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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. My wife THINKS she can do multitasking, although she doesn't/can. I simply admit I can't. Back to the topic, I always work on two projects, and, like some guys said, when I feel frustrated/bored/blocked, I switch projects and refresh my brain.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 when I tried drafting a ship plan I went for something else.
  6. 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. Yea. The wind was 90 km/h. Quite a lot. The main general rage after that event was that there was no warning system in place. Only on TV. No SMS messages, nothing. People died visiting the zoo. However, in Bucharest (the capital) they launched yesterday a red code for heavy storm. Schools were closed at 5 pm as the storm was announced for 8 pm. Yes, no SMS, but Facebook does a pretty god job spreading the word. The traffic was paralyzed as everyone rushed to take the kids from school and get to their homes. It was madness. The storm came indeed at 8 pm. And.. some nice lightnings and 10 minutes of heavy rain with some hail. That was about it. I'm not sure what the problem was. Incompetent weather specialists.. authorities overreacting to show they care (probably that). Anyway, the joke around here after this "storm" is: I am well aware that the global climate change is responsible for this extreme weather (I am physicist by formation). Responsible? No, we are the ones responsible. Me, and you reading this. Anyway, stay safe as for the moment this is all we can do.
  7. 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
  8. 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).
  9. 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).
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Very good point there. Unfortunately this an issue present in all industries. Name any of it and you will see there is the original and all the other companies just following the original idea. But every business has to adapt all the time. You can't just sit relaxed that you did what you had to do in researching and designing. Other companies copied your plans? (It's not really stealing if you didn't patented your work, I'm not sure it applies here). Fine, put better and finer materials in your kit so you can always be the "Original". Create better instructions, color pics in them, and so on. I am a programmer and part time in the woodworking business. Trust me, in both these areas the same thing happens. It's just the idea generating the product that's stolen, not necessarily the manufacturing process itself (The term "stolen" is usually used by the original designer, the others are just "inspired" ). You always have to improve it so you can be the #1 reference in the industry. My English is not good enough, but I think you understand my idea. My point actually is that you always have to improve yourself. It doesn't matter that other entities use your idea (can you solve it with legal means? Fine, otherwise get back to work). Do it better, after all you have the advantage of thinking it through in the first place, don't you?
  13. 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...
  14. 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.

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