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  1. Do the plans have the NMM style inside the planking Body plan, Profile, and Waterline sheets? Is the scale 1:48?
  2. In this situation, I would hold the money until I progressed in a build to a place where a specific tool is needed and then buy it. If you have a large budget - buying tools on spec, or collecting anything that could possibly be of use, is a no risk, no hardship behavior. If the expenditure has an effect, that is not a sustainable aspect.
  3. Parts of Eastern Kentucky: it's pronounced hits tower = tar (longer a) tire = tar ice = eyes a seemingly insurmountable one in a different community escape = X cape
  4. Will it scale well, or does it neon flash its presence? Does it scale well? If it has closed pores and an indistinct variation between Spring and Summer rings? If to your eye, a cut and fine sanded surface would show well on a model, it would be a waste to hide it as a carved hull - if it is difficult to source. If if fails these tests, then carving a hull using it would work, if the Database is correct about its compatibility with wood glue. It is in the Lime, Spruce, Fir, White Pine, Aspen range of hardness. It should carve easily.
  5. The last picture = is likely a first rate or ship expected to be a flagship. The change is at an entry "door". Only the "plebs" would be using the steps above the door. There is even a wider step at the level of the upper gun deck for those who use the gun port at that level instead of climbing to the rail. The steps for the fat old men (flag oficiers) are wider and more uniform.
  6. Building codes specify stairs have specific height and depth ratios - I think our brains quickly adapt to and expect a rhythm when climbing a manufactured apparatus. The "bulge" at a wale would be easier to adapt to than a difference in step depth or distance between steps. Since most vessels had significant tumble home, the body contact with the higher steps would signal where a foot should go.
  7. Amazon sells as an example yros 45-21270 High Speed Steel Wire Gauge Drill Bit No.70 #12 full range of wire gauge - not seeing metric
  8. The plans in HIC books are for sale from The Smithsonian. For the Antebellum USN many/most of the vessels designed as schooners or brigantines were rigged as brigs. The rig was a bit fluid. It appears to me that you could pick most any brig, brigantine, or 2 masted schooner hull plan and mast and rig it as a hermaphrodite brig. It would be helpful to give your model a fictional name, to avoid integrity problems.
  9. Painter and Paint Shop Pro will both import PDF images. For free I would put money on GIMP doing it.
  10. One way - use a draw/photo program that can open PDF files. A file with a legend printed on your home printer. Match the legend to a 1;48 architects ruler and adjust the scale of the file until the % adjustment needed to match is obtained. Except for a few components, a 8.5 x 14 sheet should reproduce most any part. I did the Body and needed to scale it up by 105% to match the 33'7" breadth. The profile 103% Horizontal and 104.8% Vertical to get the station intervals and heights to spec.
  11. Use of a primer with paint probably comes from full size practice. The first coat soaks in, uses a lot of paint, and leaves an incomplete surface. A primer came have a budget level cost and finish paint can be expensive. For large surfaces and a lot of paint, it saves money by using a primer. If you have a surplus of finish color, a separate primer has no savings advantage, so using the finish as primer will work. If the surface has a mold invasion, or it is a wood species with sap or rosin, a proper sealing primer is usually wise, it keeps the mold or sap from migrating to the surface over time. I wonder if the advise to use poly as a primer came from a source who thought a way was found to show up the traditional suggestions made by professionals in wood finishing. Polyurethane is a synthetic plastic, if you are not a moldy fig about using "modern" materials on a model, it seems to have been shown to have stability over time.
  12. Uh, guys.... docking charges, fuel, crew pay, just the dockside electricity, sewer, Kentucky has/had an unminned minerals tax. Coal, in the ground, been there 200 million years for more, could still be there for another 200 million years or more, if you own the rights to mine it, you are taxed on its value. The state can potentially make much more revenue if it stays in the ground. Like the yacht, you get forced to own it until the costs bankrupt you, then someone else has to own it. It would be one thing, if the yacht owner had invented cold fusion or something else unique, but to take the profit from what is a common resource for a whole population, and be able to squander it, just because some ancestor was the meanest sociopath in that population...... The thing is, it comes from a finite resource. Rather than waste the revenue, wiser it would be, to use it develop a sustainable situation for that population for when that income source is gone, or forbidden. It is capital to be invested, only the income from that capital, or better, the income from the income should be available to waste.
  13. Wearing a tie anywhere close to a lathe- really insane.
  14. MPJA sells a power supply for $17 3-12 volt selection range. Allows for a range of RPM.
  15. A long time traditional first coat is shellac. It is pretty much compatible with everything. It is cut 1:1 with alcohol for the first coat. As a final finish, it must be kept from water, Water turns it white. Many sand and sealer formulations are designed to be a primary base for open pore wood species - such as Oak, Willow, Ash, Walnut. It fills the pores and has a smooth surface for a final clear finish product. These are generally thick and leave a layer that is out of scale on a model. I prefer to avoid using wood species that have open pores - unless it is not visible. 0000 steel wool between coats, leaves "tooth" for the next coat to bind with. Just vacuum and tack rag to remove any steel fibers. They will rust and stain.

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