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  1. Lou, the waterline location came from the kit instructions. The distance between numbers on the model is approximately 1/8" (1 scale foot) resulting from experimenting with row spacing in the word processing software. Those two together gave me 14 scale feet from near the hull bottom to the waterline. When I was drawing the waterline it didn't occur to me to look at photo 1 - I was more focused on the discrepancy between the waterline location shown in the model instructions and the model side view on the full size drawing. As to why the Meany shows the boot at 22 feet while the Vance was painted at 10 feet, who knows? Maybe when they added the superstructure, the air conditioning, all the hospital rooms and equipment the ship sat lower in the water. It didn't seem to make sense to have a strip of depth markings that are very close to a scale 30 feet high and then put the one foot mark someplace other than near the bottom of the ship, and since the model sailed well sitting at the painted waterline I let the 14 foot marker lay where it fell. One justification is that the Vance in war bride mode was closer to the Meany configuration than to the Vance as a liberty ship so being off two feet (14 vs 16 ft) where the ship sets in the water seems a reasonable compromise, even if the Meany and war bride Vance boot tops don't line up. Now there's some confusion and arbitrariness! Thanks for caring. I hope you are feeling better. I'm going in for the first of two carpal tunnel hand surgeries next month to try to keep these old parts working. Steve
  2. Denis, So much great detail in such a small space - very impressive. The pictures are very sharp without the lens smudge. Thanks for sharing and making the build entertaining. Steve
  3. Andrew, It's coming along very nicely. The extra detail in the binnacle looks sharp. Steve
  4. To those who gave likes, thank you and thanks for stopping by. Carl, I was actually looking at the Vance in her John J. Meany hospital mode (see below) when I was trying to figure out how to align the numbers to the hull. Looking at it now I see the numbers are horizontal but the alignment is on an angle. That would be an interesting experiment in a word processor. In any event I ended up with neither fish nor fowl since the strip of numbers isn't vertical nor does it perfectly align with the bow 🙄. At least the name is pretty straight. Maybe I'll have better luck next time. The print shop said they had to go to one of their other locations because it was the only one with a printer that used white ink on waterslide decal paper. I read about such printers but didn't know they are still around. Maybe they would ship overseas. Steve
  5. To those who gave likes, thank you and thanks for stopping by. Denis, thanks for your kind comments. I'm guessing the printer can make anything you send them into a waterslide decal. I made the name and numbers in MS Word and saved the file as a pdf, then emailed that to the printer. I used black for the text so I could see it and asked them to change the color to white. Roman numerals are just a bunch of letters (I - V - X - M - C) so that should be easy. For the numbers I set the alignment to Right Justified so they would line up along the right edge and experimented with row spacing until I got something that was close to a scale one foot between numbers. I also included two different size names so I could have a choice. It was all on one sheet of paper. Steve
  6. Thanks Jack. The nice thing is the numbers are on a single strip, as is the full Vance name. Trim, wet, slide, done. I did the layout in MS Word and experimented with the row spacing for the numbers so they are about a scale foot apart. Steve
  7. To those who gave likes, thank you and thanks for stopping by. Lou, we’re so used to driving around the pond on the way home that we usually just give it a quick look, but had I known it would be so easy to sail on it I probably would have done it a lot sooner. Steve A tasty alphabet soup What a find! After searching all over the web I discovered that a local printing company, who I dealt with years ago for architectural drawing printing, can make waterslide decals with white letters. They had to go to one of their out of town locations to make them but all I had to do was go around the corner to pick them up. Once I give the decals a shot of clear matte the semi-shiny background should go away. If anyone has a need the web link is www.godataflow.com. I used the Albany, NY location.
  8. To those who gave likes, thank you and thanks for stopping by. Lou, I truly appreciate your hanging in there throughout the build and for your helpful guidance. The Vance carry to the pond shore was about 20 feet. It's a beautiful spot at the end of our block. Steve
  9. To those who gave likes, thank you and thanks for stopping by. Carl, Legodude has had a very busy summer. Hopefully I can steal some time for us to work on the skiff this fall. Jack, yes we are still in the area but not as close to the Canal. Kevin, thank you for your kind remarks and for hanging in there. I'm learning a lot watching your builds. Steve
  10. Kevin, sorry for my waste of a post. Looks like soldering heat transfer techniques have already been well covered😊 But it's a great build nonetheless. Steve
  11. Kevin, it's looking great. I feel for your soldering frustration as I've had the same when trying to solder tiny bits. Regarding heat transfer ruining made joints, when I was soldering plumbing pipe back in the day I would occasionally put a damp rag around the made joint while soldering something nearby. I don't know if this technique transfers to PE world but a scaled down version might be worth trying on some scrap. Thanks for sharing the build. Steve
  12. A terrific build, loaded with wonderful details and craftsmanship. Congratulations. Steve
  13. To those who gave likes, thank you and thanks for stopping by. Carl, I grew up across the Hudson River from the entrance to the Erie Canal and spent many hours at riverside watching all manner of watercraft including boats, tugs, barges and the occasional larger vessel come and go. The 200th anniversary of the Canal opening is in 2025 and I was thinking about a packet (passenger) boat from the early period. I obtained two sheets of drawings of a packet boat at 3/8" to the foot scale from a regional museum which are currently being shrunk to 1/4" (1:48) scale at a local printer. I think the 3/8" scale would be an easier build but more parts and people are available at 1:48. Not a particularly graceful boat (hence my hesitation to commit) but an important one in our country's history (On the other hand the Vance was a bit of a tub too). My thought, if I do it, is to have one side partly open to show the living conditions within the boat, which often packed 100 passengers into a very small space on a boat about 70 feet long. It's all a bit of dreaming right now since it would be a full scratch build which I know next to nothing about, save for all the building design and drawing I did during architectural practice. Right now I'm doing a well needed shipyard clean and purge to get ready for whatever comes along. Steve
  14. To those who gave likes, thank you and thanks for stopping by. Denis and Jack, thanks for your kind comments. Steve Damage report. There was a comment earlier that all the added details might be a reason to refrain from sailing. The damage report from the first two outings was limited to two lifeboats knocked loose from their fastening point at the bottom of the davits. The davit rigging held them in place. The out of water damage was caused by inattention to the nearly invisible radio antenna strung between the masts. This resulted in a sideways jerk to the upper superstructure which knocked another lifeboat loose, with one of its davits popping off the deck; and one aft ladder separated from its mounting point. All damage has been repaired and was a small price to pay for the joy of sailing.
  15. Background music credit is Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Isreal Kamanawiwo'ole. Steve

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