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About EricWilliamMarshall

  • Birthday 07/12/1966

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    Usually in Highland Park, NJ
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    Lots! Family, woodworking, guitar, computers, reading, games, history, science, sci-fi & fantasy and generally curious on numerous fronts.

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  1. Similar to @vaddoc’s suggestion: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079F4M762/?coliid=I10LBQ9FRTI0WW&colid=2R0NUE5D5V73H&psc=1
  2. I'm sure the ducks appreciate that. Despite the bumps in the road, she's looking good!
  3. I finally attached the rudder, with a bit of metal work. On an earlier model I attached it with paper and it kept falling off, so this time, it’s all metal. I used the first carving inverted behind the second one. That might be a slight historical liberty on my part, but I did see one fancifully painted, so I’m assuming a carving isn’t too far off. I had a chunk of cherry (from the ill-fated stool I mentioned earlier), which I cut on the table saw and cleaned up quickly with hand planes. I used 1/16th brass wire and hand drilled the holes to the same size. While I may circle back to do the res
  4. Thanks ever so much! There is now one swimming from China with my name on it! I appreciate you taking the time to share that with me. I had looked a while back on eBay, but didn’t have the right phase, I guess. I tip my hat to you, @bruce d
  5. And there is now a power train retrofit. At some point, I would like to get or make some index plates. But I still need to learn the basic operations for metal work. In a few years, I would like to do work in the shadow of @michael mott or @wefalck ( I couldn’t type ‘similar’). It strikes me as an essential of the modelers pallet. And I like to think slightly less dangerous than similar full scale work.
  6. Today’s adventure : turning! I was briefly taught the rudiments of turning a zillion years ago in the last century and have only turned once or so since then and it was terrifying (for the curious, there were internal cracks in the piece I was working on and it started to come apart violently!) Also at the turn of the century I picked a mini Taig lathe from Lee Valley, but never made good use of it. Some day, I hope to try basic machining on it. Fast forward to today - I worked on an oar and the tiller. A few thoughts: the oar’s length and width are such that it flexes wickedly. Th
  7. The experts have spoken! No trunnels! Thank you @Tigersteve and @DelF! @DelF, as for the chisels & carving, give it a shot. I only spent a few hour on both aspects. While I didn’t do this myself, I would suggest carving something soft like clay or soap to get feel for roughing out something and then moving to details. Also keep a thought where a tool may slip and make sure you and your fingers aren’t there. Both prototyping and tool safety are old hat for most who are reading this, but I feel obliged to mention them. In any case, give it try since the only cost is really time,
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