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  • Birthday 06/10/1942

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  1. Well, I've kind of been hung up with the waterways. Several attempts have resulted in as less than desirable result fitting the 1/8" wide strip in at a 45 deg. angle around the transom area which requires the strip to be twisted as well as bowed slightly. I came up with a solution which, I'm sure will make you shipbuilder purists shudder. I milled a triangular piece which when formed would lay at the proper angle between the weather deck and the bulwarks. I also made a fixture which formed the radius at the transom.
  2. I have a couple of knives that I use for chip carving that I've found to be very handy in shipbuilding. These are full tang M2 steel hardened to Rc 58-59. They have very thin tangs (.040) and hollow ground. A standard knife and a modified knife (Thinner) Extremely sharp and can stoned/honed to keep their edge.
  3. Just curious, a few weeks ago the donations were listed at 54% of goal. I now see that donations areat 42%. What is the goal and why the drop ?
  4. Ditto from a Floridian who knows well what you are going through
  5. Popeye, Guess I fell back to my model aircraft days. When applying the glass cloth I thin the resin about 25% then brush it on to the cloth. The diluted resin takes a little longer to cure then when applied full strength. Sand off any "strings, etc." with 220 grit then apply the final coat of resin full strength. I then sand with 180 grit and follow up with 220 grit. I sand almost down to the fabric but hopefully, not through it. It does provide an excellent surface for painting. When doing aircraft we always worry about added weight however, the majority of the resin is sanded off and the cloth is only 3/4 oz. to the yard. Of course with ships who cares about adding a little ballast.😀 Some people prefer to use epoxy resin as apposed to the polyester because of the smell of the polyester but, to me. the poly gives a much harder surface and is easier to sand then the epoxy. IMHO
  6. Ok, full scale decking is finished so it's back to the shipyard. Don't you just hate when you start to cook something then you realize you don't have all the ingredients on hand. Since the hull is to be painted and coppered I decided to seal the hull with 3/4 oz. glass cloth then prime and paint. Ya gotta love the smell of polyester resin in the morning. (Paraphrasing Robert Duvall) 😉 Had all my glass cloth cut and ready to apply when I noticed my polyester resin had hardened in the can. I ordered a new can from the local hobby shop and it arrived the next morning. Opened the can and found it had started to gel. Oh crap, it's off to the store to exchange it. They had one container left and it appeared ok. Applied a layer of glass cloth to the hull and Lightly sanded the surface with 220 grit paper. Applied the final coat of resin. Sanded the hull. Now I'm ready to prime the surface with my favorite grey primer. Oops I'm out of primer. So now I wait for Amazon to deliver it as it's not carried locally.
  7. What’s ironic is that for years I’ve been using, IMHO, junk tools (who shall remain nameless) when these fine products are made less than 30 miles from my home.
  8. Just received my Byrnes thickness sander and gave it a “road test” this morning. Just like all his tools it’s solidly built, runs very smoothly and with the ability to have two different grits installed should you need to remove lots of material, you can run it through the coarse grit side then fine tune the thickness on the finer grit side. Also, I found that the fine dust produced can be used as a wood filler when mixed with a little adhesive giving you the same filler as the wood you are building with. It now sits next to my Byrnes table saw and disk sander.
  9. I think we can all relate to those "30 minute" DIY jobs
  10. Well, I have to take a short break from 1:96 scale building to full scale planking. The Admiral has me laying new hardwood flooring. You know, the old fashioned kind, 3/4" oak nailed down
  11. Well, its been a few weeks since my last post and I began planking the hull. I have the lower hull planked and will finish the bulwarks next. I'm sure I've violated most all of the conventions used by you master builders when it comes to planking. Planking is a tedious process which I actually enjoyed. It is a lot easier planking a model aircraft as balsa forms much easier than Limewood. But I digress.... Being my first ship build I certainly learned what not to do on my next project. This is a single plank which will be coppered. When I complete the bulwarks I'll finish filling some boo, boo's, add the keel and sand the hull. I'm looking forward to turning the hull over and looking at the deck.
  12. Like most others I purchased most all of the “extras”, sliding table, micrometer stop, tilting table etc. the one item I most like is the extended table. Well worth purchasing. I too had the Micro Mark and Dremel saws. Only wish I’d known about the Byrnes sooner.

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