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  1. I'd like to see some of your work Bob, I recommend your adding links to galleries or build logs to your signature line so we can see how you do it.
  2. I have several dentist tools that come in handy for a lot of tasks - the scraper shown in this amazon listing (the one on the left in the photo) is one of my most used tools. It works great for scraping away extra glue. The other tools come in handy from time to time, like putting a drop of CA in a hard to reach place. https://www.amazon.com/Dental-Scraper-Stainless-Remover-Cleaning/dp/B07XF4KQTL/ref=sr_1_19?crid=32L1T8YIOC1DH&dchild=1&keywords=dental+scraper+tool&qid=1586277043&sprefix=dental+scraper+tool%2Caps%2C154&sr=8-19
  3. You're doing exceptional work! I have a very careful process for marking waterlines -but its now history. From here on I'm stealing your laser level idea - very clever.
  4. Good, and well done! As a photographer I'm a big believer in the value of backups, can't have too many backups.
  5. I have a few tools just for that purpose, It works great as long as you're careful. The key is to have a flat tool that has a slightly dull edge - sharp, but not very and pulling flat across the wood. The tool not to use is your #11 blade, neither flat nor dull.
  6. I'm happy for you both - and happy for me not to 🙂 Far too tedious a task for me, even on a small ship, and in my opinion, I don't care for the look, historical accuracy aside. But again, I understand its modelers choice and glad you both are enjoying the process and your results. We all get to be happy in our little wooden world...
  7. I’m not sure why you think this unusual, lots of ships are designed this way, including this one.
  8. I’ll take some. 🙂 Thanks for the tutorial. I’ll do a little practicing following your approach. I appreciate your doing this. I’ve printed this to put with my building reference documents 😊
  9. You don’t, they are disposable single use. I trim the tip a little at a time as needed to keep it neat, keep it upright when not in use with a little stand and keep the tip clear (by squeezing it till air comes out at the end my work day). At some point I toss it and reach for a new one. I use 1-3 per build.
  10. That would be great, thank you! I’ll enjoy it while I’m in our lock down.
  11. On another note, like Chuck you have a very pristine way of seizing blocks - I've seized hundreds of them but my method (actually Bob Hunt's I learned) leaves the ends of threads and ropes hanging there. If I cut them off too close the whole thing unravels (though I do use diluted white glue). Can you share your process or point me to a tutorial?
  12. Do you have an alternate source for either these black plastic or realistic photo etched hooks (for both Speedy and Cheerful, I'm stocking up for these two models)? Thanks for any help. Beautiful work and an excellent reference source.

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