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  1. FOR SALE - EMMA C. BERRY by Model Expo - Blue Box I was looking forward to building ECB. But while building Glad Tidings, I came to the realization I need to dedicate more space to continue building Glad Tidings and that's not going to happen. The kit has been sitting on the shelf and the box has some shelf wear - 1/4" laser cut sheets are all intact - Thin laser cut sheets have been stored in a plastic bag One sheet was carefully cut to fit and avoid accidental loss of parts. - Small Parts are in the original small plastic container - Brass strips in plastic bag - Decal sheet has been stored inside the instruction book - Wood strips were sorted and taped together I think I might have used one or two strips, not sure what size. I've added some walnut, mahogany and basswood strips to make up for this - Prints were opened once - Instruction book was read through a few times Current Model Expo Price is $169.99 including postage $140 - shipped to the lower 48 only.
  2. There are all sorts of ways to do this, but the least complicated is using better quality wax colored pencil, like Prismacolor, Staedtler, or Blick Store brand - these can be purchased individually. Cheap colored pencils have poor color pigment, icky wax and will not give the desired results. Simple How To: Using a very sharp colored pencil, lightly trace / outline the number, then, with a light touch fill in the outline GOING WITH THE FABRIC GRAIN. Hold the fabric taught with you other hand, to keep it from stretching / pulling. Wait 30-60 seconds, then add a second light layer of color pencil. Next is burnishing - place a 2" x 2" piece of paper over the color and lightly burnish in the color, 6-8 passes. Use paper heavier than copy paper and don't let the paper slide! The end of a medium size Sharpie works great for burnishing. Add two more layers of color pencil and burnish again. Repeat until you get the desired opacity. Colored pencils are a great way to add 'aging' and details to fabric sails, build depth by using color variations. Practice on the same fabric to be sure the colored wax does not get pushed thru the fabric. There is no real need to 'seal' the color pencil (unless you plan on washing your sails) and the wax will keep the pigment from fading. I've used colored pencils to add detail to art quilts - 20 years later, the detail is still there! .
  3. 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 York began testing for coronavirus on Friday and today Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters that public officials couldn’t keep up. They found 16 new cases between Monday and Tuesday. By declaring emergencies now, and trying to enforce social distancing, governors, business leaders, and universities hope to slow down the spread of the virus. This is important because if we can slow it down, we can help to make sure that hospitals are not overwhelmed all at once with people who need attention. The comparison people are making these days is between Philadelphia and St. Louis during the 1918 flu epidemic. In Philadelphia, the city’s public health commissioner, a political appointee, did not want to hurt public morale by canceling public events. On September 28, the city held a big parade to raise money for the Liberty Bonds that were funding WWI, and 200,000 people attended. Two days later, people started to die. On October 3, city leaders closed down the city, but it was too late to stop the spread of the influenza. By the end of the season, 12,000 Philadelphians had died. In St. Louis, in contrast, the public health commissioner shut down the city. Drawing the wrath of local businessmen, he shut down schools, sporting events, bars, and movie theaters. People in St. Louis still got sick, but the infection rate was slow enough that the sick got treatment; the infections did not spike. At the end of the season 1,700 people died of the flu in St. Louis, half the rate in Philadelphia. The novel coronavirus is spreading in America, but we can still slow it down by social distancing and avoiding crowds. Many of us will still get it, but if we can just keep the numbers spread out, we can make sure the sickest of us can get the treatment they will need. We need to avoid that deadly spike. Today #flattenthecurve is all over Twitter." Links: https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/03/12/pandemic-parade-flu-coronavirus/ https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/03/coronavirus-cancel-everything/607675/?fbclid=IwAR0xzhygQjzPRtSTt-KpdZvWr7M3YG7ULvxA_ob7kPKZyOxUAEcvgzZlxHc
  4. 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 mail ordered. Beacon has a wide selection of specialty adhesives, for more info: https://www.beaconadhesives.com/product-category/consumer/fashion-art/ Please Note: This is not 'Fabric Tack' which has been mentioned in other glue discussions on MSW. .
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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. I purchased it at JoAnne Fabrics or it can be mail ordered. https://www.beaconadhesives.com/product/fabri-tac/ Dee Dee
  8. 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 significant saw blade marks that had to be sanded down to get a tight fit. I coated the edges with some shellac before sanding and sanded just enough to get a flat edge. The kit was designed to use 12 planks on each side, covering just under 60mm. However, since each strip had to be sanded, 12 planks left me with a 2mm gap on both sides. I did some creative press fitting to fill the gap. I still need to figure out the personality and color scheme. I've decided to not use the round portholes, instead, I'll make rectangle shaped windows and skylights. I really like what John Earl did with his pinky, check out John's pinky here and here. Thanks for stopping by. Dee Dee
  9. Yesterday, the Snowdrops started to bloom at the Chicago Botanical Gardens - Can Spring be far away?
  10. 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 the drain in the cockpit flooring. If I can find some thin black tubing, I'll add it. Deck Beams and Carlings The deck beams and carlings for each cabin (shown in blue) are not really needed. But if you're bashing the heck out of this build, you will need these and I suggest adding these as timo4352 did in his build here .... shown in orange. This is where I got the idea to do the cockpit as I did. The waterways are a bit 'delicate' and both broke due to the wood grain, an easy fix. Both ends needed sanding / shaping to fit the curves of the bow / stern stems and I heard a couple of 'crack's as I was gluing them on, but I don't see any cracks or lines. Phew!! Next up is planking the deck, I'll use the 1/16" x 3/32" basswood. Thanks for stopping by, questions, comments welcome. Dee Dee
  11. 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!
  12. 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 RIGGING.pdf
  13. 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
  14. 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 pad. The photo below answers that question for the eight planks of the starboard B Belt. After four planks, I redid the measurements and again wrote those numbers down. This hull was fun to plank and I hope you will still consider building Glad Tidings. Dee Dee
  15. 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 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: http://sophie-g.net/photo/bret/brest/bergere01.htm A blog with lots of photos of Bergère de Domrémy http://www.laroyale-modelisme.net/t9662-la-bergere-de-domremy The Brittany sloop is similar to the Irish Galway and Kinsale Hooker and many other Channel / Atlantic fishing boats. More info on these Irish boats here: http://www.tradboats.ie/index.php The "Douarnenez Festival" held every other year features numerous variations on the Brittany sloop / coquillier. Here are links to photos from the 2006 and 2012 festivals. Google 'Douarnenez Festival' for more photos. 2006: http://www.pbase.com/image/65376766 2012: https://www.flickr.com/photos/valendrevarzecois/7623197092/ Videos from 2012 Douarnenez Festival https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bwdXWwGRbY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcetV8QmPGk This Pinterest page did a good job of assembling various fishing vessels from the Channel and Atlantic coast and includes some basic drawings. https://www.pinterest.co.uk/tomedom/french-traditional-boat-types-of-the-channel-and-a/
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