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  1. The chainsaw is for ultimate scratch build projects. Balsawood doesn't grow here, so I have to start from a balsa log. Have to admit that shortcut, but I can live with it. Those busted projects are torched in a stake with cursing and banning never to happen again. PS. Take that with a big grain of salt... 😁
  2. My tiny workshop: 1,8 m x 3,6 m wall to wall. Under the right hand table is a narrow shelf for power tools, brazing pit, propane bottle, chainsaw, and some other carpentry tools. On the floor are four big plastic bins for scrap wood, sanding and grinding materials and all kind of hoardings I tend to accumulate Under the left hand table is composite post-curing oven fixed on the bottom of the table, and on the floor is my drill-press, bandsaw, disc&belt sander, welding transformer and mask, vacuum and air compressors, and three shorter and narrower shelves for model airplane engines, model airplane accessories, all kind of metal hardware and a box of million bits and pieces I may someday find useful. Behind my back is all building materials, field equipment, car maintenance stuff etc. Besides the main door just behind me on the right side wall are four big Preston cabinets for screws, bolts, nuts, washers, nails, knive & saw blades and other consumables, and a hanger for some gardening power tools, extension cables etc. No free wall space left anywhere. But I still fit in to do my stuff, and that's all that matters. Wife is not permitted to enter without close supervision.
  3. The hull is almost planked. See my building log from the link below.
  4. Anybody else from Finland than me and Moxis?
  5. This model boat presents a 1938 designed pleasure craft, built for a late, local medical officer, Dr. Laukka. The builder of the original craft is unknown. The design of the original craft is by my model maker friend's late father, Mr. Kalari. The boat is intended to be sailed on local scale boat contests, run under NAVIGA rulebook, Section NS, Class F2-B. Construction is wood/fibreglass composite: Frameless pine ( Pinus Sylvestris ) planking stained and covered with thin glass cloth and clear laminating epoxy, inside and out. Final finish will be clear varnish. Light steam-bent frames may be added where visible during interior build. Since this will be a functional model, not static, water proofing of all structures and finishes is necessary. My build log is kept and shared in Facebook. Below is the link to my build log. Subtitles are in Finnish and English, and you can see them by clicking the pictures.
  6. Thanks for the membership. I am from Finland, and I have been building all kind of radio controlled model airplanes and other related stuff over 45 years or so. Mostly I build from scratch, making plans for my own fun designs and scale models from 3 - 5-views, line drawings and photos. No kits, no CAD, no 3D-printing, but old fashioned hand drawing and crafting, power tools help a lot. Composites are all OK, I use them a lot, but plain old carpentry is more relaxing on the eyes and mind.
  7. I have a Facebook build log album that I keep updating, ( among other hobby related albums ) and I share my album with a few other model boat related FB groups. Is there a way to share a fb album with this forum? It is tedious to keep parallel albums updated with different resolution photos and subtitles. I have searched the FAQ but did not find a way to do it.

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