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  • Birthday 06/15/1947

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    Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA
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    Model building - wood carving - photography - astronomy - fixing things

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  1. Zooming in on the photograph and looking at the name on the bow and on the display card, it looks to me like "Duke of Abercorn", although the only ship I could find with that name was a square rigger....
  2. Hey, shrinking down a real ship isn't fair!!
  3. uncarina, Very nice work on the photo etch. The photos of the Walrus aircraft sitting on top of that turret made me wonder if they flew it off or removed it before they fired those cannon...seems like if it was still on there the blast would shake that fragile air frame to pieces - any ideas on that? I'm not well-versed on battleship operations.
  4. Kirby, That has to be a very satisfying build. I imagine you occasionally step back and just look at your work and feel pretty good about it. I know that I would. Great job. Looking forward to seeing it done and in place with maybe your son peeking over the bulwarks with a pirate hat and a patch over one eye and a plastic cutlass between his teeth! Gary
  5. Interesting article: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/moving-stories-of-historys-most-tragic-ships/ss-BB1deFVe?li=BBnb7Kz#image=2
  6. Greetings, Way back in the mists of time, when I was eight-years-old, I built the Pyro kit of the Nantucket and, despite it spending a northern Ohio winter at the bottom of my friend's swimming pool, most of it survived and I managed to keep it for all these years meaning, someday, to somehow rebuild it. Recently I acquired the Lindberg reissue of the kit and decided to combine the two models. The Pyro hull, with its raised letters, was in excellent shape so I repainted and used it. The hull at the time was molded in red plastic, pre-assembled, and painted black below the w
  7. Welcome, Dennis, you've found the best model ship-building site on the net; there's a huge amount of information here to help you out. I know the Sonoran desert well having lived for years in Tucson and Yuma. Enjoy the great winter temps! Gary
  8. Totally agree with Bob. His comment was pretty much what I was going to say. Extraordinary build!
  9. Hah, it actually made it through the race...about fifteen minutes. Noticed that it was considerably heavier when we hauled it out - had split a seam and the starboard side was half full of water below the deck. Sadly, had to scrap it. Lots of work for lots of fun!
  10. How cool! Would've loved that as a kid! The closest I came to building something like that for our boys was when they were already grown...a Viking ship for a cardboard boat race.
  11. Cabbie, I highly recommend Historic Ship Models by Wolfram zu Mondfeld, published 1989 by Sterling Publishing Co. The book contains detailed information on building the ships of the era you're interested in from keel to running rigging with many excellent drawings and photos of finished models. A true wealth of information. Cheers!
  12. Jorge, I'd have sent this sooner but for some reason, because of the site or my computer, I couldn't write any text. That being said, I wanted to send some photos of the replica tall ships Nina and Pinta that my wife and I toured back in 2013. I hope they'll help with your rigging questions!
  13. Thank you all for your responses and input, I have a much better understanding of that rigging style now. Thanks again. Now, back to tying multiple blocks and toggles and then adjusting and tightening them. The rigging on the yardarms/sails looks to be at least as complicated...have to make the wooden yardarms first, tho', the plastic ones are way too fragile and weak. Fun stuff!
  14. Wow, what a brute. I suspect it was just as "pretty" inside as well. Wonderful build!
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