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Tom E

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  • Birthday 11/16/1971

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  1. Evening, Thanks for the warm welcome folks, appreciate it! Ron, I have seen that video many times. It really has helped me. A must watch in my book! Ken, That website is awesome! Already signed up for the news letter. I'll be exploring that one fully. Denis, Lou, OC, welcome! Glad to have you all on board . In my yearning to do something with this model while waiting for new supplies, I did some painting. I used a bottle of Testors flat black and hand painted the storage locker and radio. These might be some of my first pieces to try some airbrushing. Besides today being Friday, It was an easy day to go to work because I knew I had a package coming from UPS. I have heard of a website mentioned called scalehobbyist.com. Wonderful website with great products! Bonus, they are in Nashua NH, me being in Lebanon NH, means basic shipping is essentially next day for me. My first ever set of PE, with new paints and other fun stuff! The photo etch itself is funky. Strong yet weak and very light. There's some small fiddly bits in these things! I bought the below gun barrels just for a little fun. It'll be cool to incorporate these in. I decided to start with a few colors from Mr Color. Never used this paint before but have seen wonderful results with it in other builds. So any paints I'll buy will most likely be Mr Color and Tamiya. I started basic with flat white, black, olive drab, and an earth green. More colors will be brought in with a future order. I bought some Panel Line Accent color as well, never used this before. But it looks like it adds a great dimension to any model. I'll experiment with this on some scrap pieces first. There was some progress done on the fuselage. First things first....both halves got a warm soapy bath and will dry overnight. Stay warm Tom E
  2. Evening, Thought it might be a good time to give this project some wings!...….pun intended..... This project will go beyond just the Mitchell bomber. I plan on using this to learn how to airbrush and use photo etch. Never have used PE or an airbrush before, this may be interesting. A "practice" model, yet I don't want to wreck it either. We shall see what happens in the end. Originally, the kit was bought in an unplanned trip to Michaels and had a few dollars burning a hole in my wallet. These were bought to just put in the stash, and see what happens. Curiosity got the best of me and I had to pop open the Mitchell kit. Neatly packed kit in grey and clear sprues. Instruction are pretty straight forward. The decals look a lot better than the ones used when I was a kid. They give 2 versions of decals to use. The "Jaunty-Jo" or "Finito Benito". I like the leggy gal "Jaunty-Jo". Next came the air compressor. When I moved into my new home, I laid out some monies for an airbrush set-up (compressor/brush/ventilation). I have been researching these things for over a year now. I looked at the most expensive to the cheapest of compressors that are available. Many to choose from, many quality products, and many to avoid. In the end, I bought from a company that I was familiar with instead of Amazon. 90 day return policy helps. This compressor works really well and is quieter than some fish tank filters I've had. Holding tank and adjustable pressure settings. Those were the two things I centered around the most. I didn't want one that runs continuously. Very happy with this purchase so far. The compressor came with a basic hose and airbrush. All work well. I test shot some water thru the airbrush this past weekend. I learned a lot just from doing that before shooting any paint, which I have not done yet. I plan on learning on the airbrush below. I'm going to excel with the Harder & Steenbeck Infinity Two in One. I just learned of this brand of airbrush no more than a month ago. For some reason I never saw these come up in an "airbrush" search while shopping. I was searching thru the "Painting" section here on MSW and finally saw this brand mentioned. And from the results I've seen from the people that recommended them, it's a worthwhile investment. I hold off using this one until I'm more confident in my abilities. It was a little bit of an investment. Not cheap. The hose comes with it. There were some other trinkets that came with the airbrush. I'll learn about these as we progress. Lets have some fun Tom E
  3. Evening, Work on the Yards continue. Would really like to see these done. With all masts and yards soon done, I may start installing cannon. Still chewing on that tho, still some items for the main deck area I want to finish first. Topgallant Yards were started. The Topgallant yards were relatively easy to make. A bit tricky installing the Jackstay eyebolts, didn't want to drill too much and go all the way thru. Painted and strung with .008 Syren black rope. I tried making the lanyard in the middle of the Jackstay rope but it looked lumpy and out of scale. I opted to just have one continuous rope for the Jackstay. Looks a heck of a lot better than what was there! Before I strung the footropes I just had to see what I had so far in regards to Yards. I like what I see! Footropes and stirrups were installed. I'm getting better at tying the stirrups to the footropes. Less curve in the stirrups. Before Syren stopped making the black rope I bought a good sized order for the Niagara. Should have plenty. Once I open the rope, it gets wrapped around a small thread bobbin. The bobbin fits right back into the bag the rope came in. Works for me! Stay warm! Tom E
