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  1. Nice work on the ammo racks, I’m going to borrow your technique when I get to mine! Don
  2. Bob, Thanks for posting all the close-ups, they look great! I really like your thimbles too, I may give those another shot. Don
  3. Bob, I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again, beautiful work! You’ve jumped well ahead of me as I got distracted working on another project that had been sitting on a shelf for several years - will get back on it soon. Don
  4. Pathfinder, Bluejacket Shipcrafters has a set of plans for the Kearsarge that you can get separately from their kit. They are an NRG supporter and highly recommended. I bought a set of their Constitution plans to guide me on the Revell kit and have found them very useful. Good luck, Don
  5. Beautiful job, I’m really enjoying following your build!
  6. Bob, She’s beautiful! I really like your planking - it’s so precise! And thanks for starting your log, I very much look forward to more! Don
  7. Bob, Its nice to see your post! I really like your canoe and have wanted to build one - your rowboat looks great! Your history with the Coast Guard puts things into perspective as well as some of the other things we’ve discussed in another forum. I, too, served in the early ‘70s but couldn’t see well enough to qualify for Navy ROTC but the Army was fine with it, so that’s the direction I took. I look forward to seeing some of some of your projects! Don
  8. I would very much like to see how it looks with a little light sanding and some wipe on poly.
  9. Luekutus, I have this model on the shelf and will be following your build with interest. I really like the planking - that adds a lot and looks great! Don
  10. Beautiful work! I’m really enjoying your log and learning from it - thanks for the details! Don
  11. Bob, Great save on the mast! I’m going to keep that one in my “save for future reference” file! The jury is still out out on the block buster, I tried it but was not completely happy so wound up finishing the deadeyes by hand - more to come on that. On the parrel beads, my kit included them - wouldn’t have a clue about how to make them although they look a lot like beads my Boy Scouts use to make Native American beadwork. Yes, I made the hooks and eyebolts from the wire included in the kit. I mounted a small drill bit in my bench vice and wound the wire around it to create the eye, then snipped it off with some spru cutters and finished shaping with pliers I use for bending photo etch. Not as pretty as Chucks but it worked. The mast bands are art tape that I picked up at a local Hobby Lobby. It comes in several widths and a couple of different finishes. This was a first for me and it worked great - I just wound it around until the thickness looked right to me. I’m experimenting with making the thimbles. I keep a stock of brass tubing for other projects but was unsure how to cut it small enough without flinging it off into the carpet monster. The solution was to mount it in me vice and cut it with a razor saw. I then used a punch to flare per Chucks instructions. Don
  12. Thanks, Chuck, I really appreciate it. This project has really stretched my skill set with a number of firsts and I’m really enjoying it. I’m making a list and will post later but one example is using art tape to simulate iron bands - I would have never thought of that. By the way, are you going to re-open your store soon? I really want one of your serving machines and need some other stuff. Don
  13. More progress. While waiting on a block tumbler from Model Expo, I went ahead and made and fitted the bowsprit and cut/served the shrouds, the backstays, and the forestay. I didn’t have a dark thread for serving so darkened it with a sharpie. Also received the beautiful stand from Chuck. Bob, I watched several YouTube didgeridoo videos and am impressed! I didn’t realize how many different sounds can be made with one - still working on the circular breathing.
  14. Bob, I’m just using an iPhone for the pictures without doing anything special other than adjusting some lamps to minimize glare. They automatically transfer to my iPad (easy to set up) and I’m posting from there without any additional editing. I have done some serious photography in the past, but this is not and it’s really easy. Circular breathing is required for really serious musicians and I admire folks who can do it, but I haven’t really learned it yet - will give it another shot and look up some of those YouTube videos. The hardest part of playing bari is breath support, especially on the low notes. Congratulations on turning the windlass bars, I broke a couple too. It’s good that Chuck included extra wood as I also over-sanded one of the planks and had to make a replacement - part of the learning process. Don

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