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Tom E

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  • Birthday 11/16/1971

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  1. Evening, Hope everyone is well. It has been a while since I last posted. Some building has happened, yet seems more "summertime fun" has happened as well. It's been too nice to be inside this year. The fly-fishing was fantastic this spring, but cooled down quickly the dryer and hotter It got. The Largemouth Bass fishing has been OK, but they seem sluggish as well. It's like the dog days of summer are early this year. Anywho..... On the really unbearably hot weekends, I head to an air conditioned model shop. The cannon continue. There are now 16 cannon installed on deck. I'm hesitant about installing the last four cannon in back until I get a grasp on the tiller and its rigging. I want to avoid the tiller rigging fouling the cannon rigs. This really has been a robotic process. Rewarding as they accumulate on deck and it starts to look really cool........but robotic.... I'm thinking about rigging the tiller before the very last cannon. Should give plenty of room for my fat hands to move around! I really need to start wrapping rope coils........... So, I started the process of wrapping rope coils. There are a million different ways to do these, and I think I've hemmed and hawed over every single one. I'm sure my process will evolve as I learn. Going to use the 50/50 white glue, water set up. The moose shot glass is not available for shots sadly at this very moment! That will hold the glue/water mix. I'm going to use T-pins to gauge the size of the loops. The more T-pins, the larger the loop. In test rope, I found I only need one T-pin for a "to-scale" looking rope coil........mostly. Hope to have those pics soon, I have my first batch drying, and there going to dry for a ridiculous amount of time. I'm hoping in the end to produce a "messy" looking rope coil. Kind of disheveled, "just used" look. Be good Tom E
  2. Evening, Absolutely beautiful summer day in New Hampshire today, too bad I was In work all day. Came home from work and finally mowed the lawn. Recent heat wave held me off that chore. With that done, heating up some left over Chinese food......I think Niagara needs an update. The carronade continue. Ten of the twenty cannon are in. The sleds for the next three carronade have been installed as well. I usually just do a couple at a time. The pace is really up to how quickly I can strop the blocks. With the sleds in, the carronade are secured with the Breech rope already installed. I should have tackle for all carronade on deck by this weekend. Should also have another three carronade installed on the Port side by this weekend as well...hopefully. The plan is still, once the cannon are done, the furniture (and Tiller) will be next. I figure the Foremast and Bowsprit will be after the Furniture. Tom E
  3. Evening, I do believe the Mitchell needs an update. There has been some progress, but during the summer months, even with quarantines........it's hard to stay off the back deck with a cold one!!! Any who...... I've started the front nose section. Since I'm building her as the Jaunty Jo version there are 5 machine guns in the nose. Four of these guns will be updated with resin guns. Clearly the kit supplied gun is on the left. These resin guns will look good after a coat of paint. Probably just stick with a flat black here. That gun metal paint I've used before is kind of shiny for me. I dabbled with the decal solutions. Figured I would start with some of the smaller decals for the propellers. Don't know if I used it correctly, but I think they look pretty good. There is one more decal for each propeller. But I'm going to let these dry for an unnecessarily long time. I also masked of the fuselage for its grey coating underneath. Used a Tamiya Sky Grey. I see I have some great panel line accent with the dark color being underneath the grey coat. I didn't know you could do that. Lesson learned. I'm going to let these set for a while before unmasking. Be good Tom E
  4. Edward, Thanks for the kind words, much appreciated. I never dreamed I would make it this far with this project. Not the fastest builder, but I'm getting there. Thanks to all the folks for clicking that "like" button! Darrell, I just took a look at that entry. Your results are awesome! I just realized it was "the puddle of glue" that I was missing. I would take a length of rope, soak it in a 50/50 mix, then wring it out when I removed it. It was nothing but a sticky mess that never stuck together. Even if I did let it dry overnight, it would eventually unwrap. I would love to say I could dive right into the great ideas you've given me, but with Fathers Day this weekend I'm on the road. Have to visit Mom and Dad. Haven't been able to pay them a visit since Christmas. Tom E
