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  • Birthday 07/13/1951

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  1. Many thanks for posting the link. My new Kunz plane arrived today, so your message was very timely. After your first post I’d tried to google ‘accurizing Kunz planes’ to no avail, so I am very grateful you came back with the link. Derek
  2. I think this answers your question, James. I've not seen the big icons on either tablet nor desktop - both Chrome.
  3. Thanks for this tip Bob - just found on fleabay for less than £20, post free. I'll add to my collection of miniature planes, including ones by Veritas. My excuse is that the expensive planes were gifts from others, so to use your phrase, I can still claim to have more brains than money! Derek
  4. I wonder if this is a function of one's browser? On mine (Chrome) the new pictures show up as to tiny icons to the left of each forum section, and have no impact on navigating through the site. For me the new layout is a pleasant but minor enhancement which I would be happy to lose if it is causing problems for others. Derek
  5. Hello Woodeater Great blocks, but I can't find translations of cumier-wood and backaut - do you know the english words? Derek
  6. I've just tried the La Salamandre log and got exactly the same result as Keith. I was able to access the log and- move around within it, but when I tried to leave everything froze. I had to exit my browser (Chrome) - when I restarted Chrome I could access all sites except MSW. I tried Edge and my iphone - couldn't get to MSW. I even tried going in sideways through the NRG homepage to no avail. I've just been able to get back in MSW after about 30 minutes, just like Keith. Seems like something might have corrupted something ( you can tell I'm an IT expert!). Derek
  7. DelF


    A work of art Derek
  8. I agree. It's the simplest, quickest and best blackening solution I've tried. Derek
  9. Hi B.E. As I've mentioned before, I often dip into your Pegasus log for ideas and inspiration. As my own project nears completion (well, just the running rigging to go so it must be nearly done?!) I've been reminded of your display case. I'm also looking for a clear case with no obstructing frames. My own research turned up a few potential suppliers in the UK, amongst which I thought Display Cases International looked the likeliest. Before I take the plunge, would you mind sharing your supplier and your impression of their product (it certainly looks great in your photos)? Thanks Derek
  10. Great description of your shackle technique Bob. As a 'toolaholic' I've had a set of transfer punches sitting around in my workshop for years looking for a use - now I've got one. Thanks! Derek
  11. Hi Phil Thank you for taking the time for such a considered and comprehensive explanation. I really appreciate it. I’m attracted to the notion that 3D designing can be used to generate accurate 2D drawings and can reveal problems that might otherwise be missed, so I think I’m prepared to start out on the steep learning curve you mention. Looking at your distinction between CAD programs and drawing programs, I believe Fusion 360 falls into the former category so I think I’ll give it a go in the first instance - there are some good-looking YouTube videos that should get me started. Once I get past the stage of unconscious incompetence and can make meaningful comparisons I’ll certainly have a look at DesignCad 3D as well. Thanks again, and have a great Christmas and a happy New Year. Derek
  12. Hi Phil I was fascinated to find your log. The Albatros was the first 'proper' ship model I attempted, in the early 2000s. I'd previously completed a Chinese junk which was more of an ornament than a serious ship model, but at least it whetted my appetite. Although I hadn't discovered MSW back then I was dissatisfied with the basic kit and attempted a few minor modifications - for example planking the inside of the bulwarks (a plain plywood strip in my version), making proper parrels for the gaff and boom, and adding some detail to the binnacle. However these mods were based largely on my imagination and limited maritime knowledge, unlike the careful research you have done. I was particularly impressed by your approach to the pivot gun. Like you, I was also struck by the incongruity of a standard carriage mounted gun pointing straight at the foremast, but to my regret I just let it go in the hope visitors wouldn't notice. I had previously admired your 3D work on the USS Oklahoma City and wondered if such software would have any applications in regular modelling. Your work on the pivot gun answers that! Would you mind saying what package you use? I recently acquired the free version of Fusion 360 and wondered if that would be suitable. I know I would make a much better job of it now, having spent a few years admiring and learning from the MSW community, but I still like my old model of the Albatros and it is still on display. All part of the learning process. I'm sure yours will be a real gem, especially given the care and planning you are putting in to it. Thanks for posting. Derek

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