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Kurt Johnson

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  • Birthday 03/31/1951

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  1. Dave, Usually ask no matter how it's said at least in New York as far as I know. Kurt
  2. Lay off the old part! I’m like Merlin, I age backwards. Actually I should be a few years older, but I was sick for a while. 😉
  3. Sorry if I got hung up on this topic. I heard a very interesting broadcast on NPR this past year. It concerned Shakespeare. The jist was, some linguist made an exhaustive study on Shakespeare, and supposedly it wasn’t anything like what we think of the eloquent speech that comes to mind. That was affected in the 1700’s don’t you know, Kings English, say what. The original was supposed to be spoken about 3x faster, in a dialect similar to an Irish accent, which was the similar to common everyday spoken English of the time. It ain’t no high fallutin thing after all. Kurt
  4. Actually, I just remembered a guy in college who was from an island off of Virginia who spoke with what was pretty darn close to a Brit accent, the whole island spoke that way. In New Jersey there a number of towns with names that the locals don’t pronounce the way you would think based on spelling. A dead giveaway you’re not from around here. Makes life interesting. I like the way some areas people have to talk with their hands and others can talk quite clearly with their hands in their pockets or sittin on em. Kurt
  5. Sounds Brooklyn to me. Use guys know wad I mean. If ya don’t jus akse. My dad was from Brooklyn, I had my formative years on Staten Island. And was made well aware of the accent in High School in Jersey. Forgetaboudit! Kurt
  6. I wonder about the use of a ponce wheel on the decking as a detail. It seems as many times as not the marks made don’t line up with the deck planks at all. To my opinion ( which is just that, mine probably alone) takes away from the model, more than if it was not done at all. All I notice is that it doesn’t match up. If it wasn’t there, I wouldn’t even think about it. Kurt
  7. That's my idea of heaven. I better start behaving a little better, if it's not already too late. Kurt
  8. The shoemaker’s stain is supposed to be particularly effective in staining the wood to look like ebony. I believe it is supposed to penetrate the wood better. Kurt
  9. I have the treenail maker and to me it just okay. It can make beautiful tree nails but often they break in the cutter. That is a royal pain because it involves a considerable amount of work to clear the cutter. You can drill the center clear, but the wood caught between the cutting blades just has to be picked at with a knife blade to remove and it really gets stuck in there tightly. If I use bamboo for the treenail which is supposed to offer the most strength it will often twist unlike wood and I end up with a miniature twizzler. For bamboo I use my draw plate and soak the bamboo in water first. Kurt
  10. I think a painted barrier slightly apart from what ever you glaze the windows with give a more natural depth to the appearance, than applying something directly on the “glass”. You’ll just have to experiment until you get the look you’re happy with. Kurt
  11. Just being silly. Thanks for for the resource! A few years ago I tried to get some mica for a Mayflower build and I found a rock collectors source, but was not happy with what I received. I would go with Druxey’s suggestion or maybe a blueish black, but not straight black. Kurt
  12. The easiest way would be don’t look. Where were you able to get mica from? It’s not the easiest thing to come by. Kurt
  13. Mike, Forgive me If you already know this but Ebony dust can really be a strong eye and skin irritant. I see the protective eyeware so your good on that issue. Kurt
  14. That was the coolest video I’ve ever seen! Really makes you appreciate the complexity of the subject. I thought the way the prop was made was so simple but so obvious when you see it, but I would have never thought to do it that way. And when the manikins sit down to watch the film was priceless. I’ve got to see more of those. Kurt
  15. Steve, Coming along nicely. I’ve seen a few of these kits finished into truly beautiful models. And your’s definitely looks like it will set the standard for that group. My only problem with the kit is it’s dog size. It would be so nice in 3/16 or 1/48. On the other hand hand the smaller scale makes it somewhat jewel like. I will be following your build closely. Kurt I know, I know ... I can always enlarge the plans....maybe I will.

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