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  1. Ahoy Jim No case for mine here,but at home it's in a large one with my other wooden ships. At the Show I do watch it 90% of the time. Have not had any problems over the years. You should come to our Show September 21st at Camp Withecomb Clacamas,Oregon. Just east of I205 south of Portland. I'll PM you more details. Check out Oregon Modelers Society for details on Facebook. Thanks Keith
  2. Ahoy Mates I hope that next year other wooden ship builders will enter their ships at this Show. I will be back with my Gunboat Philadelphia and the Nina. And will have the Nina at the Oregon Modelers Society IPMS Show this September 21st in Portland,Or.. So plan to be there if you can,please and with a ship to enter. Last year we had 8 wooden ship models entered. They are in a wooden ship category. I know that Pickels was with me this weekend,and loves what he had helped in building. The Nina is his last build. It's not been easy starting back on it,but I am working on it a little every day now. Here's what my competion was in plastic ships at this show. Thanks Keith
  3. Ahoy Mates The Show in Seattle Saturday was held and I was Awarded 1st place Ribbon in Non Powered Ships Any Scale and then Best Ship of Show for Pickels and my HMS Cheerful 1/48 from Syren. Thanks to Chuck- Syren for a great kit and fittings and all of his advice and help in our building of the Cheerful. The IPMS Club Show is 99% plastic models,including the ship models that are entered. It was not long ago that wooden models of any kind were not able to enter these shows. Now any model that has appropriate materials can be entered. It has been a learning curve for the Judges at these shows. It's very rewarding that now these shows welcome our wooden ship models,at least here in Washington and Oregon. Thanks to all of your support and viewing my posts in the past. I just wish I could share it with Pickels like in this photo where he was looking at the Cheerful,as he always did while I was working. RIP Pickles,you were with me in spirit. Hope that next year there will be more wooden ships in the Show.
  4. Ahoy Mates Is there anyone in the Northwest who will be going to this show Saturday? Great Show,you can see what my Cheerful looks like in the Non Powered Any Scale Model Ship category . If you plan to go,please PM me and maybe we could meet up at the show and talk about wooden ships. Hpe to see someone there who's on this site. Keith
  5. Ahoy Mates The Seattle IPMS Spring Show 2019 will be held on April 13th 9am Opens,Entries deadline is 12 Noon, Awards 3:30 PM at the Renton Community Center,1715 Maple Valley HWY Renton,Washington 98057. Great show over 2,00 models entered last year,including Wooden Ship Models! Lots on Vendors,great location with lots of parking. I will be entering my HMS Cheerful thats from Chucks short kit,using all of his rope,block,cannons and more of his great products. See the last ship my Supervisior Pickels helped me work on. If ou plan to attend,please PM me,and we can meet at the show. Hope to see you there if you live in the Pacific Northwest,and can make it up to the Seattle area and see the show. I'll be there all day around my ship. Thanks Keith
  6. Ahoy George What I did was to put the eyebolt thru the bulwark ( the eyebolt surfaces were roughed up with a file ,then used CA to hold it into the drilled hole in the bulwark,add the washer with a small amount of CA to hold it to the hull. By the way I first panted the edges of the washer black BEFORE gluing it to the hull side. Then I used a snipper to cut off the excess length leaving about 1/32 " above the washer. Then I used the snippers and again cut the end 90 deg. to the first cut,which would leave it looking like it was peened over. Try it out on scratch amterial until you get what you want. Like was stated above,most detail can not be seen without mag. glass. You could also glue and eyebolt that doesn't go out thru the hole on the outside of the hull,then make up a washer with a short peened end,and glue the stub end of the bolt washer into the hole. With this you could use plastic washer and rod. Keith
  7. Ahoy Mates Today I went to the Vet's and picked up Pickels cremated remains and his paw print in clay. He's now in a cedar box which is next to where he always was laying down on the work table. He's in the top of my Gerstner Tool box now. I received Chucks new launch kit in the mail today jsut before I went to pick up Pickels. This build will be in his memory . Now I can start looking in earnest for another cat. Thanks for the kind thoughts. Keith
  8. Great looking planking. I look forward to getting my kit soon. Now back to working to complete my Nina build. Taking your time and getting it right is a long lasting reward when you look at it years later. Keith
