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  1. Topnotch, Richard! Stands up to the close-up test!
  2. Just a guess, but I would try a two part epoxy - worked very well on an outdoors project I had with plastic and metal............there should be a lot of people that know more than I..........Steve M
  3. A movie without a soundtrack is not nearly the movie it COULD be, whether it's pop, classical or something avant garde such as Tarantino's offerings. I used to have a CD set that was titled music at the movies - a whole set of music, mostly classical from various movies. Two of my favorites are the movie Excalibur's "O Fortuna" by Carl Orff, and who can forget Apocalypse Now's "Ride of the Valkyries"! The music plays as much or more a part than any character, whether in the background setting and amplifying the mood, or in the forefront, where the action is choreographed to it, as in Dave's Punisher example. I would highly recommend reading "The Elegant Universe" by Brian Greene. One of my biggest take-aways from it was that we are all made of impossibly small strings vibrating at impossibly high frequencies - a veritable cosmic symphony, with everyone playing a different set of tunes............of course it's all theory...........Steve M
  4. You've taken on three big jobs there, LF, I applaud your work ethic! Your video looks great, BTW - thanks for taking the time to share all this, and I agree with your assessment of the kits. Steve M.
  5. They do look very nice, and they come with photo etch gun tracks to replace what you scrape off the kit deck to install them - I especially like the different color strips representing the planks, not just one monotone color. Here is a YT video review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWCeLakDC1E and another deck worth considering is the HIS Model version - this link shows the different items they have available specifically for the Alabama, which includes pre-sewn sails among other things https://www.hismodel.com/articles-category-13 one thing you might notice is that their decks include treenail detail. I've been meaning to order one for a side-by-side comparison......Steve M
  6. Having had a few of both of these I googled "Revell CSS Alabama vs Kearsarge" and got a few good hits. This one at the Steel Navy website is about the best and shows references for their conclusions http://www.steelnavy.com/Alabama&Kearsarge.htm I purchased the CI stuff and Scale Decks, someday might even open the box......... although that's against my rules - well, I meant to post this on Jonathan's Alabama log - sorry, but you guys brought it up! Steve M
  7. I can't really tell, but given the scale of your ship (1:61) and the average size of men back then (66") he should be about 1.1 inches in height, if that helps at all.........Chris Watton may be making some figures in 1:64 that also might be suitable for your purposes......You're doing a great job so far, BTW! Steve M
  8. Thanks for a great little story, Julie! All my life I've been dreaming of small adventures on a small boat taking me wherever, but it hasn't happened yet - got close one time using my brother-in-law's Sea Doo boat on Lake Havasu though, and a little bit here and there in the Coast Guard just about a half-century ago.........anyways, thanks again for sharing that story - and I'm sorry the CG rocked your boat! Steve M
  9. My eyes don't work as well as they used to, but it seems steeper - tell you what - cut a piece of paper to this shape, and fold it in half - proof positive either way! I've seen other MSW members do it many times with the older die-cut kits........ Steve M P.S. Hope it comes out well, you've come so far......a lot of work at stake here.....
  10. I agree with the esteemed gentlemen of the committee - it's a good looking deck, especially when viewed from above, but you may wish to cut down on the gloss as ESF suggested. In trying to get a sense of your feeling of something lacking, you may want to try adding the treenailing to the deck - it would tend to break up the broad expanse of the deck and would add some interest and not be too difficult at this scale - witness the MK tender Avos with and without the nail detail - in any case, the choice is yours! Respectfully, Steve M
  11. Good suggestions, all! Would also be a great start for an 'after the battle' diorama - just a little tweaking here and there, put some crew to work cutting away spars/rigging, maybe add a few holes in the hull - one man's trash is another man's treasure.........in any case please keep us in the loop! Steve M
  12. You're doing a great job, mister master.......lots and lots of fiddly paintwork there 'master'fully done! Steve M

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