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    If I can drive it, float it, or fly it, I'm interested in it.

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  1. Eric, Your paintwork is very good. The flat black seems to make everything look more to scale. Shotlocker, I do not know what to say, your rigging at 13 is better than what I can do after forty years. Scott
  2. I have been away for awhile and it seems a lot of great research materials and a wonderful build progress was added Jonathan. I think your jib arrangement will be fine and I thank you for posting the blue prints. The Alabama had such nice lines. Scott
  3. I'm enjoying your build here Jonathan and I am taking notes. I built this kit in 1991 and it got dismasted in a cross-country move. The model is packed up and stored in a closet and I plan to build all new masts and spars and re-rig it. I was in my third year in college and the local Woolworths was closing. I got my Alabama kit for $14 and the Revell America kit for $9. Looking at those ebay prices makes me glad that I didn't throw my wrecked Alabama out. This build log gave me the ambition to pursue and rebuilt it. Scott
  4. After a long night in the workshop, I come into the bedroom, pull back my covers, and discover this........... He is Arlo, and he loves to be a pillow hog. He's worse than my old Labrador.
  5. Mark, I would support your decision to shelve this project. We all know that we use this hobby to help us during times of duress. There had been a project I had worked on in troubled times, and when things got better, whenever I looked at that project, it brought back bad memories, so like you, I had to put it away. It was for the best. Time to start a new project to help you remember these times that are seeming to get better. Scott
  6. Great work Rob and I'm glad the arm is doing better. All detail and research on the stunsail booms is very interesting. Scott
  7. Great Folk piece of ...............! Really, it's probably worth a few dollars to a folk art collector, but five grand?
  8. Man Rob, I hope things get better, they do say that working the areas that hurt helps with recovery, so maybe trying to work on the GR will speed up your healing.
  9. Try your local auto parts store and ask for a flexible mechanical parts retriever. They come in two types, one is magnetic, the other has a set of claws you work with your thumb. Some even have lights. I have one that is 1/4" in diameter that I have used many time in retrieving stuff I dropped into tight, enclosed areas.
  10. The crimping tubes are great. I learned of them when rigging the control wires on a 1/32 WW1 biplane. Saved me a lot of pain and frustration.
  11. Welcome back Vivian and congrats on the marriage. I'm excited to see how these sails turn out. They are looking very nice. Scott
  12. Hi Rob, My mother, who got me into ship modeling, bought a Scientific Sea Witch back around 1976 and never built it. I now have it and really think it would be a good candidate to try some small scale scratch building. It computes to 1/158th. I just need to get two other projects completed and then I can start the Sea Witch. Scott
  13. Hi Rob, Your documentation of your rigging process is going to be invaluable for me since I am interested in working in the smaller scale. Everything is looking very refined. Scott

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