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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. Even unfinished your work is stunning Marc. While I did build my S.R. in the traditional color scheme, I can fully appreciate being "bored" with seeing the same paint job over and over, especially on a ship that we do not have a well known, specific paint scheme, Constitution & Victory for examples and even those have been altered over time. Right or wrong, this will be a spectacular model that highlights the grandeur of ships in the 17th century.
  2. Thank you so very much! QG carvings are progressing, filling in the empty spots and making my eyes extremely tired! Still have a lot more to go and since the holidays are past progress has slowed back to normal. Once I get the port side caught up, I get to start on the sculptures.
  3. Those window frames look fantastic! Looking forward to seeing how your glass panes turn out. That has been one area that I have not yet found a medium that I like using so I am curious to see what your ingenious mind comes up with.
  4. My Mamoli kit plans also show one on the forecastle, though it shows it on top of removable hatch covers which does not seem like a good idea as it would be a much weaker place on the deck for something that will be taking on a lot of pressure and torque. My plans also have the smoke funnels from the cook stoves piercing the covers as well. That makes some sense as in theory, the covers could be removed to service the galley easier when in port. I have not yet decided how I will handle the capstan yet. I suppose it could be used for lighter duty lifting such as ship's boats or eve
  5. I want to praise this model, as it is truly an incredible build, but I also want to say my deepest condolences at your loss. I hope you find comfort in this rough time and that this model preserves and reminds you of the love and good times you shared with your husband.
  6. Thank you all! I’m glad I can inspire you as you do me with your own builds. Last day of my long holiday and I have the upper balcony railing going on. Will soon turn my attention to the QGs and the taffrail.
  7. Happy New Year fellow modelers! I hope this first day of 2021 finds you all well and I wish you all the best in this new year. Just a small update today. Work is progressing on the upper stern balcony, making the decorative railings, and fitting the various pieces. I do find that carving polystyrene plastic to be far easier than wood and it does take and hold detail very well. Granted, much of my issues with wood in the past has been more from inferior quality blocks of wood that was too soft for fine carving and lack of decent carving tools. Regardless of medium, neither w
  8. The ship is looking beautiful! That water is also amazing! I know from trying to make rivers and lakes on my model railroad that getting color and wave patterns can be a nightmare sometimes but you did it very well. I like how you can remove the ship from the water as well to see the lower hull.
  9. Balcony railing work underway. Pilasters are set but the top rail is still loose. The white blanks are plastic will be carved and painted then set in place. There is also a decorative wreath that will be carved and set in the center. The upper balcony will be of similar design. I have also done some more work around the stern gun ports and counter.
  10. O.C., Marc, thank you both for the kind words and thank you to all who have followed along. The co to using support is always welcome. More work on the stern and I now have a complete taffrail upon which I can now fit and carve the ornamentation. This also allows for the balcony railings to be designed as I now know the spacing I have to work with. For the railings, the structure framework I plan to build from wood, the decorations, as with the carvings on the taffrail, will be made from plastic then painted. I have a bunch of time off work coming up till th
  11. Thanks Ken! She is huge indeed and with this being my third one of this size, finding place to display them once done is becoming harder. Still, I love building them and plan on doing many more.
  12. Quarter galleys are built. Next up will be the structure for e decorative arch on the stern, and then I can begin adding the decorative carvings.
  13. Bo, possibly. I have actually used several of the cannon carriages already for the one mounted on the main gun deck below the quarter and forecastle decks. The middle and lower gun decks only used wood blocks. I will likely be using the provided barrels, though that may change. I am looking at ways to possibly cast or turn my own barrels, especially for the exposed guns on the upper deck, but I am not yet fully decided. If I decide not to use these parts, I will let you know.
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