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David Rice

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About David Rice

  • Birthday 11/19/1951

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  • Location
    Sitka Alaska
  • Interests
    It was: Nature and Wildlife Cinematography, Photography, Hunting, Fishing, and Exploring.
    Now it is: Gardening, and a Model Ship Builder want to be.


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  1. Now that winter is approaching I have more time for building. I finished the Top Rails, and did some painting. I will soon start the deck work. I haven't made any Tree Nails yet. I am still unsure which way I will go.
  2. Congratulations, you didn't get any of that poor quality "pink" plywood. I am still cursing the stuff. I'll be watching. At my current speed you should catch and over take me soon.
  3. Building ship models is like making love to a fine woman. I say multitasking is required.
  4. The problem is, you need 3 types of builds, not 2. Kit built Semi-scratch built (using any pre-made parts) Scratch built
  5. Historic Trip through the Northwest Passage. http://www.maritime-executive.com/article/buoy-tender-completes-historic-nw-passage-transit
  6. Sally Hansen Hard as Nails. It works for all kinds of things.
  7. We used 15mm-20mm crushed road rock. We call it D1. The same rock used along the side of roads. Big mistake. The sharp crushed rock gets caught in almost every kind of shoe sole. We track it into the house and into our vehicles continually. The sharp rock pieces get caught so securely in our shoes, that we need to take the shoes off, in order to pry the rocks out of the soles.
  8. The trouble with using small gravel is that it is easily picked up by shoes, and then brought into the house. Once it is embedded into the soles of your shoes, it can puncture small holes into your flooring. The situation is worse if you have any of that laminate flooring. Been there. Done that.
  9. The hull has been planked, now it's time to sand. I wonder if I could "subcontract" this part out? Yes, I hurt my finger. I always seem to end up giving blood for the cause.......
  10. Interesting. I also needed to add shims on my Caldercraft HMS Snake. Nice wood. Sure better wood than what I received for my Syren.
  11. I finally have one side planked and enclosed. Not the best job, but good enough for paint and copper sheathing.
  12. My putty "Cheater Paste" was old and did not work well. I have since bought some new. I was going to paint the gun port area. I am not happy with any of the colors I have been looking at. Looking at the traditional Golden Oak Stain again. Laid a few planks, but haven't spent too much time at it.
  13. It's been a rough year for gardening. Cold winter. Late Spring, and we have had only about 14 days of sun. Many failures. Cabbage and Broccoli not producing heads. Berries and Currents are 3 weeks late. Many of the wife's flowers have not opened up. Nasturtiums did well. Not much time left. We can get a frost in mid September. Raining again. All I can do is make mud pies.
  14. Making slow progress. I played around with some paint today. I created a very thin paint in a Yellow Ocher color. I also practiced making tree nails. The sample below has tree nails to the left. No tree nails to the right. I mixed some different green colors, but since the model has so much black and black trim, the green color makes the model too dark. I could skip the tree nails and use thicker paint. Anyway, it's time to get back to planking.

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