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  1. Why didn't you use the toothpick intended to be used as a shaft? BTW, if you do not actually need that drill bit, you can continue assembling the windlass on it and just cut the protruding parts if needed.
  2. A small comment about the Potential Deal #4 -- or Not (Toss-Up). It is also should be taken under considiration, that the item MAY be not be for export sales, since it is coming from Russia. It means it MAY not have instruction translations. On the other hand, the local dealers (like modelexpo-online.com or craftysailor.com) will definitely have the proper translations and also a guaranteed replacement of missing/broken parts.
  3. Bruce, I do not quite remember, it was a long time ago. I think the drawing is originally from the Russian Martime Museum archives, but I am unsure.
  4. Well, before buying their wares - a thing to consider:

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