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Allow me to introduce myself:  Miles Davis, Seminole, Alabama, age 71, sometimes grumpy but not often, and never online.
I found LSS in the early 2000's, purchased his practica for the Armed Virginia Sloop (I took the liberty of naming her "Liberty"), Constitution and Rattlesnake,  I finished the sloop, got through the first three chapters of Constitution, and then the Fair American arrived (kit #5).  Off with the Conny and onto the Fair American.  I finished her some time in the mid-2000's and then my life went all a-hoo.  More work, family deaths and illnesses, multiple surgeries on my dear long-suffering wife, Linda, moving to Huntsville, moving back home, more blah blah.  As Linda puts it, sometimes life interferes with living.
I am now ten days post-lumbar laminectomy surgery but recovering well, although still somewhat weak.  So while bedridden, I started reading (for the third time) Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin novels, and have re-entered the age of sailing ships, and there it was--a re-kindled desire to get on with the Constitution.  I have everything I need, I think, including a ten year old unopened bottle of Wellbond glue, hopefully not hardened.  I say I have everything, but am not sure where everything is, but that will be worked out.  I do have the entire printed practicum in three-ring binders.  I doubt I will ever build the Rattlesnake, but who knows?
When I'm feeling stronger I'll post photos of my completed ships.
I went the the LSS website, but everything seems old, like 2015.  I don't know what happened. I never met Bob but considered him a friend at distance, a fellow Vietnam Vet.  I sent him a note at his old email address but it came back undelivered.  I hope he's OK.
Anyway, glad to join you good people and back to the Constitution!
Miles Davis
Co. "K", Third Battalion, Ninth Marines, 1968-69
Semper Fi Brothers
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Welcome to MSW and to the NRG - Mary told me you joined today - she's working on your welcome letter and sending you the current Journal. 

She mentioned you joining because my cousin toured and played Sax with your namesake about 25 years ago.


I know you will gain a lot from your association with the crowd here - check the various build logs for the Constitution if you decide to tackle it next.


Take care,


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Hello Miles and welcome aboard,


Good to hear your recovery from surgery is going well.  Just take your time.


As Mark said, when you're ready, feel free to start a buildlog.

If needed, you'll find plenty of advise, help and encouragement from everyone


I wish you smooth sailing with our gallant crew.






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Glad to see another Marine reporting aboard. I am in the middle of a Constitution build so stop by and visit. 

I was in Marine helicopters Vietnam tour with HMM-164 and HMM-362 July `67 - Aug `68. Semper Fi to those who fly! This is a great site to enjoy and learn as well. :cheers:  Semper Fi! Ken

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