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EJ_L

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About EJ_L

  • Birthday 03/29/1984

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    Wichita, Ks
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    Obviously I enjoy scale model building, ships and my HO scale railroad layout are my main areas right now but I still do the occasional car model for people.
    I also highly enjoy wood working, especially lathe work. I make many things from pens and ornaments to bowls, plates, vases and goblets. Always experimenting and trying new ideas as I see them.
    Outside of these I also enjoy my wife, two dogs and outdoor activities like biking, camping and fishing.

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  1. Thank you all very much! I am using Chuck's rope rocket from Syren and his recipe for a polyester rope made of Gutterman Mara thread. I have attached the pdf from his log to share. I bought the thread from Wawak.com. I did have to change the color for the lighter rope as I could not find the one he recommended of 2899, so I went with 696 which I can post a picture of later. The dark brown in the pics above is the same 868 in Chuck's recipe. It really is an easy skill to learn. Watch Chuck's youtube videos about it. It really is that simple. The hardest parts are determi
  2. I have not had a lot of time for ship building lately but I have not closed down the shipyard. I have managed to assemble the canons for the upper gun deck that will need to be rigged in place before the ladders to the forecastle and quarter deck can be installed. I had to order more blocks for the gun tackle which should be here early this week. I did find time to finally try my hand at making my own rope. Made up 20 foot lengths of .018 and .035 inch ropes today and am fairly happy with how they turned out. Took some time getting used to the setup on the first go but by the second,
  3. Great idea using the belaying pins as temporary clamps to hols the lines in place. I had not thought to do that but will likely give it a try. That is always one of my fears is securing a line too soon and needing to free it from glue to readjust.
  4. Bought myself a birthday present in the form of a Byrnes thickness sander to add to the shipyard. Been wanting to get one for a while and finally pulled the trigger. No more uneven planks!
  5. Congratulations Marc!! May you, your wife and little Julia have a blessed and happy life!
  6. More work on the quarter deck ladders and handrails. The open spaces between the posts will be filled in with carved styrene.
  7. Great recovery on the oversized gammoning holes. Those plates appear to be natural parts that should exist there. She is looking fantastic and congratulations on finishing the standing rigging!
  8. Beautiful work as always. On the issue earlier on the ratlines or other access to the mast heads, I was reading in the book, Historic Ship Models, by Wolfram zu Mondfeld that prior to the 17th century, and later depending upon the type of ship, ratlines were not common use. Instead, a narrow rope ladder was hung from the mast head and let fall along the mast for sailors to climb. It could be easily swung clear of masts and sails for both square and lateen rigged sails. If you are looking for an interesting detail to add, this might be one that would be simple enough.
  9. Thank you OC for the nice words and to all for the likes. Wow! Pictures can be cruel and/or helpful depending upon how you view things. In this case, I've noticed just how crooked my steps are! Fortunately as nothing is secured on the ship yet it will be easy enough to correct. Going to have to see what shifted though and try to catch it faster on the next set. With those steps, my sailors would be thrown overboard with ease! Haha!
  10. Bravo Marc! I think one of the things I love the most about watching your log is not just the ship building but the lessons in critical thinking a strategic planning. You provide such an in-depth look at the how and why of each component, looking at them from both the form and function as well as the artistry. Through your rationalizations, I have found myself better understanding both model ship construction but also details of ship design and function that I really had not thought of as they are often completely ignored on most models. Example, the drains for the seats of ease in the Q.G.s.
  11. Work on RL has been slow lately, a lot going on that is occupying my time, still some progress to show. While I am figuring out how to make better gratings as I am not happy with the current ones, I started building some of the misc. structures. First up are the ladders to the quarterdeck. These came n cast metal pieces, which don’t look bad really, but I prefer to replace them with wood. I have one set nearly done and another just lacking the ladder to the platform. These will not be glued I. Place until after I fit the canons beneath.
  12. Some more work on the hatches, coamings and grates. I have not glued or applied finish to any of them yet as I’m still adjusting but things are coming together. I did not get a chance to do much with gratings, the weather finally cleared up and heading out to ride my trike as well as doing some repotting of my bonsai trees took precedence. The ones in place now will all be replaced at some point in the near future though as I’m not happy with either set. I am also starting to look at how I will create the ladders. For spacing purpose, I built one of the kit supplied ones,
  13. Welcome back! Errors and mistakes happen even on the best models. You said the only words that matter on a personal hobby, you are proud of your creation. It is a great model. I have used it for reference for my own RL build many times and I am certain others have as well. Push through and finish then display her proudly!
  14. Still debating the capstan issue and other things... Going shopping for some lumber to practice making gratings on this weekend. See where that gets me. On another note, I did receive my new micro carvers today! Now once I’m ready to resume carving decorations, I have a few new quality tools to help me out.
  15. Hmm... An interesting conundrum. It does appear that the deck is more solid without a removable access on the Musee de la Marine which would make more sense to me. However, the pictures of the Quinze model which shows gratings immediately behind the capstan change my theory that they would not place a capstan on that section. I would have thought that a capstan would generate too much torque and stress on the framing that they would not be we suited to sit over the thinner hatch cover pieces compared to the more solid main deck framing and planks. Perhaps the framing and planking at the capsta
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