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  1. I go though this question anew on every model, but usually end up with more or less the same solution, i.e. raise the model up on something in the spirit of keel blocks set on a nice piece of wood. I think models look better raised above the mounting board and my keel blocks (which are decorative, not intended to be accurate models) make it easy to hide the screws that fasten the model to the base. I have attached a couple of photos of a model in the size range that you are dealing with. In this case the wood base and blocks are ebonized walnut. The wood base is mounted to an MDF base painted gray. The MDF holds the plexi enclosure and I wanted it to be unobtrusive. The plexi is not fastened to the MDF.
  2. Constitution has been under sail in the no-too-distant past. There are plenty of pictures on the web of her under sail (on a distinctly non-windy day), soon after leaving a recent overhaul. I think that they may not have the nerve to do that again. Bob
  3. The William Baker plans show the capstan on the Upper Deck about 10' aft of the mainmast, and as you'd expect that is where it is on Mayflower II (built from Baker's plans). It's darned hard to find pictures on the web of the capstan. But I plan to drive down to Plymouth next week or the week after and, to the extent I can, take photos of details like that.
  4. You're doing a great job, Jonathan. This is a model that I'd love to build myself ,so I'm watching closely. I appreciate your superb photos - a great photo really helps your work come alive. Bob
  5. That's whose I used in 2018 (for 1:96, hi-vis) decals, but I got them through floatingdrydock.com. They were perfect for my need. Bob
  6. I have a photo that's not so good, but you can see it all. The bottle is on the lower left with a bar regulator (so-called, I think, because it's used for dispensing beer). Directly above it, hanging from the corner of that bench is my airbrush. Not easy to see. Various of my cleaning supplies are strewn across the bench top. Incidentally, I always use a respirator when I spray paint, just to be safe. It's all part of my ritual of painting so I don't even think of it as a nuisance. I clean with 91% isopropyl alcohol for the most part. Bob
  7. I have a Badger 150 that has served me well (when I've needed it) for many years. When I got it I was living in an apartment and the noise of a compressor was unacceptable, so I started with CO2 and have stuck with it. CO2 is silent and there are no concerns about moisture in the supply, though I don't think this is the cheapest route for a heavy user. However, since there are often years in between my uses, that hasn't ever mattered much. I hate the racket from compressors! I use acrylics (Tamiya) exclusively and completely disassemble and clean the brush after every single use. Trying to shortcut cleaning has never worked for me.
  8. I have a Model Shipways kit for the US Brig Niagara that I don't think I'm ever going to build. I'm offering it for free except for postage to anywhere in the US (if you're near Lexington, MA you can just come by and pick it up). The kit was new when I got it 2-3 years ago but my interests have wandered from the era. The box has been opened but all the parts packages are still sealed. I believe it is 100% complete. PM me if you are interested.
  9. I used "Glue 'n Glaze" successfully on both brass and resin surfaces. It's been about a year so far on the Peary and still looks good. The brass was painted beforehand with acrylic. Bob
  10. I have known magnetic lamps hung overhead to let go if bumped. The ones on my bandsaw and drill press like to do this just to hear me curse. Bob
  11. The original question got me to wondering about the use of continuous non skid pathways vs. the rectangular "tread strips" that we often see in pictures of US Navy ships in the WWII era. I looked in what references I have, but turned up very little. In "Fletcher-Class Destroyers" by Alan Raven there's a plan of the main deck and O1 level on pp. 84-85. The caption there says "General Arrangement of Main & Superstructure Decks Showing Layout of Non-Slip Walkways Laid onto the Decks. Although this arrangement was generally followed, there were many exceptions, as shown in the photos of deck views." And in "The Floating Drydock's Plan Book The Fletcher Class" on p. 117 there's a photo from Oct 1944 of USS Norman Scott (DD 690) which says "Like many ships, she had deck tread strips added rather than solid walkways." My takeaway from this meager information is that one is not likely to know what the ship being modeled had without contemporary photos of it. For information about the materials, this link looks like a great starting point: https://www.shipcamouflage.com/painting_and_cementing_chapter4.htm#Miscellaneous Items Bob
  12. Back to the discussion about removing inactive logs: I hope that remains a rare event. For example, I am currently working (very slowly) on the Model Shipways "Mayflower", for which there are several logs stretching back in time. They've been useful to me but I don't think that any of them are completed. Bob
  13. Tehnoart (based in Riga, Latvia) had a limited edition resin/brass/fiberglass kit of Endurance out a couple of years ago. Unfortunately the company is no more and I think there were only a dozen or two kits available of that ship. This is a link to an article about one build of that kit: https://www.expeditions.com/blog/edurance-model-ship-ken-greenwood/
  14. I compiled a Table of Contents for the book and have posted it here. Kurt Van Dahm has incorporated it into the NRG's PDF version of the book and I believe it will be included in all future distributions of "Progressive Scratch-Building in Ship Modeling" that the NRG sends out. There was an unexpected complication in this: there are three different versions of the book now - all essentially identical in content but each with different page numberings. They are: The printed version of the book, copyright 2006. The TOC for it is the attached download named "TOC for Ship Modeling by Feldman (printed version).pdf". The former PDF version of the book, copyright 2003, which has been distributed by the NRG. The TOC for it is the attached download named "TOC for Ship Modeling by Feldman (orig PDF version).pdf". The current PDF version of the book, also copyright 2003, which no one has yet but is what you'll get from the NRG in the future. No download is needed because its TOC will be integral to the document. I hope this is not too confusing - in content all of these versions of the book are the same - it's only the page numbers which differ. This was both a tedious and enjoyable exercise for me; enjoyable because through it I had several pleasant conversations with Kurt. TOC for Ship Modeling by Feldman (printed version).pdf TOC for Ship Modeling by Feldman (orig PDF version).pdf
  15. Thanks, Kurt. Then I will try to get ambitious and do something myself. If what I come up with looks useful I'll post it here. Bob
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