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About grsjax

  • Birthday 03/01/1951

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    Big Island, Hawaii
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    Small boats, Steam Navy

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  1. Unusual subject but it looks like a nice kit. Put it on eBay with starting bid that works for you and a Buy it Now price set at what you think the max bid is likely to be.
  2. Haven't tried this yet but it looks good. https://www.amazon.com/KappAloy9-Aluminum-Solder-diameter-medium/dp/B00HYKQ6XY?ref_=fsclp_pl_dp_3
  3. I have a suggestion for the forum. Along with a list of banned manufactures how about a list of Chinese, Russian, etc. companies that produce legitimate kits? I have seen mentions of such but have no idea (other than Master Korabel in Russia) who these are.
  4. Hadn't realized how expensive things are in Canada. Found a 3 drawer on Amazon.ca for Can $43 but there as an additional $25 in "import fee" and shipping. What is an import fee?
  5. That appears to be a radeau. A sort of barge with sails that could carry heavy guns.
  6. I use a 3 drawer wooden art supply organizer. Just the right size for xacto knife handles and blades. Available in 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 10 drawer versions. Take the time to apply wax to the drawer runners to ensure smooth operation. https://www.displays2go.com/P-22078/Art-Supply-Organizer-3-Beechwood-Drawers Also available from Amazon and Jerry's Artarama .
  7. I was giving a couple of large pieces of cedar from a guy that cut one down. He didn't know what kind it was but it appears to be western red cedar. Nice wood, light tan in color with a mild cedar smell and a fairly fine straight grain with a few small knots. My question to the forum; Has anyone used western red cedar in building models? If so how did it work out?
  8. I thin MS paint with 91% rubbing alcohol with a little retarder because the alcohol will really speed up drying and you can end up with a mass of dry paint on your brush in no time. For spraying add some flow enhancer to the mix.
  9. An excellent reference for these boats is "The American Fishing Schooners, 1825 - 1935" by Howard I. Chapelle. Has drawings, construction details and history of the type.
  10. Although boxwood seems to be the holy grail of modeling woods there are many alternatives. Not all are going to be available already cut in to sheets and strips but you might be surprised at how cheap it can be. The basic criteria is a wood that is hard with a fine straight grain. If you can mill your own wood the possibilities really expand. For instance here in Hawaii there is a tree called Ohia. The wood is very hard, fine grained and varies in color from medium brown to red. You can't buy it but it can be found for free. Currently there is an embargo on shipping the wood because of a fugal problem but I harvest my own from my property and treat it before using it. Check the wood database https://www.wood-database.com for information. Also talk to woodworkers and the agricultural extension office in your area for ideas.
  11. https://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/china-takes-big-step-toward-protecting-intellectual-property-rights-of-foreign-businesses Hope the Chinese are serious about this and actually enforce this new law.
  12. Back in the 60's or 70's The NRG journal ran a series of articles on harbor construction craft. I remember it was a great series with lots of information. Might be worth checking out.
  13. https://www.amazon.com/Ships-Christopher-Columbus-Anatomy-Ship/dp/1844860140 If are interested in building the Santa Maria you might want to check out "The Ships of Christopher Columbus" by Xavier Pastor. This is one of the Anatomy of the Ship series. I found it to be a real wealth of information on ship design and construction of that time.

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