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  1. Hello Dan Welcome to MSW You had problems with Rustoleum? Did you follow the instructions on the can? Did you listen to your fellow builders in Portland? LOL Hi Dan,just kidding my friend. For those reading I am in the build group with Dan. You have lots of great photos coming up later from Dan's build of this kit.
  2. Ahoy Mates Here's my Nina 1/65 Amati kit just about completed. I only used the bulkheads and keel from the kit. Rest is scratch built. Just working on the clue lines and their coils. Then It's complete except for setting it on it's base. This is the last ship that my late Pickels was around to help me work on it. Should have a new cat in July.
  3. Ahoy Mates Just received my Order of boxwood from Crown Timberyard yesterday from Jason. Great wood from a great supplier who has been under great demands for his limited time each day. It was well worth the delay in getting my wood for my stockpile for future builds. From 5/16" sq. to 1/32" sq. stock. I had just made my Order before he suspended taking Orders. I look forward to adding to my stockpile when Jason accepts Orders again. Thanks again Jason. Keith
  4. Ahoy Mates Do you wait to buy wood as you need it in your current build? It's not like in years past when you had hobby shops in your area where you could go to every day and buy just what you needed that day without worries about supply. Like building balsa planes. I am 66 now and look back when I was a kid and how easy it was to find what I needed . Now even with online shopping,next day shipping and the rest. Things have changed to in fact it's just the opposite. Even with all the instant buying and shipping,you now more than ever have to look ahead and plan ahead as to what you will need for your current and next builds. Reason-Limited suppliers,with limited product . And producers going out of business due to either age or other demands since most are one or two person shops. So we as builders now have to be pro-active in planning ahead for our own projects in materials we all know can be in short or no supply now or in the near future. Like our most used material-WOOD like boxwood,swiss pear and others. Be a HOARDER with a real goal ,the wood you WILL NEED for your NEXT Builds. The same with fittings and other single or limited source materials. I am waiting for my last Order from Jason from Crown Timberyard now,and know he's doing his best to get current with the Orders he has now. And will be very happy with the wood I have Ordered. And it's not for a current build,but for my stash,I was getting low on my in house wood supply,and I have at least 15 kits waiting on shelves waiting to be built. Look ahead,because that's the future and be HAPPY since you build wooden ship models! Keith
  5. Ahoy Mates I am working on my Amati Nina 1/65 and need to find out what hitch or knot to use for the lashing lines of the deadeyes for the shrouds on this 1492 ship? It has rails on the bulwarks with some cleats,but the lines for the deadeyes are tied around the rails which are mostly without an open end close to use them like a cleat. I have not been able to find anything about hitching lines to a rail. Here's photos of my Nina with the lashing lines going down from the upper deadeye to thru the deck eye bolt for the lower deadeye,and then up and over the side with tape holding the ends. You can see the rails that have space behind them inbetween the frames. I am sure Pickels would have know,but he's busy building in Heaven now. Next month I am going to get a new supervisor in the Shipyard to train in his place. Thanks Keith
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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

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