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  1. Hatchways were (are) often aligned vertically to allow raising or lowering large or heavy objects from or to lower decks, therefore ladders were removable. This would obviously also allow for freeing space for the capstan bars. Vertically aligned hatches and removable ladders continue in modern warships, allowing removal/installation of equipment in engineering spaces.
  2. Was a 5-speed as I recall...a friend had one. The rest of us on single speed Schwins. We did make a lot of mods...sissy bars, chopper forks, etc. Fond memories.
  3. Not sure about storerooms 18 and 19, but have heard references to the Marine Clothing compartment. It’s common knowledge in the US Navy that Marines are fond of wearing pretty clothes, so I suspect room 5 would have shelves for fluffy sweaters, drawers for lacy undergarments, and perhaps hangers for sexy dresses. Oh, and shoe racks for their CMFM pumps. And of course a full-length mirror somewhere on a bulkhead. HTH, CPO, USN (Ret)
  4. And Das Boot (book and movie, not the recent mini series) can’t be beat for its stark depiction of conditions on the other side. v/r, Keith
  5. Love your work, but must ask if you ever sleep? Cheers, Keith
  6. Not sure how this works at small scale, but this is how I serve bow strings...
  7. Big problem with silicone sealant contamination and fiberglass boat hulls...virtually impossible to get a decent paint job.
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Maybe not jack stays for bending sails, but a modern addition for using safety harnesses when aloft? Keith
  13. The framers of the Constitution were mostly lawyers, not soldiers. FWIW, Keith
  14. 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
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