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  1. Bob, I am also building the 1:64 Bluenose, and your log has helped me solve a mystery! I was a member back on MSW 1.0, and remember following your build. I couldn’t for the life of me remember my old screen name, but I just read your log here on 2.0 and found a post from myself back in 2013! Evidently I haven’t been gone as long as I thought. I was “McDaddy” back in those days. I am getting ready to start the metalwork, and have always admired yours. What is your set up? What kind of solder do you use? Do you use more than one temperature? How about torch? following ....again. Jim
  2. Bob, I think the yellow bumper is a “stop” for the plane. Either to stop you from ramming your hand or the tool into the end plate, or to do those spars that change profile along their length (eg. octagonal to round). Hyw, brilliant idea and fantastic workmanship!
  3. Continually amazing. And thanks for the heads up about Cornwall.
  4. Richard, I have just recently rejoined after a hiatus. I finished the hull several years ago when life got in the way. I am now building the “furniture”. Your build is an inspiration and I really enjoy seeing your work. I also hate the white metal cast wheel as sent with the kit, and look on in awe at your beautiful scratch built one. Do you (or anyone else) have any suggestions for replacing the stock wheel? I have little to no metal working experience, but do pretty well with wood. following your log with a little envy at your skill Jim
  5. I have watched bunches of videos, acquired all of the stuff, torch, flux, Stay Brite solder, but I just am reluctant to start. I get very anxious when learning new skills....
  6. Thanks for the replies gentlemen. Ah, so “shock” heat is the thing. I guess what concerns me is the scale. These things are TINY, 24 gauge wire and about 1/32” inside diameter. I guess I just need to jump in and get some practice. How does one go about getting these “tiny flakes” of solder? No concerns about my cookie sheets. I am the Ship’s Cook and Bottle Washer around here. Plus, there is Teflon coated aluminum foil and silicone baking mats.
  7. A theoretical question. I have a bunch of rings and eyebolts that need soldered, and I have never done silver solder before. Electronics and plumbing I can do, but this seems very small and fiddly. Kind of intimidating, to be honest. What would happen, do you think, if I prepped my rings with flux and solder, put them on a cookie sheet, for example, and popped them into the oven at 450 degrees....the listed “melting point” of my solder... left them for a few minutes, and then pulled them back out to cool? Has anyone ever tried it?
  8. Thanks for the warm welcome, gents. Michael, I actually grew up near Dayton Ohio, and lived there until about 15 years ago. Most of my extended family still lives there actually. I am now located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western Virginia.
  9. Many moons ago, and now lost in the mists of time (MSW 1.0... I don’t even remember my screen name), I began a Model Shipways Bluenose 1:64, build log and all. Using Bob Hunt’s practicum (which I can’t find in my stuff) I planked and painted the hull, and was really proud of it. Then I started building the “furniture”. Got bogged down building those #@&*% dories, and then life happened. The Admiral’s Doctoral dissertation, the crew went to High school, learned to sail a real boat, a 600 mile relocation, revolving door jobs...you know the drill. Well, it took me almost 7 years to figure out that I could just pause those blasted dories, move on to something else and get moving on it again. So here I am, back in the shipyard. I am so glad to see some familiar names, lots of new members, and that the spirit of cooperation and camaraderie that was always a hallmark of MSW, continues. Slainte! Jim

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