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  • Birthday 12/25/1949

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    Madison, WI
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    Previously an avid golfer, swimmer, woodworker, and modeler. Since 2011 restricted to modeling/woodworking in wheelchair.

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  1. We seem to have had an eventful time here this week. One school had to be evacuated due to a maintenance worker mixing the wrong chemicals for cleaning. A private jet had to make an unscheduled landing on one wheel. There were a couple of fatal traffic accidents and numerous other bad news incidents. The weather hasn’t been very pleasant either, with temperatures in the 90’s and oppressive humidity to go with it. Then to make matters worse, at 7:40 AM Friday, Madison Gas & Electric had an explosion that sent a fireball 150 in the air and a fire at their main power center downtown. Then a short time later they had another fire at the UW Campus substation. Between the two of them over 11,000 people lost power for most of the day. The Kohl center and several other public buildings had to open up as cooling shelters for the people that lost their air conditioning. Most of the city, county, and state government offices had to close down as their computer systems went down and the buildings don’t even have opening windows. We have also had several days of severe thunderstorms rolling through with heavy rains. (5 1/3” since Thursday) On Saturday afternoon while I was cutting back our damaged burning bush, a brief but powerful thunderstorm rolled in that had some hail and heavy winds. While I was wheeling into my office a big gust shook the house and snapped the base this large 60 foot double trunk-ed box elder tree that sat right next to the deck on the back of our house. Luckily I’ve had it trimmed back several times previously to hopefully control the direction of its’ fall away from the house if it were to come down in a storm. For once planning ahead paid off, as it fell neatly parallel to the house and didn’t even bring down the rock retaining wall along the deck. Apparently a portion of the tree came down on the street behind our house and partially blocked it to traffic. The city maintenance department was quickly dispatched by the police that came upon it right after it came down to cut up the limbs. From our vantage point we weren’t even aware of the problem until the crew came up to the deck to tell us what they were doing. We have another box elder tree along the street that was also damaged by the fall of tree by the house as you can see here. Although the remaining trunk portion of our tree that came down is still standing, it’s probably going to have to be removed also. So, all things considered it looks like another grand or so will soon be vacating our pocketbook to clean everything up. The tremendous amount of shade that we have enjoyed from this tree will be greatly missed. However, the lawn will appreciate the extra sunshine and may even sprout some grass. The deck that has had a lot of problems with mold and mildew since it always seemed to be damp, may finally be able to completely dry out. The storms have been wreaking havoc throughout the local area lately and consequently the tree trimmers are swamped with work. Finding anyone to do the work may take some time. For now modeling, once again, gets put on the back burner as I try to get this taken care of. All things considered though, things could have been worse for us. While the loss of our tree is somewhat of a hardship for us, I can’t help feeling bad for the three robin nests that went down with it. Right after the tree went down, I noticed the adult Robins with their mouths full of food for the young ones flying frantically around looking for their families. As their young ones were too young to fly yet, I think they may all have met with a tragic end. While I realize that it’s just a part of nature, with my natural affinity for birds, I can’t help but feel sympathy for them.
  2. The Mummers Dance - Canadian Celtic singer Loreena McKennitt (Book Of Secrets album) 1997
  3. Runnin' With The Devil - Van Halen (Van Halen album) 1978 David Lee Roth really owns this one!
  4. I looked for other magazine articles on whaling ships after mentioning the ones above and came up with a few more. -Model Ship Builder magazine Jan/Feb 1981 issue has an extensive article by Jim Roberts titled Masting And Rigging The Whaling Brig Kate Cory. -Model Ship Builder Mar/Apr 1981 also by Jim Roberts covering hull and deck details for the Kate Cory. -Ships-In-Scale Jan/Feb 1986 by Robert Evans on modeling try works. -S-I-S also Jan/Feb 1886 by Jim Roberts on misc. features of whalers. -S-I-S Mar/Apr 1986 - May/Jun 1989 by Robert Evans on modeling the whaler Charles W, Morgan. - S-I-S May/Jun - Sep/Oct 1985 by James Adair also on modeling the C.W.M. And don't forget all the build logs on various whalers in MSWs forums.
