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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. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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?
  5. 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.
  6. 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:
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Thank you Gentlemen. This helps tremendously. First, I'm glad to know that my thinking was correct on the photo. Second, you've pointed me to some great resources that I'll take a look at. This is the 3rd ship I've built and I still don't feel like I have a good grasp on all of the lines. It's amazing how intricate the system of lines on a sailing ship of this period is. It really is an impressive thing to study. Rich
  10. Thanks for the reply. I’ve attached a photo of the rigging plan with a notation on the spirit sail that seems to indicate a line from it to a yard arm. In the box photo there are several lines that go from yard to yard. I highlighted them. This is confusing to me because I don’t know what they would be for and I don’t see any other notations or mentions in the “Ship Model Builders Assistant” Thanks and Happy Easter.
  11. Hello All, Now that I'm spending all my time indoors, I have a lot more time to spend on my Rattlesnake build. However, I'm stuck on rigging the yards. Using "The Ship Model Builder's Assistant" as a guide, I'm got braces, lifts and slings for each yard. The problem is that the rigging diagram provided with the kit (MSW) and the picture seem to indicate that there should also be lines that run from yard to yard. For example, from the end of the main lower yard to the fore lower yard, and from the fore lower yard to the spiritsail yard. That doesn't seem right to me, because I would
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