  4. Evening, Quiet night at home, waiting for the big 2 day storm coming. Sounds like a mix of everything. 5-8 inches of snow, Ice, sleet, rain, all in about 48 hours. Of course the majority of those hours will be at work. Thankfully, I live in an area of the country that knows how to drive in the snow, well, most do, definitely not all! Gary, I actually did try the wire approach. I just couldn't get the "look" right. They looked out of sorts, kinked, and bugged the living daylight out of me. So I made another try with the rope and, I think, have some better results. Besides the Yards being built, I started the rear boat davits. Sanded the char off then decided to open up the holes. I don't know what I was thinking or drinking, but I used a way too large of a drill bit. As I drilled other holes they were cutting into the other holes. I could see It happening, and my brain is yelling at me to stop, but the fingers kept on going for just a second too long. Ended up filling them with thick CA to fill the holes. Will let that sit and try again with an appropriate bit! Moving on with the Yards. Topsail yards have been shaped and eyebolts installed. There a little wonky, but I remember somewhere in the plans, It mentions the line of eyebolts should hug the front side. I started there, but would slowly wander into the middle so I wouldn't split the yard. These seem a bit easier to build after doing the Course yards. Eventually painted and strung with Syren rope. Foot rope stirrups installed. Foot ropes strung and stirrups tied in. These look better than the Course yards, I think. I still have some "bow" in the stirrups, but no where near as much in the Course yards. Flemish Horses tied in. Not too bad for a rook. Thanks for watching! Tom E
  5. Awesome! Count me in! I'll make the popcorn. Any one bring the beverages? Tom E
  6. Nice to see you back at it J. Heading over to Popeyes build right now to follow as well. This should be fun to watch! Tom E
  7. Evening, Already bored with the work week and the mind drifts to the Shipyard, and since I'm not actually building, thought I'd share an update. When we last saw the Fore and Main Course Yards the Stirrups were not attached to the footropes yet. I was finding it difficult to get the length to look right. Tried building Jigs and other knick-knacks with no success. What I finally did was so simple. In the below picture see how the Yards are laying on the blanket? The "drag" from the rope laying on the cloth kind of grabbed hold and made it easier to work with. Not a perfect fix, but it worked for me. In the end...…….. Still working on a good length for those stirrups! I continued to work on the Spritsail Yard as well. From working on the Main Yards, I found it easier to form the bits needed. As towards placement, I followed the plans. Once I mark the centerline on the yard, everything kind of falls into it's place. These may look a bit bulky but a good sanding would be last. That's where most of the shaping is done. Looking much better. Eventually primed and several coats of Hull Spar black. There's something about pics online. The Yard is not as chunky as it looks in pics. Pictures must add 30 pounds to everything! In the end, I'm happy with the results. This will eventually will get woven onto the Bowsprit. They may be a bit later. Don't wanna snap it off with one wrong arm swing reaching for something! Thanks for watching! Tom E
  8. Morning, Well, we received another 4-6 inches of snow over night, and, its almost time to go out and shovel......again...... Oh well, Thought I would share an update while I finish my coffee before I head out. I started installing the deadeyes in the Channels. Bear with me, these may look a little snaggle toothed.....I'm learning!!!! I learned many lessons on the first set and were done over numerous times. The biggest lesson I learned was to sand a deep enough divot for each Deadeye. These are covered with a keeper strip and should look a lot better when finished. I used a light gauge wire for the Strops. Strong enough, but easily bent/adjusted. I'm trying to keep these even with each other and the natural curve inwards with the ship and ultimate shroud placement. Patience is a virtue, install one, and hold...………………….. In the beginning, I was struggling to build these. I was wrapping the deadeye first then trying to make the eye last. That didn't work out well. Once I started making the eye first then wrapping the deadeye did I get a better looking result. And these still don't look that good!!!!! But, believe me, these do improve as I did more. The glue gobs and the like will all get a good sanding and re-paint. These kit supplied deadeyes are rough to work with. Some just flake apart with any pressure applied. A while back Model Shipways had a "materials" sale and I bought a bulk pack. I ended up using those. They seemed "fresher". They seemed easier to work with. Minor problem, just sayin...….. All the holes were cleaned out with a #67 bit. Lesson learned...….pay attention to which deadeyes you pick to use. I don't know how these things are made in the factory, but some of the holes looked like the drills to make the holes missed. That's understandable, I cant think its easy, and there were enough good ones to use. The strops for the Topgallant and Topmast deadeyes is a lighter gauge wire than the strops for the Lower shrouds. I used 3/32 deadeyes and bullseyes, as compared to the 1/8 deadeyes for the Lower shrouds. Trying to keep things in scale. Some sizes are given on the plans but don't match perfectly to what I have on hand, I tend to round down. Things start looking "too big" and it blows the scale/look in my head. This is one of my struggles as a modeler and constantly working on it. I've also started the Spritsail yard. With this last piece the Bowsprit will be done, besides some blocks and the like, which I should have done soon. Stay warm and God bless all you people not waking up to snow...…...again! Thanks for watching! Tom E
