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albergman

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About albergman

  • Birthday 08/06/1938

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    Barrie Ontario Canada
  • Interests
    Scratch building racing cars, steam engines and boats photography

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    frank.smart@sympatico.ca

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  1. I haven't been here for a while as I have no more maritime projects and I've turned to other subjects. However, I like to return occasionally just to check on Altair. This is such a tour de force and I know we've all run out of superlatives ... I have anyway. We should all just sit and watch quietly till it's done then all gush at once!! Truly admire your ability to find an elegant solution for every problem that might be a show stopper for the rest of us. You've raised the bar so high Keith that we can all wear our top hats as we walk under it.
  2. Hi Gil I've been enjoying riding along and watching your Dragon come to life. I built a Billings Dragon probably 40 years ago when my wife gave it to me for Xmas. It was only in the last 5 or 6 years that I decided to tart it up a bit and showed it here. It's wonderful to see someone else disregard the plans and apply their own imagination to the project. You're taking yours much further than I ever did and I love it!! Keep up the good work. Frank
  3. Beautiful subject perfectly executed. Well done. Frank
  4. Time for a bit of an update. Been busy with mostly car projects for the past couple of years but now returning to do some much needed updates on the half hull model of our own Alberg 37 sloop (since sold). I mentioned at the beginning of this thread that I wasn't happy with the metal work on this model as it was done back in the days when I was using plain steel rod and ordinary solder. This has now tarnished and blackened so it's time to replace all that with stainless steel and S/S solder. Have taken the model out to my shed and have it mounted on a work board which itse
  5. Lovely work!! Beautiful lines and, no doubt, a realistic colour scheme. Great attention to detail too. Frank
  6. Hello Nils I came late to this forum and missed the build of your magnificent model. This is a truly wonderful example of craftsmanship! I can't imagine having the determination and imagination to make so many many items required for such a build. Very impressed Nils ... congratulations. Frank
  7. Hi Judi This is getting interesting! You probably know that your plank-on-frame approach to the cabin isn't exactly my style of building so, if your heart is set on the framework route. I'd invite Keith or any of the better scratch builders to chime in with ideas. While it would be elegant and definitely more in keeping with proper yacht construction I'm thinking it might end up very fragmented if you know what I mean? Considering the smallness of the final shape I'm more inclined to take the "Bernini solution" and reduce a solid block of mahogany (or whatever yo
  8. WOW ... what a perfect rendition of a war-weary ship!! Well done. Permit me an observation (not a criticism) maybe it's just the camera ... but the lines around the ship's boats are so brilliantly white! They look out of place on such a weathered vessel. Maybe they just got a new shipment of lines?? Frank
  9. I was only asking because I thought you might want to have it down before you make your cabin. No doubt the planking could just as easily be cut to butt against it after the fact.
  10. That's a wonderful shop you had Julie ... truly envious. My entire shop is 5 x 8' and my "workbench" is 3 x 2'. Sure makes me stay tidy. Can you fit a chuck on that lathe? You might find the rod a bit too hard but maybe not ... depends on the alloy. I'm using an 8' 1/2" rod that I bought to make wire wheel parts and it IS hard. I used to have great success making winches out of aluminum Exacto handles. Will you be using your wood lathe tools for this? The smaller the chisel the more agile you can be. Here's a few pics of my setup and
  11. Oh my ... I found that 44 too and what a beauty! I see why it appeals. Is the house listed yet? Ah well, fun to dream. OK, carry on with the J boat. Frank
  12. I was guessing it was going to be a sailing model because you mentioned adding shot ballast. Maybe I missed something there as my "dust collectors" don't require ballast and they work VERY well in that regard. Frank
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