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  1. After reading the above, I dug out my copies of the 1999-and-older SíS Disks that I had picked up at an estate sale a several years ago. I assume they are the original ones, as they have the original Seaways labels and not NRG labels. I popped one in my 5 year old HP laptop, and it read it just fine. That PC came with Win8, with a free upgrade to Win 10. So not all systems with Windows 10 have an issue reading the old CDs.....
  2. Is there an index online somewhere for the magazine Seaways Ships in Scale? I googled, and looked on the NRG site, and came up empty. I am looking for a series of articles written by John Fryant on building and improving the Dumas 1/48 scale side wheeler “Mt Washington” kit. I was a subscriber for several years, and I vaguely remember seeing it. I have no idea when it appeared, so I figure a good first step would to (a) confirm it existed, and (b) find out what issues it appeared in, so I can focus my search.... Thanks for any leads.... -Bill
  3. 1. U.S. Coast Guard Cutters & Craft of World War 2. The classic reference book by Robert L. Scheina. Book is in good condition, with dust jacket, with typical shelf wear. Used copies of this book typically go for $30+. This is an extra copy, so I’m letting it go at a big discount. $18. 2. The Mary Rose: The excavation and Raising of Henry VIII’s Flagship, by Margaret Rule. Hardcover with dust jacket, good condition, some shelf wear. $5 3. The National Maritime Museum, edited by Basil Greenhill. (copyright 1982). Softcover, Good condition some shelf wear. The type of book sold in museums, full of photos and descriptions of the collection. These books are generally a bit pricey when purchased at the Museum gift shop. This is an older book, but still full of lots of great photos. $3. Notes: Books come from a smoke free home. Buyer pays shipping from New Hampshire. Figure $8 to $10 to most CONUS locations via Priority Mail, and half that or less for book rate, if you don’t mind waiting. PayPal preferred, other options can be discussed. Use PM to reach me... -Bill
  4. John, Glad you like the Duane! I built the model for my old friend and classmate who reported aboard Duane in Portland in ‘81 as an Ensign. That’s why I picked Duane over one of her sisters. My next 327’ project will be a 1/96 scale (40”) RC model, based on the Scale Shipyard fiberglass hull. I haven’t decided which ship, yet. One option is Duane in her 1940 Greenland Patrol fit, with the embarked floatplane on the fantail. Another option is Taney at Pearl Harbor, or one of the class in WW2 Atlantic convoy fit..... with 5 decades of service for the class, it is hard to pick one! —————- Bob, I’ve never seen a Dumas 40 footer kit in person, but I do have the 44 from the same era. Those old kits are products of their time, with heavier plywood parts that need some cleanup. The boats are reasonably accurate in shape, but some of the old cast metal detail parts are a bit plain. These days you can find a lot of better fittings online. The 36’ MLB is a nice kit. The ply frames are laser cut and fit well, and the instructions are superb. The kit does simplify a few things to make it easier for novices to build, but those parts can be improved if you wish. If you look on the RCgroups.com scale boats forum, you’ll find detailed build logs for the Dumas kits, including my build of the 36500. Be sure to look up “CG Bob”’s build of the 36 footer- he is the one that caught the couple of dimensional errors in the cockpit area and showed how to fix them. You’ll also find builds of the 44 and even the old 40 footer kit... Thanks to both of you guys for the nice comments! It is nice to see fellow Coasties on the site! -Bill
  5. I would recommend giving us a few more details....😁 The scale isn’t enough- what ship, or how big of a model? A Nimitz class carrier is 1100 feet long, while a WW2 Escort Carrier is under 500 feet. Are you building a 27 inch long model, or a 5 footer, or something in between?
  6. Thanks guys! I think that solves my issue. Next step- order a new blade!
  7. To answer some questions: It is a Micromark #80463 Tilting Arbor Table Saw. Except for this one anomaly, The saw has been trouble free. The blade is on tightly, and I checked to make sure the blade wasn’t trying to tilt- it was firmly locked in vertical. ( And the zero clearance insert would stop the blade from tilting more than a degree or two anyways!) The blade it came with is very fine-toothed. I hadn’t really thought about the number of teeth- I guess I sorta assumed it was the standard “general purpose”blade the saw shipped with. But maybe not...? When I get a chance, I’ll try a few more tests... Thanks for the advice so far!
  8. I have a Micromark table saw that was given to me. It seems to work fine for pretty much every thing I’ve cut to date, with one exception. I had a piece of 3 mm hobby plywood that was 13 inches long and 4 inches wide. I needed to cut it in half, lengthwise, to make two 13x2 pieces. I started to cut the wood, feeding it slowly so that rpm stayed up. As I got about 4 inches into the cut, I could see the blade was clearly off course- it was twisting a bit and now cutting a line not parallel to the fence. I backed the piece out and checked the settings again. The fence was parallel/square to the table, and securely set at each end. I’m using a zero-clearance insert. So I’m wondering- is this “ normal”? Is ply that thick just too much? I have no issue cutting similar-sized basswood or acrylic, or even cutting smaller pieces of that same ply- like cross-cutting a piece that is an inch wide. Just wondering what others may have experienced....
