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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. Brian, Thanks a million that helps a lot. I was hoping I didn't have to try and interrelate (scale up from the plans) because they aren't drawn 1:1. I just checked out you build log and your a lot more detailed than my Chaperon. I am still pretty much an out of the box builder. Russ
  2. I am slowly progressing with my Chaperon build. But the drawings are devoid of any measurements (and I do mean any). Can someone tell me the placement of the Skylight, Texas, Pilot House, and Chicken Coup. I have covered up the markings on the deck with the simulated tar covering. Unfortunately the plans aren't drawn 1:1. I have thought about trying to interpolate the positions of the above from sheet 5. But have decided to ask here. I am taking pictures of the progression of the build but wanted to have it completed before I started a log.
  3. I found an interesting thread on the Paper Modelers forum. http://www.papermodelers.com/forum/architectural-models/18859-mainz-cathedral-help.html They say that Joseph Merrick only had the use of one hand. And he was an artist. Which reminds me of a guy I worked with that had an electrical accident and lost and arm and leg. I don't think there was anything he couldn't do that an able bodied person could do. He couldn't be fitted with prosthetic arm because he lost his arm at the shoulder. He worked a 320 acre ranch, deer hunt, fish, ect. He was an amazing guy.
  4. Jan, Thank you for your research. RussR
  5. Joseph Merrick was born 1862 and died 1890. Later in life the doctors in the hospital arranged it so he could live in the basement of the hospital. If the model is the Dom in Mainz he would have had to done it from memory. This would make it even more amazing.
  6. This is a image of the model that Joseph Merrick aka "Elephant Man" made while in the hospital. Located at the Royal London Hospital Museum. It makes me wonder what he could have created if he had the tools that I have. Simply amazing.
  7. Mike, Your right, one can spend as much for a case as we do for the model. I didn't consider what I would do with my model after I finished. Just like you I will probably end up giving it away. I would like to build a ship like you have, but I just don't have the space to keep something like that. What you are doing is great. I admire you for it. RussR
  8. I just finished my Hermione build not long ago. And I ran against the same thing. I ended up going to Lowes and bought the lumber for the base and got some plain old wood molding. I then stained it Golden Oak and used some wipe on poly to finish it off. It all came to less than $60.00. Then a call the local glass shop (Dickman Glass) and bought the glass for $147.00. The case is 36" X 16" X 28". I know it isn't as fancy as Walnut or Mahogany but for a little over $200.00 I love it. I have already bought the wood for the case for my Chaperon. I will wait on the glass. I hope this gives you some ideas.
  9. I don't know. The last time I used Glue Stick, I didn't have to remove it.
  10. For individual parts, I have just used Elmers Glue Stick. But it might not be practical for a large area. Just another thought, why wouldn't plane old flour and water work? Or wouldn't the white paste we would use in school work? RussR
  11. Thank you Messis and Derek and others for the comments and others for the "👍". The model is in our family room. This is my biggest problem, "where do I put it after it is finished". I will probably end up giving them away to make room for more. The fun part is building them. This is my second build and hope not my best. I made many errors on it but hope the next will be better. RussR
  12. I finished the case today. Here is a couple of shots. Thank you all for the "Likes" and comments. Next build will be the Chaperon Stern Wheel Steamer.
  13. Y.T. I think 0.004 of an inch is as good as one could expect. One could have that much variance in the grit of the paper. Besides, we aren't building parts for the Space Shuttle. RussR
  14. Christa, If you ask a dozen different people you will get a dozen different opinions. My 1st was a AL 1805 Swift Pilot. It was one of the early ones without the sails. I bought it on Ebay for $40. I ended up throwing it away. But I learned about framing (keeping everything square), planking, tapering masts, painting, rigging and more. For me it was a cheap education. You can't learn how to swim reading a book. I had to just jump in and learn as you go. I just recently saw a documentary about the late TV painter Bob Ross. He said everyone has the ability to paint. All one needs is a strong desire to be successful. My only advice is don't jump in over your head and buy a great big three masted fully rigged ship. You may find out, this isn't for you. RussR
  15. I am still waiting on the glass for my Hermione build. So in the meantime I thought I would do some of the preliminary task before my Chaperon build. I have both the Chaperon and Armed Virginia Sloop by MS and waffled between which one to start. The Chaperon won out because there is fewer built and I have Kurt Van Dahm's excellent CD "Building Chaperon" and the many build logs here on MSW. I may sell the AVS because my wants will probably change before Chaperon is built. This will be my 1st build log and will try to make many updates and photos but can't make promises. I just don't want to get to deep into it until the Hermione case is completed. Here is a few pics of the kit as received without the paperwork. I did put the small parts into the plastic box that came with my Hermione kit.

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