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Tom E

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  • Birthday 11/16/1971

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  1. Evening, Hope everyone is having a nice Easter. I'm on the road all day tomorrow for Dinner with the family. So an update tonight! The Cheeks were installed. Both sides. I couldn't help myself. Nothing glued together below, just wanted to see what it looks like. Once the wheels get there black band and a good coat of white, should really come to life. Some small pieces need to be painted and installed on the main frame. Haven't even started on the Cannon yet. It's going to need a lot of work. Tom E
  2. Evening, Quiet Saturday night, cup of Tea in hand...time for an update. I've had limited building this past week. The old Sciatic nerve decided to pay visit. Hurt like a bugger! But went to work all week! ?!?!?? Finished the Companionway. I think It came out well. I stayed with my darker color scheme. Should look good when it all comes together...….somewhere in the future! A thought, with my darker color scheme throughout the build, what should I do for the Main rail? Paint or stain, I'm thinking stain it the same color as the deck furniture, or, it will just get painted black. No buff! Added some bars to the inside as well. I have the Port side fitted with its Cleats. Using an old bottle of Model Master Wood paint for color. They do get a sanding. The Starboard side will get it's cleats sometime this weekend, hopefully. I figure after cleats I'll start identifying where eyebolts go next. There are a few in the Waterway. Some eyebolts I wont put in until much later in the build. Once the tiny bits are in I want to shift to the Catheads and Channels. Tom E
  3. Ron, That has to be one of the best tutorials I've seen so far on airbrushing. Really liked his talk about compressors. I haven't bought anything yet, but it has me re-thinking what I was thinking of buying. I was going way to big for a compressor! He explains it in layman's terms and no BS. Thanks! Tom E
  4. Ken, That's just plain water for a rinse. I'm not clever enough to think of Vinegar for a good cleaning. But I'm definitely going to use that one on a future build, it makes sense. Denis, When I ordered the Cannon I was looking at the "upgrade" wheel set but never pulled the trigger on buying them. I thought they looked pretty good. If I build another cannon, I'll definitely upgrade the wheels. Tom E
  5. Evening, Hope everyone is well. It's been a slow go on builds lately. It's been short bursts of building that don't last long. It's a bad back/nerve thing. Hard to sit at the table for long times. Anywho….. The James cannon does continue! Instead of adding the cheeks to the main piece, thought I would add some small pieces before hand. Added the Trail grabs. These are both port and starboard. Easy enough. I also started prepping the wheels. As you can see below, they need just a touch of clean up! There was so much here, I put it in the metal recycling bin instead of the trash. It was quite a bit. Hind sight, ME sells wooden "upgrade" sets on the wheels. A good bath and rinse. It took a lot of sanding/carving, but they cleaned up nicely. Then a coat of primer to start the painting process. Tom E
  6. Evening, Hope everyone is well. Had a nice quiet weekend with some building done. But more importantly...…….taxes are done, signed, and accepted! I did several things over the weekend, but I did a lot for the Companionway. The paint scheme is coming together, and the roof has its stain. The small bits for the slider are cut. The ends will get painted black. All glued in. They seem to have a curve downward, but there straight to the roof. Shouldn't pose a problem. I will "plug" the ends of the 2 bits for the slider with tiny scrap pieces of wood glued in, then painted. I also stained the piece that will eventually become the slider. Same stain as the roof itself. This will eventually get cut and sanded to shape. Then some bars in the windows. I also started laying out the Coamings for the Captains Quarters. It starts with a box. Tom E
  7. Thanks J, I am using Model Expo paints. Those are acrylics. It's all Primer, Hull Spar Black, and White from an old 18th Century Long boat paint set. It takes about 3-4 coats for an acceptable look. I probably don't help things by watering down the paint. Model Expo's stuff runs thick in my eyes. All by hand, I don't have an airbrush. It takes a few coats but the model doesn't "look thick" due to numerous paint coats. I have a bit of a pre paint ritual which may doing the trick. All pieces get a good sanding and wipe down with a micro fiber cloth, I do the same for wood. It takes care of all the sanding dust/fuzzies ! Then they get a warm, long, soapy bath. No hard scrubbing but a good washing and air dry. All pieces get one coat of primer, then several coats of the main color. Also, some things will sit for a week to dry before its next coat of paint. It works. Tom E
  8. Evening, Time for an update. Chores are done, hot cup of Tea in hand, and the Celtics are on the TV. Good times, good times...... Some progress has been made. Admittedly, most of today was spent on my Niagara build. Most here was done last night. Since all the major parts are essentially painted, there's always touch-ups, I decided to attach the Axle to the main body. My little jig worked well, kept everything aligned real well. A tight grip and it was left overnight. It sets up well. I used epoxy to attach the Axle. There are some gaps where the two pieces meet. I might try and fill those. Painting may help that. I probably wont touch this for the next few days. Let it set. The two side cheeks will be added next. Tom E
  9. Don is awesome! I just spent about 2 hours on his site, and still not done. Thanks for the link Popeye. Tom E
  10. Mike, It's the Model Expo Bulwarks green, part of the Niagara paint set. I do prime everything. But, The weak paint is probably all me. A few days back, the green was getting low and becoming mud like in the bottle. So I added some water to loosen it up, thin it out a bit. Try and stretch out the bottle a bit. I may have gone a bit to far. It's thin, and it takes a few coats before its acceptable. I have a fresh bottle ready to go, may crack it open sooner than later. Tom E
  11. Evening, Time for an update, albeit a small one. Work continues on the Companionway. Below, is my first attempt at the bits above the opening. Grossly out of scale, way to thick and tall! Below is the comparison of first try, on the left, and my second attempt, on the right. A lot better. The sliding cover will basically rest on the companionway itself. Should still be able to slide it. Its a work in progress! As of tonight, its out for painting. The roof will be stained, green middle, and red coaming. Same as the rest of the deck furniture. The sliding cover will be stained with the bits holding it painted black. In my head it looks nice, we'll see what comes out the end! Tom E
  12. Overall, I didn't think it was too bad. It has some flash to cut off, a good sanding, and a warm soapy bath and they cleaned up well. Now, the caveat to that is that this is my first metal build and have nothing else to compare it to. I've noticed since I've started painting that some blemishes do get filled in. Vossiewulf, That's a nice looking rifle. I don't think I could reproduce that with what comes in the kit. Tom E
  13. Thanks J, I'll have to take a look at that one. Just did a quick search on Google and there's a lot of info on that model. The quieter the better! Tom E
  14. The NEO CN brush is on the "to buy" list. What really caught my eye on that one is the different sized, and detachable, paint cups. Seems clean up would be easier. I've pretty much made up my mind on the Badger TC910 Aspire Pro compressor. Just waiting on some tax money. Tom E
  15. J, That airbrush should be soon! Still doing my homework before a big purchase like that. Trying to stay away from these "starter sets" I see online. Seems better to make the initial investment piece by piece with quality equipment. Jack got it right, It's named after General James. Besides, shouldn't a weapon have a girls name!?!? Charlene or Christine seem most popular! Tom E

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