  5. Half Heaven, Half Heartache - Gene Pitney (Only Love Can Break A Heart album) 1962
  6. Breaking Apart - Chris Isaak (duet w/ Trisha Yearwood) (Mister Lucky album) 2009 This was his tenth studio album. (I think he sounds like a cross between Elvis and Roy Orbison)
  7. I have heard mentioned on this forum that a mixture of salt and vinegar can be applied and once aged should be sealed with varnish. (I think it was mentioned in the Syren build log by Dubz.) Another one that comes to mind is the application of sun tan oil and being placed in direct sunlight. This one was also sealed with varnish once you get the effect you want. I think both methods are done once the plates are applied.
  8. According to the manufacturers, they are left thick to protect them from being broken when packaged or shipped. The stern is also done that way for the same reason.
  9. Love Will Keep Us Alive - The Eagles (Hell Freezes Over album) 1994 This was from their Hell Freezes Over tour. (apparently it really got cold down there)
  10. I have tried both methods and as I am currently building the Phantom, I am of the opinion that they should be taken off. I took it one step farther, by carving the additional thickness of the planking off of that portion of the hull above the coppered bottom. (There was no reason to carve and re-plank below the coppered area as it will be covered anyway.) Then I notched the hull for the stanchions to give me something to apply the planked bulwarks to. (This also makes it easier to put the scuppers in.) The only thing that I would do different would be to put a very slight bevel to edge of the planks, as once the hull is painted it is very hard to discern the individual planks. If you have access to old issues of Seaways Ships-In-Scale magazine in the May/June 1992 issue, there is a description of a process similar to my method used by Robert Evans on building your MS Kate Cory kit. There is also an article on building the Mary Taylor by Clare Hess in the same magazine from the March/April through July/August 2013 issues using a similar method.
  11. Born In The U.S.A. - Bruce Springsteen (Born In The U.S.A. album) 1984
  12. How about a few updates here? When I say "the other day", I could be referring to anytime between yesterday and ten or fifteen years ago. I run like the winded! Sixty may be the new forty, but 9:00 is the new midnight. I don't really mean to interrupt people; I just randomly remember or notice things, get really excited and blurt them out. (The admiral claims that this one fits me to a T.) When someone asks me what I did over the weekend, I squint and ask, “Why. What did you hear??” The older I get, the earlier it gets late. It’s the start of a brand new day, and I’m off like a herd of turtles.
  13. OK guys and gals, as you can see the coffers are really getting low now, so I think it’s time to break the piggy banks and invest a little money in our hobby. That is if you don’t want our forum to go the way of so many other modeling clubs that have vanished. I recently joined the NRG to get the printed copy of the journal to fill the void left by the loss of Ships-In-Scale magazine and help to keep MSW going. For me that worked out to be an investment of just over $4.16 a month, which incidentally is less than SIS cost me before. I know that we’ve all blown more money than that on other things that are not as near and dear to us. Where else can we get help for our projects from a worldwide network of modelers who share our passion for this hobby of ours? I know that my modeling skills have noticeably improved by seeing how others have handled the same problems that I have encountered or had questions answered that I put out there myself. We get reviews of tools, plans, books, kits, building products and suppliers by our members. These are non-biased reviews by people with nothing to gain other than to help us all make decisions on what items we might want to spend our money on. That alone can save us from wasting money on items promoted by people that are just paid to feed us with information that is often intentionally misleading or just plain false. I, for one, would really hate to see this great resource of ours fade away because I didn’t invest such a small amount of money. So, it’s about time for us all to think about shelling out a little money here to help keep our organization afloat.
  14. Back On The Chain Gang - The Pretenders (Learning To Crawl album) 1982 This was actually the very first CD that I received along with a CD player for X-mas. (Ed, just add it to your spellcheck dictionary and viola, it's a word!)

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