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About Shellback

  • Birthday 11/13/1942

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    Colorado, USA
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    Modeling, writing, fly fishing, reading

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  1. Cancer. Well, there are many of us out here who deal with deal with worse. I am glad I feel like modeling. And, since discovering Vanguard I’ve shifted my sights to one of those kits.
  2. This is, I believe, correct. Pulling rope from a coil on deck is a task fraught with potential kinks and tangles, unless managed by another hand (person) or two. After two years on a US Navy destroyer and thousands of miles with on deck sea duty coming into port, going out, mooring to bouys, and underway replenishments, when we needed a line to run out quickly with small chance of issues, we always flaked it. They were never stowed on deck in coils unless the Captain wanted them to look pretty.
  3. I’ve been absent for some time. Cancer, but I think I’m in good enough shape to take on a wooden ship. I’m an experienced plastic scale modeler, ships, planes, armor and have always wanted to build a plank on frame model. The Snake really appeals to me and seems to be within my capabilities. Your build log is inspirational in that regard. Thanks!
  4. Thanks. That is what I assumed you meant. It was the “above” the mark that led me to think initially that the batten was placed between the mark and the wale. In my terminology that would have been “below”, or more precisely, on the mark placed between the mark and the keel.
  5. The way I read this (substituting “perimeter” for “parameter”) when the first belt is almost planked, after the 4th plank, the batten (2mm) will need to be removed in order for the last strake (plank) to fit from its neighbor to the mark previously made on the bulkhead, because the instruction was to place the batten above the mark when working toward the keel. That 2mm batten must be accounted for else there will be a 2mm gap above the mark after the last strake is installed and then the batten removed.
  6. Thanks. My experience was as a gun and later ballistic missile fire control tech. I was on a guided missile destroyer, Adams class, a sub tender and many Polaris boats. My knowledge therefore is limited. I had more sea going experiences on the destroyer of course. My involvement in the Polaris program as pretty much heads-down with the weapons systems.
  7. Thanks, Mark. Down Under? We were headed for Melbourne when I metamorphosed from pollywog to Shellback. Great two weeks there. My health issue (might as well say it, cancer) is dormant for a while. A few years hopefully and my modeling desire has resurfaced. Best, Michael
  8. I joined a few years back after getting a Caldercraft HM Sherbourne. Yes, I am a shellback, US Navy 1963, crossed the line at the dateline on USS Buchanan DDG-14, so I’m officially a Golden Shellback. Since my initial posts I’ve had some health challenges and the Sherbourne is still in her box. But, I am modeling again. I have a Fujimi 1:700 Mushashi ready to start then I figure it is time to stop procrastinating and begin my first plank and frame model. I’m sure I will have many questions. Best regards to all, Michael Scott
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