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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. As always, thank you all for the likes, comments and following along. This past week was another big milestone in the build. Not only did I finish the lower mast rigging, the build itself rolled over 3 years and 1,900 hours! This has been a long journey and I know some of you have been with me on it since the beginning. I still have a lot to do, but the end is drawing ever closer. Baring some unforeseen interruption, I'm thinking I might just get her finished in 2020. Well, the weather mostly held, bit windier than I would have liked but sunny and beautiful otherwise, so I was able to get some outside pictures of her. Enjoy! Time for me to get back to making topmast stays.
  2. Le Soleil Royal rigging is moving along. Lower mast work is complete and I'm ready to start on topmasts.
  3. Good to have you back and that you are healing up. I hope your hand use continues to improve so you can get back to all the things you love to do.
  4. A neutral color wood filler or even drywall mud compound will work if you are going to stain the hull. On fine joints, nearly any filler material will work as long as it is something designed to be painted or stained. The nice thing with wood fillers is that if you know the stain color you are going to use, you can usually find a filler that will match.
  5. Thank you all for the kind words and all the likes. I’ve completed another stage with the installation of the mizzen mast, top, topmast, shrouds and ratlines. With that, all three mast now stand proud and I can work on the topmast rigging and prep for topgallants. Im hoping to get home from work early enough one evening this week to take some pictures of the entire model as she sits now in natural light. If I can’t get home in time then Saturday looks clear so far. Would like to see her in better lighting than my model room.
  6. Main mast has shrouds, ratlines top and top mast in place. Time to work on the mizzen mast. Fortunately, it is smaller and hopefully will go a bit faster than the fore and main mast did.
  7. Glad to hear you are safe for the time being. Still terrible to see this is happening. My thoughts with you and all those over there.
  8. It’s been slow going but it is still going. Lower main mast shrouds and ratlines are complete. Working on attaching the deadeyes to the main top as well as the other blocks then I can set the top mast. The cold temperatures have been setting in so staying inside and working on the ship is becoming more and more the thing to do.
  9. I'm so used to seeing wood planks that when you said you were planking, it took me a second to stop looking for wood and see the white plastic plank. I rather enjoy planking myself.It can become monotonous, especially on these larger vessels, but it is also what gives them their shape and seeing that turn out is very rewarding.
  10. Your sail work is indeed fantastic. Detailed and clean. I constantly learn more every time you update the build.
  11. I can't say definitively on the black stuff, but most oil base materials would indeed have at least some shiny sheen to them. Even the tar on the ropes and the caulking used would likely have some shininess to it. I think this would vary some depending upon factors of how fresh the application is as well as moisture. The tar used in the rigging would dull faster due to more direct sunlight exposure as well as the effects of the salt air. The black stuff used on the hull would likely maintain a shiny sheen longer due to the water keeping it moist. I think that you will be fine with what you have been doing and am wondering if the camera isn't causing more of a shine than what is really there?
  12. Be glad to cover those costs. The research you have been doing will help out in vast ways not only S.R. builders but any ship model of the period. PM me if when it happens. In the meanwhile, I will continue to sit here learning and enjoying the show!
  13. Truly incredible. It is a rare thing to see this much framing work done on a plastic build as usually (and I or one am guilty of it) the builder simply slaps the two hull halves together and closes the seams with putty as needed. The customization work takes place with the guns, deck furniture and rigging. The hull is accepted as is and other than the paint job, there is nothing unique about it. What you are doing in changing the entire structure of a molded plastic hull is such a rarity that it is a unique joy to watch as well as inspiring. If you ever get around to publishing that book or even if you simply compile your notes and images from this log and wish to sell them, let me know as that would be something worth buying.
  14. If I'm remembering correctly, the lifts will go down to the knights for the courses, and the vertical posts of the bits for the tops and topgallant yards. The halyards and sheets for the courses and topyards go to the bit cross member with courses being towards the middle and topyards outward. The topgallant yards halyards and sheets secure to the railings on aft side of the fore and main tops. Main thing is to ensure that none of the lines foul each other. They should each have a clear and straight path from their blocks to their belaying points without crossing other lines.
  15. Great job indeed. She turned out extremely lovely and will be a great display piece.

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