  9. I wish I could find a “ hull- shaped” storage tube! 😉 But seriously, the really thin styrene strips flop over like a leaf on an ornamental grass plant. That’s why they need to be in a narrow tube.
  10. I got mine from these guys: https://store.cleartecpackaging.com/clear_en/ I ordered the 12” thin wall tubes, and bought plug caps to seal the bottoms. Minimum order quantity was 100, but 100 from Cleartec was cheaper than buying 50 from someone else. Also, these guys will send a free sample- It came in a few days. I asked for a plug as well- they sent that too. I was glad I did, as the plug’s outside diameter is about 1mm or more larger than the tube itself. I needed to make the holes a little bigger, so they’d fit. I used a laser cutter to make all the holes, but would have used my drill press if I didn’t have access to a laser cutter. I know it maybe seems like overkill, but it was fun to make something useful for the hobby area while practicing with the Lab’s laser cutter. And I find that an organized workbench stays cleaner, which makes it a more inviting place to spend time... -Bill EDIT: In my original post, I said the tubes were 44 cents each. They are actually a lot cheaper- about 25 cents apiece. But after buying the end plugs and paying for shipping, the total order was about $44. I still have another 50 left, which I’ll use to make a rack for wood and brass & aluminum rod.
  11. I added a few improvements to the rack - I added intermediate “steps” so each of the four rows is on a different level. I also added a second set of holes at the bottom, to keep tubes from sliding about. Finally, the labels I had used didn’t have enough “stick” , so I replaced them with better colored ones. Tubes, rods, strip, square, and special shapes all have their own color code. Next I think I’ll make another for strip wood...
  12. I do a lot of scratchbuilding, so I have a shallow drawer in my work bench/desk that is is full of those long skinny packages of Evergreen strip styrene. (I have another drawer full of similar brass and other metals, and another for wood.) When I need something, I was rummaging around trying to find the right size, which is of course the only one I can’t seem to find. There had to be a better way to organize this! It seemed to me that storing them vertically would take up less space, so I was thinking about some kind of rack. Someone pointed out that the really thin stock will droop if sorted vertically, so that got me thinking about using tubes. Looking at a typical package of Evergreen Strips, I realized that the packaging takes up a lot more space than the small contents. That made the idea of small tubes seem even better, and they can fit pretty close together, which means a smaller footprint for the rack. I made a rack using the MakeIt Lab laser cutter, cut from 3mm hobby plywood. I made a two-tiered rack that will hold 50 plastic tubes. I found a packaging company that sold the tubes for about 44 cents each. The tubes are 9/16” outside diameter. The rack is about 13 inches wide and 4 inches deep, so it doesn’t take up much space on the workbench. The tubes are a foot long, so the 14 inch long strips protrude a bit, making them easy to grab. I can toss the shorter pieces back in, and the clear tube will let me see them in there. When needed, I can pull out the desired tube to dump out the shorter pieces. I have spent about $25 total on this project, but now I have exactly what I wanted. This should save me money over time, as I’ll know what I have and won’t be buying duplicate packages because I couldn’t find the one I already had! -Bill
  13. I acquired a Cameo4 about 2 weeks ago. I'm learning to use the machine.... The pixscan tool is pretty powerful. I did a test using a simple paper model. I took a section of a commercially printed 15mm (1/100) war game structure (wrecked house) cardstock model, put it on the sticky scanning mat, and took a photo with my phone. I then imported the photo into the Silhouette Studio software, and used the “trace edge” feature to find the outline. I then loaded the mat with the paper model still in place into the cutter, and it precisely cut the item out! This was a learning exercise- it would have been quicker to just cut this simple item out with an X-Acto knife. But it shows some interesting possibilities..... The powerful feature is that you aren’t limited to just cutting out the exact item shape you scanned. Once it is imported, you can take the outline of the item you generated and manipulate it, paste it into another file, and then cut it out on a different material. A couple of examples come to mind: 1. Scan parts of a decal sheet, maybe scale it up if needed, and then cut masks for painting the insignia and letters. Scan a generic letters or national insignia sheet, and you now have a library to cut masks in whatever scale you need. I have a clubmate who has done something similar-- he has the previous generation machine. He was building a specific 1/48 jSpitfire, using an aftermarkmet decal sheet. His problem was that the sheet had an error- the fuselage squadron letters were the wrong color. So he made a mask and painted them in the correct color instead of using the decals. 2. Scan a paper model, and then cut parts of it on a different medium, say thin styrene. This has me very intrigued- I have a need for a 1/96 scale Curtiss SOC-3 floatplane to go on the stern of an RC model. My only options in 1/96 are a (heavy) resin model or a “print at home” paper model. The paper model is a lot lighter, but won't be as sturdy or moisture-resistant. Cutting at least some of the model out of .010 styrene instead of cardstock has potential....! Here’s the photo of the simple model on the Pixscan mat I imported into the software...
  14. You can also find a wide variety of geared motors from companies supporting the robotics hobby. ServoCity is m current favorite....

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