay Crabbing Skiff by Midwest Products. So far, this build is going well (except for moving and losing my work area a couple of times) so it was the right approach for me. I'll probably do one more Midwest kit before tackling the Phantom again. Then I will venture into more advanced kits that require planking and lots of rigging. So did you make a final decision yet? If and when you start, I definitely recommend a build log. It's a great way to show off your work and also to present questions or problems. This group is a great resource and inspiration. Best of luck to you and most importly, relax and enjoy your first build... Don

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