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  1. I'd say get ahold of Wolfram zu Mondfelds book on terminology.Its called Historic ship models and published by Sterling. 350 pages of pictures,diagrams and contents.
  2. I once built a Viking ship that was 4 feet long for a simulated Viking funeral. Some of the deceased ashes were placed in the model and then the whole thing was set afire and pushed out into the river. I used 3/4" pine for the keel.1/4" ply for the ribs and what they call end skins for kitchen cabinets for the planking. The end skins are high quality 1/8 inch ply and work very nicely for planking.At the present one can get some very nice 1/8" ply in 4x8 sheets form Home Depot. I have also built a Billings Oseberg ship which was a medium difficulty level. Nice thing about it I didn't have to make a million cannons. Just a lot of shields. Be sure to use the internet to search out detail work. Specially on the shields.
  3. Crazy good modelling Danny. Perfect for someone who likes a large parts count.
  4. I'm not too organizes but I do keep a length of clear tubing over the blades while they're in the drawer. Saves fingers and edges.
  5. I have a cousin who is going on 80 and taking flying lessons. He was a wheat farmer all his life and is fairly fit. I told him I was sure he was going to kill himself as did and 82 yr.old man and woman who crashed their plane a couple months ago. His answer was beats spending years in assisted living. As for me I'm 75 and starting to fossilize. Not sure what to do with my stuff. I have books,tools a model railroad,anad all sorts of stuff not to mention all the family records and pictures in the basement. I saw an interesting post on a model RR site a few years back that solved the problem with a nice pic of a dumpster.
  6. While this is on my model railroad,it is marine related. The Fine Scale Model kits are very complete and the plans are spot on. Also the instructions are worth the price of admission. I made the hull about 25 percent larger to offset the height of the tower. I used mostly a shoe dye and alcohol stain for the wood colors. There are also many detail castings in this kit.
  7. If you red cedar sample is straight grained and cured it will work nicely for planking and decks. It can be carved fairly easily too as that is the primary wood for totem poles and NW coast native art. Be sure to use a mask while sanding and machining the wood as it is an irritant. Also the sanding dust can be irritating to the skin. Yellow cedar trees look similar but the wood is a nice yellow-crème color. It has the same irritants the red cedar does. It is better to carve because straight grained wood is non-splintery and will take detail nicely. While harder than basswood it doesn't fuzz like basswood when sanded. Yellow cedar best for carving and planking, Basswood best for sheetwood and carving. Red cedar good color and nice for planks and decks. More irritants than the other two.
  8. Justin, I just acquired a paper print of a painting by Frank Vinin Smith who was a prominent marine artist. I'm just guessing about the prominent because on googling him I find that the original of my print is on the market for $9000. So I would like to preserve this print and would very muke like it if you could give me some pointers. It has been folded in the middle it has several tears 

    . it measures 28 w by 22h. I think the print is around 70 years old.I can send a picture or two if that would help, Thanks in advance for any help.  Bill

    1. Justin P.

      Justin P.

      Hi Bill, 


      Id be happy to help.   Is your plan to frame it?  If not then at the size you describe it may be best rolled on an archival tube.  However, one needs to deal with the crease before rolling.   Where are you located?   Are you able to invest in this work or are you comfortable with a little intervention on your own?   I can describe the steps, you just need to be a bit bold, ha!   A picture at this point would be really helpful.   Open it without pressing flat, take a photo of the entire thing and then a photo as close as you can to the inner crease.   The idea to see the state of the image at along the fold. 


      - Justin

    2. reklein


      Justin, I have been poking around the internet and found copies of this painting at a poster store for as little as $12. Now my motivation to preserve it has diminished somewhat. It was my uncles and therefore sentimental but now Im not sure I want to invest a lot of time. The paper its on is not that great in quality so that's another question. If anything I would like to get a copy on canvas for a good copy. Never the less I will still send a pic. Thankyou for your reply. Bill.

    3. reklein


      Heres a couple pics. While messing around with this pic I noticed that my uncle had lightly drawn a grid on the print in order to paint his own copy. We have a couple of other paintings that he copied in this manner back in the 50s when it was a popular thing to do in our little community in north central Montana.

      McKay Racer 2.jpg

      McKay Racer.jpg

  9. Even the leggings had to be laced and knotted exactly the same. The inspectors would catch it if you didn't. I went to Great lakes in Jan.1964. We had bunk beds and lockers by then. But the standards were the same.
  10. I have the same Delta saw as T Baultron. Have had it for almost 30 years. Found it under a house that was going to be demolished. Has been a good tool. The blade holders are a little funky but I can live with it. The Air "eraser is a good tool too. I had to modify it according to an article on you tube. Which involve drilling out the pick-up hole in the cup. I use grocery store baking soda as a medium. Works great for cleaning up brass and stripping decals. Been a few years ago so I don't remember the details.
  11. Say hello to my old ship for me. I did a Vietnam cruise on her in 1966. I was a dental tech.
  12. Always nice to see new blood. You may have thought of something the rest of us haven't. Although, theres a few members who are really sharp, and those are the ones we try to learn from.
  13. This past week at the circus, The Great Zambini was performing his cannon act when his lucky donkey stepped in front of the barrel just as Zambini was leaving the muzzle. Doctors spent the next 8 hours pulling Zambinis head from his ***.
  14. You've presented a great set of pics and a great model. You should be very proud. Also wonderful research.

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