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Keithbrad80

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About Keithbrad80

  • Birthday March 4

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    Santa Rosa, California
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    Ship Modeling, Geology, Wood working, Being in the water

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  1. Hello everyone, I haven’t had any time for months to work on any of my models unfortunately, one reason or another has kept me out of my shop but my latest distraction has me most excited. In April I got an email from a professor of mine inviting me to take part in an Arctic research cruise. It was a no brainer to say yes and today I finally got my plane tickets and my bags are almost packed. I leave in two weeks and thought it would be fun to share with you all my trip above the 80th parallel north. We will be traveling by ship, specifically the RV Silkuliaq (Silcooliaq), a class 5 polar ship. From the UAF website: R/V Sikuliaq, pronounced [see-KOO-lee-auk], is a 261-foot oceanographic research ship capable of bringing scientists to the ice-choked waters of Alaska and the polar regions. Sikuliaq, one of the most advanced university research vessels in the world, is able to break ice up to 2.5 feet thick. Constructed at Marinette Marine Corporation, a shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin, Sikuliaq is homeported in Seward, Alaska, at UAF's Seward Marine Center. Below is a 3D rendering of the ship to get a better idea of the payload on board. The RV Silkuliaq was built to study a range of scientific disciplines but we will be utilizing their geophysical applications to study the sea floor and earthquakes. The ship was built to house 24 scientists as well as a crew of 20, I’ll be joining a group of scientists from the University of Alaska Fairbanks as well as other students and scientists from different parts of the world. Im certainly towards of the bottom of the totem pole here as I’m still pretty junior in my field, this trip should help me get into an doctorate program next year, and with the research I’m helping with on board it should definitely help my career. This isn’t my first stint at sea but will be my first trip to the arctic and I’ve never lived in the cold like this so lets hope its not to much of a shock, if interested I could post pictures (depending on internet on board) periodically of the ship at sea and life on board. Thanks for reading, if any of you have been that far north and have some advise I’m all ears. 8 weeks at sea coming up! Also I’m not going to be posting any thing specific about the research were conducting or our exact location at the time. Loose lips sink ships! Bradley
  2. congrats bitao, your work is some of the most incredible I have ever seen. I am very much looking forward to following along on your next build! Bradley
  3. Minwax makes a good pre-stain. I think it comes in a red can, it makes your stain much more even. Good luck! Bradley
  4. Hi George, excellent work so far! If I remember correctly I drilled the hawse holes parallel to the centerline, it was a pretty tough hole to drill properly but that’s how I read it from the plans. Everything looks great! Bradley
  5. It’s likely the study is still ongoing and their conclusions haven’t been made yet, because of this the information will continue to be sensitive until the report is written. They don’t want private citizens interfering with a study that a university likely paid a lot to do, so it makes that only other institutions can access that information, you may have to wait until the study is published. Bradley
  6. I have the same set of calipers, they work great! Bradley
  7. PVA wood glue is usually the go to, also known as wood glue. It comes in several colors depending on the color you want it to be when dry. White PVA wood glue dries clear. There are lots of discussions on glue and the different types here at MSW. On the main screen do a search for ‘glue’ and you should find help with application and types of wood glue.
  8. Wow, this to me is incredible. From the selection of wood to shiny brass, even the fact that it really plays a little time when wound up is amazing, what kind of wood did you use? It looks maybe a burl? The veneer you used on the body must be paper thin, I count potentially 5 different wood species? Incredible work as always. Bradley
  9. Bitao, I read through your log once again, your speed through this build and the accuracy at which you build things must mean you don’t have time to remake something if it’s not right. At least that’s what I’m assuming, that must mean that everything you build is pretty much perfect right out of the gate. Simply amazing. Bradley
  10. Nice work George, You were braver than I to plank around the coamings. Looks great so far! Bradley
  11. I think you have it backwards, the pounce wheel presses into the copper tape, creating concave dimples, flip the tape over and use the pounce wheel to create convex dimples that would better simulate rivets. Here’s a post of a user Devildog36 and his Thermopylae build he thought the copper plates were made of wood and made wood “tiles” that replaced his second planking. This sounds lot of extra work to me! Bradley
  12. Wow fantastic work, I’m not sure your as much of a beginner as you think! This is superb workmanship. Congratulations on completing this awesome build. Bradley
  13. Those are the highest quality flags I have ever seen on a model. I haven’t looked through your log in a while and Your work is top notch, for a kit you really did a fantastic job and I’m looking forward to your next model! Bradley
  14. If he plans to sheath below the water line, Chucks post about the foil might work the best. Bradley
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