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  • Birthday 06/15/1947

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    Model building - wood carving - photography - astronomy - fixing things

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  1. Rob, another warm welcome for you. I think the Bluenose was the first wooden ship kit I ever built as well, lo so many many years ago. Beautiful ship, enjoy it. What, if any, models have you built before this?
  2. Again, welcome to MSW. I would definitely add needle-nose tweezers and perhaps a set of micro drills to that list. Also, look at the topic on modeling tools on this site; lots of good information there but, as barkeater suggested, get tools that you know you're going to use often.
  3. What a great small craft and, judging by that video, it's slips through the water very quickly, too. Nice. Thanks for posting that.
  4. Thank you all for your input, I now have a much better idea as to how to go about this! Best regards, Gary
  5. Hello, I'm in the process of rigging an old Steingraeber kit of the Mary Celeste which came with terrible instructions, so I've been using this site and the books I have to try to get her rigged in a somewhat realistic manner. At this point I'm wanting to rig the fore topmast shrouds and decided to use a single Bentinck to tie the futtocks together. The one diagram I have doesn't show how those lines are connected to the shroud...are they simply rove through a ring or bent around it or is there a hook involved somewhere or should I just forget it and tie them into the lower shrouds? Any help on this would be very much appreciated. The ship is a brigantine, by the way. Thanks in advance!
  6. Ron, I'm enjoying watching your build of this little Heller kit. I built the Heller Thornier Armor fishing vessel a few years ago, and it was a fun project (1/125 scale). Just wanted to share some photos of the completed model and am looking forward to seeing the results of your work. Gary
  7. Thank you, Eric. I knew about the hinged stacks because I've seen them in operation on a modern stern wheeler in Red Wing, MN. Sure didn't think that mast would be a navigational aid, tho'. And thanks for the compliments! That kit required a considerable amount of tweaking and artistic license to build.
  8. Thank you John and Chuck, I see my guess wasn't too far off! Interesting how they could maneuver those boats through and over obstacles, even by flexing the hulls. Gary
  9. Greetings, I recently completed building the old re-issued Lindberg kit of the Robert E. Lee riverboat and got to wondering about what that tall mast on the bow was used for other than a flag pole...perhaps a height gauge to prevent the stacks from hitting a bridge or other object crossing the river? It doesn't seem to be engineered for load lifting. Just curious and hoping for any enlightenment on the subject. Wasn't able to find anything about it through a web search.
  10. Well, here's yet another posting on this thread! I partitioned off a section of my garage, paneled and insulated the walls and cobbled together the workbenches from furniture and lumber that I had. A small window air conditioner and IR heater keep it comfortable year-round. Nearly all of the tools were acquired second-hand at yard sales, etc., with a few exceptions. On the workbench is a model of what started out to be the Mary Celeste, an old Steingraeber kit that I actually began building in 1975 or '76. Long story, that. Decided to finally finish her before the end of the year. The model aircraft are all that remain of kits that I built over the years. Lots of projects started, lots to finish, and more to begin!
  11. Very interesting, ragov! I just finished reading that book earlier this year...never occurred to me to try to plot out some of the voyages. I'm going to print your map and keep it with the book. Thanks! And thanks to you, Bob, for pointing out the Ventusky site; it certainly makes clear the reasons for the route.
  12. If you take something apart and put it back together enough times, eventually, you'll have two of them. - Law of Inanimate Reproduction
  13. Grinnin' like a mule chewin' cockleburrs....

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