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About Fright

  • Birthday April 18

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    Atlanta GA
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    Music, art, acting, astronomy and model building. Also the proud owner of a vintage 1966 Oldsmobile 98 Hearse for those "special' evenings out!

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  1. Aye. Mate. This here ship be mighty fine for sailin'. Looks like the Captain knows what he's doin'!
  2. 1st off - Congratulations on passing you exam and in starting you residency work! That makes up for the 'slower' pace with your nice looking ship. Cheers!
  3. Steve - many, many thanks! Your work on your Model Shipways kits are an inspiration for myself, and I'm sure for many others.
  4. OC - LOL I would love to build the Pearl someday. I had planned to start work on the Model Shipways Bounty Launch but I have become interested in the Civil War while doing research on my great-great grandfather, who was a private in the 15th Michigan Volunteer Infantry and was captured in Resaca and sent to Andersonville Prison, where he was released in a prisoner exchange and returned to duty and marched to Savannah. I'm thinking of trying to build a version of the Sultana Steamboat from Lindberg's Robert E. Lee kit. I also have a Harriett Lane steamboat waiting on my shelf. Decisions, decisions! LOL
  5. I have reached an end with my journey on working with this model. Total work time was about 6 months. I had my 1st lesson in using LED lighting and in creating my water effects for the base. I certainly wish to thank those for following along and providing some helpful advice along the way. On to my next ship!
  6. A really nice job on the weathering. I'll take you up on the offer of how you achieved this look.
  7. CDW - Thank you,kind sir, for dropping in. My log is not as detailed as are many on this site and I find I tell myself, 'I'll take more pictures' with every new kit that I have started. With the help of looking at a lot of pictures of lightships; purchasing and reading "The Lightships of Cape Cod" by Frederic L. Thompson; visiting several build logs from websites; I improved on my painting skills as well as learning basic lighting and diorama skills which are my 1st attempt. I'm pretty happy with how she has turned out. She's still not complete but getting close! In hindsight, I would have liked to improve on the beacon tower light structure. It seems too open and plain. I may try to create some kind of light covers that look like fresnel housing to cover the LED flashing lights, if I can fit them into the already assembled light cage. I wish Lindberg (and other companies) would improve on their directions instead of using a number system. My personal gripe. Another slight error is the direction of the anchored ship as opposed to the direction of the swells. I didn't realize it until I came back to start painting the base coat and all was dry. Oh well, I'll just tell people the wind has suddenly changed! Thanks to sites such as MSW for opening up a world of talent and information by so many who are kind enough to share their knowledge !!! On a side note, my wife and I are planning to visit Ocala and Tampa area possibly in June. We're trying to relocate to be with an hour drive to an ocean. Landlocked here in Atlanta and miss our seafood
  8. Welcome !!! We all started off at one time or another on these crazy little things called models. I'm pretty new at this myself having completed my 1st wooden build. As for comments from members in this site, I have only come across support, helpful tips, information, suggestions and constructive critiques. I think you have joined a great group of talented and knowledgeable members. Congratulations on your 1st ship and here's to good adventures along your way.
  9. I was able to get quite a bit of work accomplished on my model over the weekend. I installed the four radio wires between the beacon towers using rust-colored EZ line (a little hard to see in the 1st picture). This is pretty amazing line. I then glued my ship to the base and set about creating my ocean effect using a tub of plaster of Paris that my wife had in her hobby stash. I poured three layers and allowed each one enough time to dry. Once dried, I broke out my acrylic paints to lay down a base coat. I used two different colors of blue, a bluish grey and a little green for my mix. My wife also reduced and printed out a red small craft advisory flag so I can have it flying from one of the forward beacon lines. All of this needs to thoroughly dry before I can use my Vallejo Atlantic Blue gel to create my swells. I will then add some white caps here and there and finish with a coat or two of Liquitex Gloss varnish. Getting close to the end now.
  10. Dave - you're off to a good start. Good adventures and smooth sailing with this kit!
  11. ccoyle - these prisons were hell holes on both sides. Both sides expected to have a quick 'war' and therefor, both sides were not prepared for the overwhelming amount of prisoners. Cruelty on both sides 😓 Jonathan - there is some amazing history in all of our pasts! The flagshipmodels website has some great looking models. Thanks for the tip on this page

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