  9. Thanks Pickels-Sweet Pickels was 8 years old when I adopted him. My sister got me to go to our Humane Society who had an event for Jackson Galaxy who was giving a talk on his new book just out then and his TV Program. Pickels was a 3 time return cat,and he was one of two cats they had up for adoption in the auditorium where Jackson would give his talk. There was over 150 people there and all the noise and fuss,Pickels was with his handler,just laying and watching what was going on. I had lost my last cat Precious(another recue cat) about 3 months earlier to old age,and was not looking for a cat yet,but wanted to see Jackson. Pickles looked like another cat I had had,Rockey. I went up and asked what his story was. He had been returned 3 times and was diabetic-non insulin. Being diabetic myslef and having had another cat who had been did not rule him out. As to the returns,they did not have any thing or reasons behind them. I petted him and was with him for about 10 minutes when Jackson started his talk. I do not remeber what he said because I was thinking about adopting Pickels,even tho I had no intension of adopting a cat before I saw him. After the talk my sister and I went back to see Pickels,and after about 5 minutes one of the supervisors asked if we wanted to go into an adoption room and see how Pickels would be away from the crowd and noise. At this monent a women came up and asked if we were the ones who might adopt a cat? we said yes,she then said theat Jackson would like to meet with us and Pickels. We said yes,and went ito the room. Pickle was very affectionate and at ease,then Jackson came in and spent about 30 minutes with us,he was just as nice as on TV,then I decieded to adopt Pickels. It was the best thing to happen to me in years. He came home and met my Cocker Brandy,she did not care for cats,but would just ignore them,Pickles just hissed at her when she put her face up to the cat carrier before I opened it. That was the only time they did not get along. Each treated the house as their own from then on. Pickles was always a great cat,loved all the guys in our ship group when they would come over for a meeting-up to 15,or just when one would come over. He would greet them at the front door,then make the rounds around the seated guys,each petting and talking to him. He would only drink water from the dripping kitchen facett,so I had to make sure it was on all the time. If it was not he would let me know. One thing he would not let me do was to roll him over on his back. Other than that he never clawed me or bit me except for when I might have to pill him. Even then he was gentle. Being a widower and retired he was always with me and loved to lay bown as close as possible if not over my tools and what I was working on. He never played with anything except for sanding sticks and Evergreen thin plastic strips. As soon as I would sit down at my building desk,he would come up and lay down or head butt me. Your right about adopting a cat who has been let go. I found out that the reason he was most likely returned is that he hated other cats! He would pace back and forth if he saw one outside. He was a total inside cat,he never tried to go outside. A couple of times he marked the front door when a neighbor cat stayed on the front porch during the day. He stoped it onch I cover up the small side window next to the front door,so he could not see any at right outside. I look forward to my next cat in the near future. Not as another Pickels but as the next King of the house with a diffent personallity. I miss him laying next to my bare feet now while I an writing this. But his photo of him on the work table is next to me.We are very luky when they give all their love to you,no mater what happens. Here's the photo I will alawys have close to where I work. Keith and Pickels
  10. Ahoy Mates Thanks for the kind words. I have had two cats who loved being with me as I work on the models. Precious and Pickels. I have started looking at rescue cats around my area with my sister Arlene. So maybe this spring I will have a new Supervisor in my shipyard. For the time being I can go over to Arlene's and get my cat fix with JD and Guliver. I have this photo next to me now while I start back to work on the Nina. Pickels loved to use it as a pillow while I worked on it.Here's Pickels last build-1/600 USS Iwo Jima LPH-2 Aurora kit for my best friends 70th birthday present. Tim served on the Iwo Jima 1969-1970 Viet Nam and Apollo 13 Recovery. I would imagine that Pickels is now working on the Catboat model we never got to do. RIP my Buddy. Keith
  11. Ahoy Mates It's with a heavy heart that I have to inform all that my shipyard supervisor and best friend Pickels has gone to the Catboat in Heaven last night. He lost his battle with being diabetic for the last 7 years of his 14. There will not be any photos of him being on top of what I am working on,but his spirit and great memories will always be with me.He was a very special cat to say the least. He loved people and all the guys in our building Group. Here's how I will always remember Pickels,always by my side watching what I was doing.
  12. Ahoy Mates Our IPMS Club is establishing categories for wooden ship models and need to know how they should be judged in a model contest. What I need to find out is what is the criteria used to judge wooden ship models.What is used for wooden ship model contests? Thanks Keith
  13. Ahoy Mates As an old tool and diemaker of over 45 years and model maker for over 60, I have used both and for the diamond files I love them on wood and steel for fast cutting and also use steel files. They both have their places. I like the open cutting of the diamond's,they are like sandpaper,but for shapes and controled filing the steel ones are the best. Just make sure they are not stacked on each other or just tossed into a drawer. Check out a jewler's supplier for files,they will have quality ones which cost more but will last you forever. The ones you get at a discount place mostly are not worth the price.
  14. Ahoy Mates Here's my Cheerful with the flag I just made for it. Printing on the tissue paper and then gluing two together,then forming it. Thanks Chuck. This will be at the Model Show. Keith

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