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  1. Thanks Dennis. Nothing much going on here at the moment. She is sitting quietly on my work table collecting dust. 4 more weeks, 4 more weeks. LOL Sam
  2. Looks good to my eyes Mark. At least you found out now and not later about the bulkheads. Sam
  3. Jo Mark and those who hit the Like button, Thank you. Baby Steps....Baby Steps... Sam
  4. Jo, you're not dumb at all. Heck, I just figured out the difference between a yard and a yard arm!! The Yard is the whole thing, the Yard Arm is the part that extends past the cleats! (I think...)!! All along I thought they were the same. Its a learning curve and you learn by doing and asking questions. You are doing fine, relax and enjoy the ride. Sam
  5. Well done, Jo. They matte looks much better to my eye. Sam
  6. Hey all! I have a day off and some time to venture about here as well as get a bit of build time in. Over the last couple of months i have had some time to finish my Fore Yard as well as get started with the Fore Top and Fore T'Gallent yards. Current status below. I am not 100% satisfied with teh footropes and Lanyards? Slings? that support them. They are kind of misshapen. If I cant straighten them out I will have to re-do them. I believe the center portion of the yards were supposed to be 16 squared, I am finding it exceedingly difficult to 8 square stock at this size, I stopped there. I originally built the Stuns'l hardware completely from brass but the banding that mounts to the yard looked to thick even at 1/64" so I made those from the foil that caps wiskey and wine bottles. It worked well, but I need to prep/prime them better in the future, some of the paint peeled off and required a repaint. I suspect a more thorough cleaning with alcohal and maybe a brushing of vinegar to slightly etch the foil will work better. Thoughts anybody? That's all the news that is fit to print. Best guess is November before I get back on a more regular build schedule. (Murphy, you stay in your corner!!) Sam
  7. Brian, I understand completely, I have gone through several hobbies myself. Just follow your passion, they are hobbies after all. Great examples of your sewing skills. The last one, is that in progress?? I like it as is, it leaves something to the imagination. Sam
  8. Jo, Your progress is looking great! Barrels dont look bad at all, as Ulyses said, some fine sand paper or a fine nylon scrubby pad. will knock that shine right down. If you go the scrubby pad route dont use the kind you clean pots and pans with, go to an autobody finish suppler. 3m makes some, I think the light grey is the finest, check first though. Sam
  9. Getting caught up J. Well done!!. I will have to try your knotting technique for the foot ropes one day. Every time I have tried to tie knots in a rope for this it gets all kinked up. Your way looks like a good method. Sam
  10. Mark, good to see you building again. Looks good to my eye. In regards to OC suggestion about coating the delicate parts with CA, what about thinned epoxy? You would have more working time and use fewer brushes. Something like West Systems is already thin and I have thinned it down in the past. It is however expensive if this is the only thing you would be using it for. I have tried this with the 5 minute epoxies from the LHS, doesnt work as well, it cures but stays somewhat flexible. Sam
  11. Well done Carl!! I know who to come to for advice should I ever get around to building the Mount Katmai (AE16) the ship my Father in law was on during the end of WWII. Sam
  12. Brian, we will be here when you come back. Now, STOP procrastinating!! Joking. Sam
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. Well done Dennis! ANd the wood, I am lichen it!!..... Sorry couldnt resist. sam
  21. 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

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