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Rik Thistle

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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
  14. Glenn, GlennBarlow|Photography Yes blatant self promotion Wonderful pictures. Each one deserves a good, long look. But, what's going on with the sliding stone on the dry lake bed?...the wind, or a feral Roomba Robot vacuum 😉 Richard
  15. Derek, Excellent! You've shown me what is possible 😉 Yes, there are loads of good photographers on here and it's great that they are prepared to share their experience and give tips. Richard
  16. a feature in Photoshop I am using frequently is the geometry correction. Yes, once I discovered there was a PS method for correcting barrelling and pincushion there was no going back. But it probably led to a bit of laziness when clicking the shutter button. Richard
  17. It would appear from the posts in this thread and viewing a lot of the builds on the website that we cover almost the complete gamut of photography skills from enthusiastic part timers to highly skilled and experienced togs. One thing I would note, and it is something I am guilty of, is that one needs to become really familiar with one's photography equipment. These days I use my 'big' camera kit (a Panasonic 4/3rds) infrequently and usually take the route of least resistance .... my Android phone (less buttons and settings to think about). But Summer is arriving so I will make a serious effort to refresh my big camera photography skills. As someone once asked "how do I get to Carnegie Hall? - practice, practice, practice" Richard
  18. BTW, if you are interested, here are my own modest attempts: https://www.imago-orbis.org Wefalk, I perused your website shortly after I joined MSW and apart from being very impressed by the excellent locations you visited, the photography also caught my eye. I particularly enjoyed your Speaker's Corner pictures. I visited there a number of times whilst I was living in London from 1972 to early 80s...perhaps we may have been in the same small crowd that used to gather round the Speakers. Some were downright crazy but some were making excellent points. Anyway, back onto the topic 😉 Richard
  19. There is a strong local attachment to Unicorn in Dundee, Yes, there has been an awful lot of money spent on the Dundee waterfront iover the past few decades Dundee has really upped it's game. It would be difficult to imagine the local power brokers letting HMS Unicorn leave Dundee. But mabye there could be some kind of horse trading done with Hartlepool? Richard
  20. Just looked over this Ken Rockwell's Web-site. The guy seems to have his nose pretty much up in the air and he prides himself being an 'artist', I feel. His pictures are colourful, but not that much more. Yeah, that kinda sums Ken up. A lot of his comments are tongue in cheek though. He does like 'vivid' pictures. I still think he does take pictures that capture the emotions of the places he visits eg Yellowstone. Richard
  21. B.E., Those pictures are excellent. Thank you. And glassy waters 😉 So the two models in the glass case .... both are HMS Unicorn?...one at a smaller scale and the other how she will look when one day she is returned to her former glory? She'll make a magnificent model. It seems sufficient budget had been found .... https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/fp/hms-unicorn-secures-funding-to-restore-model-of-port/ ...and the restoration work will by Will Murray of the The Scottish Conservation Studio, Hopetoun House, South Queensferry .. https://www.scottishconservationstudio.co.uk/contact/ Richard PS: Hopetoun House is a superb building and grounds...well worth a visit. They hosted The Italian Car and Bike Show a number of years back ...the pics below tells you how successful that day was ... OK, the above doesn't have much Italian content in it but no one was complaining, but the cars below certainly were Italians... The above was a small part of the collection. It's a shame they never held it there again. Richard
  22. ISO/ASA 50 film had a much finer grain than ISO 200 Yes, indeed it had. I shot mostly B&W back then (the home darkroom set up was much simpler than colour). B&W also had a certain appeal to me...I think it was because the shapes and composition were the eye catching points, rather than the colours. But these days I rarely convert a colour image to B&W.... thought - I wonder if my Panasonic GX80 can switch the viewfinder to B&W? Richard
  23. This looks like quite a challenge.. HMS Unicorn goes under the microscope for preservation project ..... https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-56818539 "HMS Unicorn is the oldest ship in Scotland and one of the six oldest ships in the world. The 46-gun frigate was built during peacetime and launched in 1824, spending its early life in reserve, anchored on the River Medway. HMS Unicorn was moved to Dundee in 1873 to become a training ship for the Royal Navy Reserves. It was almost scrapped in the early 1960s when Earl Grey Dock was filled in as part of preparatory work for the Tay Road Bridge. After its move to Victoria Dock, the vessel was handed over to the Unicorn Preservation Society in 1968, and opened to the public in 1975." Richard
  24. Glenn, Yes, it was a general statement 'brighter is better', all other things being equal. The more light one has to begin with the more flexibilty you have with the camera settings. I remember reading Ken Rockwell's site quite a number of years ago when he was talking about film photography ( https://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/modern-exposure.htm ) and he mentioned he generally used ISO 50. I couldn't understand that - here in Scotland I was struggling to use ISO 200 to get sufficient flexiblity between aperture and shutter speed. Then I realised that where Ken lived (San Diego) the outdoor light was much, much brighter. Richard
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