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    Building models of ships, airplanes, and rockets; photography; bicycling; scouting; skiing; boating; trying to fly RC helicopters

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  1. Hi Paul. I hope your recovery is moving along. I want you to know I was thinking about you and wishing the best for you.
  2. I think I know how you feel, because this is a really challenging project for me. One thing that keeps me going is having this group to share it with. There have been many times that I thought I should quit or start over, but the advice I’ve gotten has helped me undo or work around most of my problems. I hope you decide to keep going.
  3. Great start, JD! This looks like a really nice kit. I'm going to pull up a chair and watch this one.
  4. I made more space for the window by carving out about 1/16” between the planks and the stern frame. It’s a little curvier than it should be, but I don’t think that will show. . Happy St. Patrick’s Day, friends!
  5. I think you may be mistaken about your paper size. It's likely that you meant 8 1/2 x 11, which is standard letter size. In which case, the ends will be cut off like this: If you use 8 1/2 x 14 legal size, then it should look like this instead: Not many people keep 8 1/2 x 14 legal size around. I didn't and when I needed to print mine, I dug into some old mortgage papers and took a sheet I know I will never miss. The back was blank, so I was in business! Good luck to you, sir.
  6. Mr. Frazier, I was in the same spot a few months ago. I learned that you can set your printer to print that page on 8-1/2x14 paper. It will try to auto-scale it to fit. But if you set the scale to 100%, it will fit on the page and print the right size. Also, please make sure you print everything with the scale set to 100%. I have a complete frame set that is at .95 scale. It was a hard lesson that I’d hate to see you repeat.
  7. Thank you, Mark and Edward. And thanks for the likes. I’m trying to carve out about 1/16” at the transom to allow the planks to tuck in enough to clear the window opening. I think it will work. I’ll have pictures over the weekend.
  8. I’ve been working on the upper planking on the starboard side. I’ve had to back up and fix this a couple of times. It’s not perfect by any means, but I think it will look fine with the frieze over it. I just discovered that I did not fair the stern quite enough. I’ve tried just sanding it down, but I’m not sure it’s enough. Luckily, I haven’t gotten up that high on the port side, so I still have time to fair it more before planking. If I understand the rest of the construction, the difference will be completely hidden.
  9. From my perspective, you’re doing a phenomenal job on Winnie. I just finished creating the exact problem you’ve just solved. Thank you for showing me how to fix it!
  10. That's a neat site for Vic parts! It's really awesome that they have so many options for scale, because I've noticed that you can get HMS Victory kits in Heinz 57 Varieties of scales.
  11. This is going to look amazing, Ben! Chuck, I’m really looking forward to the cross section project!
  12. The high level of detail you’re creating is incredible. She’s a beaut!
  13. Chuck, I just stumbled across this today. Is this still a project in the pipeline? Will this someday be available in your store? I’m asking because I’d really like to do a nice quality cross section some day and a Syren semi-kit would definitely be my first choice.
  14. That looks great, Peter. With your deck weathered to match the real thing, I had to look twice to tell which pic was the model and which was the 1:1 ship!

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