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About Seahawk1313

  • Birthday 08/11/1948

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    Islip,New York
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    Federal Navy: Start to about 1825. the Subscription Ships. Carved Decoration on Early U.S. Naval Ships

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  1. Hi Ron, I use dyed veneer to "paint" my ships. You can use a black dyed veneer for the wales. - Hal
  2. Remember the shroud length increases as they go aft ( mast head to deadeye ). I think it is harder to get the deadeyes even, rigging off the model. - Hal
  3. Well Done! You did an excellent job, it came out very nice. - Hal
  4. I love your work. Your ongoing story line with the workers is great fun. I enjoy watching your ship come together. Excellent work! - Hal
  5. Thank very much. All my models are scratch built in 1/96 scale. The fleet is increasing, will need a bigger house soon!
  6. VERY Nicely done. The sails came out very real and I love the water. - Hal
  7. Hello Gary, My son is into wargaming metal figures. He primes them with "The Army Painter" primer before he paints them. He has very good luck with it. I use the black primer for my tops and yards. I think it works well. The metal needs to be primed. - Hal
  8. Hi Patrick- I soak the piece good, and wet the block just before I put it in the microwave , to keep the form from getting too hot . Microwave time may need to be played with.-Hal
  9. Your ship is coming along very nice. As for bending wood, I do almost the same but I soak the wood before I bend it on a form. then I mircowave it for about 45 seconds. I use this on Cherry up to 3/32 's. I use this method for the head rails and anything I need to bend. I use rubber bands to hold the piece to the form, nothing metal in the microwave,It would Not like that! LOL! - Hal
  10. Just an observation, many years ago, The boats I ran were still coppered, unless they were sitting for a while, the copper was bright as a new penny. The salt water acted like sand paper keeping it clean. The company switched to a type of plastic sheeting which was cheaper and lasted longer then the copper. Out of the water the copper browned and turned green quickly. - Hal
  11. Very nice. Just a note: Some topsail schooners used a horse (?) in front of the fore mast that the fore course yard rode up and down on so it didn't get in the way of the fore gaff. It was a rope set up in the top and a deadeye on the deck, this allowed the gaff to be lowered easily. found this in Chappelle's book on Baltimore Schooners. Almost ready to rig U.S. Schooners Enterprise and Experiment. I'm still not sure how I'm rigging the Main Stay, a double stay rigged to the deck with block and tackle. Interesting subject - Hal
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