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About JohnB40

  • Birthday 08/21/1952

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  1. Hi Dirk, I'm glad to see you return to the Confederacy build. The pear wood looks stunning. Now that the cold wet weather has curtailed most outside activities,I am back at my workbench working at my usual snails pace on my Confederacy. Now that you,Bossman and Peter Bloemendall have active build logs,I hope encourages me to forge ahead with construction and update my log.. On another note,I noticed on your instruction sheet the red "NOTE!!! IMPORTANT NOTE!!! concerning the fairing cap has left me somewhat confused. My MS instruction book makes no reference to this. Could you please post the photo referred to in the warning? Regards, John
  2. Hi Cristian, Very nice build of the Confederacy. I hope mine turns out as well. I look forward your next project. Bonne Annee. John
  3. 67 year old eyes here. I find myself using an Optivisor (with the small add on lens) quite a lot on other tasks besides model construction,as essential as socks as far as I'm concerned. Real glass is a must. I have an old General Tools pair from the last century in the garage. The plastic lenses have some scratches but I still use them for work out there. When I'm not using either pair,I always place them with the visor part in a gallon Ziploc bag to keep dust etc off the lenses.
  4. Whilst I am not retiring from model ship building,my current build will probably be my last. I chose Model Shipways Confederacy because of this. I figured the size and somewhat complexity of the kit would take a fair bit of time to complete. I also decided to spread the construction time out,I work on it in fits and starts,interchanging with my other interests. I really don't have the room for the finished model except on my work bench any way. I often look at all the stuff I have accumulated in 67 years including rolling tool boxes of Snap-On tools from my 30 odd years of restoring Jaguars and say to my wife "don't give it away,you paid for half of this". I have given away 3 of the ships I've built to friends and hope the ones my wife doesn't want to keep will go to appreciative homes.
  5. I have also found hobby and craft shops are limiting their selection and stock on blades. Many on line charge a lot in shipping fees,making the final price really expensive. I recently came across https://widgetsupply.com/ They have a good selection of Excel blades and other supplies. I have placed a couple of orders with them,which arrived promptly (same state),with reasonable shipping rates.
  6. Hello Christian, Very nice work on your Confederacy. I am also building the frigate,although at a much slower pace than you. I was at my library's bookstore yesterday and spotted an old book on the shelf "Sailing Ships of War 1400-1860" by Dr Frank Howard,for two dollars. I bought the book and when I got it home I noticed something familiar about the ship on the cover art. Sure enough it was a painting of "The Continental Frigate Confederacy (32 guns) and HM ships Orpheus (32) and Roebuck (44) off the Virginia Capes,14 April 1781". It was painted by Geoff Hunt. I thought you might find it interesting,especially the hull colours. Regards, John
  7. I saw this in the Guardian...I hope the link works. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/oct/14/restored-19th-century-ships-figureheads-to-go-on-display-in-plymouth
  8. Hi Glen, I was at my library's book store this morning and purchased a book on Charleston during the civil war. There is a chapter on the ironclads attack on Fort Sumter. Here are a couple of pictures of the Keokuk from the book.....
  9. I have used a soldering iron type of plank bender and a compact hairdryer for plank shaping in my builds. I have had my iron type for nearly 20 years of reliable service. When I had to form quite a few planks for the bow of the Confederacy,I remembered GaryKap's note in his log about using a one pound coffee can/tin ( a hard thing to find in this 12 oz world) for the 6" radius. Attached the can to my work bench. Soaked the planks for 10 minutes in a tall jar. Clamped one end of the planks to the can and using the bender worked them around the the can until the point where they matched the curve + a bit for spring back. I then clamped the other end at that point. Finally used the hair dryer to completely dry the plank. The can also heats up and drys the opposite side. I also use the electric iron to twist bend the planks for the stern runs. Wet the planks, clamp to bulkhead at the start of the run,heat and form to shape required.
  10. Stunning work Danny....... I'm a retired Jag mechanic,so I have had a long love/hate relationship with V12's. I used to go to the Reno air races and there is nothing like the sound of a Merlin hammering full throttle overhead.
  11. Hi Dennis, I can't believe I have somehow not found your build of The General till now. I have enjoyed catching up,very nice work. I have read books on the "chase" and it is interesting to see a detailed view of the locomotive. John
  12. Another outstanding build Greg. Again,your attention to detail in that tiny scale is second to none

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