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About moflea

  • Birthday 01/03/1974

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    Bucharest, Romania
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    Model ship building, fishing

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  1. I have used several brands (and no name brands) and had the same problem with all of them. It's not really important though as they are relatively cheap and do enough work before breaking.
  2. Real life kept me away from the workshop for a while, but I am ready now to finish this little ship. I have to finish her until the winter is coming. I don't have any pictures to post right now, as I am looking for a way to build a display case. I want to do something simple and decent and I will soon start adding pictures.
  3. That's a good suggestion. Just don't try to design your model in Fusion or any other similar app from withing the virtual machine. The problem with virtual machines is that they don't use the full capabilities of your video card. VirtualBox does install a pseudo card driver, however it can be hardly used for the software we are talking about. We are using VMs for almost anything at work, but when it comes to CAD design, they simply cannot handle it. Ben is right, do your design in Mac and do the milling in a VM.
  4. I'm a big fan of Sketchup. However it might prove cumbersome when it comes to ship design. I know it can be done but I have a feeling it's not the best tool for this. If you ask me, I find it unacceptable to NOT have a built in splines engine after all these years. The extensions you find are kind of old and, as I struggled with them a few time ago, buggy (unless they've fixed some issues in the meantime). You don't need only the 2D tools to draft a plan. You also need surfacing smoothing possibilities, spline curvature analysis and so on. I'm using Sketchup for every project, but
  5. There were tough moments you lived there. I feel you because even here in Romania the news were full of information about the Irma and the devastation left on it's path. A few days ago, in a Romanian city with 320 k inhabitants (the 3rd in my country regarding the population), a storm hit leaving 8 deads and 137 wounded. That's a lot around here, we don't have extreme weather conditions, it's a moderate climate (you know, hot in summer and cold in winter). Sad thing, someone died after the entry city gate fell on him. That entry gate was restored by the local authorities last year
  6. Ok... then why can't I do that too? It's not really important, I was just curious. Later edit: now that's really weird. I can now edit older posts. I swear until yesterday I couldn't. Well.. problem solved
  7. You can't edit older posts. At least I can't. I tried to edit one of my posts 5 hours later and I couldn't. It's either a forum setting managed by admins or just hard coded by the Invision platform (probably the former).
  8. What a wonderful work you did so far, Marc... (I've seen your work on the french forum so keep this one updated as well). SR is one of my favorite ships. I'll certainly follow your build log. In two or three words, can you tell me why Tanneron's model is false? I was always fascinated by that model (never saw it in real life though) and to me it looked like a real reference (after all, it's displayed in a naval museum).
  9. Press Ctrl + 0 (zero) so you can get back to 100% zoom. You probably zoomed accidentally your browser using ctrl key and the wheel on your mouse.
  10. There is also Autodesk's Fusion 360, which is pretty much the Solidworks. You can download it and register as an enthuziast or hobbyst and you get free access to it (unless you work in a business above 100k/year). You must renew the register every year.
  11. You can find plastic gears of about any size if you just pay a visit to a local printers service. They always have a pile of broken printers and there you can find such goodies The technicians there will think you're nuts, but hey...
  12. I'm at the stage of mounting the sails. The upper and middle ones of the both masts (I know they have designated names but I prefer the save the time searching for it) will go nice I think. I am thinking now about the lower ones. I don't like in particular the way it looks in the box picture. I'm also considering making them furled but I have a problem with the sails I made because I've impregnated them with diluted PVA and are quite stiff. I think I have to experiment with them for a while. Alex.
  13. The Union tries some new dresses. She got so excited about this her hair got fluffy again. A quick haircut and all is fine again.
  14. I finally finished the rigging. All the rigging lines are strong and nicely stretched. The only thing I don't like about it are the knots, not that they are visible but crowded around the masts in a manner I don't like. I will place a note near the displayed model to read "Magnifiers are not allowed near this model." This little fella keeps reminding me that there is no time to pause the work. He built his own rigging lines between the masts, showing way better skills than mine. I was indifferent enough to not follow his techniques.
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