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  1. Thanks for getting back to me. I understand. So far the pictures have been a great help. Wish I could post my progress, I think you would be impressed. Maybe I can get a friend to take a few pics. Have a great Christmas season over there. Best Mike
  2. Dirk, should I assume you are not interested in discussing your Alert build with me because I have not set up a log of my Alert build? I don't own a smart phone or a camera that can download pictures so, I am afraid I will not be able to start a log. Sorry. But I would still greatly appreciate your help. Mike
  3. HI Dirk, we spoke a few weeks ago about the Alert. I asked you if there was a written part to your Alert log. I would like to ask you a few questions about the build if you would be willing to answer them. Should I contact you in a different way or is my use of this log acceptable for this purpose? You would have to tell me how to contact you if not through this log. Let me know. All the best, Mike
  4. Danny, Thanks for getting back to me. I think I am going to buy it. "Good tools, Good work" Mike
  5. Thank you Wefalk and Jaager for your lively and insightful discussion on fibers, threads, yarns and silks. Danny, thank you for the link to your Vulture build post showing various aspects of your serving work. I can get a good sense of the diameter relationship of serving thread to rope diameter from this. The black quilting thread sounds like the right stuff. There is a feeling of realism to your serving work. How do you like the Domanov machine?. I was looking at it but a bit expensive. Mike
  6. Thanks so much for your input Mikiek. I will look closely at the scale of the serving thread. There are some good visual examples here on MSW of the relationship between shroud diameters and serving thread. I have Gutterman silks for tying salmon flies.
  7. Thank you for your response weflack. I plan on buying a serving machine. When you say yarn do you mean knitting yarn? Mike
  8. Hi everyone. I am a new member. I will be serving line for the first time with my next build. It would be most helpful to hear any wisdom or advice from experienced riggers regarding the serving process. Especially which serving thread products/brands are best for the task. Does the rigging rope material (eg. natural vs. synthetic) affect which type of serving thread to use? What size diameter thread do you choose for a given diameter of rigging rope? Is fly tying thread suitable? I have a lot. Any other issues I should be aware of? Many thanks in advance. Mike
  9. Hi Dirk. thanks for your quick reply. I will use your pictures for reference as I build. You know what they say: a picture is worth a thousand words. It is very generous of you to share your experience and knowledge so openly. Kind regards, Mike PS. will continue to follow your builds. So much to learn.
  10. Hi Dirk, As a new member I have been following your builds on the forum. Great work. I would like to build the Alert from Krick. The best example I could find on the forum of a completed build for this boat is yours. I would like to use your log as one of my references. Your work allows me to realize what can be done to significantly improve the quality, sifistication and appearance of a model. In the beginning I decided to start with three simple boats from Midwest and one from Buejacket, a lap strake fishing dory. These were great introductions to the basic skills, concepts and tools used in the hobby. Next, I built the Lady Nelson with the aid of a video practicum from Bob Hunt. I followed this with the AVS using a written practicum also from Bob Hunt. With these builds I was able to acquire some more advanced knowledge and skill as well as more simple tools. After this I built a series of kits that I felt stayed within the realm of a relative beginner but added a few new challenges. These included Swift, Le Renard, Principe de Asturias life boat and the Dos Amigos. My question is, is there a way for me to view the written log for the Alert build to go along with the pictures that are still on the forum? Does this part of the build record still exist? I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to read your comments and the surrounding discussion for the Alert build. Many thanks for your help, Mike
  11. Hi Dirk, If you read this I would like to build the Alert from Krick. The best example I could find on the forum of a completed build for this boat is yours. I can not rise to your level of skill at present but I would like to use your log as one of my references. Your work allows me to realize what can be done to significantly improve the quality, sifistication and appearance of a model. In the beginning I decided to start with three simple boats from Midwest and one from Buejacket, a lap strake fishing dory. These were great introductions to the basic skills, concepts and tools used in the hobby. Next, I built the Lady Nelson with the aid of a video practicum from Bob Hunt. I followed this with the AVS using a written practicum also from Bob Hunt. With these builds I was able to acquire some more advanced knowledge and skill as well as more simple tools. After this I built a series of kits that I felt stayed within the realm of a relative beginner but added a few new challenges. These included Swift, Le Renard, Principe de Asturias life boat and the Dos Amigos. My question is, is there a way for me to view the written log for the Alert build to go along with the pictures that are still on the forum? Does this part of the build record still exist? I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to read your comments and the surrounding discussion for the build. Many thanks for your help, Mike
  12. Hey Chris, thanks for the direction. I don't think I can reach Dirk's bar but I can use his build as a resource to improve my build to the extent I am capable. Of course I welcome anyone's input and hope what I ultimately do can help someone else. What do you do when you want to improve your skills. Study the masters. Best, Mike
  13. Thanks Doug. No problem with the open forum. I would like to start a build log but I have a great deal of information and project material to acquire before I do. So it might be a while until I start a log. My process is to gather all the ingredients first. This enhances the likelihood that I will complete the project. All the best, Mike
  14. I wish I had known about NRG six years ago when I first started to build wooden model ship kits. In the beginning I did a great deal of research about the hobby. I decided to start with three simple boats from Midwest and one from Buejacket, a lap strake fishing dory. These were great introductions to the skills, concepts and tools used in the hobby. Next, I built the Lady Nelson with the aid of a video practicum from Bob Hunt. I followed this with the AVS using a written practicum also from Bob Hunt. With these builds I was able to acquire some more advanced knowledge and skill as well as more simple tools. After this I built a series of kits that I felt stayed within the realm of a relative beginner but added a few new challenges. These included Swift, Le Renard, Principe de Asturias life boat and the Dos Amigos. After looking over the kit build logs in the forum, I realized how naive my attempts were. Not that they were poorly built but rather what could be done to significantly improve the quality and appearance of a model. I would like to continue as a beginner and build the Alert from Krick. The standard on the forum to meet is the Alert built by Dubz located in Germany. I would like to use his log as one of my references. It would be helpful If I could contact him directly with a few questions but I don't know how to using the forum. Could any one help me learn the best way to do this? Many thanks, Mike

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