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  • Birthday 10/17/1951

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  1. Thanks guys - I was going to use an even smaller bit,but a #78 was the smallest my pin vise would grip tightly. Also,some of the planks did not fit together as tightly as I wanted due to some of them having rough or splintery edges. Spent a lot of time sanding the edges,but that was a little difficult to do with the planks being only 3mm wide. Mark
  2. Another little update - the upper deck is now planked. I used a pencil on the edges of the planks to darken them,then a #78 drill bit was used to make a small indentation to simulate treenails. The deck was then scraped & sanded & a coat of poly applied. The treenails can`t be seen at arm`s length,but show in the close-up - just what I was aiming for. Mark
  3. Yes,it is frustrating,considering the price & size of the kit. You are making a good go of it,though! It tested my patience more than once. Mark
  4. Just one last word about the Lotus. We used to have one come into the Toyota dealership where I worked - it had a 4 cyl. Toyota engine in it! Mark
  5. Yep,it`s all going together pretty well. I should be further along than I am - just taking my time trying not to mess anything up. Speaking of messing things up,I just noticed I didn`t make the mouldings on the upper part of the hull properly - they should have a profile instead of being just flat planks. It`s pointed out on the plan sheet with the paint schemes,so I guess I can chalk it up to not paying enough attention to the plans. It would have been much easier to have seen that if it was put on the main hull profile plan sheet,though. The good thing is,it`s hardly noticeable with
  6. Hi - not a lot to show this time. The upper false deck has been glued in place along with the beams & marked off for a 4 butt shift for the planking. The screen bulkhead was also assembled & glued in place. The instructions say to add the margin planks next,but they are not shown on the plans so I will just add them as I see fit. The columns on the bulkhead will be added after the deck is planked. I had to file a small notch in the second beam from the front to clear the capstan,which was a touch high after adding the platform under it - won`t be seen after the ship`s boats are i
  7. They had some early models that had a 2 cycle engine,but that was before my time. I was referring to cars from the late 70`s into the 80`s (the 900 series). Everything I worked on during that time period had a 4 cylinder engine - many of them turbocharged. I worked on them from the early 80`s until 2013 & only saw two 4 cyl. engine failures. In the mid-90`s GM decided to put a poorly designed V6 in many of them - bad decision! Mark
  8. Yes,the Toyota`s were pretty good,but the strongest cars I worked on were SAAB`s. You could literally not wear them out. Had a dealer take one that had a few hundred-thousand miles on it & tied the gas pedal to the floor,started it,& walked away. Several hours later it ran out of gas. They re-filled the tank & it still started & ran fine. If you remember those SAAB-Barber mini Indy cars,the engines were taken off the assembly line in Sweden & put into the cars with no modifications other than a dry sump oiling system & increased turbo boost. They never had an engine
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