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GDM67

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About GDM67

  • Birthday April 25

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    Camarillo, CA
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    Muscle cars, HO Railroading

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  1. Tiz, I echo everyones comments to the max. What is your process for obtaining such a high-quality finish on each individual piece? Sandpaper, scrapper, both? I welcome your elaborating on how you attack each piece and then your assembly process. Your wood is of such high quality, do you pre-select and mill it yourself? Looks like Swiss Pear, but better. What type of finish are you using? Thanks, Gary
  2. Hi Dave, Great start. I have been eyeing this one for something different. I will follow along with interest. On a separate note, I see that you have the Rattler planned for a future build. I did this one several years ago using the Lauck Street Kit Bash. If you are interested, I have many insights on that one. Overall, it was an excellent practicum, but there are some things I would do differently a second time around. Looking forward to future posts. Gary
  3. Hi Tiz, I am late to the show on this one! Simply spectacular work. I find that detailing the inside of the hull to be difficult at best. You have accomplished it without flaw. I love the detailed photos of your journey and will continue to follow along. All the best, Gary
  4. Albert, your work is simply stunning. Its an inspiration for my own Naiad build. I really like the uprights you use at mid-ships to stabilize the structure. I will build a set as well. Best, Gary
  5. Again, thank you for all the kind words and likes to my post about my Mom. Today would have been her Birthday. 610 Hours into the journey. I think I am at the most fun part of the build yet! The installation of the ribbands has proved to be very therapeutic and enjoyable. After the ribbands are installed, I can now beginning to apply finish to those sections that are complete. I am using turpentine and wax as Ed recommends in his book. You have to be incredibly diligent and disciplined on what you finish because it will literally be finished after that - no glue will stick...
  6. Thank you for the likes and nice comments. 606 Hours into the build and I have completed the brass bolt installation on the hull. I wish I did not use CA glue when installing the bolts. The CA glue stains show through the wax and turpentine finish. I should have tested this off the model! This was not a problem when using oil based finishes on past ships. Perhaps I need to add a little more turpentine to the mix? Any ideas on how to solve this? After the bolts were installed, I sanded the entire hull with 150 - 220 - 400 grit and then steel wool. I focused on on
  7. Below is a picture of my mom and me in front of my Naiad taken several years ago. Sadly, my mom, Judith Milgram passed away several months ago. She was a great lady and a great mother! My mother was a professional artist and an inspiration for my modeling habits. I owe her a great thanks for instilling in me a love of crafts and modeling (although, I never got her painting gene... that went to my sister…). I will frame this photo and place it on my workbench. Here are a few bricks she painted for me upon my request many years ago. They sit on my desk at work. When I was a c
  8. Hi All, Its been a solid 7-8 months since I have posted and almost a year and a half since I worked on Naiad. Funny how these things go. 590 hours into the voyage and I have successfully tackled the Stern Transom. This was an extremely challenging area of the ship to model. One of my greatest takeaways was that no matter how precise you are, you should always leave a little meat on the bone when it comes to making parts from patterns. For some reason I cant help myself, I tend to cut the parts too close to the pattern lines. I have learned to love the scroll saw on
  9. Hi Albert, I have been away from my shipyard for a while, but am slowly returning to m own Naiad. Its really neat to see the progress on your Naiad. The carvings are exceptional as is the fit of each piece. I true pleasure to see. Gary
  10. I am late to the show on this one. I really enjoyed reading your log and seeing all the neat tips. Especially like those aluminum clamps. Outstanding work. Gary
  11. Hi Joe, if you have the space for 1:48, I say go for it. The plans have so much detail in them that you should be able to capture it nicely at that scale. Looking forward to your build. Reach out if you have questions. Ed - as for perching the ship on the railing of that deck... I got distracted and actually left it there for over an hour! Wont do that one again! It would have been a 20 foot drop to the woodpile below... Thanks for all the kind words and follows! G
  12. Hi All, Thanks all for the kind words and encouragement. Ed - I have to say, the times I didn't follow your advice are the times I sorely regretted it... Mike Y, you would be interested in the section of Ed's book around quality and setting a standard for your work. He gives some great thoughts on the subject that I am trying to live by. For instance - I will never drill a hole that I didn't first mark and pick. I think its human nature to cut corners at some points. I certainly have done that at times on this build and regret it. I am striving to make each piece as perfect
  13. Hi All, About 575 hours into the voyage of Naiad. I took this photo a while back, but never posted it. Thought I would do so today so as to keep the thread alive. These are the counter timbers and and various stern transoms. One of the things I learned is that for temporary spacers, use pine or other soft wood as Ed recommends. At various times, I used harder woods simply because of sizing. This proved to be difficult when removing. Just another of the many lessons learned. Now I just have to try and not repeat my mistakes... As discussed last week, I am at the point of final sanding
  14. Hi All, I am now 565 hours into the journey of Naiad over the last 16-months. Feeling good about where I am thus far. Since my last post, I have completed the gun ports on the p/s and have completed the sills on the s/b side. In this first photo, is my small cutting board clamped to the build board. Note the half cup in the far corner. This is screwed to the board and I insert the larger cup of water in it. I use the water to wash off excess glue. I was tired of spilling it all the time. Also, I mounted a pencil holder and caliper holder to each side of the build board. I
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