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  2. Jeff;take it easy." Don't work your fingers to the bone" as the saying goes. Onni.
  3. Today's update: they both look the same. My index finger in my dominate hand is split, probably from sanding. I need to take a break. Let it heal. Bet ya I'm going to chisel away on a disk for the prototype. Picture of my finger. Cheers!
  4. Jeff B


    I am amazed at your ability to work in such fine details
  5. A picture didn't post. Or I pushed a delete button
  6. Thank you fellow shipwrights for following along. Final progress for today. Putting the struts is easier. The engines are off balance. I'm thinking I'm going to have to put glue in every "hole" prior to going in the bottle. Silicone glue sounds ideal. More time to fumble with dropping stuff and all This is the prototype. No glue just mortise and tenon joints.
  7. Mortise & tenon worked perfectly!
  8. Will do. Thank you so much for the tip. I can see that working! Jeff
  9. A hopefully helpful suggestion: try a mortise and tenon joint on the nacell struts. That may help control the strut angle.
  10. And a flop! Awe SeaBiscuit! Can you say "prototype?" I cut my struts from a coffee stir stick down to half width, per drawing. I cut the slots with my xacto knife at what looked to be the proper angle. I put them in and couldn't get that angle. At first I had to enlarge the slots a bit, then wiggle, but the angle wasn't happening. I'm thinking to myself, if I'm struggling outside the bottle... Imagine the trouble I'll have inside! So filled in the slots with silicone glue, punched the struts in, set the angle, pulled them out, and let it harden. Mean time, I made another one. I think I will drill the slot holes with the mini drill, see if if I can get better control of the struts and the angle . The struts below have not been cut down to proper size yet. And then there were 2.
  11. More progress. Fuselage is right. Somehow I "nailed" that thing on the front of it! So I made a mount and parked it and marked off lines for the supports. I'm thinking I'm going to slot them in deep.
  12. This is one place its never been before 😁 Alan
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  14. Jeff, Yes, staying in NC, bUT can see SC from the new place...moving only 18 miles from the present house. Yet a move is a move, and we have been downsizing.
  15. Artur


    Continuation Artur
  16. In the previous photo the fuselage wasn't looking right. I came back to after s couple days. Measured and found it to be 2 mm too wide. Some sanding, measuring, filing, measuring, more sanding. Measuring, think I'm there. Too much material is better than not enough. More to come.
  17. Your kind words inspire me. As you know, going in the bottle is a "figure of my imagination" at this point. When the house guests ask, "how'd you get that in there?" I can honestly say "magic!" Referring to the magic quarter in a bottle trick. Contemplating the rest, struts and engines are going in separately. A diaroma Jim? Are you staying in NC ?
  18. Great start! Looking forward to your building log and going into a small bottle. Have been wanting to build the Trek Enterprise myself, but cannot find a bottle able to hold Capt. Kirk's ego. Folding the saucer is the way to go . Have a diorama in mind of having the history of the Enterprise from schooner, brig, aircraft carrier to space crafts. Since my shop is boxed up for an upcoming homestead move, that project and others, are on hold. Fair Winds, Jim
  19. Great carving. It's funny when you break it down the shapes of the Enterprise it ends up being a flying saucer with jet boosters.
  20. Okay Jeff. I'll get crackin. Regards Bruce
  21. Hi Bruce, Yes a word document is preferable. For sake of security, I would suggest you write the article and then please send a private email message to me on this site. That way I can proof it with you before it goes into the journal. I like your train of thought, so I would suggest a series of articles due to the unknowns and the research from Michigan will be invaluable down the road. So at a minimum a three part series, introduction, body of the research, and a conclusion which would involve your involvement and any revelation you come up with whether by yourself or the university fold. How does this sound to you? Jeff
  22. Jeff: Coincidentally, I came on line this morning specifically to contact you about the article. How would you suggest that I proceed with it? Can I write it in Word and then email it to you? can I upload pictures to an article in Word? I don't know? I've never done this sort of thing before?? At this point in my research I have got quite a bit to still unravel about Ander's process. Most of which is going to be painstakingly tedious and time consuming. So I'm thinking of straight away addressing that issue and just proceed with what I do know? I am in the process of trying to get funding from the University of Michigan, Science and Fine Art departments to support the analysis of Ander's sea material which could be done on campus. This is a drawn out affair in and of itself. This one element of Ander's building practice can answer a lot of questions but it's again just in the works. Do you know if I can print out the article that I've posted here so that I can edit it to be shorter and better? Please advise, thanks Bruce.
  23. Hey Bruce, Are you still going to contribute an article to December’s journal about your amazing find? Please advise, Jeff
  24. You are welcome to it Gordon and welcome aboard to BSB. Jeff
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