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  1. Here's a short excerpt from Dr. Heather Cox Richardson, History Professor, Boston College, Letters From An American, March 10, 2020, discussing Philadelphia and St. Louis in 1918 and spread of the Spanish Flu: "The trick to the novel coronavirus is that it spreads exponentially. Today we are seeing states—Washington, Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York-- declare emergencies, based on what, on their face, seem like very few cases: just 76 in New York, for example. But those numbers almost certainly will skyrocket over the next week or two. Private labs in New Yor
  2. Beacon manufactures specialty adhesives and has a line that are fabric specific. Beacons 'Fabri-Tac' and 'Magna-Tac 809' are both used by the fashion industry, applications include costume design and gluing sequins to wedding gowns. I've experimented with Beacon Fabri-Tac on Syren ropes, it's quick drying, doesn't stain, discolor or spread like CA glue. When the glue cures, there's a slight amount of stiffening, but the rope remained flexible. Beacon Fabri-Tac comes in 2 oz, 4 oz and 8 oz bottles and mini tubes. I purchased it at JoAnne Fabrics or it can be m
  3. Big Boy 4-8-8-4, came through town on it's way from Milwaukee to West Chicago. Hanging out on the tracks was a popular place to be.
  4. Vivian! Congratulations to you and your lovely bride on your wedding! May your journey in life together be blessed every day! Your sails are looking fabulous. Looking forward to seeing them added to your Red Dragon. Dee Dee
  5. Chuck, There's a fabric glue that has not been previously discussed on MSW, called "Beacon Fabri-Tac" It's used by the fashion industry, applications include costume design and gluing sequins to wedding gowns. I've experimented with it and I'm really happy with the results: It's quick drying, doesn't stain / discolor or spread like CA glue does. When it cures, there is a very slight amount of stiffening, but the fabric remains fully flexible. A plus feature of this glue, it's acid free. It comes in 2 oz, 4 oz and 8 oz bottles and mini tubes.
  6. The decking is done! To get a level decking, I did a lot of scraping with a razor blade, some light sanding with some sandpaper and a sanding sponge. Then finished up with vacuuming! I wiped on a thin coat of shellac to act as a sealer, it's easy to scrape off where needed. The black lines are reference lines for the cabin placement. I'll glue on a 'cleat' to help align the cabin. These are the cabin footprints - Ooops! The forward cabin should be flipped 180* I'm disappointed with the lumber in the kit - Almost every piece had
  7. Yesterday, the Snowdrops started to bloom at the Chicago Botanical Gardens - Can Spring be far away?
  8. Glacial Boat Works is moving along..............slowly...................................... I made a small change with the framing for the cockpit. I lopped off a small section from bulkhead #17 (shown in yellow), and used one piece of 1/8" x 1/4" for the cockpit framing (shown in green). For the cockpit walls, I glued the pieces together, then backed each section with a strip of paper to give it some strength while sanding to size. The final height sanding was done after gluing. If you zoom in on the photo, you can see the paper backing. Silly me! I forgot to add
  9. Hey Eamonn! It's really nice to hear from you! Hope you are well! GT may be a small craft - but it's more than twice as long as my last build, with an overall length of 29.5" / 75cm. I need to make a big space on the shelf for this one! Joshua! Thanks for stopping by. Yep! I'm an anal analytical with lexdysic tendencies. It's not supposed to be overwhelming, rather, it's meant to be a simple way to sand each plank to size. When I plank my next build, I'll try a different approach, with less analysis. Your "Prince" is looking great!
  10. Londonderry linen thread is a high quality linen thread with a smooth finish and also comes in sizes as small as 80/3 and a few colors in 100/3 and sold in small spools of 12-50m, each spool costs less than $3. It's available online from Threadneedle Street, located in Issaquah WA. Their website has numerous pages, this is the direct link to the page with the linen thread. Scroll to bottom for colors to make rope. https://www.threadneedlestreet.com/linthrd.htm There's also have a pdf guide for rigging: https://www.threadneedlestreet.com/LINEN
  11. Kurt, I have two of these straight fairleads. They measure 12mm, made of white metal with an aged bronze plating or painting. I believe they came with the Blue Jacket 1:30 Endeavour J boat, but they were packed with two pair of oar locks that were 6mm long. If it will help, I can send these to you to make a mold / copies Also, check out this page at BlueJacket: http://www.bluejacketinc.com/fittings/fittings17.htm Dee Dee
  12. Don I like planking, but yes, it's always good to complete it. Now, I have to 'get back on the paper' and start reading the instructions and drawings............ Rob, I'm one of 'those' crazy analytical type personalities, where numbers need to make sense to me to confirm I'm staying on track. If I So if I go over the top, just tell me: "There you goes again! Getting all crazy and analytical again!" When it came time to actual planking, I keep it simple: What's the width of each plank at each bulkhead, then I wrote those numbers down on a note pa
  13. I posted this in reply to your thread on Naval history: I built the Corel sloup kit using photos from all of the above links; I bashed the heck out of it from the very beginning. When building this kit, it became apparent that EVERY Brittany sloop is different; a lot of it depended on what is the primary fishing, oysters, lobsters, sardines, location and more. The link to my build is in my signature. A place to start is with the 'Bergère de Domrémy, hull # B 5929', a scallop dredging sloop / coquillier built in 1936. It was rebuilt and now a French National Treasur
  14. A place to start is with the 'Bergère de Domrémy, hull # B 5929', a scallop dredging sloop / coquillier built in 1936. It was rebuilt and now a French National Treasure. The French An Test website contains some details and history. There's lots of info on this website. http://bergere.antest.net/le-bateau/description/ Info on Auguste Tertu, who built the Bergère de Domrémy and many other boats http://bergere.antest.net/2013/12/auguste-tertu/ Page through Sophie's link for numerous photos and good info on the Bergère de Domrémy and other sloops: htt
  15. The planking is done! Yeah! After the last plank, I spent a few hours on each side with scrapers, sand paper and vacuuming! Also, mixing and adding epoxy to a few thin spots for support. Time well spent. When I started planking, I didn't have a planking plan, so belt A is different on each side. But somewhere I settled on 6 / 8 and 11 / 13. Thinking I should have had a third set of joints to break it up a bit more. The stern stem planking and the stem itself needs a little bit of filler. In the original plan, the planks at the bow
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