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About ah100m

  • Birthday 10/22/1947

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    Boynton Beach, Florida
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    Al types of scale modeling, especially ships and large-scale aircraft and race cars. Also photography.

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  1. I lost my basement a few years ago too. You may want to look into a secretary like this one that I bought from Amazon. Works well as a workbench for anything up to four feet long or so. The Admiral likes it to when it's all close up. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01A93Y2MO/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  2. Actually, pushing C starts the air flow. Pulling back on C moves the needle rearward allowing paint to flow so if you push down on C while also pulling rearward you get air and paint! Voila, air brush! (This is a dual action brush). B is not an adjustment - it holds the needle in place so that when you pull C rearwards it moves. Think of A as a travel adjustment. It limits the movement of the needle rearward when C is moved rearward essentially limiting the maximum amount of paint mixed with the air controlled by pushing down on C. By the way, limiting the maximum amount of air (pressure, actually) is done with the air pressure regulator on the air line. From a practical matter you're rocking back on C to spray. Pull back more=more paint. Push down more=more air. Have fun!
  3. Looks like only the eyebolts for the jackstays are mounted. Moot point, actually, as jackstays weren't used in 1812 (the time I'm portraying). And the large yards were stored on the channels. I think the shorter yards would come up through the main hatch. (Not really a hatch, but the big opening in the spar deck amidships).
  4. I'm finishing up my USS Constitution and I want to show spare yards stored on the forechannels. A while ago I asked if the necessary blocks would be attached to the yard in anticipation of its being needed and the general consensus was "no". Well, how about footropes? How about the mounting hardware for the studdingsail booms? Neither of these items would seem to be quick to mount to the yard if the yard was needed. What do you think?
  5. Regarding the Hudson River Sloop project. I sailed on the Clearwater many times and I have some photos both aboard her as well as from a distance. They were not taken for reference purposes, just for artistic purposes. I don't know if they would be useful to you but if you want I could go look for them and either post them or email them to you. I'm an experienced amateur (and ex-professional) photographer so they're good technically. There may be some useful details, I don't know.
  6. One of the advantages of building model airplanes is that when you run out of shelf space you can hang them from the ceiling. Wait.... Can you hang ships...?
  7. In some of the tables of rigging sizes, based on main stay size or mast diameter, he sometimes says things like ".016%" when he really means "16%". Or he sometimes isn't clear whether he's specifying diameters or circumferences of ropes or spars. It's usually circumferences. (Obviously, if he's talking about relationships between two spars or two lines it doesn't make a difference). If you work through some of the examples it usually becomes obvious. In sail rigging he's not clear whether some lines are on both sides of a sail or just fore or aft. Otherwise most of the book is very useful. Mine is worn out after only one build!
  8. We've had a delayed, dry beginning to the rainy season here in sub-tropical southern Florida but we've had some welcome rain, maybe 2-3 inches, over the past few days. Temps have been high, in the upper 80's. This morning it was fairly cool (78 deg) but not raining so I went for a four mile run. I usually run in the evening when it's cooler. This morning it was so humid that when I came home I looked like I had gone to the pool!
  9. Several sources show their use on the USS Constitution, all three masts. They're on MY model, anyway.
  10. Are you shooting in raw with the D5100? No way that an Iphone can have more shadow and highlight detail than a D5100 image shot at a reasonable ISO.
  11. I use lead tape sourced from the tape sold to add weight to tennis racquets. Amazon sells it. Can be burnished to make it thinner, easy to bend and stays the way you bent it, has a bit more strength than paper or masking tape.
  12. I used this from Amazon for my sails. It worked great. It may be available in France. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001KZH21E/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  13. Nicest time of the year here on the East coast of Southern Florida. At 9:30 AM here it's 73 F, going up to 80 F. Sunny, slight breeze. Hasn't rained in three weeks or so. Bye now, off to play tennis!
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