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  • Birthday 06/14/1946

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    Stratford, Connecticut
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    Music, reading, photography. Oh yeah- ship modeling!

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  1. Photography is very good too! Nicely lighted, decent depth-of-field. It's amazing quality from the new iPhone.
  2. Superb build, your care with all the joinery puts this model in a very high category. It appears you've made the launching materials from the same boxwood as the model. Extravangant, but effective!
  3. Very nice model. I especially like the presentation. you spent a lot of time to build the launching ways with great detail and accuracy - and it shows. This is the best presentation I've seen yet of this model.
  4. Thanks Cadence! I do like the sounds and the smell of the ocean. Even the taste! (love fish, shellfish)... Ron
  5. Nice. Perfect spot for your nice work.
  6. Glenn, Try this link: (Amazon, of course, it's safe): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07S636JHY/ref=sspa_dk_detail_0?psc=1&pd_rd_i=B07S636JHY&pd_rd_w=2cfw5&pf_rd_p=48d372c1-f7e1-4b8b-9d02-4bd86f5158c5&pd_rd_wg=poySX&pf_rd_r=7GRHZ2PVD922K9VZWCQS&pd_rd_r=c99d267d-87c7-47c7-9f76-f92808379626&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEzU1ZUNk43VzNZR0pLJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwNDU2MzgxMTRBWUEySVBXVTMyNyZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwMzUxODMwM0JZV0NGSllPMUE0TyZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX2RldGFpbCZhY3Rpb249Y2xpY2tSZWRpcmVjdCZkb05vdExvZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU=#customerReviews I have a set of "thumb drills" I use extensively. Purchased from MicroMark. No longer available, but I'm thinking about ordering a set of these. I work in metric, so these are great for me since my old ones are starting to get dull. And, I can't sharpen a .5 mm drill bit.🤨 Ron
  7. Thank you for your inspiring presence and contributions to all of us over the years. May the Universe take your hand and heart and guide you to an infinite, peaceful, better place. Ron
  8. Thanks! Your Avatar suggests to me that you like wildlife, for example, Geckos... I'm sure you noticed the porpoise pair frolicking at the stem of the Tiger. But did you notice that the captain is pointing to them - and, her "significant other" with long blonde hair is at the tiller?
  9. Bob, Thank you; I am humbled by your praise. As I've previously posted, I am hooked on sailing ships being depicted in seriously fun sailing settings. Say that five times, fast! Ron
  10. Thanks Clare, Just to change things up a bit, checking-out the link won't hurt. It's great that you are supporting your local restaurants; we are doing the same but also decided to explore other cooking options. We do like to cook, so this is a great (so far) alternative, especially if ingredients start disappearing from store shelves (like meats!). Being from the Bay Area (Hayward/Berkeley), I too like Japanese food. This is NOT an Everyplate choice, unfortunately. We do have some good restaurants here in CT. Sushi is aplenty, but when I inquire about Shabu-Shabu or Sukiyaki I'm usually staring back at a puzzled face. A shopper told me that people are not only hoarding pet food for their animals, but the canned foods can be spread on bread....you know, should there be a food crisis from a pandemic some day. I once had 5 cats; if this were the case today, I'd be bankrupt and very stressed. As you well know, cats can be VERY particular about their meals. Thanks for your compliment. Domo Arigato! I am hunkering-down on a Higaki Kaisen diorama build as I type this post to you. I just posted a number of photos into the MSW Gallery for my last diorama, LeTigre. How I'd like to be on that ship, sailing in the warm Caribbean waters - right now! Keep Calm..and I've attached an early 2020 Christmas Shopping solution suggestion (courtesy of another creative MSW'er if you didn't see it)... Ron
  11. Clare, Here is a link you (and any other U.S. colleagues) may want to explore: www.everyplate.com. It's an online-only food service that puts together ingredients (fresh) for complete meals on a weekly basis. The standard "meal plan" is for 2 people and choices are from a dozen meals; as mentioned, all ingredients (including perishable proteins like meat(s), fish, dairy/cheese) are packed in a small cold container. On a two person plan, the meals are $4.99 each - however, shipping adds a fixed price of $8.99 which brings the per meal plan up to about $7.00/person. We just ordered next week's meals for two (for 3 days) and can say that last week's selections (of 3 different choices) were delicious. And did I mention FRESH AND Delicious!! Yep, prep required. However, for those not afraid of the kitchen and spending some prep/cooking time, this is a real "disrupter" to the normal order of having to go out to a restaurant for a really good, fresh meal. Or, doing GrubHub with your favorite restaurants and going bankrupt in 2-3 weeks! Oh yeah, everyplate also have at least one vegetarian meal (but not Vegan). One is also NOT OBLIGATED to buy anything, so no "automatic" shipments. No, I'm not on commission, nor has the company put me on an IPO list...😁 I hope you/yours are doing well. I returned just a couple hours ago from a mind-boggling trip to the supermarket (senior hours, early: 6AM-7:30AM). Lots of empty shelving. The hoarding is discouraging, to say the least. Empty shelves for many items: dairy, all open-cut meats, paper goods-all varieties, even dog and cat food. I am keeping a detailed diary of these Crisis days; my visit also showed me, first-hand, the worst of humanity. While looking into another aisle for an item, someone stole the toilet paper pack from my shopping cart which was behind me by a few feet. Unbelievable! I should mention that there were also two (2) police cruisers parked outside the store. I live in an upscale community in Connecticut. This particular store also made NO EFFORT to control hoarding. A simple sign would help, I think. Like any crisis, there is and will be PROFITEERING. All the more reason to find another grocery venue (of which there are many other more ethical choices, like Trader Joe's....and to hope everyplate can stay in business through this crisis! Cheers Bay Area Bro, Ron PS If the two meal minimum doesn't work for you, prep, plate and freeze the second meal - or have lunch and dinner!
  12. I feel compelled to add a comment, particularly about toilet paper - loo paper, bog roll, etc. - the hoarding in my local, retail grocery stores. It was surprising to me when I learned over the past several days that this was not only a U.S. phenomenon, but an international one as well. So, I did some research... After reviewing a couple psychology articles about hoarding, a straightforward answer emerged: when faced with EXTREME stress, nearly everyone unconsciously attempts to exert some type of CONTROL to assure themselves that all will be fine. When one can't control circumstances beyond their immediate control, people reach for soothing solutions to their anxiety. Hoarding during most any crisis is not rational, nor for the vast majority of people, even particularly effective. Who knows what shortages will present themselves during a mess like the one we are all in at the moment; shortages of Elmer's Glue? X-Acto knife blades?...uh, Minwax natural stain...? Keep Calm. Carry On my ship modeling colleagues.... And please, please don't wipe out the bog roll aisle at your local store. It really is anal-retentive behavior. 🤣 Ron
  13. Thank You, Nils. I like creating my dioramas as much as building my ship models. I started turning to making dioramas for my ship models over the last two years when I also took up learning how to make realistic-looking sails and all the associated rigging that accompanies them. The "next step" was to investigate how to place my models (with sails) into realistic settings; I'm now "hooked" on taking this approach for future models I plan to build. I should point out that I have a professional photography and graphic design background and am, by definition, extremely visually-oriented. Again, Thank You for your nice comment. Ron This picture shows the completed model at my regular model club meeting; note that it wasn't necessary to plank the hull all the way to the keel.
  14. Yes...the Femme pointing to the porpoise is Le Capitain!

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