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About dvm27

  • Birthday 04/05/1954

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    17th and 18th century naval architecture

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  1. I believe Chris is correct. Our Doris is quite famous worldwide. There are so many ship model forums throughout the world with unbelievably talented model makers. Doris can't possibly post to them all!
  2. It's been awhile since we've had an update from Doris. If anyone follows her on a different forum please send her a PM saying we miss her!
  3. Just a brief correction. His wife is still alive and living with their daughter. She does suffer from Alzheimer's disease. His website and lifetime of work will be kept alive by a good friend.
  4. Personally, I like the Minerva look of the natural shingles. The painted version clashes a bit with the background frieze color in my opinion while the natural shingles complement the lower finishing piece. But you know what they say about opinions... Have a great time in New Orleans. You may more closely resemble that Chuck figurine after a few days of Louisiana cuisine!
  5. Here's another view of that area. Grant Walker gave me a CD of hi-res photos of the model. Note the crazy lime green color of the interior. I also note the molding ends are beautifully shaped to reflect the profile. I wonder if they were left short intentionally or an upper carving might have been lost? I've seen contemporary models with the blue frieze, slate gray shingles, white fluted columns and red windows (matching the port linings). It's a striking combination! So many choices...
  6. I have used it Mike. But I found it difficult to use with a tapered round as most masts are. Just to much work to keep adjusting the holders to the different widths. In addition, the diameter of some spars was smaller than the smallest retaining diameter of the steady rest. I have had success using my gloved finger as a steady rest. It follows the opposite side of the piece, applying steady pressure during the cutting operation. Takes some practice to prevent over deflection but it's really not too difficult. But I have gone through a couple cheap pairs of work gloves! My current model Speedwell has some challenging masts. The main mast starts as a tapering octagonal, proceeds to tapering round then ends up square at the mastheads. Not a shape readily amenable to the lathe.
  7. Nobody loves the Sherline lathe more than me but for masts and spars I believe it's easier and more accurate to do them the old fashioned way. Most masts and yards on naval vessels were not round over their entire length (octagonal yard centers and square mastheads). Besides, the problem of deflection is significant especially over a long fitting like the lower mast. Starting with square stock then proceeding to octagonal then round is simple, fast and fun. The process is well described in David Antscherl's Vol. 4 of The Fully Framed Model.
  8. Not 100% sure I understand the entire process but you have excellent jewelry skills in addition to your woodworking abilities. I especially appreciated the hi-resolution video on a large screen television.
  9. Happy to hear that, Chris. Mine leaves a perfectly smooth surface, finer than the 180 grit papered disc sander. See if you et the same result on another hardwood.
  10. Chris, the cutting edge of the blade should be flush with the fore edge of the piece holding it in place. Should be a continuous angle from edge of cutter to holder. Photo should make it clear. The cutting edge protrudes about 4 mm from the holding piece. Hope this does it for you!
  11. Chris - have you tried the Proxxon service center? They were responsive to a previous service issue: https://www.proxxon.com/us/service/technical_request.php. If they can't help let me know and I'll photograph the blade positions. They're also reversible so, technically, you can just reverse them.
  12. Sorry, Chris, can't help. I have my new blades but was holding off changing them because of the problems you're having. Hope you get your planer back to spec!
  13. Personally, I think it would be awesome for Chuck's figure to be seated on the seats of ease, holding a miniature set of plans. Imagine future historians peering through the lights and trying to make sense of that one!
  14. It seems the Gallery section of this forum is often overlooked (at least by me). I would encourage you to visit the work of Dmitry Babichev. These are amongst the finest models I've seen on this website. I only wish he had build logs of these.
  15. Very nice result! I wonder if you could pressure wash the char off those windows without breaking them? Sorry about the fretwork. Makes it all the more impressive that model shipwrights did those 300 years ago with a jewelers saw and files!

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