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Tom E

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  • Birthday 11/16/1971

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    Lebanon New Hampshire

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  1. Wonderful build, truly! Just seeing those Narragansett cans brings back so many memories. We called it "gansett", and it was nasty stuff. Well it was back in the late 70's early 80's. It was my first sip of beer every kid gets from there parents or grandparents, usually during a family event of some kind. I think it's for sale again, but I've never tried it. Tom E
  2. Evening, Dinner is done, belly is full, Bruins hockey on TV, feet up......... Niagara needs an update. While the hammocks stanchions are in process I like to work on other aspects of a build to keep things fresh. Change it up a little. Thought I would start rigging the Bowsprit. Starting with the Bowsprit shrouds. Using Syren .012 tan rope, lanyards were made to a pleasing distance. Taking cues from the plans, It shows the edge of the bullseyes lining up with the very forward edge of the Spritsail yard. So I went with that. T
  3. Evening, Niagara is well overdue for an update. Cant say I've been at the modeling table as much as I would prefer. With the warmer weather it's been time to clean up the yard and garden. With that mostly squared away, some building has been done. Mike, I built a "stand" for the masts as I work on them. Works bloody brilliantly! All pieces are easily moved to and from the ship. While trying to wrap my head around rigging, I've really tried to make a push on the hammock rail stanchions. I started with a piece of scrap strip
  4. Evening, Hope everyone is well and safe. Pretty quiet around here. Life and work are doing its thing, and a little bit of modeling gets weaved in. Niagara needs an update. Mike, Darrell, Thanks for stopping in, glad to see your still watching over my shoulders. I have been pouring over both of your builds lately. The rigging just seems daunting, and I feel I'm lagging behind in getting her done. I'm being overly cautious about what comes next, and what comes next logically. I need to stop hemming and hawing and keep moving! As a surgeon I worked for
  5. Evening, Quiet night, ready for a Friday and the weekend. Gonna be so cold out this weekend, I'll just have to stay warm and toasty in the Shipyard. Take one for the team kinda thing. Well, that's the initial plan. Thanks VT for the compliment, much appreciated. Niagara now has full sets of lower shrouds. Once I got a hang of things on the Fore mast, the Main mast shrouds kinda fell into place. I'm not saying they were easy, but once you get a "feel" for the rope and how to work with it, I just felt like pressing on. Nothi
  6. Evening, Hope everyone is well. Hot cup of tea in hand, comfy on the couch....Niagara needs an update. John, That's some great insight as to how blackening works, I did not know, I'll adjust the way I work with it. Thanks! Luckily, I work in health care and I tend to come home loaded with gloves and alcohol pads I keep stashed in my pockets. I have a healthy supply!!!! I continued on with the Fore mast shrouds. Port and Starboard leading shrouds are done. My servings are somewhat primitive compared to others. I'
  7. Evening, Hope everyone is well. It's a quiet night in New Hampshire, it's snowing outside, watching the Boston Bruins play the Pittsburgh Penguins, comfy on the couch..... Niagara needs an update. I'll start with a minor overlook. As I was planning the lay out for the hammock rails I discovered there are in fact two boarding ladders!! One for each side......duh! Nothing fancy, took care of business. Well, feeling saucy (and intimidated) I took a small leap into rigging this ship. I really just wanted to get a feel for
  8. Hello Christos, Thank you for the kind words! I am currently 49, with no underlying conditions, so it was more frustrating than anything. I missed a week of work....did I really "miss" work? Well, maybe financially, but, I'm a saver when it comes to finances. Save it for a rainy day. To be honest, I did spend a fair amount of time working on Niagara. Speaking of, Niagara needs an update. I've started to wrap my mind around the Hammock rails. Using kit supplied brass strip, I essentially pre formed the stanchions. Using a s
  9. Well, The vaccines are out there. On New Years Eve, after my shift at work, received my first dose of the Moderna vaccine. I do work in medicine, but felt kinda guilty getting it when there are so many folks who need it more than me. But, as the nurse gave me the shot she said "get your vaccine so you can keep going into work to help people"......and that I shall!!! I have to admit, there was a momentary sense of surrealism. A momentary feeling that this plague is moving forward, when it seems we take so many steps back. Done be afrai
  10. Morning, Been a while since I updated Niagara. Since my covid test finally came back negative, it's been back to work for me! Did have a nice break at Christmas, and with no family plans this year, I had a lot of time to build. The deck furniture continues. Everything from the Main hatch forward has been installed. It was when I was fiddling around with the Main Fife rail, I realized there are a few eyebolts in the deck that needed to be installed. Both pinrails now have eyebolts. They may be a bit big,
  11. Evening, Thought I'd add my two cents to this past Noreastah'!!! We got whacked!!!! A good old fashioned dumping!!!!! I measured 36" in a flat area in my back yard. South of me in Cornish, NH has 46". Croydon NH wins with 48". Haven't seen snows like that in decades. This was the first storm that stopped me from getting to work in 15+ years. Tried three times. Even my usually steady as a rock Subaru had trouble. At one point in time it was snowing at a rate of 5-6" per hour. Below is my neighbors car, it's supposed to be blue. Mascoma lake is somewh
  12. Evening, Well, still waiting on covid testing from Monday, I've lost a week of work just because of a back log of tests. Sheeeesh, what a year! When you don't have much else to do while in quarantine, to the Shipyard I go! The Gammoning is on. A little tricky. Have to be especially diligent when bringing the rope up from the bottom while wrapping it around. If you didn't hold it in place long enough where I had laid some glue, it had a tendency to roll out of place. Luckily I saw what was happening early.
  13. Morning, Well, still waiting on my test results. Until then, have to isolate. That clears up a lot of time for building! Feeling much better from the initial illness that drove me to get tested. Felt like a really bad hangover. Anywho.....marching on.... Starting to bring together the ships bell. I left the two outside pieces purposely longer, and will adjust the length once ready to be installed. You can see where I'm going with this. The Bowsprit bits are in. For some odd reason, I roughe
  14. Thanks Gentlemen! So far, feels like a flu. Aches, cough, sniffles, fatigue, no appetite. Lots of chicken soup and fluids. Being in healthcare they kinda freak out these days when you say you don't feel well. I was kinda "escorted" to the front door, and told to get a test and stay away until I get the results. Which sounds like 2-5 days right now. Tom E
  15. Evening, Well, this was unforeseen, may have a bit of time on my hands for building. Was not feeling well, work sent me to get a covid test, and cant go back to work until I get the results. Oh well........lets keep building. The Bowsprit, Catheads and rear Davits are all permanently installed. She's looking good now! The model has expanded in length and need to be mindful so not to snap off a Bowsprit! Its amazing how installing one piece changes the dynamic of working on and around this ship. Hopefully there will b
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