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  1. I recently bought the same printer you have and have used it to make davits and lifeboats for a cruise liner I am making. It produces amazing results doesn't it? Being a newcomer to 3-D modeling I am impressed with your figures. Can you briefly tell how you made the computer models?
  2. I have a 3D printer (Anycubic Photon) and use it for making multiple complex parts (propellers, anchors, davits, lifeboats, etc... for a scratchbuilt ocean liner I am working on). but for masts and spars you are better off with wood. The 3D parts are amazingly detailed and look awesome when properly processed, but they are still plastic. Making correct tapers, etc... is certainly possible, but you have to have a good 3D modeling package and know how to use it.
  3. About a year ago I bought this motorized adjustable height table legs. Have wanted something like this since my first model (am working on number 46 now) and its changed the way I work. No more bending at awkward angles and trying to work carefully while uncomfortable! Consider adding it underneath a portion of your workbench.
  4. I bought this one a few months ago with the intention of pushing it under my work table and pulling it out when I work on an awkward area like high rigging or whatever. For the $200CAD that it costs (tabletop is extra) it is very well engineered and high-quality. I have since moved my chair out of the workshop because everything I do I can now do standing up. I can set the table height to wherever I want it to be comfortable and go to work. I have not gotten rid of the chair yet but I could see doing so in the future. If you spend lots of time in the shop these things are great!
  5. It is always fun to experiment, but I have been there and done that and I don't do it anymore. I had the Micromark PE kit and used it for several projects. It works, but is very time-consuming and finicky. About 75% of my attempts were unusable for one reason or another but with lots of work and practice I did use it to make decent parts for maybe 4-6 projects before I gave up. Now I send .DXF files to https://ppdltd.com/ and a week later receive perfectly formed parts. Cheers and good luck, however you decide to make your parts!
  6. Looks like lots of fun! I live directly in the middle of North America so not much cruise activity for me unless I first fly to a port. I am intrigued by this though, and maybe some day will try it out. If you wouldn't mind I would like to see your photos and stories...
  7. You have lots of responses, but I am wondering why stretching does not work... As suggested by xken, put it between 2 pliers, or a vice and pliers and pull on it until you feel it stretch a bit. This is called the yield-point. If you release it carefully it will be perfectly straight. I much prefer this method to any of the others, but do whatever works for you.
  8. I bought an 8050 (thanks again for the recommendation John!) and love it. I haven't used my old flex-shaft dremel in months. The battery seems to have sufficient run time, at least for me. I have never had it go flat or slow down during a job and I use it daily. The fact that it doesn't remember your last set speed is the most significant drawback to this tool. It can be quite annoying when you are doing lots of slow speed work and have to continually be pushing buttons. I put a jacobs chuck on it and it blocks the lights in such a way that there is light everywhere EXCEPT where the blade meets the work! On the possibility of the battery getting weak over time, I have had mine for 6 months and if it were to die right now I would spend the money to buy another one. I like it that much. It is not perfect, but is well worth the money for the cordless convenience. I don't think you would regret buying an 8050.
  9. The Bluenose is a perfect subject to use white decal paper on because the hull is black. I have made 2 MS Bluenoses and drew the name and scrollwork in Turbocad, with the yellow and black printed, leaving the letters white. It worked great and the decal was all but invisible.
  10. #11 Exacto blade and handle A Dremel 8050 as suggested by John Allen in a previous post A small disk/belt sander Digital caliper
  11. If you were asking about the Nonsuch built in 1650 and sailed into Hudson's Bay then yes there are very good plans available. I have a set from the Manitoba Museum where the reproduction is housed in my hometown of Winnipeg, Canada. The plans are 1:24 scale and there are probably 15 or more large, detailed sheets. They must be builders' plans because there are some minor differences between the drawings and the physical ship, so they are not "as-built" plans. I started building a scratchbuilt Nonsuch several years ago in between commissions but then got too busy with other projects and have never been able to get back to it. It is an absolutely beautiful ship! Jarod Matwiy www.historicshipmodel.com
  12. Thanks for the suggestion John! I have had 15 great years out of my corded Dremel, and wasn't even thinking of replacing it until I read your review, and then other reviews online. I have been leery of battery operated tools in the past, but for smaller jobs (probably 80% of them) this will be great! I will keep my old, powerful corded Dremel and I'm sure the two will complement each other well. Will stop at Home Depot on my way home and pick one up :-)
  13. The plates stick like white on rice, but they do adhere better to a glossy surface than they do to a flat one. They are also very thin so they don't hide imperfections in the hull surface.
  14. Military modellers have literally THOUSANDS of figures available at a scale of 1:35 and I am sure you will be able to find figures posed and dressed exactly as you like. I just ordered figure sets from HobbyInc for figures I required for a diorama to copy a famous photograph of a meeting between King Aziz of Egypt, FDR, Admiral Nimits and an interpreter that took place on the cruiser Quincy. In my case I had to find clothing and poses that matched the photograph and was able to match each figure pretty accurately. The military figure kits come with the body parts all separated so you can mix and match if you don't like the arm position of this figure you can take one from another figure.
  15. I use this Micro-Mark X-Y table that I can attach to my drill-press when I need it. Works great for small jobs. https://www.micromark.com/MicroLux-X-Y-Table-Attachment

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