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  1. Agree with Druxey about the muzzle flare. You should spend some time experimenting with finishing brass. It's very easy to remove scratches with progressively fine emery cloth or files then steel wool.
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    Gus was a rescue cat brought to me for euthanasia due to an intractable respiratory condition. He was a nice cat so they let me keep him. Nothing I did cured him but I didn't feel he was suffering so I just kept him in my office. A month later he recovered (no thanks to me) and adopted the odd behavior of perching on the top of my chair. Five years later he is now my permanent headrest.
  3. Very nice work, Kevin!. Hope that package reaches you soon. Just a couple of observations: Always remove the tightening bars from the mill or lathe as soon as the jaws are locked. I speak from experience! When drilling brass, especially a convex surface, use a center drill to start the hole. It will not deflect like a drill bit or even a burr. Probably easier to make those trucks by inserting the blank into the headstock. Let it protrude only an inch or so. Drill the truck holes from the tailstock then part off the truck. Keep feeding additional stock from t
  4. There's a great link on their site to a series of videos on the renovation of La Musee de la Marine. Some fabulous scenes of the models and the Napoleonic barge. This was one of my favorite maritime museums in the world and I fear many of the models will not be included when the Museum reopens. Perhaps Welfalck would know better.
  5. I suspect many members of this group would have difficulty fielding four human hairs, Alan! As for me I had no doubt that Druxey would be able to recover. When he said "this will take a little time to repair" I'll bet many were thinking days. Of course it turned out to be only a few hours in Druxey time.
  6. I like your version better Chuck. The POF side may be more technically challenging but is not as aesthetically pleasing to the eye as your interpretation.
  7. That curved transom plank could not have been easy! It bends in so many different planes. Seems it would be difficult to edge set. Was it spiled?
  8. Not so much sharp eyes as been there before. Cutting the rudder hole opening and filing it out to the correct size with all the angles involved is nerve wracking. I too took the "close enough" approach on my Swan class model.
  9. Pear really is a beautiful wood, Rusty. It was used in contemporary ship models a lot more than we think about. Just curious about the size of the rudder opening. Seems a bit small (in the photo view). If your rudder were functional would you be able to swing it to it's proper angle?
  10. In addition to what Druxey has said always gently try to pry apart a joint. Start at an edge and insert the side of a hobby knife. Once you see some daylight you can add some more isopropyl, wait a few minutes then gently pry apart.
  11. Well some old time modelers did it that way but this model of Minerve shows the builder took the easier path.
  12. As Druxey has pointed you you have definitely gone the more difficult route in making those fenders. Cutting the negative shape of the moldings into the fenders is extremely challenging. Excellent work! I wonder which method was used during actual construction of the ship?
  13. Regrettably, the only remaining hobby shop I have access to is the chain Hobby Lobby and they carry few, if any, wooden ship models. It would appear that RC models are the present and future. Gone are the halcyon days of my youth where I could peruse hundreds of ship model fittings in my local hobby store then later Bliss Marine. If we don't support internet ship model shops then they'll be next to disappear.
  14. Very nice woodworking, Don. I'm a bit concerned about the first two frames of the forebody in post #24. It doesn't look as if the heel of the frames is seating anywhere near the rabbet. Or is that an optical illusion. Will there be sufficient wood to fair them into the frames adjacent to them?
  15. Perfection, Druxey. Is there a point during the planking process where you'd feel comfortable lifting the boat off the mold?
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