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  1. Please forgive my ignorance but I need a little hand holding here. Back to my original question and your response. Per your suggestion I went to each of the topics I am interested in and indicated "following" with no notifications. When at the home page. exactly what steps should I be taking to only show those topics I am following. When I click on "content I follow" on the upper right it takes me to a page titled "Content I follow" and says showing all content I follow, but it shows only content where I have posted since the conv
  2. Is there some way to control which topics are shown when using the activity feature? I tried to select the topics I am interested in however that does not seem to work, and if it does it appears that I have to make the selections every time I log in.. To clarify, there are many topics that I am not interested in and would prefer not seeing those whenever I click on unread content. I was able to do that somehow with the old system but cannot determine how to do it with the new system. Thanks, Paul
  3. Try this on EBAY http://www.ebay.com/itm/Center-Finder-No-800-2875-Robert-Larson-/152051780497
  4. In my humble opinion, if you are going to call it a wooden ship model, those elements that would be made of wood on a real ship, should be made of wood. Non wood ship elements, I'm not sure it really makes any difference unless you're building it for a museum. Paul
  5. I do exactly what Dave described using only CA and do not recall ever having an eyebolt come loose.
  6. For future reference. I have successfully used Chartpak tape 1/16 wide for water lines on past builds. You can get the tape in art or office supply stores as well as on-line in different colors and widths. You can also use automotive pin stripe tape available in most major auto parts stores. After applying the tape I covered it with clear matte acrylic poly to protect it and insure it would not peel off in the future. Just to clarify, I did not paint a water line. The tape becomes the waterline.
  7. One Suggestion. 1. Find a piece of square stock the correct size. 2. Cut the mast where the square section should be. 3. Drill holes about 1/2" deep into the center of both the square stock and the mast. 4. Insert a tight fitting dowel into the holes in both the square stock and the mast and glue it all together. I never tried it, but it seems as if it would work. I agree with you, squaring the round dowel can be a challenge to keep it uniform and straight.
  8. Michael101, You are doing an excellent job on your ship. Keep up the good work.
  9. I prefer to use Aleene's Original Tacky Glue. I find it has less moisture content than my Elmer's Wood Glue. I also use limited amounts of Super glue when necessary. No matter what glue you are using, experience has shown me that less is more, use the glue sparingly.
  10. I rely on gel stains which do not require any pre-stain conditioner. I actually thought that pre-conditioners do the exact opposite of what you suggest in that they close the pores to allow an even distribution of the stain in the wood. I suppose flooding the wood with water as you do would have a similar effect.
  11. I agree with both replies. I personally use Elmers wood filler as well as DAP spackling compound, I have also used Bondo putty from the automotive store. One note on using filler you make with PVA and sawdust. If you intend to stain the area you will not get very good results. When dried, the PVA will prevent the stain from being absorbed into the wood fibers resulting in a blotchy finish. However, you said you do not intend to do that so there should be no problems.
  12. I believe I have found a solution to this problem. I carefully took the mass of line and formed it into a large circle trying not to pull tight on any loose pieces. I placed that wad of line loosely over a toilet paper tube and determined which end was on the outside of the wad. I carefully unwound the line, trying not to tug, from the toilet paper roll while my wife wrapped it tightly around another piece of cardboard. It took only a few minutes to get the line onto the piece of cardboard, you can use any type of spool large enough to hold the line. Now I can unwind it as needed
  13. It would seem that you could use acetone to thin CA. I use acetone to remove excess CA as well as for getting it off of my fingers. I have never tried it, but have read that card/paper modelers use thinned CA to treat edges prior to sanding. After some further research I have found that using acetone will thin the CA but it will also decrease it's strength. It is best to purchase manufactured thin CA in order to retain it's holding power. Further, as has been suggested, if your CA becomes thick, add some fresh CA to thin it. I actually avoid using CA unless it is absolutely nec
  14. I agree with Antony 100%. Your battleship will not be very stealthy out in the ocean if you have lots of reflective surfaces.
  15. I use carpenters glue (PVA). To keep the plank in place while the glue dries, I place a very small drop (about the size of a pin) of Super Glue (CA) on each end before placing the plank on the deck. I then rub my electric plank bender over the plank a few times to heat up the plank and accelerate the drying of the PVA. It's the same technique I use for planking the hull.
  16. Whichever tool you select, I suggest you get one that is NOT battery operated. The re-chargeable Dremel I was given for Christmas was just about useless. It lacked torque and the charge went away very quickly. Although it was given to me to replace my 20 year old Dremel that finally bit the dust, I got so frustrated using it I bought a new plug-in model. I got the cheapest model and use my soldering iron rheostat to control the speed. Any of these tools will become invaluable for your modeling as well as for use around the house.
  17. I successfully used chart pack tape, available in hobby, craft, artist, and office supply stores, over 25 years ago to put the waterline on my Bluenose II. It comes in lots of colors and widths as small as 1/64, just search "chartpak tape" for sources. I did cover it with clear matte varnish, as well as the rest of the hull, and it has not come loose. I think It is considerably easier to apply than trying to paint a stripe.
  18. I have been using my electric plank bender for over 20 years and would be lost without it. I did buy a solid state soldering iron control unit to be able to adjust the temperature. Over time i have accumulated a number of forms I use to control the shape and I have also managed to burn myself a number of times. Not only do I use it for bending, it is quite useful as an aid for setting the PVA glue quicker. For example, when planking, I will use soak the plank and use the bender and forms to approximate the shape I want. I then coat the back of the plank with PVA as well as place some
  19. Do what Dave said. I go one step further and use a gel stain which does not really get absorbed into the wood as much as a liquid stain. Almost like putting a layer of paint on and it is much easier to control.
  20. HOF, You might want to try to go through the shrouds rather than going around and trying to tie a knot. Let me explain. In one of the many model ship building books I have read I do remember one of the authors making two points about ratlines. First is that you should use the smallest diameter thread you can find for them and second was that no matter what size thread you use, or what type of knots you tie, your knots will be way too large for scale. To address the knot issue he suggests you use a needle and sew the the ratline through the center of the shroud, gluing them in place
  21. Mike, You get significantly more strength by laminating wood in a cross grain fashion than by using a single piece. Mark, I would allow at least 24 hours for the glue to dry. Probably longer because the glass will not allow for good air circulation to promote drying. Why not use contact cement. If the wood is not absolutely flat to start with you will need to clamp it, otherwise a j-roller will probably suffice. Apply contact cement on both sides, allow to dry, place toothpicks or a few layers of paper strips on one of the glued surfaces, place the other side on top (glue si
  22. I have done it both ways and found it much easier to shape the plank for the entire length. As was also pointed out, the width of the planks supplied in kits is not very consistent and when applying subsequent rows of planks cut to scale length it required constant adjustment in order to get a smooth line without gaps. I agree with Chuck, score the planks to scale to simulate the length.
  23. Great answers. I have used both wooden dowels and brass rods with similar results. I definitely suggest you use epoxy as the adhesive, CA did not hold well when the joints were stressed. You can drill into the top rail from the bottom up, not breaking through the upper surface, and be left with a blind joint, no visible hole. You will also face this issue when attaching any pin rails in that you will probably want to reinforce them for the same reasons.
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