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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. Your work is an inspiration for those of us who have little patience for rigging. When in port if the sails were unbent would these lines have been handled in a similar manner? There's always the guestion of how to handle the running rigging when sails are not included on the model.
  2. That bow view looks spot on Ben. Well done! That aft second strake above the wales looks like it was a doozie to make.
  3. Well done, Keith. I Imagine there are a lot of plastic ship modelers gritting their teeth and saying "wood...that's not fair"!
  4. Sweet work, Chuck! Those laser cut window patterns do a great job in establishing a nice smooth run of stern lights. I'm intrigued by the tafferel with side lights lying on the base. Was this an earlier attempt to frame the area or is it to be applied over the work you just completed?
  5. Nicely framed, Chuck. I look forward to your usual excellent planking job. Have you ever considered a varnished finish like so many Navy Board models had? The finish holds up even after centuries.
  6. Thanks for the kind words. I am just about ready to turn the model over to David, who will provide and extensively document the carvings on Speedwell. We are toying with the idea of making castings of the carvings available so that builders of the model who lack this skill (like me) may have another option. While David is handling that I will be preparing masts and spars and will commence rigging once the carvings are finished. There is just enough rigging on her to be interesting without being boringly repetitive (no disrespect, Ed). A 2019 publication date may be a tad optimistic as my job leaves little time fo ship model making these days but here are a couple of updated photos. She has a sweet hull doesn't she?
  7. If I'm not mistaken the Bellona model depicts it in it's launching cradle. You've a lovely model Kevin and quite frankly I think it would be best displayed on pedestals or cradle within a simple case.
  8. The best looking cannons I've seen are made by CNC, at a very high rate. Can't add the touch hole details or monogram but the barrels are perfect with incredibly delicate astragals and reinforcing rings.
  9. Awesome work, Mark. The only thing that would make it better is if you were to take higher resolution photos so that we might better enjoy all the fine details you incorporate.
  10. Very nice video, Kevin. If you flood the threaded hole to receive the bolt with super glue it hardens it and makes it less likely to be stripped after repeated use.
  11. Just be aware that the blackened brass colored surface may not stand up to being hammered in place. But if you pre-drill the hole and gently push the pin into place you may preserve the finish. Those track fixing pins are designed to be nailed in so their surface finish may stand up to hammering.
  12. Admiralty Models Carving Workshop May 25 and 26, 2019 David Antscherl will present a two-day, hands-on workshop in miniature carving techniques for ship modelers. This will run on the weekend of May 26 in the picturesque and historic Niagara area of Ontario. The location is The Riverbrink Art Museum in the village of Queenston on the bank of the Niagara River, which figured prominently in the War of 1812. The first day will cover additive methods using modeling clay. The second day will cover subtractive methods using edge tools. Most materials will be supplied. A list of things to bring will be sent to registered participants. Consider staying a few days in the area. Visit Niagara Falls, Niagara on the Lake, the wineries and micro-breweries and the spectacular landscape of the Niagara Escarpment. Toronto and the Thomson Collection of ship models is about 1½ hours’ drive away. There are many hotels and B and B’s in the Niagara on the Lake, as well as in Niagara Falls. However, early booking is recommended, as this is the beginning of the high season. Early registration is also recommended, as space is limited. Cost will be US$275.00. Payment via PayPal to dvm27@comcast.net.
  13. Do any of our French members know if M. Frolich is still building his beautiful models. Haven't seen anything from him since his book.
  14. Great video, Kevin. Two suggestions to improve my version. Replace those bolts with threaded knurled thumb screws and place brass washers where the bolts enter the jig as the constant tightening and loosening of the screws can deform the wood. It'll speed up the process considerably.

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