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Ron Burns

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  1. Chuck, Reg, thanks! Weird you mentioned the label paper Reg. While looking through that 'all encompassing online store' for spray adhesive, a bundle of 100 8.5 x 11 sheets of inkjet sticker paper came up. Thanks!! I hate glue sticks with a passion from my old days of card modeling. The spray always worked a charm but these sheets are less cost than a can and they won't leave residue. Onward!!
  2. Thank you for the welcome Chuck! Here we go! It took forever for my band-saw to arrive but it's here! Word of advice to all of you other novices around...before you cut a single thing, check out your saw completely and don't trust the factory setup. The blade guides were way off on mine. For a little saw I couldn't be happier. I'm usually so poor I can't afford to pay attention and this was a great deal. Anyways, silly question 1 and 2.. I have printed off the bulkheads on 20lb copier paper. Should I use a heavier paper or cover stock? What do you recommend for glue to bond the patterns to the ply? I was thinking spray adhesive but really want to be able to remove the paper after the cuts.
  3. After drooling over many many kits and model builds all over the place, a magical force directed me over to the Syren Ship Model Company. Chuck Passaro's frigate hit me almost as hard as when I first laid eyes on my beautiful wife. I have to build it! So far I have built a lot of card models and built 2 ship hulls from wood, based on Shipyard designs. This will be a learning experience for me and a great joy. For you guys looking in on this it might be a lesson in 'how not to do things' but I'm hoping you will point in the right direction or administer a virtual swift kick For tools, I am building a mini table saw with bits and pieces starting to arrive daily. I received my baltic birch ply a couple days back and I also ordered a small bandsaw as my father's day gift. My order for the 3 chapters worth of goodies and the castings went in to Syren this afternoon. I look forward to meeting you all when I finally get started. Thank you Chuck for a beautiful model and for our past conversations. It all struck a chord!
  4. Hi everyone! After lurking for a few days and combing through many of your exquisite builds and build logs, I believe I might have come to the right place. I found this site by doing a search for 'best wooden ship model' and couldn't wait for my registration to go through to see the results of the ongoing poll. I'm an old card modeler that mainly built Great War flying stuff and had always sat back watching other folks create wonderful ships from the Shipyard line. Of course, being the bonehead that I tend to be, I grabbed the Shipyard HMS Bellona as my starting point and introduction to ship building. I reached the point of almost completing the hull and was starting to contemplate masts, rigging, etc. when my wife (of 25 years at that time ) took ill and everything got put on hold for the past 3 years. She has recovered wonderfully and I thought it was time to start building again. I look forward to meeting all of you, learning and sharing. Best Regards! Ron

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