  5. Evening folks, Hope everyone is well. Niagara is sorely overdue for an update. Progress has been made but slow and repetitive work. Mostly stropping blocks for the cannon rigging. As a side note, The Boarding ladder is done! Continuing on with the carronade. While blocks are being stropped, I usually get the sled installed first. It is anchored to the deck with a small dab of CA. Also off deck, the carronades are being prepped with the breach rope. With the sleds secured, I can figure out eyebolt placement. Using some simple thread with a loop in it I can get an idea where the eyebolts should be. Hopefully giving a pleasing look to the eye. Don't want these lines to low, high, or asymmetrical from the other side. With the rigging process getting better, and quicker, I was able to install another four carronade. You can see in the below pic the next three sleds are installed. The rope ends are still loose. I'm still working on how to make the rope coils. I've tried a few different varieties and should have some results soon. I'm using the white glue/water mix trick to make them. Just working out which "style" I like more. The proper Navy coils for an official inspection, or everyday kind of lumpy coils. I'm leaning to the more informal coils. Keep building! Tom E
  6. Thanks OC, I can guarantee that I would have seen that and figured I screwed it up somehow. Tom E
  7. Evening, Not much of an update, but should encourage me to get the weekend chores done early so I can play with new stuff! Never used decal solutions before. Bought these from MicroMark. A five bottle set for about $24.00. I plan on trying these on some un-used decals to practice with. Reading the directions, seems pretty straight forward. As a side note...… It's been a good Friday! Splurged on some deep dish pizza direct from Chicago. Everything in my town is New York style. Good pizza, but sometimes you need a pizza where one slice fills you up. With a tall glass of Coke loaded with ice....ya cant beat it! I do recommend Lou Malnati's pizza. There should be a fourth pizza in this shot. The other is in the oven! Tom E
  8. That's awesome CDW! Should be a fine week. Maybe some weather mid week, but that's a ways off. Little bit of Florida tonight. Hot and steamy. Well hot and steamy for this pale New Englander! Where are you going to visit? I hear Hampton Beach area is somewhat open. Limited capacity I imagine. But I'm pretty sure the restaurants should be open with outdoor dining. June is a fine month for fried clams, lobster and some chowdah outside by the beach. Up north, things seem to be a bit more relaxed. Tom E
  9. Jack, I can attest to scalehobbyist.com Never had one problem. Great selection. I window shop on the website whenever I can at work! I almost exclusively use them, almost. I do use Micromark, Syren, etc.... There in my state, so my money stays in state. Amazon has enough money, they don't need mine. Tom E
  10. Thanks Jack, I agree, sounds like the way to go. I'll set up an order shortly. Egilman, you mention the gloss overcoat as the medium. Is that the gloss coat from Micro set or a different brand? Tom E
  11. I have neither products. Honestly, never used them before. Last time I built a plastic model, nothing like it was being produced yet. Matter of fact, PE wasn't available last time I built a plastic model! But they do pique my interest. And I am at a point where I can start putting decals on the props and other areas. I have seen the Micro solutions online and do seem to be the "industry standard" for these types of solutions. May be time to take the leap and invest. Are they pretty straight forward to use? Tom E
  12. In person, The decals look brand new. Sure hope that helps. If I remember from when I was a kid, decals can be pretty finicky. Tom E
  13. OC, Egilman, Your right about the feeling of accomplishment. I languish on a section or part, move to the next section, so on and so forth. When it finally starts to come together from a pile of painted pieces, it's a great feeling. Denis, Belle is looking awesome! Cant wait to see what you can do with the Mitchell! I looked at my kit about the decals and clear sprues. Initially, I thought I had two sheets of decals, but one turned out to be a wax paper like cover. I assume to protect the decals in some way. You must have had the FNG on the packing line the day your kit was put together. On the decal sheet I see a "1999". Is that a patent date, production date? Is this kit old enough to drink alcohol? But I do have two sets of identical clear sprues. They all have the same pieces except for one difference. One of your sprues should have a piece labeled #92. That's used for the Finito Benito version. Part #130 is for the Jaunty Jo version. That's the one I'm going with. All the other pieces should be the same. Seems excessive to give two complete sprues with one difference. That's not cost effective. Tom E
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