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  1. Please remember also that the Moderators are all volunteers.  They resolve issues related to bad posting locations, spam, inappropriate behavior by members and removal of outdated postings.  They also do other behind the scenes work that the general membership is unaware of.  To also expect them to constantly sift through build logs, searching for the ones which have not been updated in over a year, is not realistic.  And as Mark said, the Moderators have no way of knowing if a build is abandoned or temporarily on the shelf.

  2. Union Pacific's Big Boy Steam locomotive is traveling the country in commemoration of the transcontinental railroad's 150th anniversary.  It has been on display a few miles from us for the last few days and today it resumed its trip west.  I was able to get a few pictures of it along the right of way.  Sorry that the pictures are a little blurry.  It was moving approx. 60 mph when it passed.









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  3. Chicago had the same weather as you.  Snowstorms in April are never good for my landscaping. We had several burning bushes as large as yours and they, as well as those of every one of my neighbor's experienced the same die-back.  I cut them back to viable stems last month (about 12" from the ground)  and new growth is coming up from the rootstock.  If you are willing to wait five years, try cutting it back.  If you want it to look good sooner, replace it.  On the other hand, that ridiculous weather has been great for growing bumper crops of weeds.

  4. Your model is too good to put on a flat decoration instead of a quarter gallery.  I compared the quarter gallery on Fly with Atalanta.  The only differences are the details of the carvings and the angle of the center bank of windows.  I assume you have TFFM Vol.2.  Follow David's instructions and you should be fine.  Also, take a look at Bill Maxwell's Fly on the Admiralty Models site.  It gives a good perspective of the depth of the structure.

  5. What value to you place on your membership in MSW?  How much do you learn from your fellow members to improve your model building?  Do you enjoy the comradery of your fellow MSW members?  Do you appreciate having a place to post your build logs and have others share the building experience with you?


    All the moderators volunteer their time but there are considerable expenses involved in maintaining the website.  These expenses include web hosting costs, software updates and fixing the bugs associated with those updates.


    It is easy to do. Please consider becoming a full member of the NRG.  For only $40 you can receive the digital version of the Nautical Research Journal four times a year and receive member discounts on Guild merchandise such as Shop Notes, CD's of back issues, plans and many more items.  https://www.thenrg.org/join-the-nrg.php#!/The-Nautical-Research-Guild-U-S-Membership-Digital-Only/p/114915080/category=31040978 for US and https://www.thenrg.org/join-the-nrg.php#!/The-Nautical-Research-Guild-International-Membership-Digital-Only/p/115071401/category=31040980 for international memberships.


    Summer 2019 Journal



  6. Your best bet is to go to a place like FedEx that has large scale printers.  Then be prepared to experiment with the enlargement ratio, obviously for a price.  Enlarge all your plans on the same day, on the same copier for the most accurate results.  If your enlargement is off by a bit, all of the plans will be off by the same percentage.

  7. I use these drills almost exclusively, unless I am using a pin vise.  That includes free-handing with a Dremel.  You simply need a steady hand.  No problem drilling through brass strips but I have never tried using them on bar stock thicker than 1/8".  Take a peak at the offerings from Drill Bit City.  https://drillcity.stores.yahoo.net/index.html   They are in the Chicago area and I receive orders from them typically within 3 days.

  8. Great Naval Battles of the Ancient Greek World is written by Owen Rees, an editor for the digital magazine My History Digest.  He is also the author of the book Great Battles of the Classical Greek World.  Published in 2018, this book focuses on Greek naval history during the period 394-494 BC.  The book starts with a basic introduction to the vessels and military tactics utilized by the warring countries of the Mediterranean Sea and Persia during this era. 


    The sections, representing the major areas of conflict, are then broken down into individual battles.  The reader is provided with historical background for the battle, followed by a description of the battle itself and its consequences.  Maps are included to illustrate the troop locations and movements.  There are also maps of Greece and the Aegean Sea and Sicily.  The book would have benefited from the addition of maps of the entire eastern Mediterranean and Middle East/Asia Minor as well as the inclusion of modern names for the locations some of the ancient cities and civilizations.


    The author is passionate about ancient Greek military history, both on land and sea and almost 40 pages of references and suggested readings are provided.  Unfortunately, he also assumes the reader is knowledgeable of the history of ancient Greece and Asia Minor and the relationships among the various cities on the Greek peninsula.  Without that knowledge, it is difficult to follow the background descriptions preceding the battles.


    In summary, Great Naval Battles is an academic book which describes the Greek naval battles of the fifth century BC, including the circumstances which led to battle, the troops and ships involved and the consequences of the actions.  It is available from Pen and Sword Books www.pen-and-sword.co.uk in both print and Kindle formats.




  9. "Advancing Ship Modeling Through Research"  That is the motto of the Guild and it is the primary purpose for MSW's existence.  Every one of us started in this hobby for various reasons.  Personally speaking, although I had made a few small Scientific models in high school, I had started doing more "girlie" things in college.  After about ten years I was walking past a hobby shop and saw the large Revell Constitution on sale.  Something in me snapped and I have never looked past.  I knew absolutely nothing about ships.  It was only by doing research that my modeling knowledge and skills advanced.  And with every project I do more research to expand my knowledge base and hopefully improve my technical skills.  


    Should we paint?  It does not matter.  What matters is that, through research the modeler knows whether paint would have been applied and what colors would have been historically correct.  It is the same argument that we see regarding Hahn-style construction.  It is not prototypical...but it sure looks pretty.  And as long as the modeler knows that she/he is building a simplified exposed-frame model, there is absolutely nothing wrong with it. 

  10. Griphos, I have never tried using more than four strands when laying up rope.  For very large ropes I will take three or four smaller made-up ropes and put them in the ropewalk.  I prefer to use ecru as this has not been bleached.  I have tried many different things to dye the rope, including Minwax, Rit fabric dye, shoe dye and India ink.  They all color the thread.  It becomes a matter of personal preference as to the appearance one is after.  You simply have to experiment on small batches of heavier thread (don't waste rope for this) to see what works for you.  Currently I am using Minwax Jacobean (two dips a day apart) for the standing rigging and Minwax Fruitwood (one quick dip) or gray diluted artist acrylic for the running.

  11. I did, Griphos.  My post suffered from auto-correct.  That is a wide range of scales.  For 1/8 scale (1:96) I use size 60 for 4" rope and size 50 for 5"rope.  The larger sizes are made up from three or four strands of size 60 to 100.  Keep in mind that everyone lays rope a little differently.  In fact, I can use the same thread on both of my rope walks and get different sizes of rope.

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