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Robbyn

Great to hear from you again. So sorry to hear about your mothers passing.

You're doing your own kitchen?!?! Oi! I used to do residential construction, cabinets in particular, thats a lot of work with a full time job too. Well worth it when you step back and say to yourself, "I did that!"

We will all be here waiting when you return.

Sam

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Good to hear from you as well Robbyn,

 

I feel for what you are going through, had My father pass away a while back and trying to finish my 85 year old house.  We gutted it as well.  Still need to do the kitchen since, well, its takes a small fortune to redo one.

 

Hope the smell of sawdust and fresh drywall keeps you longing to start back on the Syren.

 

Scott

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I can sympathize with your troubles.  I still remember when my little sister passe away.  I also earned some extra coin doing grunt work on a renovation.  Doing drywall and making it look good is not for the faint of heart or back.

David B

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Well after a long protracted absence, I am happy to report the new drydock has been completed and I can resume modeling. I must say I really have missed it. Planking of the Syren has resumed, ad I hope to have some progress to show next week. 

Here is the new drydock

 

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I feel really out of the loop Chuck, it has been over a year since I touched anything regarding modeling, and I was not real active for 6 months before that while taking care of my mom before she passed. After I got the shop set up, I had to spend several days rereading the manual and my own build log, just to remember where I left off, and where I was going next. I get fleeting moments of recall of knowledge I had acquired, but now feel like I am a complete beginner again, I hope as I work it comes back to me.

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Good to see you found your way back, Robbyn.   Welcome back home.    Lovely workshop.. I like all the windows.   You'll get back in the swing of things as it's sort of like riding a bicycle.  You might fall once or twice and scrape your knee but you'll get the hang and the rhythm again.  :)

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Robbyn,

 

I am jealous of the sunlight, I am confined to the basement.  I also noticed that you have two ships in your drydock?  Did you make the bold move of attempting two builds at once? :)

 

-Aaron

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Wow, love all the natural light and the counter tops.  That should make a good therapy room for you Robbyn.  Glad to see you back, for in you build log you seem to ask the right questions that help a number of us less experienced.

And I know how it feels trying to get back to a build project you have been away from.  It took me days to find where I left off on my rigging plan on the Constitution.

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Robbyn,

 

I am jealous of the sunlight, I am confined to the basement.  I also noticed that you have two ships in your drydock?  Did you make the bold move of attempting two builds at once? :)

 

-Aaron

Ah you noticed...yes I have an additional build going as well, but not revealing what it is at the moment. Taking my time on the other build, because I am going off script a bit with this one, and going to attempt something more creative than just a ship you look at from the outside. Looking at options of cutaways, and interior views in places. But main focus right now, is to get the planking on the Syren done, so I can move forward to the next step

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Sam, hand is as good as it is ever going to get, little feeling in the pinky, but the rest works fine.

 

Scott, I really do like the natural light in that room, makes the modeling better in the daylight, Planing to hang some florescent lights above the countertop, as the ceiling lights just don't provide enough light for the finer details, works ok for the planking phase, but will need more light soon. 

 

Greg, welcome to my build, I hope you enjoy.

 

Everyone else, thank you for the kind return messages, I have missed you all!

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robbyn, thats good to hear, hopefully the feeling comes back in time. The couple of times I have sliced myself bad enough to loos feeling in a finger, the feeling took a couple of years to come back completly.

Now then, SAW DUST!! :)

Sam

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good to see your back Robbyn!   yea.....it's hard to get back into the hobby at first.......it's like going through a door { whole different world}.  I should know.....I go there regularly ;)   once you get a routine going.........it will all come back.   your work area is really nice.......the place  {my} dreams are made of.....I'm really freak'in jealous over here  ;)   look forward towards seeing some flying sawdust!

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Like you, I have a goodly amount of natural light coming into the shop.  But I also have both incandescent and flourescent lights up on the celilng so I can check things out under all 3 conditions or combinations.  It's not a really big deal as our ships are mainly to be displayed indoors but it does make a big difference with flying model aircraft.

 

Whatever you decide, put in more than you think you need.  You can always turn them off!  And try to have light coming in on both sides of the ship.

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Buck, any recommendations on lamps?

Hi Robbyn, my favorite lamp is the one on the left in the 1st pic which has twin 18" flourescent tubes in it and the base mounts out of the way. The arm articulates and the head swivels so you can direct the light to really shine where you need it. This one is made by Amplex, but I think it is a common style. The one on the right has a round flourescent tube with a big magnifying lens in the center. It doesn't give off as much light and I find a lighted Optivisor to be better when you want magnification. Although pricey, a gooseneck OttLite like in the 2nd pic from Michael's or Hobby Lobby puts out nice light too. If you get one on sale with a coupon, it's not so bad. I'm a firm believer that you can't have too much light when you are trying to do detailed work. I'm glad you are back. I was beginning to wonder if the world's largest prairie dog down the road from you got you!

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Thanks Buck, think I will look for the one on the left in your pictures, I have a nice gooseneck ott light, and I love it, but it is a floor model, and what I use next to my recliner for my needle work. If I need to, I can carry it into the shop, but I would rather not. Need to see if I can find a table top ott light, as I really do like the spectrum of light they put out

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Progress!!! Planking is complete. Not perfect, and still needs a bit of sanding, but real progress to report.

Now onto my first try at a water line. I made 4 attempts, but cant seem to get a straight line drawn at all. hard to draw a line on something that isn't straight itself, going to took back at some build logs and see if I can find a method that might work better for me.

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