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  1. Love your work, but must ask if you ever sleep? Cheers, Keith
  2. Not sure how this works at small scale, but this is how I serve bow strings...
  3. Big problem with silicone sealant contamination and fiberglass boat hulls...virtually impossible to get a decent paint job.
  4. Well that sounds positive...first thing came to mind was Mark Twain “Reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” Good luck, and stay away from the Covid-19 (same for the rest of you old farts). Cheers, Keith
  5. So sad to read this news...am at a loss for words. FWIW, I’ve greatly enjoyed reading your build logs and useful tips. Warmest regards, Keith
  6. Nice work, Spits and Mossies, two of my favorites. I built several of the ICM a/c many years ago and seem to recall a potential issue with fuselage or engine panel fit when the actual engine is used. I think I left the engines out and cemented blanking pieces inside the exhaust openings in order to mount the exhaust pipes themselves. A side benefit is a decent stand-alone Merlin model. HTH, cheers, Keith
  7. You might consider using a dark charcoal gray instead of straight flat black for the base paint. Or maybe flat black lightened with some white. This serves two purposes. First is “scale effect,” which kind of mimics the effect of viewing a real ship at a realistic distance. Second is that straight black is pretty stark. IRL, the paint would start looking chalky pretty quickly because of sun fading and salt deposition. FWIW, Keith
  8. Maybe not jack stays for bending sails, but a modern addition for using safety harnesses when aloft? Keith
  9. The Scientific Dos Amigos was my first wooden ship model. It was a gift from my parents when I was around twelve and I recall the thrill of opening the box. The finished model survived in my childhood home until a few years ago when I finally wrote it off. May be primitive by today’s standard, but with aftermarket fittings and rigging, the kit can surely be built into a beautiful display. Good luck! Keith
  10. The framers of the Constitution were mostly lawyers, not soldiers. FWIW, Keith
  11. I’m curious the backstory behind naming a super carrier after Miller. Up until now, heroic and notable naval and marine corps personnel were honored by having destroyers and frigates named for them. Including more than a few Medal of Honor recipients and people of color. Not sure how/why Miller was bumped to the top of the list of heroic figures, but it seems odd. On another site someone suggested it would have been more appropriate to name the lead ship of the new class of FFGs after Miller, I think I agree. FWIW, Keith
  12. Well, no “tallship” experience here, just small power and sail boats and modern warships. I’ve found that a properly led single figure 8 with a final twist seems to hold most everything fine, even with synthetic lines. As for needing extra figure 8 turns to safely slack a line under tension, in my experience it can be done easily with only half a figure 8 turn around a cleat (and presumably a pin). Even large mooring line tension can be safely slacked with only half a figure 8 on the bitts. It was however common practice to make extra figure 8 turns on bitts when moored. fwiw, Keith
  13. My thinking is the mast would be stowed in the boat or lowered down to the boat crew after launch, then rigged. Seems like a boat with mast rigged and protruding fore or aft would be difficult to maneuver through the ships rigging. FWIW, Keith
  14. To me the engineering spaces always smelled like diesel fuel, hot lube oil, and ozone. Cheers
  15. If nothing else, you might consider doing a “wash” to help make the engine details pop, I’m really enjoying your build. Cheers, Keith

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