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  1. Lou, I am very sorry for your difficulties and wish you and your family all the best. Our family has experienced multiple instances of "news" and we have learned to truly embrace living life one day at a time. Steve
  2. To those who gave likes, thank you and thanks for stopping by. Lou, thanks for your kind words. I still have two trays full of little bits and pieces, along with the 16 ship’s boats and 32 davits, so I expect I’ll be good and cluttered by the end. And now, ask and you shall receive. For Admiral Mrs. Imagna - LOU IS A GREAT MENTOR, and any guy who’d build the Titanic for his wife is worthy of everyone’s admiration. BenF89, thanks for your compliments. From what I understand the Vance was getting tired by the time of the war bride refit, but I have no experience with weathering and didn’t want to muck up such a big lump. Carl, thanks for the lat lesson. I was going to ask if that might be equivalent to lath over here but Rob beat me to it. Rob, thanks for your nice feedback. Lath I know about since I had many occasions to see it during a large renovation project involving over 400 old townhouses. The Dean’s kit is good but I have also seen some inaccuracies in areas I would not expect such as a few of the laser cut styrene sheets. Steve Tiny production. Fresh from the success of fabricating and painting the bridge deck starboard side wall railings I decided to count up the wall railing brackets I will need for the port side and both sides of the boat deck. Turns out I exaggerated earlier - I only need about 120 more, which equates to 40 stanchions trimmed, cut into three sections, with each section needing an angle cut across the bottom. So I set up a little production line, and three evenings later the pile was complete (the line only ran for about 2 hours a night). Since I was in tiny mode I thought I’d try making some twisted eyes, following the x-acto handle twisting technique described in several spots on the site. It was actually quite fun and I spun up a few in no time at all. Thanks to all who shared the method. I would like to give credit to the originator if anyone knows who he or she is.
  3. To those who gave likes, thank you and thanks for stopping by. Carl, I looked up blue tack so now I know what that is, but what is a lat? Steve Foamy progress. The small railings hanging by a thread painted up okay, but the threads spun from the force of the spray, leaving a few bare spots, and there was a bunch of fiddling to get the thread knot off each railing. I also lost the smallest rail to that great parts heap in the ether. But… Thanks Lou for the rigid foam board suggestion. Works great and the railing stays in place nicely while spraying. The railing paint pic showed the intermediate brackets. I need about 200 of them for the bridge and boat decks, in addition to the ones I used on the small top deck cabins. The starting point is the railing stanchion, shown below, which is snipped into three pieces. Then each piece gets another trim to angle the bottom, which makes it easier to install. The bridge deck port wall railings are fabricated, and now painted. But enough with the small stuff. It’s time for an overview of progress. It’s cold and windy today, so no outdoor pics, and the shipyard is occupied with railing fab, so the pics are in the best available room. Not much glued yet except some railings. And yes, the Kilroy porthole is still hanging in there hoping to make the final cut.
  4. Lou, thanks for the suggestion. It may be easier for the next bunch than the gymnastics above. Steve
  5. To those who gave likes, thank you and thanks for stopping by. Steve Hanging by a thread I had some time this afternoon so I scraped and sanded (sanded worked better) the paint flash off all the railings. I decided to try hanging the railing wires from plain white thread suspended between two clips. Certainly not original but new to me. The clips have holes that conveniently fit a piece of ground wire scavenged from a roll of house wiring. Not wanting to waste time on an elaborate gallows I wrapped the ground wire around some spare lumber (timber for those so inclined) so it hung across the corner of my paint area in the unfinished basement, the idea being to confine the spray a bit since I don't have a paint booth exhaust. The overall view shows the paint corner, which consists of an old Black & Decker Workmate, a piece of drywall covered in changeable paper for a work surface, and a light stand with two 1000 watt halogen lamps. An overhead light bulb provides some fill light to soften shadows. Crude but bright. The closer view is below. I found I needed to squeeze into the corner to finish all sides - the wires hanging by a thread were quite spinney but wouldn’t stay in position long enough when I tried twisting them so I could paint the back side from the front. Seemed to work - the proof will be in the drying. They'll all need touch-up but it's only a thread widths amount - it's a small price to pay if this gets the entire bunch painted in one go.
