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About Tigerdvr

  • Birthday 03/06/1938

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    The USA, model ships, Naval history, aviation, firearms of all types

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  1. Jud, could you give us a bit more info on the collision with the Ammen. That's a heck of a wreck. Thanks, Harley
  2. Greetings Bossman, I must add my accolades to all the previous positive comments on your Confederacy. As one who has been exposed to the challenges presented by this kit, I feel I have a special appreciation for what you have accomplished. Your work and attention to detail is just outstanding IMHO. I think your project is what Chuck had in mind when he designed this kit. If you ever consider rigging her, I have the rigging plans which you would be welcome to use. Thanks for sharing a well done build log. It makes great reference for others. Cheers, Harley
  3. Doing very nicely. PE is definitely a love/hate relationship. Sometimes it's your best friend and then there are those other times. 🤪 Your work station looks well set up also. Cheers, Harley
  4. Review of WIP, Joy-Yard 1/350 USS Missouri I have delayed starting a build log to concentrate on the kit itself. Maybe I should keep my mouth shut but I feel I must share some observations with folks that may be considering this kit. Moderators, if this out of line I will understand any actions you deem appropriate. First let me say this kit is my fourth plastic ship build since coming over from the wood world. Each of these builds has various PE levels and scratch build components. I have been involved in model building of one kind or another for decades. Early on I found there were some errors in the instructions. Joy-Yard has provided an on-line version of their corrected manual. I found more errors that still existed in their updated version. Nothing unsurmountable, just unexpected. It seems that we look at the kit features and then decide if we want aftermarket (AM) replacements. This kit is the opposite. There is so much detail that I, for one, have had to consider are the kit details worth the effort compared to similar AM offerings. I realize that is personal decision based on skill level. The 20mm Orlikons are an example. Eight pieces X 49 guns. The magazine is a separate plastic piece. Picture how small that is. I did a couple of samples and they are quite accurate. I started making a list of the discrepancies and problems I ran into. It has become a constant puzzle of parts misidentified, on a different fret than the instructions call for, not shown on the instructions at all. ne has to spend time searching the manual because the pictures, while many in color, skip around and if you expect to go 1,2,3,4, the manual shows 1,3,4,2, or 1,2, --, 4. If you compare the instructions to the picture of their completed model in the manual, they don’t match. I have excellent line drawings of the ship in the same time period as the model which look like their finished model is okay but disagrees with the manual. I don’t intend on giving up on this yet but IMHO, Joy-Yard has obviously put a great deal of work into making this kit better than the others available. And while there are some very creditable features in this kit, the overall package just doesn’t cut it and isn’t worth the money. I could not, in good conscience, recommend the kit to a friend. I have never written a review like this before and rather be raving about how great this kit is. Again, this is just my opinion after two months of work on this kit. Harley
  5. You are doing too well to rig the crane sort of slack. Try some fine Easyline or similar. You will have nice lines as tight as you like without putting undue stress on any fragile PE. Great beginning. If I may ask, what were you building before trying ships? You obviously brought a ton of skills and techniques from other projects. Cheers, Harley
  6. I just received The Battleship USS Missouri by Witold Koszela. This my first reference from this publisher and it is not your usual "in action" type reference. Instead of pages there are 29 plates of various portions of the Missouri from 1945 through her later years as a missile boat. The paper is very high quality. This package includes five double B2 sheets including views in 1/400 and 1/200 scale. 1/200 is a real monster. I'm building the Joy-Yard 1/350 Missouri and I am glad I purchased this reference. My cell phone pictures don't do the book justice. Highly recommended. Cheers, Harley
  7. Ziggy, Love to see your USS Kidd DD-661. I converted the Trumpeter Sullivans kit to the 1945 anti Kamikaze USS Kidd DD-661. Cheers, Harley
  8. Welcome to the Returnee group which seems to grow everyday. As you have already learned, things from different plastics, paints, adhesives, etc. have changed a lot from what we had in our childhood. It sounds like you have the patience of age so enjoy yourself. Don't be afraid to make a mistake. It's just the learning curve. You can't make a bobo that one of us hasn't already made. Much help is available on this and other websites. Have fun, Harley
  9. I am working on a report of my progress and observations with this kit. Arild and I have been corresponding about our experiences. Beginners, IMHO, this kit is not intended for you. Hope to provide an updated report in a couple of days. Regards, Harley
  10. I was a Police Tactical Firearms Instructor and competitive shooter for many years before I retired. Have accumulated more than one firearm that need TLC so the Shipyard becomes and Armory occasionally . The handguns can share the area but shoulder weapons need their own space. Osmosis-you must be right down the street, Coconut Creek. Cheers, Harley
  11. And the smell doesn't leak out of the cupboard?
  12. A nice job and log, thanks for sharing. Please explain "de-gasing in the cupboard. Cheers, Harley
  13. Sometimes I wonder if the designers who design these microscopic parts ever tried to glue them into position. It's bad enough with PE but some plastic parts on Joy-Yard's 1/350 Missouri I'm working on now are so tiny you can barely see them under magnification let alone clean off any flash. Like you say, some times it's not worth the effort. Outstanding technical job on your 104. Thanks for sharing the data you have gathered. Regards, Harley USAF F-86L & F-102A
  14. One very excellent Spitfire. You might want to contact your crew chief (forget what the Brits call ground crew, fitters maybe) and tell him to repair your broken aileron cable. Builds of this quality set the standard for the rest of us. Harley
  15. Very well done Greg. May I ask how you manage to paint the decks the proper color with all the PE installed? Thanks in advance. Harley

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