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Matt H

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  • Birthday 04/10/1981

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    Tooele, UT
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    Building model ships, building and painting miniature fantasy figures, reading, woodworking, lathe turning, watching TV, and playing video games. I also like to watch reality shows or documentaries about Alaska, I'm hoping to move there one day after my son graduates.

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  1. At the top of the forum is a navigation bar and a tab/button/link for Articles Database. In that Articles Database is sub categories, one of which is for framing and planking. In that framing and planking is the following article written by Chuck and it is a pdf which includes a fan. Hope that helps. This was my first kit I assembled, I enjoyed the challenge of the small size and the well written instructions. https://thenrg.org/resources/Documents/articles/LiningOffYourHullPlankingTutorialAndFan.pdf
  2. Are these the same plans that were printed when they were printing them? I purchased the full set of books and plans not too long ago.
  3. You're right the photos weren't very good so I snapped this one and the instructions. Here the number 1 is pointing to the seam where I cut partway through the plank so it could be folded along the cut. The number 2 indicates where the bottom edge of the plank is. Hope these help, the pictures portion of the instructions are in Italian, and a separate instruction sheet is printed in English. **Edit - Nope, no relation to James J as far as I am aware!
  4. Thanks Louie! If I recall, I did have that problem, but I believe the instructions said that as you got higher in the planking, you should cut partway through the plank horizontally along the length of the plank. Not along the entire plank but rather the middle section up to about 3 bulkheads from the bow and stern. Cutting partway through from the outside of the plank allows the plank to fold and the bottom half lies on the plank below it, and the top half is able to be folded up against the bulkhead. I just checked the instructions and this is demonstrated in figure 1
  5. Thank you very much, yes I did complete it in the time presented here in the build. Probably a bit shorter because it took a couple 2 or 3 weeks to get the final post and images uploaded. I am a teacher and so I had a lot of time at home after we closed down in March for Covid-19. In normal circumstances I would not have been able to get as much done so quickly. The Amati instructions are for what you see in my image in post #6 using the rope. The only modification I made was on the top of the rudder where the rope is wrapped around the rudder. The instructions were not clear on ho
  6. Thank you very much. I am quite proud of her and I think she was an excellent 2nd model and I think I'm finally ready to move on to something bigger and with more masts and rigging. My next one is already on the table, plans hung up, and ready to go. HM Bomb Vessel Granado is in the shipyard.
  7. Thank you very much, I appreciate the compliment. If you have any questions on yours along the way don't hesitate to ask, and enjoy the build.
  8. In the background you will see my next ship I am beginning. I built a frame to hold up the various prints. I got the idea for this from this post from Kevin53. I modified mine a bit to make it slightly wider and taller to accommodate the larger prints. Mine is in the photo below.
  9. Sorry for the delay in getting an update. I have been busy with other things. She is finished, with the exception of the oars and the two swinging booms. I will get around to making up the oars eventually, but with the sail down they would have been stored any way. So here she is. Starting with some deck and other details and finally with the whole thing.
  10. I did end up placing an order to get some admiralty paints and a couple other items. The paints are out of stock at Ages of Sail. I haven't heard from anyone regarding my order that was placed on the 11th, or regarding the missing items from the kit. The status shows payment as pending and order status as not shipped. Payment hasn't been deducted from my account, although I did get a small .22 cent charge from Visa I think and it looks like it's some kind of international fee, not sure. I haven't ordered anything else from overseas so I assume it has something to do with this. I guess all I ca
  11. It stands for "The Fully Framed Model", it is a book series. Here is a link. The series is based around the Swan class ship, which the Vulture belongs to. http://seawatchbooks.com/AboutSwan.htm
  12. Here is the link to Home Depot for the WEN, you can also get it on Amazon but it is slightly more expensive there. There are other models that have a horizontal 4-5" belt sander that is positioned as an edge sander. Other models have a 4 - 5" belt sander oriented horizontally but flat that also has a pivot point to raise it 90 degrees for a vertical belt sander. I felt the linked model was more beneficial for me. https://www.homedepot.com/p/WEN-1-in-x-30-in-Belt-Sander-with-5-in-Sanding-Disc-6515T/307873039
  13. Besides a variety of handheld tiny sanding blocks I'd say the most popular power sanders I have seen mentioned are miniature versions of a disc sander and thickness sanders. I myself have just purchased a couple new power tools, a Proxxon FET table saw, and a WEN combo 1 x 30 belt and 5" disc sander. I really like the Byrnes disc sander, but the WEN was only $80 bucks. I do plan to get the Byrnes thickness sander down the road when I get more into scratch building. For now I can use full size tools at work to get small sheets of wood at the proper thickness and then cut them at home. I think t
  14. I think that is an excellent idea. Have a similar setup to the new era forum. A top hierarchy forum for Q and A about specific models. Sub categories by brand, and one more sub category for specific model. Initial setup may take a little bit of work, but after it's created, I don't see that it would be much more work from a moderator standpoint. Assuming everyone posted their questions in the correct forum I don't think it would add much to the workload of the moderators. I have mentioned it before, I don't think we have too many problems here in this forum regarding lack of respect or bullyin
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