  6. To those who gave likes, thank you and thanks for stopping by. Lou, I know what you mean by aggressive. There’s a walking path around the pond. The geese have been coming back for so many years they are unflustered by passersby, nestling in the grass next to the path with their goslings. If you keep your head pointed straight, make no eye contact and stride purposefully along (remember Seinfeld - "No Soup for You!") they leave you alone, but if you stop to turn and look at the babies there is much harrumphing, hissing and charging by goose and gander alike. Kevin, thanks for checking in and for your kind remarks. BenF89, welcome and thanks for stopping by. I’m an RC newbie and am already benefitting from the experience of other members. Steve How not to paint tiny brass wires On my previous build, and parts of this one, I’ve had good luck painting smallish parts by sticking them to a reversed piece of blue tape and giving a quick rattle can spray. For multi-sided parts like small metal blocks, I would paint one side, wait to dry, flip and repeat. What led me to believe this would work for 0.020 wire railings I don’t know. When I started to peel the railings many were surrounded by paint flash, bent when I tried to take them off, or both. I resorted to a small X-acto chisel blade to break them loose. Now I have the pleasant task of cleaning all the flash before painting the other side. A friend who used to work in an auto body shop said they painted small pieces by hanging them off a wire or string. I’m not sure how this works with wire this small but I suppose it is worth a try if I use small clips mounted over a horizontal wire and clipped to the ends of the railings. If anyone has a different suggestion, short of buying an air brush which is not in the cards, feel free to chime in. By the way (I live with acronyms at work, but refuse to use them at home), the light makes the railings look orange yellow but they are actually white. Makes it easier to see the flash.
  7. A challenging build wonderfully executed Kevin, and especially challenging to those of us who might aspire to such craftsmanship. Your outdoor photos, especially the ones from low looking up into the sun and sky look for all the world like a real ship. Congratulations. Steve
  8. very well done! A challenging build for a first go, particularly without the benefit of modern laser cut parts and castings. Welcome and best of luck on your next build. It's very easy to get hooked. Thanks for sharing. Steve
  9. To all who gave likes, thank you and thanks for stopping by. Bill, thanks for another good suggestion. The ship is fitted with two 6-volt gel cells like they use in kids power toys, one for power and one as a spare and for ballast. Each one has a velcro strip on the bottom, as does the ESC unit. The gel cells are also surrounded by wood curbs to help hold them in position. My concerns at the moment are the reaction the ship may receive from the large flock of geese that spend the good weather in the pond near our house, and the two pond aerators that create big sprays and small waves. I may have to move the maiden voyage to a quieter pond farther away where the local RC sailboat club operates. Of course they may not like a long lumbering lump in their midst either. Beaks or boats, decisions decisions. Carl, thanks for the spiffy. I couldn't have done it without your guidance to tone them down. I actually worked on several apartment buildings doing electrical design, when the architecture business was in the slumps, and gained lots of experience with repetition (outlets, switches, lights, stoves - when would it end). No watertight doors, although one resident surrounded her door with bug powder to stave off a potential attack from an army that had invaded the slovenly apartment next door.
  10. To those who gave likes, thank you and thanks for stopping by. Bill, thanks for the dewatering suggestions. I have a lot to learn about RC sailing and I guess I have been overthinking it and missing the obvious. It could also be what happens when I wait until late in the evening to write. A patch is a good idea too. I’ll let the different suggestions percolate a while before I take any steps. Carl, thanks for the stair railing suggestion. Of course I threw the primer on the compass platform railing before I read it so some sanding will be in order before fitting and soldering the stair rail. it’s interesting you mentioned the Blues Brothers. Just last week I watched a bit of the movie (again) and it’s just as great as I remembered it. Steve The railing construction at the top deck cabin walls is finished. The effort doesn't seem to match the few bits of brass on the paper towel. I gave them a bath in paint thinner followed by a water rinse, set them aside to air dry, and tonight gave one side a shot of primer. I’ll be enthusiastically watching paint dry over the next few evenings. I started fabricating the bridge deck cabin wall railings. Boy, I can’t do much of this with all those intermediate brackets before going bug-eyed. The picture is about 8 inches worth. I’m dotting the railing/bracket intersections with CA as I go, rather than trying to get all the brackets in place first (I tried it). Once all the railings are fitted I'll remove the sections so I can enjoy more paint drying enthusiasm. Sorry there's not more diversity at the moment but there's a lot of repetition.
