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About barryww

  • Birthday 01/20/1956

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    Woodworking, modeling, Yorkshire terriers, and doing anything with my lovely wife and best friend. An OSP (outside plant) engineering manager with AT&T with over 33 years service, retiring soon is another big interest I have at the moment. NRG's Model Ship World is without a doubt my favorite website now. So much to read and learn here, and filled with seemingly the finest folks anywhere.

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  1. I bought the Occre kit from Ages of Sail today here in the States...should arrive next week. It is a retirement gift to myself and I plan to work on it beginning later this year. It appears to be a good buy. I have been fascinated by HMS Terror and HMS Erebus since doing a report on them back in junior high school in the early 70's. And now I have a kit on the way to my house. None of this would have been possible without you and your simply amazing work. Thank you so, so much. I'm sure I will get a lot of enjoyment from this.
  2. I see the NRG Ship Modeler’s Shop Notes for sale in the NRG store. Any of you have this? Do you recommend as a general MOP for model ship building or recommend something else? The picture seems to indicate it doesn't contain a lot of pages though, but I can't really tell for sure.
  3. Just received the plans for the Galley Washington from the Nautical Research Guild. I saw earlier that they were out-of-stock. So I emailed NRG inquiring about them, and a really nice lady there emailed me that they would get more in stock soon, and then once they did, she emailed me again to let me know they were in stock AND gave me a nice discount coupon just for waiting. Great service, and I'm very happy to get these for a future project! 8^D
  4. Such great craftmanship. Thank you for this practicum, the plans, all the mini-kits I've bought for this model, and teaching that patience is my guide.
  5. Really takes the mystery out of how you do it. And the pictures speak for themselves as to the method. Thank you much for the article.
  6. From the Czech Republic, here's some of the brass photo-etch sheets from Eduard that will add to or replace many of the plastic kit parts:
  7. Glued hull halves together after attaching the bilge keels. This thing is big. There are still the bow and stern sections to be glued to this main hull section. I will need to clean up the hobby table so this thing will fit....never takes long to get into disarray does it? Will start on the bow section next, which will include some photo-etched parts to solder and fit.
  8. I have built plastic models most of my early life, but have been away from the hobby awhile. One thing that has changed are the glues available. No longer restricted to the familiar Testors cement in the tube, I really like Tamiya's Extra Thin cement that you apply after holding the parts together to be glued and allow capillary action to flow the glue along the seam. Good stuff!
  9. I wanted to model the sonar booms that lower from the bottom of the hull. These were not included in the kit, so I decided to fabricate them with various sizes of brass tubing. The recesses were made by gluing 1/4" I.D. plastic tubes into the hull after drilling holes first with electric drill. In the second picture, you can see where I had to patch a hole as I drilled one too many.
  10. This build log will cover my building of the 1:72 Revell plastic kit of the Gato class submarine. The decals that come with the kit are for the USS Drum and USS Albacore. However, the fairwater, or conning tower, does not match either boat. But it does match that of the USS Cobia, which is what I will model here. Besides the kit itself which is 52 inches in length when completed, I have also purchased the complete "Big Ed" set of brass photo-etched parts for this kit from Eduard. Where I will display it I haven't decided yet, but it will be on the work bench for quite some time. Painting will mostly be done by airbrush, which I am quite the novice at using. But it should be fun to build. While not needing the skills to build like the wooden kits, I wanted to add this particular model to the log entries due mostly to the size of the model itself. (From Wikipedia:) The United States Navy Gato-class submarines were launched 1941–43 and were the first mass-production US submarine class of World War II. Together with their near-sisters the Balao and Tench classes, their design formed the majority of the United States Navy's World War II submarine fleet. Named after the first vessel of the class, USS Gato, the Gato class and its successors formed the core of the submarine service that was largely responsible for the destruction of the Japanese merchant marine and a large portion of the Imperial Japanese Navy in World War II. Gato's name comes from a species of small catshark. Like most other U.S. Navy submarines of the period, boats of the Gato class were given the names of marine creatures. USS Cobia (SS/AGSS-245) is a Gato-class submarine, formerly of the United States Navy, named for the cobia. Cobia (SS-245) was laid down on 17 March 1943 by Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company, Manitowoc, Wisconsin. She was launched on 28 November 1943 (sponsored by Mrs. C. W. Magruder), and commissioned on 29 March 1944, Lieutenant Commander Albert L. Becker in command. On 1 July 1970, the Navy struck Cobia from the Naval Register, and she was towed to Manitowoc, Wisconsin to serve as an international memorial to submariners. In 1986, Cobia was incorporated as a part of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, declared a National Historic Landmark, and placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Cobia is permanently docked at the Manitowoc River's mouth at Lake Michigan.
  11. I did not know that! I have looked at a bunch of pictures though that they have. Amazing is one word I use to describe it. One of the people restoring the USS Drum said that the diesel engines on these boats were so well built that the US Navy has several of these same diesels built by the same company operating as back-up generators on some of our modern nuclear boats. We have the Baleo class USS Batfish in Muskogee, OK that I want to visit....once it gets MUCH cooler. I'll look at doing a log, shouldn't be too difficult to do....thanks.
  12. I received two plastic model kits. The B-52 is 1/72 scale I got off eBay. It's an early '90s Revell kit still in plastic wrap. Wingspan almost 36". Also bought a 1/72 scale Revell Gato plastic kit off Amazon that is 52" long. The kit gives you decals for the USS Drum or Albacore but the fairwater matches neither boat. But it is a match for the USS Cobia which is what I'll model. Also got the Big Ed kit of photo etch parts from Eduard for the Gato. I will build these while waiting on the finish of Chuck's Cheerful, which I also bought but haven't started. Lots to do! I thought about doing a build log on the Gato since it is rather unique as far as model size but don't know on a predominately wooden model site if it's the best place to do so.
  13. Yep. They all look good to me. I think they look great in perfect pristine condition as they match the condition of the ship itself. If one was going to weather the ship, then something else would be in order. But I like it all as is.
  14. A small update. I needed to build a workspace for constructing the Cheerful, and over the past several weekends came up with this. A solid core door from Lowes completed the benchtop. I'll start posting my building photos this week of the Cheerful, but will be taking my time as I'm in no hurry. Feel free to comment or just follow along as I'm most interested in just creating a visual build log of my progress for myself. Critiques are more welcome than cudos, so use a critical eye as you watch, please, and thanks.

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