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  1. You folks probably know this, but mask wearing makes it tough to smile at babies too.
  2. Keep in mind that one can but a lot of fancy strip wood for the cost of a band saw, sander,and planer.
  3. Welcome aboard mate. Hopefully this will be the beginning of a new obsession. Sounds like you may have an aptitude for modeling since your already turning pens. Bill in Idaho
  4. Looks like a great idea. I like the way you tested the idea Masa. Consider driftwood on a sandy beach all nice and smoth and rounded. If you try sand I would recommend a nice sharp sand rather that beach sand. Sand from a crusher perhaps. Some aquarium sands may be suitable. Bill in Idaho
  5. Another use ,not related to ship modeling, is for making cedar bark baskets. In the spring the native women would strip the bark from the tree in long strips running up the tree. They would then process it into strips about an eighth of an inch wide and carefully coil them into boxes and saved for later weaving into long lasting Baskets. Bill
  6. The above pic was taken in Sitka Alaska where an acquantance of mine is currently carving this for the National Park Service. It is indeed Yellow cedar. Bill
  7. James H, Thanks for the reply,you've confirmed my suspicions. I know about the solutions and I have them ready to go.. Theres a lot of decal work on a carrier deck and it sounds like you have experience.
  8. I'm currently building Trumpeters 1-350 Intrepid. The deck requires extensive decaling. I have applied the base coats and am now ready for decals. Is it recommended to clear gloss coat the whole deck before decaling and then flat coating after? I see a lot of plastic or any modelers doing that before decals. Bill
  9. CDW, I found on Google that the sub was located back in 1955 I think in 17000 feet of water. shes intact on her side . I cant remember stuff well anymore.But I found many articls on her,and a very interesting one telling about the use of the early sonobouys to locate her and sonar guided torpedos to sink her. She as sunk by Navy Avengers on a stormy night..
  10. Must've been tricky to keep from getting tangled.
  11. while on the subject of drill bits how about a word on drill motors. When drilling plastic I have found that a small power screwdriver with a drill chuck is a good way to power your drill. Nice slow speed and plenty of torque. This way you can drill your hole instead of burn or melt it. For this reason I also like to use a coping saw for cutting heavy plastic with out melting it as a power jigsaw would.
  12. While we're on the subject of small drill bits. The ones you find in tubes or small drill indexes are less brittle so unless you use pin vices you should make sure your drill press chuck will close completely. Some chucks will only close to a couple mm gap. The Dremel tools chucks will close all the way but the drill motor doesnt have much torque at low speeds. So when you drill plastic at high speeds it just melts a hole. For that same reason I like to use a coping saw on plastic rather than a power jigsaw because of the heat generated. Hope this isn't too vague.
  13. I have bought Bits like Ron has pictured and found them to be sharp indeed, however they are very brittle and should only be used in a drill press and not free hand. Products may vary though.
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