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About RussR

  • Birthday 10/22/1944

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    Muskogee, Oklahoma
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    History, Reading, Magic Performance,

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  1. When I did my Hermione, I ended up cutting the cap off with a razor saw and adjusted the stem to fit. Now that I look at the completed model I can't tell I did anything. Most of the flaws that I use to fret over, I can't even remember. Most viewers myself included won't be able to pick your flaws out. Because the rest of the model will over shadows the nit picky flaws. Of course we all want to build the best we can. As far as time consuming. I do this for the fun of it and not for a source of aggravation. And this gives my pea brain something to do. You are doing a great jo
  2. Thank You, Richard. It was an enjoyable but challenging build. The only negative was, the instructions was more of a guide than instructions. But, that seem to be typical of kit manufactures. RussR
  3. I thought that the mast need a block instead of an eye bolt. And I didn't like where the two lines terminated. So, I added the block and made a cleat for the mast to tie the lines off. Some random shots of the finished model And finally an overall shot of the finished model. I think I'll take a brake before I start my next project. It will be either the 1/350 plastic Titanic or the BB 1/75 Vasa.
  4. continued from the previous post. This a forward shot of the canon installed. Top of the fabricated mast. I had to drill and cut the slot for the pulleys. The red piece at the top was turned on a used Proxxon Lathe that I recently bought. This is the completed Yard Arm (the center part anyway). Rope coil jig that I made. Couple of the rope coils installed. Here I am cutting out hull cradle out of some #1 pine. I had one of the stablizers(?) in the wrong place and had to move a
  5. I have completed the Armed Launch and will post the few photo that I took along the way. This was an older kit. There wasn't any laser cut parts and had to be cut with a scroll saw. This is the transom decoration pieces that had to be cutout and shaped. I took a brake and put up some shelves to put some of my tools on. I got tired of having to dig in a closet or floor for a tool. I eventually add another shelf under this one. Couple of the barrels that came with the kit. The one on the left I sanded the prefinish off so it could take the stain. Panart
  6. I just sold two new Model Shipways kits that I lost interest in on eBay and was able to recoup what I paid plus enough to buy lunch (no big deal). https://www.ebay.com/itm/114430221299?ssPageName=STRK:MESOX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1561.l2649 https://www.ebay.com/itm/114430215984?ssPageName=STRK:MESOX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1561.l2649 I have found that if you open the bidding low enough (about 25% of retail) you can generate a lot of interest. And if you package it up weight and measure it then use the Ebay shipping calculator (and not try to screw the buyer). You have
  7. I would think the shipping will cost at least $20.00. Its a fat chance that it will go for $50.00 shipped. The buyer would be taking over a $150.00 hit. But I don't know the sellers situation.
  8. Peter, I completed the AL Hermione and can say the rigging was a challenge (for me). I think your larger belay pins will make tying the rigging even more of a challenge. You did a good job on the your hull. RussR
  9. Congratulations Most modelers don't see there projects through to completion. You did a great job. I look forward to your next build. RussR
  10. I am sorry I didn't make last weeks update. But I have made up for it this week. The plans called for 2X2 strips for the tread but I though it look to tall for tread. So I cut some 1X2 strips from some scrap and used that instead. This is some shots of the results. When I tried to drill out for the mast, it chipped out. This is a shot of my feeble attempt to mitigate the damage. This is shots of fabricating the oars. They are not perfect but they will do. You would think you could drill dead center on a lathe. Not so with this Pr
  11. John's YouTube Channel is like a complete video tutorial on model building. He is currently building the Occre Montanes
  12. These sails are typical of the kit supplied sails. Compare these to the panel sails that Cathead makes for his models described here: Or the paper sails made by rwiederrich in this thread: You have done a great job and spent a lot of time on your model, don't short change it with these crappy kit supplied sails. Of course the choice is yours. RussR
  13. Here is the update that I promised. In this shot I am framing the deck. Lego blocks help keep things square. Adding some more framing. And preparing to build the deck grating and install the deck planking. Here I added some wood to fill in some of the gaps between the deck and hull. This shot only shows one of the spots filled. Putting together some of the deck grating. There wasn't enough but I managed to piece the scrapes to make do. The instructions have you to cut the 10mm X 3mm material in
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