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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. Much better a small space than none at all!
  2. Fascinating machine. I'm trying to imagine what it would be like as one of the "hamsters" inside those giant wheels all day long...what a job!
  3. Magnificent build, Chuck. I've had this kit in a closet for, literally, years, and looking at your photographs is inspiring me to get it out and try to at least come close to the level of your work...perhaps after I finish my Chebec.
  4. I use no. 11 xacto blades almost exclusively unless the situation requires the curved scalpel blade. I also resharpen the no. 11's over and over, using fine honing stones, sometimes until the cutting edge develops a concave shape at which point they don't seem to hold the edge for very long; only then will I replace the blade. That habit probably stems from growing up with minimal funds for hobby supplies when I was a young'un.
  5. I dunno, Literalman, from what I've read about duty on board those ships, it wasn't so great, especially during long periods of inclement weather with that foghorn bellowing 24/7 plus being anchored in one spot for weeks/months at a time. The sailors actually started a cottage industry, tho', by passing the time making baskets to sell.
  6. Bill, I have to agree with Wintergreen in that, because of the dearth of information on that ship, I became the "master shipwright" and just decided to build the deck furniture and fixtures as I saw fit, knowing that it in no way probably resembles the original. Sure took the frustration out of the build by doing it that way and I have a nice-looking model that I and others can enjoy looking at. Pretty sure I won't be questioned on it! Cheers, Gary
  7. 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.
  8. 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?
  9. Well, here are some. I'd forgotten that I filled in between all of the frames.🥴
  10. 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 much easier to attach the planks there. I have some photos of how I did it if you're interested. Thank you very much for the compliment and I hope you enjoy your salvage job as much as I did mine! Best Regards, Gary
  11. 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
  12. Richard, Looks like a great (lengthy!) start with the most difficult assemblies done. What ship is it? Cheers, Gary
  13. 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.
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