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  1. They have many uses, but mostly as stanchions for hand rails and the like. The idea is to fit .008" bronze wire.
  2. Yeah, I've used PPD for things before; it just would have been easier to click 'add to cart' and then 'checkout', or, I was trying to be lazy
  3. Does anyone make etched eyes? I'm looking for very small ones, with an ID of the eye itself around .009, .010 inch.
  4. Well, she's entering her 97th year. She's the last of the Puget Sound steamers, and still has her original engine. She was built by Matt Anderson in his backyard for West Pass Transportation Company. She did the Seattle-Vashon Island-Tacoma run for eighteen years, before being taken down to run on the Columbia for a year. From then until around 1980 she worked as a charter vessel, then becoming a museum ship. The engine is older than the ship. The engine is triple expansion and was built in 1904 by Heffernan Engine Works of Seattle. It was originally installed in a vessel known as the Tyrus, which, when bought by WPTCo., was renamed Virginia IV. We still go out; made over 70 trips last year. I guess, from here, what do you want to know? I can tell you in detail how to bring the plant up, but just be warned that I am not a very exciting writer. The photos are the 1922 maiden voyage, 1935, a week ago (with my cell phone as I didn't have any other camera), and me fighting with the vacuum pump.
  5. One thing that I find interesting is that a lot of the river steamer crews of North Carolina were black. Here, we have the crew of the Hertford, formerly the Olive. She was rebuilt and renamed after seventeen people died when Olive got hit by a tornado and sank.
  6. Admittedly not a riverboat, but, I work in the engineering department of the steamship Virginia V (I say this to establish my credentials, if you will).
  7. As it happens, a few of the windows survive and I have access to them, if you need measurements.
  8. How to make a rowlock: Cut out piece of wood of appropriate thickness, drill hole at end where bottom of the slot for the oar will be. Cut out 'V' in end. And, after some final shaping and cleanup, we have a rowlock: I also started working on accessories, such as a boat hook: And sizing stock for oars:
  9. Is there a close match to Humbrol 31 (slate gray) that comes in a larger quantity and is easier to get in the US?
  10. A few details on SMS Bodrog. Bodgrog was a Danube river monitor of the KuK Kriegsmarine (Austro-Hungarian Navy). Built by Danubius-Schöwnischen-Hartmann Ag., Budapest to a design by Josef Thiel. Laid down Feb. 14 1903, launched April 12 1904, and in service August 2 of that year. Displacement: 440 t Length: 56.2 m Breadth: 9.5 m Draught: 1.2 m Boiler Pressure: 1400 PSi Top speed 13 kn Bodrog had 77 officers and men, and was commanded as follows during the war: July 28 - November 12 1914: Linienschiffsleutnant Paul Ekl November 12 1914 - February 22 1915 Linienschiffsleutnant Olaf Wulff February 12-22 1915 Linienschiffsleutnant Richard Funk February 23 1915 Linienschiffsleutnant Kosimus Böhm 1918 Linienschiffsleutnant Guido Taschler (Pawlik, Georg, and Heinz Christ. Die K.u.K. Donauflottille 1870-1918. 1. Aufl. ed. Graz: H. Weishaupt, 1989. pp 60)
  11. Work continues on the ship's boat. Yes, I do a bit of model railroading. Eye for the bow of the boat, from a custom photoetch set I did for this project.

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