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  1. Glenn, Your finished HM Cutter Alert looks great - very well done 🙂 And thanks for all the detailed pics and explanations which will come in very useful for me. Richard
  2. I enjoyed making the deck furniture since it was quick, looked good and when dry fitted to the deck it made me feel I was making real headway 😉 I think we'll soon have a small fleet of MSW Lady Eleanors finished and ready to set sail to feed hungry mouths. It would be great one day to see them altogether with their slightly different finishes and tweaks but I can't see how. Keep up the good work. Richard
  3. I'd love to ride in Scotland someday. I'd love to ride California one day 😉 . I've always bought Trek or Marin bikes so Marin County is also on the list, but I think my travelling days are over. One of my favourite Scottish road + scenery circuits was to set off from Aberfoyle with a group of friends and do a circuit around Loch Katrine. It's Rob Roy country so very picturesque with quiet, small roads, tiny villages and hamlets with mountains on one side and Loch Katrine (with the Sir Walter Scott steamship) on the other side. Having been to quite a few countries on business and holiday I think I'd probably pick Lake Louise are a choice cycling destination. Skiied there but never cycled. Anyway, take it easy with the cycling for now and just enjoy the fresh air. Richard
  4. Man, the pavement is unforgiving! My left knee, hip pointer, wrist, elbow and shoulder plus road rash have all healed up but my left rib cage is still very sore. My head actually bounced on the pavement. Ouch! I hope the rib cage eases up soon. It's probably bruised cartilage between the ribs, not that I'm an MD. I find it shocking that a lot of cyclists don't wear safety helmets ... a typical excuse is... "it messes up my hair". I have a (gory) response to that which makes them reconsider their position. My mountain biking days are behind me now, but I still try to get out on the country roads as often as the Scottish weather will allow. Richard
  5. a) "Material posted on MSW shall not be shared with other forums in any manner. This includes but is not limited to the information being made visible to members of another forum or to the public on another forum or to the staff of another forum by any means." Interesting point. I note there is a Facebook link at the top right of the Guideline page so MSW, correctly, is keen to drive traffic to this website and using Facebook of course may mean making reference to what's on MSW. However the Guidelines reassuringly say .... b) All written work, drawings and photographs are considered copyrighted upon their creation and posting them on MSW does not constitute giving up ownership of the copyright. Again, no need for amateur or real lawyers - these are the rules here. So I think a) is a bit of a catch-all statement to make sure all bases are covered in the case any dispute, but b) emphasises a) doesn't override a poster's ownership of their own materials (photo, text, etc). The statement a) could perhaps give some examples of what 'material' and 'shared' means as there does seem to be a slight contradiction between a) and b) IMO. Richard
  6. Could I get away with painting only one side and thus getting the best of both worlds Now that's an interesting idea 😉 I though wonder how the Stern and Rudder outside edge painting would work? ...fully paint one and leave the other as wood and display the painted hull side with the painted rudder edge (say) or vice versa. Richard
  7. Whilst reading through Keith S' HMS Terror build ( https://modelshipworld.com/topic/23561-hms-terror-by-keith-s-occre-scale-175-as-she-disappeared-on-her-final-mission-1845-first-wooden-ship-build/?tab=comments#comment-693930 ) ... I saw mention of dives to inspect the ships' remains. So I went on a YouTube wander and saw this video where they are bringing artifacts to the surface, inspecting and measuring them and taking photographs.... 'GB Parks Canada explores the wreck of HMS Erebus and collects new artifacts' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H33xOPlqrWQ At 3.37 mins in, we get a glimpse of the photographic set-up used to take the pictures Fundamentally, the set-up isn't that different from what a lot of the experienced members on this forum recommend. Richard PS: I've dicovered that on this side of the pond we spell it 'artefact' and on the other it's 'artifact'. 😉
  8. Andy, That hull planking has brushed up nicely and looks very smooth indeed. It does seem a shame to paint it but that's how the Fifies were :-) The thing I really enjoyed about the Fifie build is that there are no huge workloads between the build milestones eg hull structure, planking, decking (if wanted), deck fittings, masts and rigging etc ...so the whole project never really loses momentum. I guess the only thing I found slightly tiring was attaching wind-indicator ropes to the sails - but after I was finished I was glad I did them. Regards, Richard
  9. Very educational. You're a dab hand at sketching with a pencil and a ruler. And the 'CNC' controlled milling machine for the counterbores was impressive 😉 Richard
  10. Derek, She's looking great, which isn't surprising considering all the fine and detailed work you have put in to her. It's almost mind boggling in places ;-) Chris certainly gives us our money's worth with these kits. Richard
  11. Shipman, Thanks for the heads-up. ...from .... https://www.scalpelsandblades.co.uk/range_23_swann-morton-supatool-blades-and-handles.php You and Bob are right that the standard SM blades can be a bit fragile. They also can be a bit dangerous if left lying around, when fitting a blade (I use pliers) , and removing the old blade (I use the SM 'box'). Richard Edit: the Supatool may also be called the 'industrial handle' in the UK? ... https://www.amazon.co.uk/Swann-Morton-Retractable-Industrial-Handle-Fitting/dp/B007Q3ZT6E/ref=pd_sbs_6?pd_rd_w=mtyOc&pf_rd_p=fbd048ad-ab90-4647-94dd-974b91bedef1&pf_rd_r=C6WXGKWB9JXCEHNCDXWG&pd_rd_r=1ada9340-d2e7-4901-a964-a6440851b422&pd_rd_wg=XPoxO&pd_rd_i=B007Q3ZT6E&psc=1
  12. Glenn, So much fine detail and a perfect colour scheme is a feast for the eyes. You'll be happy but sad that's she's finished 🙂 Great stuff. Richard
  13. Excellent. Precise, to the point video. Do you need to choose a depth of field that throws the background out of focus, just in case there is a minor wrinkle ? Or does PhotoShop Clone stamp take care of that? Thanks, Richard
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