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About rshousha

  • Birthday 05/21/1959

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    Montreal, Canada
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    3D CAD drawings, helping people choose the right model and tools.

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  1. I just hate it when a kit sits there month after month, staring at me because I haven't worked on it. This kit has been doing that to me for a while now and so I need help to reduce my stress level. Would anyone like to help me out? The first person to make a reasonable offer for this kit will get it. Anything over $600 USD, including shipping anywhere in the world is a good offer. A couple of things about the kit: 1 - a few small engine parts are started 2 - interestingly, the person who had the kit before me put the parts in the bigger box from the K75. This means the parts are not as squished in. 3 - I checked the clear plastic parts and nothing is broken 4 - it seems to me that all the parts are there but I think one tire valve stem is missing. I really did not inventory every single other part but these kits are quite plentiful and parts are found quite easily in the UK or the US. I will gladly point people to where they can find the parts. 5 - it's an older kit. Plastic gets brittle after fifty years. The brown plastic tree is now fairly brittle and must be treated carefully. The other colours seem to have weathered the time well. This is typical of this edition; the brown stuff gets brittle before the other colours. No idea why that is. I think this is a pretty good price for the kit. If I had more storage space, I wouldn't mind so much, but it's in the way and my palms sweat whenever I see it. Thanks for the help! Cheers, Rick
  2. Try piano wire. Comes in bundles. It's amazing stuff; made of hardened steel. It takes a shape easily and is a great colour.
  3. I think I will wade in here with my own thoughts. There is nothing to justify. The cost of buying the mill is just an entry to a learning process. The learning process itself will consume hundreds of hours of your time and thousands of dollars of materials. The cost of the mill will become irrelevant with time and experience. The details of this mill or that mill, or this part or that part are really secondary. You are buying an education. This is priceless. Cheers, Rick
  4. Hi Gaetan, It is funny but, looking at the focus on the bell, the shape and colour of the wood, I am reminded of how close you live to Ste-Anne-de-Beaupré, one of my favorite cathedrals in the world.
  5. Saman; most amazing stuff. A Canadian product. I use it on models, furniture, and a floor I just did. Amazing stuff. https://saman.ca/en/products/ I use their stains and their water-based varnishes in matt and satin.
  6. You are doing an amazing job with this model! It will be quite a piece when it's finished. Well done, and thank you for sharing this work.
  7. Thank you all for your thoughts on my friend's passing. And now I have some time to write what I really think of the positive future of our industry: Anyone who has seen my website will see that there is a page that I call "The Virtual Factory". I have been touting this concept for at least twenty years, ever since I built my first website in 1996. In this concept, success will be found in creating unique products and services that will plug into a greater whole. Of course there is room for kits but it is clear that more and more people are spending time and money improving kits they buy. This trend will continue and, taken to extreme, a "kit" will be made up of the sum of its parts, those parts being made by many different businesses all over the world. Just from a financial perspective, this makes sense. It is already a modus operandi in the multi-media model sector where many of the latest 1:8 scale car kits are being produced bit by bit. Why spend $2000 on a kit when you can spend it at the speed you work? As an example, I am receiving plans obtained from this museum on a regular basis and am now designing and cutting frames for very large R/C models continuously. Using advanced software, I am putting out about a kit a week for clients all over the world. One fellow even asked me to design a J-class boat for him that he could steer from the inside! I declined that order. Next, there are already some great suppliers of parts. I have just received a pile of wood to cut from Northeast Lumber, for a client in Norway. The entire transaction, from Zooming with the client, to getting the plans from a museum in the UK, and to getting the wood from Northeast, has been really fun. Now, it's up to me to get another fantastic model out of my digital workshop as soon as possible. Add to that people who are interested in 3D printing, photo-etch, rope-making, block-making, and such, and we have a great future. As someone mentioned the other day, one has to figure out a good business model. Yes, it is harder than just copying the next guy, and lowering prices, but it will be much more rewarding, and more stable, in the long run. My designs are described at length on other websites. The next one I am doing is for a present-day yacht designer, whose boats I have sailed on many times. And then the order book is pretty well full until 2023. So my tiny part of the Virtual Factory is working full-tilt. Best Regards, Rick
  8. Thank you, all. I am sure you've all had great difficulties this past year and I am being selfish in making a fuss. I do thank you for your thoughts.
  9. The second of my two best friends passed away this morning. Perhaps that is why I lashed out for no good reason. Somehow, it's always easier to lash out at friends. My apologies.
  10. This is excellent work! The solution I use in Solidworks is to reduce the frames by the offset amount of the planking that the builder is going to use. In the end, the surface is not useful if you are doing a design in order to create laser-cut frames so there is no need to make the thickening function properly in the first place.
  11. Can't believe there are two of these in Whitehorse! This must be the highest density of Agamemnon models in the world! Well done!
  12. From what I understand, the material used in those flags had a magnetic property that used St. Elmo's fire to create a reverse energy that made them flow against the wind. I have never found that fabric, but I know it's out there.
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