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About grsjax

  • Birthday 03/01/1951

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. There are a few copies on clearance at Amazon UK for about $5US. Update. Looks like Amazon UK has sold out of the clearance priced books. They only had 4 available when I ordered mine.
  8. A good rotary tool, a disc sander and a jig saw. Many great models are built with nothing but hand tools and many a failure has been produced with lots of power tools. Go slow and buy what you need when you need it.
  9. Depends on how large a boat you are talking about. Several manufactures including Model Shipways, Master Korabel and I think Dusek make PoF models of open boats.
  10. You could build a strong back or carve a plug to build the hull over. These are pretty common practices in building small boat models.
  11. I believe that is the older version. Later ones have an arrangement to tighten the fence on the table that uses a lever for the rear but the adjustment knob is on the front so it is much simpler to get right. there was also a version that used a rack and pinon along the front of the saw to give fine adjustment of the position.
  12. Interesting thing about this is that Seeley introduced the first fence that was clamped from both ends. For it's time it was a major improvement. My apologies to Ron for getting off the subject of the Dremel saw.
  13. Another table saw option if you are willing to do some searching is the old Sears 8" 103.21040 series sold under the Craftsman, King and Seeley names. I believe they were manufactured by Seeley. They were produced in the 50's and are all cast iron and machined steel, belt driven and come with full size motors. I picked mine up off of Craigslist for $50. They show up on Ebay from time to time and parts seem to be available. Bigger than a Dremel but small enough that they can be used in a small shop. Only down side is the arbor diameter is only 1/2". So far I have not had a problem finding blades that fit but it is harder than finding saws with 3/4" holes.
  14. Except that the paint is black instead of yellow it appears to be identical to the Chinese x-y tables sold on eBay and outlets like Amazon. Price for the small ones on Amazon are $32 Prime. https://www.amazon.com/MultifunctionWorktable-Milling-Compound-Drilling-Adjustment/dp/B07DK8JJ16/ref=pd_cp_469_4?pd_rd_w=g36Ng&pf_rd_p=ef4dc990-a9ca-4945-ae0b-f8d549198ed6&pf_rd_r=J89P9P92WCRXFDN566QA&pd_rd_r=3e64a588-801f-4460-b1e8-706bb346b604&pd_rd_wg=ECCJu&pd_rd_i=B07DK8JJ16&psc=1&refRID=J89P9P92WCRXFDN566QA
  15. Is that the Amati kit? If so there instructions leave something to be desired in my opinion. You might want to consider a first build from one of the manufactures that provide really good instructions like Modelshipways. There are other companies that provide usable instructions.

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