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  • Birthday 01/27/1967

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  1. When I was searching for threads of various sizes I had good luck at jewellery/craft stores - not pre-made jewellery but the 'make your own' places. They are also called Bead Shops as well. Couldn't always find the correct colour but that just meant some home modification. Hope this is of some help.
  2. Hey dafi, checking in on some build logs after my absence - I have to say, Holy Cow!!!! I am stunned and I also can't wait to see what happens next
  3. Completed Kit Bash of the Revell Cutty Sark - Oct. 01, 2009 to May 18, 2014.
  4. Thanks for the kind words and encouragement once again The display case is planned but I haven't really looked into it yet, soon though. And that's because this is my last post for this Build Log ... yes, it's finally 'done' in the sense that the work on the ship itself is as complete as planned. There's still the case as mentioned, plus little tweaks for the final appearance adjustments. But for now I'll just get on with the last photos. Fore Royal braces in place. Fore Topgallant braces. Fore Upper Tops'l braces. Fore Lower Tops'l braces loose fit before
  5. A Big Thank You to all of you for your kind words and encouragement And at the risk of sounding like a TV Commercial - It's All About Braces! Last post I ended with the beginnings of the mizzen braces being set up. Since that time I have been puttering away at it, a bit at a time, and remembering to take a few photos along the way. With that, here we go. We start with the mizzen Royal and Topgallant braces in place - view is from starboard. These next two are the start of the Mizzen Upper Topsail braces from both sides for perspective. And now the Mizzen Lower Tops
  6. I use two kind of liquid plastic cement, the regular and the super thin. For long seams like a hull I prepped the edges then clamped and ran the thin cement along the seam on Both sides (inside and out). After curing for 2 days I then ran a bead of 2 part long set epoxy along the inside seam for extra strength. Normally I don't take the extra step with the epoxy but my personal experience with plastic models has been, "The longer the seam the more likely the glue will fail eventually." I used to use excess 'sprue' from the parts trees to add reinforcement but the epoxy bead provides mor
  7. Thanks for all the kind words and thanks to Jim, Popeye and Sailor123 for your answers to my questions Advancing forward now, dealing with the occasional bout of disbelief and trying not to get impatient had resulted in some more work, go figure, lol. Here we go with a batch of progress photos. After all this time I have finally tied off the lines for the boat davits, which had been hanging loose. Here I applied the 'zero tension' strategy by dabbing diluted PVA into the blocks to lock the lines in such a way as to simulate tension. I chose to simply hang the rope coils off
  8. Thanks for the kind words and I'm still having a 'geek-gasm' over how quickly the old reflexes and data set have dropped back into their places. I believe I mentioned before that this new arrangement makes 'on deck' rigging a lot easier in terms of angles, approach and access ... enough so that I can now proclaim, "The Fore And Aft Running Rigging Is Complete!!" (cue marching band, cheerleaders and confetti, lol) But as with many things in life the completion of one stage leads to yet another, with the accompanying questions and pleas for advice - but that comes after the pictures
  9. Thanks again for the kind words and support, everyone. It certainly helps ease the struggle of trying to remember, recall and reinvigorate while trying to get the old brain to play along, lol. Something that occurred to me during this return process is that though I've been away from the build for months at a time, in the olden days of wind sail that span would be considered a medium duration at best. Sometimes ships and crews wouldn't return for years and along with the uncertainty of if they would return at all family and friends would simply hope for the best, and this was the normal s
  10. Glad to hear your recovery is proceeding and best wishes for a smooth and uneventful transition back to what you want to do
  11. I just realized that I neglected to thank everyone for their kind messages and good wishes - so an extra big Thank You to everyone for your support. When last we left I had completed the raised work area - this opens the door to the next bit of fun which is the rest of the big re-think of the workspace. The first bit of business was to move a shelf and re-purpose it. This was done at the Admiral's insistence, she didn't want the shelf where it was anymore so this worked for both of us. The shelves were open slat design so I laid some shelf liner to protect the wood and to close
  12. And so it begins ... (Long Post Warning ) After many weeks of thought, research, mulling and otherwise I have finally begun the process of converting the workspace into a form which is suitable for my altered physical requirements. I thought about posting this in another thread but the Build Log is my chronicle of my grand nautically related adventure and this is just another part of that, after all So - lower back issues which prevent me from long periods of sitting or contorting myself whilst sitting required that I rethink where I do the work. Research into this issue provided a
  13. Well, months go by and I suddenly realize I've been out of the loop and have not addressed my absence ... Basically, I managed to re-injure myself near the end of August (at work) and the resulting rounds of exams and physio have revealed that I have some issues with the L4 and L5 vertebrae (the last two at the bottom of the stack) which prevent me from sitting for any length of time. Not only does this mean 'goodbye couch' for the time being but it also demands that I rethink my workspace - call it a paradigm shift. Well, between recovery, therapy and life I've been very distracted.
  14. One thing I do for metal to 'other' joining is use 2 part slow cure epoxy but as well I also try to 'roughen' the surface of the metal part which will contact the glue - sand or file to give the surface more 'tooth' for the glue to hold onto.
  15. I love the New Bedford whale boat and have been trying to keep up with the various versions here. I am also thinking that this will likely be my first 'serious' wood build (after I 'train' myself on a dinghy or something similarly simple). I am looking very forward to seeing what you do with yours. Hmm ... we might need more popcorn ...
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