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EricWilliamMarshall

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  • 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. Is this the thread you were thinking of, @wefalck? There is this from the article database as well: https://thenrg.org/resources/Documents/articles/ModelingSmallFigures.pdf And as mentioned, there are some wargaming figures that cover naval topics, for example (but in the wrong scale): https://newlinedesigns.co.uk/product-category/newline-designs-20mm-ranges/newline-designs-20mm-ranges-napoleonics/newline-designs-20mm-ranges-napoleonics-naval/ There is this as well: I found this to be a good introduction but it convinced me not to 'not go there': https://ospreypublishing.com/modelling-and-painting-figures-pb Generally there are not any easy options. This search may start your path: https://www.google.com/search?q=war++Modelling+and+Painting+Figures+book&sxsrf=AOaemvKuiIiy9FUfgVnOXk0r1ZI8RrHQlQ%3A1634745616377&ei=ED1wYcSJFo64ggeT5LGwAQ&ved=0ahUKEwjE0Yv-rdnzAhUOnOAKHRNyDBYQ4dUDCA4&uact=5&oq=war++Modelling+and+Painting+Figures+book&gs_lcp=Cgdnd3Mtd2l6EAM6CAghEBYQHRAeOgUIIRCgAToFCCEQqwI6BAghEApKBAhBGAFQzdUKWKOVC2DMmwtoAXAAeACAAYABiAHhB5IBBDExLjKYAQCgAQKgAQHAAQE&sclient=gws-wiz Also wargames and role-playing game have spawned a number of videos and sites regarding modding and creating figures or even 3D printing them: https://www.google.com/search?q=make+your+own+tabletop+miniatures&sxsrf=AOaemvLyQmCKpUAk9dmDU_qJ1qFY-OAa7A%3A1634745998370&ei=jj5wYaGAFrG-ggeFwbSQCA&oq=make+your+own+tabletop+miniatures&gs_lcp=Cgdnd3Mtd2l6EAEYADIFCAAQgAQ6BwgAEEcQsAM6BAgjECc6BggAEAcQHjoICAAQCBAHEB46BQgAEIYDOgYIABAIEB46BQgAEM0CSgQIQRgAUJHtAVi5_gFg8Y8CaAFwAngAgAHRAYgBmAaSAQU4LjAuMZgBAKABAcgBCMABAQ&sclient=gws-wiz Good luck!!
  2. I like to think this is true of everyone to some degree. The right tools are often expensive and often not here right now! And how often will you use that left-handed skewed 1/8" dogleg chisel any way? And until the advent of internet shopping, where would you find such an item? (And how long to find that item?!?) Most of my work in the past didn't need rasps, so sandpaper or scrapers were used since the folks I worked with and learned from use those (which was for furniture making or light decorative carving also for furniture). But I never worked with "hardcore" carving-in-the-round "artsy" folks, instrument makers or pattern makers, who have differing methods. I also worked with a few folks who would work only with chisels and gouges 99% of the time and never ever 'spoil' the lustre of the wood with abrasives, files or rasps. I deeply admire that approach to the work but I don't have those carving 'chops' (and probably never will!) [Pardon the pun ;)] My personal experiments have been few and far between (and more with metal) so I'm looking forward to trying 'em out. @Hubac's Historian, I would also guess that you have done a lot of unique one-off work, regarding your carving. If your day job was grinding out a hundred yards of hand carved egg and dart mouldings or the same eight carved flowers for picture frames everyday, you would know exactly what tools work best for each of those scenarios!!
  3. I also snagged @gagliano1770's Auriou rasps as part of his downsizing. (I wish all the best in his new adventures!). The Auriou rasps have similar raves similar to @Hubac's Historian's suggestion regarding the Nicholson #50 rasp. Perhaps a bit more even, since the Auriou company has a bit of a mystical rep among those who hand-build furniture. Both have strong support and both (as far as I know) are still handmade! I have avoided buying either having never seen either 'in action' nor seen them at discount/used/etc. but now in my dotage I can spend my lunch money on such items occasionally. So I'm looking forward to a bit of a 'bake-off' among the rasps and hopefully my worldview will shift as well that have won these rasps such fans. Here is woodworking vid with Chris Schwartz showing why furniture folks might uses such tools. I believe most modellers won't need these tools except for solid hull models or bread, butter hull models and 1:1 scale projects. But I speak as an uninitiated acolyte.
  4. This weekend was spent finishing the cleaning of the rest of the basement, finding some replacement furniture and getting a couple of other projects off the bench: a neighbor's 12 string guitar (which spent an evening floating in a flooded basement and had some neck issues) and a busted violin (which also had some neck issues). The neighbor as pleased as punch!
  5. I meant to share this earlier; this is snapshot of my pinnacle with the one built by @Chuck himself! All were at the Model Con 2021 on the battleship, USS New Jersey in August. My thanks to Philadelphia Ship Model Society and the Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial for arranging and hosting the event.
  6. I received copper plates and the photo CD-Rom ordered from the fine folks at BlueJacket Shipcrafters. For the curious, the photo CD contains 84 images of in-process building and 32 of the finished model as jpegs and each image is named. For example: Main mast lower deadeyes or Masking main and quarter decks. All in the matching 'style' of the photos in the instructions and of higher resolution (better then the images in this blog). For example the image of the Main top components is about 2.1MB in space and 3648 x 2736 pixel dimensions. The files also include some embedded metadata like focal length and exposure if you are curious. The whole lot is about 242MB. I've attached a teaser of some of the thumbnails. The images are taking with an eye for rigging details or various assemblies and function almost as build log. I believe these will prove useful where I'm not understanding the printed English and later, when I get to the rigging.
  7. I have roughed-out one side of the hull via old-school chisels and gouges - most Henry Taylor full size: a 5/8" #5 gouge, a 3/8" #7 gouge, a 3/8" #3 gouge and a 3/4” chisel from Garrett Wade (bought back in the ‘90s when you could examine the castings before purchasing. I also used a couple of scrapers, but they aren’t in perfect shape due to pitting from the flood. The block of wood has a beautiful fiddle-back figure which changes grain direction often. Pity I’m going to cover it up. I started working the other side with my rotary tool. A few observations: the hand piece only has a chuck, no collets and cannot take 1/4” shafts. I mention this because I find I want to use larger bits with longer sweeps and the Dremel sets (and similar) are very small. If you will pardon the pun, the smaller bits don’t cut it. The sand drum can be used at an angle to make scalloping cuts but it is a little tricky (for me) to do cleanly. I started looking about, most notably at larger-scale bird carvers to see what they use and not surprisingly, it isn’t what I’m using.
  8. @sjanicki welcome aboard! Thanks for the build log - they are so valuable that it is harder to go without them. (I speak from experience.) I may also building the USS Putty! I’m not great at hulls, so we will see! “Only a fool learns from his own mistakes. The wise man learns from the mistakes of others." - Otto Von Bismarck.
  9. I have not had the pleasure. But I'm game to try, so one is on it's way to my humble shop. Many thanks for the suggestion!
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