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albergman

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About albergman

  • Birthday 08/06/1938

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    Barrie Ontario Canada
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    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. You, of course, won't be wearing your topper as your head has probably swelled too much from all the well deserved admiration! LOL. Now, get back to work! Frank
  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 itself is screwed to a cabinet near my workbench. This lets me easily reach the model while reducing its handling. It was pretty dirty after several years on the wall so after a wash down with Q-tips and soft, wetted rags I gave it a polish with the automotive stuff (Meguires polishing compound) I use on my car models. Gave it a shine it never had. I've glued a couple chunks of Renshape together to give me a surface on which to build the new bow and stern pulpits. Drilled a few holes where needed and start bending stainless rod to the shapes. This rod is actually sold as stainless steel welding rods and is lovely to work with. Solder in the extra rails then remove from the Ren. File down the excess solder. wet sand it and finally polish with a metal polish. Here's my 2 new rails ... There are tiny tabs that need to be added to the rails where the lifelines will attach. These I cut from a tin can lid and soldered in place. I use a large piece for ease of holding then grind it to size with a Dremel grinding disk. Tabs seen here on the bow pulpit. That's about as far as I've got. Need to make a few stanchions and the 2 special ones for the "gate". Back later. Frank
  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 you intend to use) to the shape you want. This piece can still be hollowed out inside if you wish to show some access to below deck and window openings are easily scooped out with Dremel bits. What you are aiming for, as I see it, is just a slightly larger version of the cabin roof I shaped for my Dragon. I know this isn't what you asked for but I know I couldn't assemble a (relatively) small cabin structure from frames and planks and have it look elegant at the end. Hope you have a great holiday. Frank
  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. Mark Good to hear about the cannons! Can you tell me how you did it? Frank
  11. 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 tools. My old chisel collection ... actually carving tools. I've said earlier that I salvaged a chuck out of a hand drill and it's great for getting small pieces away from the dangerous 3-jaws of the big one. Here's a winch (ex-Exacto handle) in progress ... See ... it CAN be done. OK, feel free to ask any questions. Good luck. Frank
  12. 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
  13. 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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