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  • Birthday 01/21/1949

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  1. Sincere thanks for the incredible responses. I should have waited but had an idea and proceeded. I have some clear 'Gorilla' tape which I lightly applied to the keel. This type of tape is thicker than usual. I used a sharp blade and traced a line, moved the cut tape to some heavy paper and cut again. I had a good copy, placed the paper against the keel and with a sharp pencil copied the line. Repeat process and mission accomplished. I do want to thank everyone Chuck
  2. Good day, I am starting to work on a model of a schooner. On one side of the keel is a printed set of lines indicating rabbit lines, placement of other parts and information of this sort. How can I accurately transfer this information to the reverse side of the keel which is blank? TIA
  3. I packed all my Connie plans since I'm moving but if you look closley at the pic you send me, you can see how I screwed up. I measured all the shroud downhauls and many were incorrectly marked so that after I cut the gunports, properly installed shroud downhauls would block a canon port. It was way too late to fix such a blunder so I installed the shrouds with no downhauls!!  step back and make suer each shroud can have a downhaul and not block a gunport

    1. achuck49


      Enjoy your move (bad joke).


      I believe that I have a battle plan. 


      Will it survive first contact?




    2. HIPEXEC
  4. Good morning I am working on the same version of the Constitution. The instructions tell me to "follow the elevation drawing", and mark gun ports. Where are these drawings? Thanks Chuck
  5. A couple of more questions. Example only I have fastened a block to a 'rope' that is 8" long. I put the block in the alligator clamp, but how do l handle the other 8"??? If I use a second clamp then the excessive rope winds and it gets twisted into a mess. So confused
  6. A couple of more questions. Example only I have fastened a block to a 'rope' that is 8" long. I put the block in the alligator clamp, but how do l handle the other 8"??? If I use a second clamp then the excessive rope winds and it gets twisted into a mess. So confused
  7. I am bidding on this model now and am reviewing your log with interest. Why didn't you plank the deck before installing the bullworks?
  8. Good morning, 


    I have read your tutorial concerning proportional dividers at least a dozen times.  1.  When on some models, there will be a curve to the deck that will cause the center of the deck to be lower than the ends.  How do I handle this?


    2.  Should I ignore deadwood areas?  Is there a way to handle this situation?


    Thank-you for taking the time to help out.



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    2. achuck49


      I appreciate your rapid response. 


      In two or three days I will begin assembling the hull on the Dallas.  I will follow your instructions. 

      Am I correct in the belief that the measurement begin with a straight strange?


      Thanks for your time 



    3. mikiek


      Chuck - for measuring the frame edges the best method is also the hardest. You'll need to mark where the top edge of the upper most plank will be. Do this on each frame. Then mark where the bottom edge of the bottom most plank will be. This might be a frame or it could be deadwood depending on your build and where the bands end.


      Next you need to measure the between the upper and lower mark on each frame. I take a piece of string, put one end on the frame edge at your top mark then run the string down, following the edge, to the lower mark. Do something to notate the bottom spot on the string. Then take the string and stretch it out and measure the distance. Do this for each frame. Note doing this eliminates some (but not all) of the curvature error. Someone the other day used tape instead of string to do this. That might be a good idea just make sure whatever you use stays flush with the frame edge. It's important to get an accurate read for this.


      Once you have the total distance for each frame edge, divide that number by the number of bands and you get the width of a band for each frame. If you used tape, you can mark the bands on the tape, put the tape back on the frame edges and then mark the edges. What you want to end up with is something like this



    4. achuck49




      Will leave you alone tonight 


      Thanks  so much

  9. Good Afternoon, S In a week or two I plan on building a plastic paddle wheel model. I believe that this is the correct order for painting wash all of the parts in something like Dawn dish soap spray primer over everything remove pieces as necessary, assemble, and then paint. Have I got it right??? Should I paint the parts while still attached to the (forgot the word) large collection of parts, then assemble? Is enamel paint better/same/worse then acrylic? Should I get a bunch of rattle cans containing the appropri
  10. Thanks for the information. It is incredible that they could do this without a chain saw. Chuck A
  11. According to a Wikipedia article... Niagara was constructed from 1812 to 1813 to protect the vulnerable American coastline on Lake Erie from the British and played a pivotal role in the battle for the lake. Along with most warships that served in the war, Niagara was sunk for preservation on Presque Isle in 1820. Raised in 1913, it was rebuilt for the centennial of the Battle of Lake Erie. I would never have thought that a ship this size could have been built in one year given the conditions of the time. Chuck A
  12. How long would it take to build this type of ship given the conditions? Chuck A
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