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Jeff B

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  1. Yup. Some old classics, some for practical use, some just because.
  2. Jeff B

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    I too like show-as-you-go threads. The good, the bad and the ugly. "Oww my finger!", comes to mind. Yours will be fun to watch! I'm certain I will learn a thing or two.
  3. The beginnings of a clipper. Flying Cloud? Cutty Sark? Lightning? Star of India? Not sure.
  4. I like that jig. I think I have enough material to create this jig, after busting up my 2 jigs. 😀
  5. Nice painting! Some of my favorites there! Sure are pretty. I've tied, and used most of them. Ok. Back to your regular programming.
  6. Here's a couple of jigs. Put the ship on either end. Whichever is easiest to work on at moment. Run lines through finger slices of 3 x 5 card (movable) to keep them organized. Very portable. Kitchen table, workbench, one room to another. I have a fishing tackle box for tools and some metal cookie tins for other important items (and they all are). Best regards, Jeff
  7. I built and raced a J- class One meter RC boat in local and regional tournaments long ago. Always fond of them. Any hoo, yours looks great!
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    Bruce, granted mine are more folk style,(It's good for a man to know his limitations), they often get squirrelly on me when I'm putting them in and I mess them up. I'll snag a line, cut a line on accident, snap a mast by too much tension, get sea on a sail or boom, the list goes on. I've pulled 2/3 of mine out, thus breaking them. Of course I've rebuilt them, vowing to not do that again, and be more careful. Sharing the bad allows experienced members to offer advice to help us next time. Alan showed me a launching tool. You showed me a way to hide my bow lines with the keel loop. Dan showed us to cut out a keel blank from the ocean b4 we go in. We learn from our mistakes by sharing them. As Dan said, don't be ashamed to share a mishap. We can offer our sympathy too.
  9. That sea is so flat, and it's going in a Christmas ornament (rubbing chin), a melted liquid sea be ideal? IT looks like there are NO wooden yards. The sharp curve in the sails appears to be from going into a Christmas tree ornament sideways. At first I was thinking that's a lot square sheets. But it's 4. Right number. Looking forward to the final product.
  10. I have not had one thicker than a toothpick / cocktail skewer yet. I snip off the ends, and roll the ends in sandpaper between my thumb and index finger, Keeping a keen eye on the taper..
  11. Live long and prosper.
  12. That one inspired my Enterprise build! Star Trek: Next Generation , season 6 , episode 12. Title : Ship In A Bottle I thought what would they put in a bottle? Glad you found it!
  13. Things that makes you go humph, for 500, Alex (that means "interesting")
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