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About mtaylor

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  • Birthday 07/04/1948

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    Model shipbuilding. Varied depending on the day.. :)

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  1. Peter, Are you using 3-ply birch.. the so-called "Lite" plywood? Check around with some hobby shops as I've seen 5 and 7 ply wood in small thicknesses. I'm using 3 ply Lite on my latest build and the backbone is 1/8" and it's very flexible. I've had my moments where I wished I'd bought the 5 ply for that part.
  2. The book Mark recommends is here: http://www.google.it.ao/books?id=PK50sbOOfjUC&pg=PA400&focus=viewport&dq=editions:STANFORD36105044360084&lr=&output=html_text You can also order the book from various sellers, just Google: "'A Treatise on Naval Gunnery' by General Sir Howard Douglas"
  3. Wow... if he ever turns to ship models they'd be something else.
  4. With hulls that large, one could float in it..... There's been a few super sized models with one or two crewman to motor it around the lake.
  5. mtaylor


    I had a little Mazda back than, Lou. It was 75 miles one way and I did the round trip every week day for almost 3 years. Only missed maybe 1 or 2 days. Went through tires though. Usually 2 sets per year. Best time was less than one hour headed home. 2nd best tme... well... it would have been if there hadn't been a cop at the bottom of one of the dips. He wrote me up a ticket for a lot less than what I was doing. He saw out there practically every day and some mornings I'd stop at the rest area if he was there and chat, have a cig, and coffee. Fun times.
  6. If you don't get an answer here in a couple days, try posting this here: https://modelshipworld.com/forum/24-wood-ship-model-kits/
  7. Hi John. Welcome back home to MSW. I'm looking forward to seeing your work.
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    So the potholes are winning then? Seems normal. I guess I'm just glad where I am we don't see many. Come to think of it, I don't remember running across many when I was driving across the pass everyday. Hmmm... we don't use salt here but sand. I do remember the potholes in the midwest (Ohio, Illinois, Missouri) and they all used salt. But coincidence isn't causation.
  9. Do a search in the Non-Ship Model area. There's been a few of those models built. Interesting kits.
  10. Those who are no longer on active duty. Or to paraphrase.... the ones who have served their time in hell. But yes, once a Marine, always a Marine. Semper Fi!
  11. For cotton thread, use a new blade in your hobby knife or sewing scissors. I find that it helps to brush the area of the cut lightly with a 50-50 mix of white glue and water. Let it dry so while it's drying, do something else on the model , then cut with hobby knife or scissors. I'm partial to using sewing scissors. I have one that is only used for rigging thread.
  12. Tough question to say the least. The best answer I've found is here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naval_artillery About halfway down the page is a table. The problem is that wind, waves, etc. could impact the range and accuracy as well as the age and condition of the gunpowder. Wear on the barrels and the degree of precision or lack there of during casting usually meant that the bores were never exact and thus the "windage" varied or the space between the cannon shot and the barrel. Which probably leads us to how far apart the ships were in battle? From accounts, they could be practically muzzle-to-muzzle or at the maximum range. Accuracy did decrease as the range got longer, though. And since the normal strategy was "close with the enemy", I'd assume they were pretty close to each other.

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