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  • Birthday 04/16/1954

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    Tampa, Florida
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    Scale model building of all types; American and world history; science; religious studies; flight; grandchildren; travel; antique car and motorcycle restoration

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  1. I searched on line for everything I could find that might show the rigging. There were some rudimentary line drawings that helped, and there was the official Mikasa website that shows photos of the ship on display at it's permanent home in Japan. Between the two, I was able to establish a best guess. And yes, I used some of my own attachment points to tie off the rigging on the decks and various other locations. Mostly I used photo etch pieces that were salvaged from other sets not related to the Mikasa. I highly recommend looking closely at the Seydlitz build thread found here: RGL did a masterful job of researching then rigging the torpedo net booms. Quite a complex rigging scheme. Pontos does include most of the attachment points for the net rigging, but no instruction on how to rig it. The booms, rigging and nets on the Seydlitz are very similar to those on Mikasa, If I ever get around to it, I will use RGL's example to rig my Mikasa.
  2. I've noticed that these newer released car kits are packaged in the box far better than the old kits were. Individual parts trees in their own separate bags, and it also appears they may have retouched the tools as the parts look sharper and more flash-free than they were in the past.
  3. Just a suggestion...If you strip this down and start painting again, try to move that red/white mask line down a smidgen to the prominent body line that sits just under the current color separation line. If you look at the box art, that's closer to where the red/white line sits. In the big scheme of things, it really doesn't matter either way I guess. It will look good in either position.
  4. In our locality, there are two kinds of ambulance rides...one provided by the County Fire Dept, and one provided by a private contractor. Usually, Fire Rescue are first on the scene. I am wondering what if any cost differences there are between the two. I have been told ambulance rides are very expensive here as well.
  5. So I got up this morning with the full intention of spending some quality model building time. But there was one little thing I wanted to do first out in the yard. One thing led to another (more yard work) and the next thing I knew, it was time to come inside and take a shower, change clothes, and take my daughter and granddaughter to drop them off at the movie theater. After picking them up, my wife wanted to take them to the mall to pick out new birthday clothing. Right, getter done. Came home and did more yard work until it was dark. It's time for another shower and change of clothing, but it's my full intention of burning the late night oil to get that modeling time in. To get myself in the mood, I like to listen to favorite music, like this one. Oh yeah, I am ready now.
  6. Once when I worked gas and oil pipeline in West Virginia, someone had told me that buckeyes were good to eat. Working a job out in the sticks, I came upon some buckeyes, cracked one and began to eat it. One of those old WV country boys said, "did you just eat a buckeye?" I answered yes, and with the most serious look on his face, told me they were going to have to get me out of the woods and to a hospital, fast...that buckeyes were deadly poisonous. I got so scared, I darn near fell to my knees, then all of a sudden all those country boys began laughing at me like school kids. What a dirty joke to pull on someone, and I fell for it hook, line, and sinker. Believe me, I am no Gibbons by any stretch of the imagination.
  7. Can you imagine....if just one lucky (or well placed) round was to hit and sever that cable, aileron control would be totally lost and the plane would probably spiral to earth in a death crash. Such was the life and times of WW1 aviators. A brave bunch those were when aircraft were so unreliable and fragile.
  8. Wow, OC. You are quite the resourceful one when it comes to searching down aircraft details. Thanks for those....they will get put to use.
  9. Guess I'm just a Yule Gibbons sorta guy...got to have my daily roughage. 😕 Besides, it would be a shame to see all those weeds just rot and go to waste...or maybe not.
  10. Yesterday after mowing and weed eating, I thought I might get to spend some quality modeling time. No dice. 😕 Instead, I inherited this monstrosity of a television set and replaced the one in our family room with it. Then the one from the family room went to my daughter's room to replace the one she had there. (weird the way that picture turned out) And last but not least, my granddaughter now has a television in her room thanks to my daughter donating her old one. The best part was, it didn't cost me anything but time. Goes to show where modeling hobby really fits into the bigger scheme of things. Everyone seems happy with the changes. PS: today I changed my weed eater string, edged the driveway, finished weed eating, and blew it all into bags for the trash man come Tuesday. Maybe tonight some modeling time...pretty please with sugar on top...😄
  11. You've been busy, Jack. I love that Country Squire Ford station wagon. You know, you are the first modeler I've seen do an online build on the Stearman kit. I am surprised what a nice kit that is, and you're doing a great job with it. When I saw that kit advertised for sale, I imagined it was a rebox of some old tooling they found somewhere in an attic, had no idea it was a new tool.
  12. Those are very good observations on the pulleys and cables. I just don't know what type of transparent material besides glass was available back in 1917. I know plastic came along much later, but tell me about eisenglass. Not familiar with it and would like to know more. I still have a few old scratch built balsa and tissue models I finished. Some of the subjects I liked were not available in kit form, but I found it was easy enough to improvise and build something that was "close" to scale.

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