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Guten morgen Oliver,

Oh yes, light is one of the most important in your workshop besides a well stocked refrigerator...

Did you install LED lights? It looks like it.

I truly like the mess in your shop, is that the La Belle on the bench?

How do you like your Proxxon scroll saw?

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Hello Nirvana,

I see, the german basics are given. 😆

Yes this was my pleasure of the weekend. But its not complicated.
A mess 🤣 ? I think it looks "allright". I prefer to work clean and organized, but sometimes the things
dont want it. Yes, it is the La Belle in 1/36.
For me, the scroll saw works very well. In a POF-Building there are a lot of parts where do you can use this saw.
The most people use a bandsaw for this kind of work but i never worked with it, i don´t miss it.

Thanks for your interest.

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This package arrived today..



I didn't... I mean.. There was a sale.. You know?... 40 % off they said... And shipping one or two is the same cost... 😆

Look's like the "add-to-cartism" struck again!



I guess it's time to order that appointment at the doctor now!



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Besides some cherry wood and a set of plans for my next build, I received one of Ancre's latest.... "Introduction to Model Ship Building "Dockyard Style".   Can't wait to start reading and I'll do a review when I'm done.


Camera is out on loan so I'll post the photo from Ancre.


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Just arrived in the shipyard today from CAFModels.   I need a figurehead for my Belle Poule build so ordered one from therm since there's no way I could ever carve something that small and that complex.   Took a little over 2 weeks to get here but worth the wait.   They come in assorted sizes so measure carefully to sort out what size you need.  The figureheads are carved in boxwood.  I wish my photography was better but here's a picture.  This one is 50mm (almost 2 inches) long. It looks fine to the naked eye but with the magnification of the camera it looks like some clean up will be needed on this side of the lion's face.  I will have to remove the material between his legs such to sit on the bow.  Actually, I think it'll be perfect.  All I have to do is make the model worthy of it.





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A friend sent me this E-mail today.



Young Chuck, moved to Texas and bought a donkey from a farmer for $100.00

The farmer agreed to deliver the donkey the next day.

The next day he drove up and said, "Sorry son, but I have some bad news, the donkey died."

Chuck replied, "Well, then just give me my money back."

The farmer said, "Can't do that. I went and spent it already."

Chuck said, "OK, then, just bring me the dead donkey."

The farmer asked, "What ya gonna do with him?"

Chuck said, "I'm going to raffle him off."

The farmer said, "You can't raffle off a dead donkey!"

Chuck said, "Sure I can. Watch me. I just won't tell anybody he's dead."

A month later, the farmer met up with Chuck and asked, "What happened with that dead donkey?"

Chuck said, "raffled him off.  I sold 500 tickets at two dollars a piece and made a profit of $898.00."🤑

The farmer asked, "Didn't anyone complain?"

Chuck said, "Just the guy who won.  So I gave him his two dollars back."

Chuck now works for the government.

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I just scored a copy of 'Constitution, Super Frigate of Many Faces, Second phase 1802-07 by William Bass.


Looks like an excellent source for builders of early versions of USS Constitution with detail plates of the bow, quarter galleries, Hercules figurehead, spar plan, and transom.

Includes a fold out full hull profile view.


The book seems to be very rare.  I have had it on my watch list for quite some time now.  Kind of expensive at $74 for a relatively short paperback monograph, but I could not pass this up.



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A brown box from Poland arrived today, from JSC to be more exact.

Since my heritage is Swedish I like to build some of the ships of the Navy.

These are all cardstock models, all at the same scale 1:400, so there is some very small details.



The four paper binders containing the cardstock kits, altogether 8 kits.
Each build will have it's own build log. There's even a helicopter in 1:400 scale to be build.
Due to their size at 1:400 shipyard diorama might be possible.
HMS Halland was the destroyer my father was stationed on.

The cardstock quality is very good, the outlining for cutting is sharp.



Smaland is the sistership to Halland.




Gota Lejon a cruiser was build after the war and got a short life, she was to expensive to maintain.




Zelos was Swedens answer to the American T-2 tanker, I also got the laser cut parts for Zelos.




When it's time to start build logs, I will present each model in detail.







