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Mike Y

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  • Birthday 08/04/1988

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    Stockholm, Sweden

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  1. No more confusion caused by many models built in parallel. Let's hope this one will turn out great! The start is pretty good anyways. Is that still your french pear? Looks very neat!
  2. How come none of you broke off the keel accidentally when clamping a model like this? Should be very careful, can't sand or apply any force to the model when it is clamped this way - what is the real use for them? Proper clamp/jig should really hold the front end the back part of a hull as well...
  3. Thanks everybody for the feedback about clamps! The log was a bit silent for a while, but for a good reason. Me and Admiral finally found a good apartment worth the upgrade (larger, pretty new, pretty good neighbourhood, good school right across the street, etc), so we were busy selling the previous one, settling in a new one, etc. We moved in around Christmas, but the todo list was pretty long. So plenty of home-remodeling instead of shipbuilding Now 90% of all the renovation stuff is done, and we managed not to go crazy while doing it. Moving the display case was tricky, it is not really designed for the ease of mounting. Here it is, protected by some sofa cushions: But it survived the move pretty well, and found its new place next to a "french balcony" (don't worry, there is a real balcony on the other side): And I got a nice corner for my modelling area, super prime spot! Admiral got a whole room for her knitting hobby, so she is satisfied with the arrangement. The downside of having a lot of windows is not having enough wall area to mount shelves. Though all frequently used tools fit that single shelf pretty well. To hide the rest, I took some space in the storage area in the hall, which is pretty close by: And some tools are stored in the shelves under the display case. So I hope to finish the renovation todolist in a month or so, and get back to sawdust making!
  4. Yes, just change it to "www.modelshipworld.com" (without quotation marks), removing all the stuff at the end of the line. That should work
  5. Thanks, glad that you enjoyed it! Not much going on, still the same half-finished ship wheel, no new updates. I really hope it's just a winter slowdown.
  6. It also depends a lot on the wood type. There is rarely a _need_ to go above 400-ish grit, but on some woods it changes texture a bit. There is only one way to find out - buy some good quality sandpaper, in our quantities it would be cheap anyway, and then experiment with your wood and finish. I sometimes go up to 1200 on pear, and up to 600 on boxwood. There is a tiny tiny difference between 600 and 1200 grit, but it is there. Mostly visible in a counter light. I really like Mirka sandpaper, not sure how common is it in US.
  7. It might be also explained (partially) by a mix of Dutch and Swedish shipbuilding traditions - Vasa was built by a mixed team of workers, with some weird things like mixed up dimensions (there was an Amsterdam foot and Stockholm foot back then, and they were not the same). There were few rulers found inside the hull, referencing different measurement systems. Fred Hocker's book is a nice read, if one is interested... Not just the planking is off, but gunports barely line up, shifted randomly to fit the frames around them, one side is higher than the other, etc. This is a very rare artefact of human sloppiness, since I doubt that "just dig the scrap pile" was a method proudly documented for later generations.
  8. Yes, it is quite annoying after a while The banner appears on every page, it is pretty big and distracting. Vertical screen space is already a luxury with new MSW templates, so many scrolling required. Now extra 30-40 pixels are eaten by a constant reminder.
  9. Maybe it would fit their 1st April format - a line of tools for hamsters. Would love to see more of their "miniature" stuff.
  10. Small note: that massive cutouts frequently lead to the hull distortion, when it shrinks and expands differently on different sides, and one side is not stiff enough. A very experienced modeller pointed on this fact on a shipmodelling exhibition in France, where quite a lot of models had similar cut-outs, and a number of them were skewed and twisted as a result. It was not obvious from a first glance, but you do not need any tools to see it, very visible with a naked eye once you pay attention to it. So please take it into consideration. If that skew and bend will bother you - then maybe cutouts are not such a good idea.

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