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  1. Let me give you one more possibility. Clockmakers supply houses used to carry "bushing wire" which is basically thick walled brass tubing in small sizes. I don't see it anymore in US vendors' catalogs, but Meadows and Passmore in the UK has this: http://www.m-p.co.uk/muk/parts/chap10/bushing-wire-x-2pcs-1.75mm-od-0.50mm-id-0558017515.htm and this: http://www.m-p.co.uk/muk/parts/chap10/bushing-wire-x-2pcs-2.50mm-od-0.65mm-id-0558025015.htm They offer a range of sizes from 0.80 mm to 5.0 mm but unfortunately, no 2.00 mm OD but if you can fudge on your scale size a little, you get the rod pre-centerdrilled and just have to groove and part it off. Good Luck,
  2. How about if you chuck up a piece of the 2mm rod with the end centerpunched, in the Dremel, in the drill press, and then firmly chuck, clamp or whatever you have to work with, the bit for the center hole, taking care to get it vertical and lined up with the dimple in the end of the rod. Lower the spinning rod down onto the stationary bit, and drill a hole deep enough for a few sheaves. File a groove, part off a sheave, and continue, deepening the hole as required, until you have enough to mess some up and still have enough to finish the job.
  3. Dave, Any useful possibilities for you here? https://www.cityofmadison.com/metro/paratransit
  4. Dave, Around here, there are Service organizations that can provide free or very inexpensive rides for Seniors and Handicapped to Dr's appointments, and they have vans with lifts if needed. Maybe there's something like that where you live? Check with AARP or your County or City. I used one for a few visits when I first got home from rehab for my spinal cord injury, until I learned to walk again. Good Luck,
  5. How about buying a few of these brass blocks in a size you can use (they list 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6mm) "liberating" the sheaves and building your own blocks around them? That would obviate turning them. Just a thought,
  6. Along with researching the gun, you might try to research who has lived or worked at or near that driveway over the last 70 years - Maybe a serviceman who pried it off for a souvenir of his service? Just a thought; it's a fine piece of history.
  7. Jo, Just got back for another look at your build, and you've been making a lot of good progress. Regarding the lower deck and your concern about the appearance - if any of it will be visible when the model is finished, how about adding some cargo to break up the bare expanse of that deck. I'm thinking you could make some crates, sacks, barrels, etc and stow them down there, where the viewer could see them, before you close it all in. And if none of it will be visible when the model is finished - chalk it up to experience and move on. You're doing great.
  8. Well, if you made a career in medicine, you can tell her "Yes, but they paid for themselves many time over"
  9. Julie, Looks like you may have a winner there. Personal choice, I guess, but I always preferred quarterberths to V-berths, and the storage and 2 hanging lockers would appeal to me. The main salon is moved forward, tho, and mast right in the middle of it is, well, something else again. Is that keel "shoal draft", or shallow enough for your needs? And it looks like partial battens on the leech of the main. Does she come with a full suit of sails? Or roller furling headsail? Can you get this one surveyed more thoroughly than the other one? I do hope this one passes inspections and works out for you. Before I retired, I lived in SF Bay area, and belonged to a charter club. We'd just gather a crew, bare boat charter what we needed for the size of the crew, and go for day sails or weekenders. Many good times and memories. And I never had either of the 2 best days of boat ownership.
  10. Brian, sorry to hear she’s having such a rough time with it. guess I got off easy with mine. sounds like she’s turning the corner, now
  11. I wonder about the possible long term deterioration of adhesives used in airplanes. It seems that their use is increasingly common. I gather that it avoids the risk of stress concentration at rivets, as well as lower cost. But some commercial passenger planes are used by major airlines for a number of years, then sold to what you might call second tier airlines, and then find their way to smaller, less developed countries with less inspection and maintenance capabilities, or charter companies. New engines along the way, maybe, but the airframe can be decades old. When I worked in the North Sea in the late 70's, one of the fixed wing charter planes I rode in was a "Dakota" aka the DC-3, from the 40's. Already 30 years or so old. But that old bird wasn't glued together. Just a thought,
  12. Brian, I got a new hip a few years ago, and they also had me up on my feet in a couple of hours. And I was home that afternoon, too. In in the morning, and home by late afternoon. That's what they call the "Standard of Care" now. Q - What does a hospital have in common with a cheap fleabag motel? A - they both rent rooms by the hour.
  13. The rum will be good for either boat.
  14. Julie, Be careful; I don't know what forum you found it on, but I was curious about such a product; I suggest you read these threads on it: http://www.ybw.com/forums/showthread.php?506086-Anyone-got-experience-with-Injectadeck https://www.boatdesign.net/threads/new-product-to-save-soft-decks.54006/ (especially including page 2 of the second one where the OP's real agenda is revealed) and then ask yourself what's below the waterline.............
  15. Looks like you may have to take a similar wedge shape off the bottom of the front of 16 where your pencil match mark is, too. When you get the part loose and lay it on the plan, should be clear how much to add and cut for best fit. To be more clear, part 16 already covers the line that represents the curved stern, and the blue wedge will in effect lengthen the keel by the width of the fat end of the wedge. A better fit may result from taking a bit off the keel and/or the vertical edge of 16. You’ll know when you lay them on top of each other as needed to line up with the drawing and analyze the overlapping edges of the 2 parts.

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