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About jhearl

  • Birthday 09/26/1949

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  1. This photo may help. It's a part of Ronnberg's model of Kate Cory in the New Bedford Whaling Museum Not the best photo but they appear to all be the same height above the waterline. You could also try sending an email to the Cape Ann Museum where Mr. Ronnberg is a curator - curatorial@capeannmuseum.org Cheers - John
  2. You will notice that Breezin' Thru has a half-round metal strip on the rub rail, which is a very common feature. Do a Google search on "half round brass wire" and you'll find it in several different sizes. It can be blackened, then glued and/or pinned to the edge of the rub rail. Here's an example of one of my models where I used it:
  3. Last time I was up your way in 2019, I visited Kentmoor Marina on Kent Island where Breezin' Thru was docked at that time. No idea if she is still there. Cheers - John
  4. The advantage of the wider table is that you can use the Byrne's sliding table without having to remove the rip fence. You just slide the fence over to the right. I go back and forth between cross-cutting and ripping frequently so the wider table was worth it for me. It would drive me nuts to have to keep removing and re-installing the fence. I also bought the micrometer but after trying it a couple times, it has been sitting in the drawer ever since. I work at larger scales (typically 1:16), so that degree of accuracy is unnecessary for me. Cheers - John
  5. As with many things, the answer can be found with a simple experiment. Glue some scrap planking to another piece of wood then see how long it takes to set up. I typically use generic yellow glue and I am often surprised to find it has set up in just a few minutes.
  6. Difference between a dumb *** and a smart ***. smartarsVID-20170906-WA0000(1).mp4
  7. It seems to me there's a simple way to answer your question 1. Take a piece of your planking material and measure its width. Soak it for however long you think necessary, let it dry completely, then remeasure it. Question answered. Cheers - John
  8. I did not intend to imply that cropping produced a larger, magnified image. Clearly it does not. But one needs to think about the ultimate use for the image. If you're intending to use the image in a book or perhaps a magazine article, then cropping may not be the best course of action. If you're planning to make a 16"x20" color print of a tiny feature on your model to hang on your wall, it certainly won't work. But in reality, most people use images of their models on websites such as MSW, or perhaps, to email to friends. In that case, resolution is a minimal factor. For example,
  9. I would offer a somewhat contrarian view and say that macro gear may not be the best solution for close-up model photography. I own a Nikon D800 and three different macro lenses plus a bellows and tripod - altogether some quite expensive equipment. I use none of it for model photography. Instead, I use what would be considered a high-end point-and-shoot (Fuji X100F). That camera has a fixed focal-length 23mm lens and a 16 megapixel sensor. The camera cost around $1K new but now sells for around $500 used. It has a lot of controls that someone used to a digital SLR would want, which is one of
  10. You're right - my bad. Try Global - https://www.globalindustrial.com/g/metalworking-tools/metalworking-saw-blades/jewelers-saws/Jewelers-Slotting-Saws-1-1-2-Diameter
  11. Try Malco - https://www.malcosaw.com/ By the way, it's not a good idea to post your email address on the site. You should use PMs if you want a private contact. Cheers - John
  12. If you look at the picture of the X-Y table on the Micromark site, you'll notice two pan-head Philips screws and washers attached to some nuts down in the T-slot. In the vise that Micromark sells (#15118), there are two slots in the base of the vise. Those screws will go down through the vise base (washers under the screw heads) into the T-nuts and allow you to tighten the vise down to the table. Although that vise is somewhat lighter than real machinist vises, I think it's adequate for your use because you're just using a Dremel anyway. You're not going to be doing any heavy-duty
  13. I see that the NRG is offering new 2021 calendars. That's some wild-eyed optimism if I ever saw it!!!
  14. Many years ago, I bought a magnetic gluing jig from Micromark and it has proven to be very useful to me. https://www.micromark.com/Magnetic-Gluing-Jig-10-1-4-Inch-Square
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