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  1. Jo, Getting caught up. Your doing great, build looks good to me. Johnothan, dont stress about how log it takes or what it looks like. When members see what you have done they can very gently give you tips on the next build. AS far as how long it takes, I am in my 10th year on my enterprise. It will get finished, one day. Hopefully before the glue deteriorates! Sam
  2. Phll, The final assembly will be potted like you describe, not only degassed, but then put in a pressure pot and cured under pressure. We get the parts back from the laser cutter today, a little later than we wanted but better than not at all. Sam
  3. Mark, I am so sorry to hear of your difficulties. As others have said, a tough choice but undoubtedly the right one. We are all here for you. Sam
  4. Hi Phil, Thanks for replying. It is hard to describe in public what we are trying to do with out breaking my Non Disclosure agreement - we build theme park attractions and this client is very strict about intellectual property. The closest I can come, is imagine something with very fine detail like trace portions of a very detailed circuit board encased in a clear resin. Like a circuit board but not, no FRP core. What I am seeing on some of the WWII ships here is in line with what we are looking for. We only have to deliver one item but would have ended up having several etched as there is more to the end product than I have given here. I started here as I thought someone here might be more interested in the process and a small order as well as helping out a fellow ship modeler with a couple of bucks. As it has turned out, the guy who does our water jet cutting has a line on a laser cutter, we are having the parts laser cut as I type this. Thanks again, Sam
  5. Jo, Sorry, nope not back yet. We have two parade floats due in 6 weeks I have popped in to MSW to check on a couple of ongoing PM conversations but other than that I am really out of the loop MSW-wise. I have done a small aount of work on the Enterprise, working on the Fore Yard. I finished up tying the blocks on last night. I will try to get a picture up in the next couple of days. See ya! Sam
  6. Hi Jim, Great start - even if it was many years ago. I am currently building the Enterprise myself. I started back in 2010 and work on her has my work load permits. The new version instruction are not much better than what you described the old are like, I have thrown mine in a drawer somewhere. There are several completed builds of the new kit here, do a search in this forum. You should be able to get a feel for what the instructions say from those builds. I am currently on a crazy work schedule at the moment but I do check in every few of days on a couple of PM conversations I have going. If you run into trouble shoot me a PM and I will help where I can but it may be a few days before I respond. Link to my build below. Best, Sam
  7. I have placed this same query in the traders and dealers part of MSW also. I am in somewhat urgent need of some photo etching. My N.D. prevents me from giving too many details in public but think of a small circuit board encased in a clear material. the size will be under 4x5". I see Daffi has an etching company but he is out of the U.S. and just getting them here in time may be problematic. Does anyone know of a photo etching place that will take on a small rush job? Thanks for any help, Sam
  8. Well done Dennis! ANd the wood, I am lichen it!!..... Sorry couldnt resist. sam
  9. Dennis, you're almost done, she is looking great Murphy Moments not withstanding. Gotta love you some Duddley Do Right. Druxy, thanks for the tip about spatter a few weeks back, just gotta look at things differently. Sam
  10. Great to see you back on this Lady Dennis. The PE looks real good, adds a lot. Round about story; I learned just last night Better Half's father served on DE 393 Haverfield from shakedown through the end of WW2. Named after Ensign James Wallace Haverfield who is entombed (assumed) on the Arizona. Sam
  11. Jo, That look great, you have done very well indeed. For masking many here like the Tamiya tape. there is also Frog tape, might be a different name in your land. probably gorF since you-all live upside down. Our scenic painters use a 3m tape found in automotive paint stores: http://autops.co.nz/tape-masking-products/676-3m-233-3mm-masking-tape.html That site is NZ not your world but you should be able to find it if interested. Another trick I see them use to stop bleed through is to apply some comparable clear before laying on the color. Try it on some scrap first to get a feel for it. And BTW, my fingers dont bleed, Better Half does the house cleaning..... I better go nor before I get hurt. Sam
  12. Sorry to hear about the warp Dennis, looks like you got it straightened out though. 31 years, wow, that is rare in our generation. Congrats. Sam
  13. J, Lots of progress since I looked in last, looking good. Looking forward to your cleats, you tackled them differently that I did, I might like your way better. Sam
  14. Great to see you back at it Rich! That is one great Dr you have there, if I ever end up living in AZ i am looking him up as my Doc. Work s looking good, especially with limited use of your hands. great inspiration for not giving up. Sam

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