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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. I've built many of 'em: 1/96 Cutty Sark (now a dis-masted hulk), Thermopylae, Constitution; Heller Soleil Royal (unfinished), Le Chebec (nearly finished), Thornier Armor; Imai Catalan ship and Santa Maria, small Revell Constitution, Bounty, Golden Hinde, and Chas. W. Morgan plus many steel-hulled ships, submarines, and work-type ships. I have to say that I enjoy working with that medium as much as working with wood models...just love the look of ships, always have.
  2. Great job, Johnny. I've only done one of those Metal Earth kits - made the Hubble space telescope for our astronomer son for Christmas a few years ago. Not as much work as your Arizona but definitely good practice for fiddly bits! I put it in a shadow box for display...perhaps you could do that for yours?
  3. Well, here are some. I'd forgotten that I filled in between all of the frames.🥴
  4. Bill, Yes, I did build the model, actually started it back in the mid-seventies but it kept getting put aside due to many many moves. Over the years all of the hull planking became warped and, like your kit, I had to completely rebuild it...dang thing still isn't quite finished. I've modified it so much that I'm certain it only has a passing resemblance to the real ship. As for the "ribs", they're simply pieces of wood glued onto the bulwarks. One thing I suggest you do before you begin the planking is to fair in some balsa wood fillers in the bow; makes it
  5. Bill, You might consider finishing that model, it builds up into a nice looking ship; the instructions are terrible but there's a lot of info on this site and on the net to go to for help. Cheers, Gary
  6. Richard, Looks like a great (lengthy!) start with the most difficult assemblies done. What ship is it? Cheers, Gary
  7. Mike, I'm not able to assist you on your first question but concerning the second one, if it were me, I'd definitely rig the cannon before doing any rigging...lots easier to do without having to work around those pesky lines.
  8. Mike, Welcome to the forum! I don't know what your general drawings 1&2 look like but here is the standing rigging plan for that ship that I used to have. Assuming it's different from what you have, perhaps it will solve your difficulty. Again, welcome! Gary
  9. Henry, I seem to recall seeing the two sweeps you served on at the naval base in Charleston, SC, is that where you were home ported? And, yep, iron men on wooden ships. I believe our motto was something like "Where the Fleet goes, we've already been." One more comment on the first photo I posted: it was taken as we were drifting, powerless, after the tugs engine quit. Before they got underway again the two sweeps (I was on the Notable) had drifted together and collided with only minor damage. Both ships were being towed to NYC for decommissioning and then onto the scra
  10. Sperry, I can't testify as to what a wooden sailing ship really sounded like at sea but I can tell you what it sounded like on the wooden ocean-going minesweepers I served aboard. The engine noise was there, of course, but not terribly loud. In moderate to rough seas, below decks, the noise of the waves pounding against the hull was a booming sound accompanied by some creaking and groaning of the ships structure. Someone had drawn a vertical pencil line across two overlapping beams in the berthing compartment and it was fascinating to watch that line separate and come
  11. Ron, That's some remarkably fine soldering you've done - what method do you use...resistance? Torch? Very nice work!
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