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About leclaire

  • Birthday 07/31/1943

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  1. A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all. I think mine is going to be a good one since there is a present under the tree that looks suspiciously like the Gunboat Philadelphia. Best to all. Bob
  2. All too true. At least I don't live in a mobile home. I am firmly convinced that tornados dearly love to eat aluminum. As Mark said, they are nothing to mess with. The issue is not me messing with them it is them coming after me.
  3. Not a current weather event but last spring a tornado passed by a little less than a 1/4 mile away and deposited a half of a porta potty in my front yard. As far as I know, the only construction site with those around here is about 3 miles away. The fortunate part (aside from not getting directly hit by that thing) is it was the top half and not the bottom half 🤣 that landed. Bob
  4. Interesting. I bought a small disc sander for my bench a few weeks ago and even though the amount of dust produced is minimal (no large sanding projects so far) I have been thinking of some way to capture what does fly in the air. Looking forward to the ideas our members come up with. They are a creative group for sure. Bob
  5. Thanks for bringing this to our attention. I have been using an inexpensive combination belt and disc sander purchased from Harbor Freight which was OK but does not offer the variable speed control feature. I bought the one from Menards yesterday and it works like a charm. Bob
  6. Thanks for the review, Chris. I have been looking for a new "page turner" to get immersed in and this sounds like it might be just the ticket. I just ordered the first in the series and I'll let you know how it turns out. Bob
  7. Eric, I always try to go with the solution that is supported by logic when all else fails. Of course, logic (as well as common sense) seems to be in very short supply in the world we live in today. I can see no reason for wide paddleboxes other than to maybe give more room for on the river repairs, maintenance, etc. to the paddles. But given these boats were built to provide their owners with a profit, they would not go the extra expense if they didn't have to. Bob
  8. Hey Eric, you better hurry up and finish your Arabia. Looks like you might just have a new boat to model. I wonder if the Malta was a stern or side wheeler. Bob
  9. Looking good Eric. Glad to see you back at the build. FYI - I got my copy of the Chaperon CD from Kurt the other day and it is great. Really wish I had it from the beginning of my build. I agree, it would be a terrific resource for anyone building not only the Chaperon kit but any other river boat where a bit of authenticity is desired. Some of the other kits out there are pretty far off when it comes to accuracy. Bob
  10. Bruce, Very nicely done, indeed. It has been a pleasure following along on your build. Hope to see your next project soon no matter what you decide on building. Bob

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