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About rhephner

  • Birthday 05/24/1973

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    Charlottesville, VA
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    Model Ship Building, Raising Kids, Computer Programming

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  1. Just curious is anyone has any experience with Worx Makerx tools. I'm particularly interested in the airbrush, which appears to be battery operated and doesn't require an air compressor. Seems too good to be true. They also have a heat gun, rotary tool, and soldering iron. All working off the same battery system. https://www.worx.com/makerx/makerx-crafting-tools.html Rich
  2. I'd like to vote for the octagonal method. I've tried the homemade lathe/cordless drill method, but it can take a lot of sanding to get it to where you want it (depending on the wood). What I do now is take a regular old #11 blade to carve down the ends using the octagonal method and then sand it round by hand. There is a fair amount of eyeballing to this method, but you'd only be able to tell if you checked it with your digital calipers.
  3. Regarding how well the copper tape sticks, I've had trouble getting mine to stay put. It's not the most adhesive stuff in the world. Admittedly, I've done little to prepare the surface as suggested. I usually fix the issue with a dab of CA at the ends.
  4. Oh wow. That’s awesome. Thank you so much for researching it. I’ve looked at those pictures before, but totally missed it somehow. Thanks Talos
  5. Hadn't heard about Bainbridge. My understanding is that they used the Kidd. https://www.military.com/off-duty/2020/07/07/true-story-of-uss-kidd-ship-used-film-greyhound.html I enjoyed the movie even though they used a Fletcher and square bridged one at that. That left me joyfully proud of myself that I had caught the error. Still, I thought they captured the spirit of the Battle of the Atlantic, consistent with my reading of "The Cruel Sea", even with some artistic license. Rich
  6. This is a fascinating build. I’m not much of a car guy, but the attention to detail on these kits make them look like a ton of fun to build. From reading up on them, I was under the impression that they were mostly metal and rubber fastened together with miniature bolts, hence the high price. But I see a lot of plastic parts and CA glue in the build log. Are they really mostly metal?
  7. Thanks all for the replies. You’ve convinced me to try to replicate with a fine grained sand paper. I’ll probably paint it the same blue as the deck, maybe a shade darker. I knew someone on here would have first hand experience. Thank you for sharing it. Nunnhi, thanks for the photo. I hope mine turns out as well.
  8. Hi All, I'm slowly but sure working on a scratch build of the USS O'Bannon in 1/144 scale and have a question about the deck. So far, many areas look a little plain, particularly in the bow just behind the anchor chains and windlass. I'm wondering if I should include seams for the deck plating or in some cases, I've seen pictures where there is a "pathway" of a slightly darker shade that seems to go around the deck almost like a sidewalk painted on the deck. Any ideas on what that is and whether it would be appropriate for the O'Bannon? Here is an example:
  9. It took me 11 years on and off to complete this Rattlesnake. Along they way, I learned about planking, soldering, blackening, rigging, sculpting with clay, and countless other things. I also went from 2 kids to 3, lost a cat and gained two more. Whew! Can’t wait to start something new.
  10. I'm no expert so take this with a grain of salt. I would be tempted to try to put a bit of solder on each end of the wire. The tricky part would be doing that without the white metal melting. Maybe a soldering iron vs. a torch would give you the control you need.
  11. Resurrecting this old thread. Had the same problem this week. I tried to order the first of the swan series. The order appeared to go through fine, but no confirmation email and no credit card charge. I also sent a follow up email to check the order status. No reply. It’s scary to send ones credit card info into a black hole like this. I think MSW members should be cautious with Seawatch books.
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