  9. Richard, Your metal work is incredible, looks really nice. You seem to be the jig master! From the soldering setup to the mini sawhorses on your bench. Those mini sawhorses are a great idea, are they just made from Styrene? I could see those on my bench! Tom E
  10. Thank you Richard, Appreciate the kind words. Must admit, I've been watching your Bluenose build. Impressive build, the metal work is beautiful. Tom E
  11. Evening, Mike, Christos, as always, glad to have you looking in. Happy New Years to you and yours as well! With the move to the new place finally settling down, Niagara has come back to life! I dove back into the build with some rope work. With the Main Yards built, they needed the Footropes and Stirrups. These are fiddly little things! You sneeze once.....and you have to start all over....true story! I started by hanging the Stirrups. As long as they were long enough, they posed no problem to work around. The Footropes were strung next. All the ropes are Syren .012 black (if I'm remembering correctly) I'm having a tough time to get the length of the Stirrups just right, so no finished shots of the Main Yards yet. Hopefully soon. Deck work on the ship itself has begun again. It seems every time I look at the plans, there's always something else to make and install, bloody amazing! Started by getting some Deadeyes installed. Easy enough, open up a large enough slot and they slid right in.....mostly! The Deadeyes are wrapped with a 23G wire that creates the loop on the end. I'll get more in depth with the Deadeyes soon. Thanks for watchin! Tom E
  12. Let the building begin!!!!!! I have successfully moved into my new home! There was little blood shed! 🏁 With the move behind me, the Shipyard begins to take shape. I think I have it in a spot that works. Behind the screen is a large bay window. Oddly, It has two small side windows that open. One of those windows has been ear marked as a vent for an airbrush vent system. Most likely right where the trunk is on the floor. I cant wait to dig my teeth back into Niagara. I've got the modeling itch something fierce! I still have camp chairs as furniture for now. A new sofa and recliner are in my near future. These flags will eventually be replaced with more permanent fixtures. I see a ships wheel clock in my future!!!!!! 😮 My cable TV was set up just in time to see the Bruins lose, then the Patriots lost......what the heck!?!? Oh well...…. It's great to be back on MSW and should have updates soon. Tom E
  13. Evening, Thought I would share un update, may be a while until my next. As of today, the Shipyard has been shut down, packed up and ready to bug out. I close on a new house this coming Thursday. Of course, the Shipyard will be moved first...…..of course....…..carefully, slowly, in the car, with a lot of towels/blankets!!!! The rest of the apartment goes in the truck on Friday. I've been thinning out the inventory of old useless junk we all seem to accumulate thru life. I'll be essentially starting out with a new canvas. New couch, bedrooms, it already has a new kitchen with all new appliances. This is my first house, quite the process. I do however plan on having, what looks to be, a nice build area. But until I'm truly in there, I wont know. Dimensions, right work table, lighting, etc. Any who...... The Niagara does continue, this and maybe one more update, and I'll be completely up to date. The Fore and Main Yard Jackstay eyebolts have been rigged, with a simple collar where they meet in the end, nothin fancy. Using .12 Syren rope. They line up fairly well. I scraped away the paint that ended up in the bolts. I think they look fine as is. On other builds I will consider blackening these. Chunky looking Landyard in the middle......what can I say, it was my first....still learnin! Both the Main and Fore mast Yards where done at the same time. I'll do the same when I start the Topmast Yards. Slow and steady at a comfortable pace. With all the Channels finally in place, I finished marking where my Chain plates/deadeyes will be. Below, Starboard rear. These are just the faux shroud ropes I've used before, kit supplied rope actually. Syren rope will be used for the final product. Port rear I used paper towel in the Main mast slot to firm/tighten things up and gain the correct rake, and be able to maintain it while I fiddled with things. Port front The Fore mast didn't need the paper towel in the mast slot. It sits really well on its own. Thanks for watching! Tom E
  14. Evening, I cant believe its been over a month since I last posted! Sheesh....life does get one distracted from the build. But it's been a good distraction, I'm buying a house!!!!! It's a small place on Mascoma Lake in Lebanon NH. Since it's just me these days, this will be my "retirement" home. Should be paid off by the time I retire, if not earlier. The closing is scheduled for December 19th. That means I'll have to shut down the Shipyard. But, with the space I have at the new place, I should have a pretty sweet model shop. I have funds set aside already to set it up with a quality workbench and airbrush set up. Cant wait!!!! Any who.... Back to Niagara The Main and Foremast Course yards are painted. The eyebolts need the paint cleaned out of them. The eyebolts will be rigged with rope, then the foot ropes. I also added the two inner double blocks for the Course Yard Truss on the underside on the Main and Fore tops. The outer two blocks are the Buntline blocks. Below is the final income. The blocks for the Truss have not been glued in yet. I have a suspicion it will be easier the rig the blocks before gluing and I'm not at that point yet. The Pin rails continue. Below are the rear Starboard rails. The front pinrails are currently being painted red, as will these. Port side rails will be next. Tom E

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