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I'm always on the lookout for boxwood and pear for my stash. I found Exotic Lumber here in the US had Castello Boxwood pieces 36" x 3" x 1/2" for $16.99. I risked ordering 2 pieces which with FedEx shipping came to a total of $46. I ordered them Sunday evening and they arrived Wednesday morning. They are straight and smooth with very fine grain. One piece has a very small knot. It's a little more yellow than it appears in my pictures.




Overall I'm very pleased with the timber and fast service. These items were listed in their "thins" section. They also have a large (43"x16-19"x3") Swiss Pear slab for $360 but that's a bit big for me!





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Arrived my christmas present, the Proxxon FF 230, in my shipyard. The machine close the gap between my bigger millingmachine and the MF70.
It was a superspecial sale and to get the good price i activated Santa Claus a little bit earlier. I am unsatisfied with my bigger machine and i have been watching for a while the market for a good alternative.
The first Problem with the FF230 is the range of vices from Proxxon. All the vices has a small height to clamp the component which is a problem if you need to mill parts for 1/48 or bigger.
I adapted my very good Röhm vice with a lot of pads. Any parts of the proxxon clamp-set helps me here. This works very well with the machine.
Finaly a good and simple machine, very heavy for the size.
I dont know if he can replace the MF 70. The backlash from the MF 70 is much better for high presicion work, the MF70 can work with high speed.
The cover from the slideway is better on the MF 70. For the FF i have made a McGyver solution with a paper.
The equipment from the MF is as well better. The clamp set is part of the machine. For the FF you have to buy everything extra.


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Proxxon DB250 Lathe

Not new but new to me. Found on Ebay and works perfect. The chuck hasn't even been out of the package but the cutters need to be honed,

Everything in the photo for less than half retail.






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17 hours ago, BobG said:

What is the maximum length that a small lathe like this can handle?


250mm but the timber can pass through the stock chuck. I still want the bed extension though. 

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17 hours ago, James H said:

I still want the bed extension though. 

You should also consider the 3-jaw chuck, part number 27026. Here it is in action:



They also do a 4-jaw independent chuck which I don't have, but it's plastic construction might put some people off. The 3-jaw is well-built and very useful.


Btw, I milled the flats and the square section on a Proxxon micro mill, another of my favourite tools.



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I decided I didn't have enough card models on hand, and since my birthday is fast approaching, I took matters into my own hands. I ordered these today, so technically I haven't received them yet, as per the title of this thread, but they'll soon be winging their way over from Poland.


The Ki-43 and Curtiss Mohawk are both designed by Lukasz Fuczek. I built Lukasz's Yak-3 (far right) previously and was satisfied with how it turned out. Lukasz's designs are not as complex as a typical Halinski model, but they're still pretty demanding.


The Curtiss P-36 is, IMO, one of the best-looking fighter aircraft ever designed -- very clean and attractive lines coupled with balanced proportions. Just a sweet, sweet-looking plane, not hulking and brutish like some later designs (I'm looking at you, P-47 -- and yes, I know the bulk was due to the Jug's enormous engine and turbocharger layout).


And the piece de resistance, an FW-190 D-9 in the colors of Jagdverband 44. A handful of this aircraft were tasked with clearing out local Allied fighter opposition in advance of Jv. 44's Me-262s taking off. Their undersides were painted bright red with white stripes as a quick identification aide for trigger-happy flak crews, making them one of the most colorful examples of the entire FW-190 series.


The model is from Halinski, who are probably the premier card model publishing firm in the world (i.e. it weren't cheap), so it will be a real challenge, if and when I ever get around to it. My mailbox number also happens to be D-9, so what can I say? Kismet.


Now comes the waiting. 😬

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Yay! My birthday present arrived today! Well, two-thirds of it did.




Curtiss Mohawk. I found out later that this kit has laser-cut frames and a canopy available, but they weren't available from the company I ordered from. I'll have to get them later.






w/ laser-cut frames and canopy



These two kits illustrate a particular characteristic of card models. Though they are published by different publishers, they were drafted by the same designer. With card, the publisher can be important, but the designer is more important.


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46 minutes ago, BobG said:

Good for you! What accessories and blades did you get?

Thanks! I asked Jim what was a good starter set would be and he suggested:


“saw, extended rip fence,  miter gauge extension and the 3"  .03 slitting blade.  Some add the micrometer stop for high precision.”


So that is what I went with.

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