  11. I'm trying to find the words but everyone else has beat me to the superlatives. If I was part of this group build I think I'd just shelve the kit and spend my days basking in the results of your bottomless well of talent. Well done. Thank you sharing. Steve
  12. And 550 brides. Maybe I could make a little decal after shrinking a drawing....
  13. To those who gave likes, thank you and thanks for stopping by. Lou, if I could draw small enough I might do that. After all, the ship was nearing the end of its life by the time it did war bride duty and I imagine Kilroy might have popped up here and there. Carl, a few more bars and I could call it a tune….maybe Jailhouse Rock with a nod to the King, Elvis Presley. Steve I did more work on wall railings for the top deck cabins. I tackled the compass platform perimeter railing which I had also been dreading since it’s a small piece and the railing runs all around it. Each railing is a continuous piece around the four sides. I slid all the stanchions on the three rails first, then gradually worked my way around, first setting the stanchions in place without gluing, then fixing stanchions to rails with drops of CA. At the corners I bent the three rails around the tweezer nose pliers so I could progress without removing what had already been installed. I’ll remove and paint the assembly before gluing the stanchions in place. I’d like to install single handrails on both sides of the little stair, but I need to figure a way to anchor it in place first. I’m not sure if just CA’ing the top edges of the stair stringers to the platform will hold them well enough while working on the railings. Another learning opportunity. Or maybe the stair is small enough it wouldn't need a railing since someone could grab a stanchion.
  14. To those who gave likes, thank you and thanks for stopping by. Lou, a turkey baster - seems so obvious in hindsight - gobble gobble. I’ve got a lot to learn about RC sailing. Carl, all my problems (and all the upper decks) will go away if I turn her upside down. If sailing proves a disaster I may just try it Steve I cut all the remaining ship’s boats off the molding sheet and trimmed them to size. I had a post-bronchitis coughing fit after dry sanding a few, so I’ll put them aside for a few days until I fully recover, then use wet sanding and a mask. In the meantime I started wall railings which I have been dreading. The technique I’m using is to stretch/straighten a piece of 0.020 wire (I’m saving the straight wire for the perimeter railings), measure the available space, bend one end around a nail, mark the wire from outside bend to the available length, bend the other end at the mark, drill one hole, set one end of the wire in the hole, mark the other hole where the other end of the wire lays, drill the second hole and set the other end. Then I will remove the wire for paint and reinstall. For longer railings the instructions suggest cutting up stanchions into three pieces each. Talk about fiddly, and this is only 1:96. I have nothing but admiration for all of you doing the tiny scales. Once the pieces are cut up I trim the bottom of each at an angle so it slides into the drill hole better. Then I place the brackets onto the railing, adjust the spacing and drill, and then add a drop of CA to fix the brackets to the railing. Hopefully when I remove the railings for paint they will reinstall without further adjusting of the brackets. With the process worked out the longer piece across the end wall went a good bit quicker. For some reason the porthole in the end wall was laser-marked lower than the others which now creates an overlap with the railing unless I cut the railing short. If I was on the ship during a storm I’d rather have the railing and I wouldn’t give a hoot about where the porthole was. Maybe it's for someone sitting down in the radio room. I guess I’ll live with it. I also noticed that the railing is straighter than the roof edge. Too bad the "raised eyebrow" doesn't line up over the errant porthole. Then I could call it the "curiosity corner".
  15. Andrew, Very nice work. Sounds like you are flying along - I had about 200 hours in by the time I finished the Bowdoin's hull, and I didn't do the extra sheathing. Steve

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