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Richard Griffith

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About Richard Griffith

  • Birthday 04/20/1949

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    Middletown, CT, USA
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    modeling sailing ships, from 1500 to 1850, trains, armor, WW1 airplanes and wooden toys, president CT Marine Model Club, member Mystic Seaport, member Mystic Seaport Ship Modelers club, member NRG

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  1. Hi Mark, fantastic work, very inspiring. For rope dyeing, you might consider getting a copy of "Valkenisse" by Rob Napier. On pages 156 to 158, he reports good results with Pro Chemical & Dye in Somerset, MA. He also outlined his method. BTW, his book is book is a treasure drove of tips and information. This is one of my 'go to' books. Duff
  2. Best wishes as you and Kathy rebuild your lives. My wife and I lost our home 5-17-2018 so we know how devastating that is. Hang in. Duff
  3. Bazzg, your scale dictates the size. 1/96 is also known as 1/8 inch to the foot. HMS Victory normally carried a range of different cannons (and carriages to match). Does this help?
  4. All the best, Mark. The wood is patient and so are you. As artists, we do have to tame our minds, to focus on our art. Your new project looks very interesting. Duff
  5. Hi Patrick, the diluted Tamiya paint will work well on the lines that are already rigged. Dilute it with rubbing alcohol about 1/3 alcohol. I had tried the Tamiya on lines before rigging them on the model but found the line too stiff, but found the Minwax{R} oil stains worked well. Duff
  6. I cannot recommend the tea treatment because of the tannen. Tannen will cause deteriation of the fibers. Instead, use an oil based stain, perhaps diluted 20% . Duff
  7. Spiced rum and bourbon are my favorite vices...………….. You can make your own with hard wood and wing nuts to suit any configuration.
  8. Paul, the best small table saw is the Byrnes saw A small drill press is very useful, and a thickness sander can not be beat. Since you have a table saw, I recommend a quality drill press. Tool selection depends on your needs and building methods. Duff
  9. The short answer is YES. The preceding comments are all valid. Also, power tools as a rule make the job go faster and in many cases more accurate, but that is only after you spend lots of money to get them, and then spend lots of time learning how to safely operate them. Very find models are made without them, but as Chris says, a Dremel is very useful because you need to drill lots of holes. Good luck and have fun~! Duff
  10. Joshua, thx for getting the books into the mail.

    BTW, the April boat show is well worth the ticket price, as it includes a continental breakfast, a superior buffet, access to the table top demos and more.    Check it out at our website - ctshipmodelers.org.         Duff 

    1. Azzoun


      I'm going, been there the last two years.  

  11. Beautiful workmanship, Kortes. I think the gerbel is your secret weapon..... What have you used for the black seams in the deck? Duff
  12. Way to go Mark~! This hobby is a great therapy and we are 100% with you...…...Duff

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