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Jeff B

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  1. Jeff B

    HMS FURY 1942

    Splendid piece of history!
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  3. Mick-. My advice, glue every knot. Be careful not to get it on the rigging as it put unusual bends in it that won't allow it to appear tight. CA glue can be used, but keep in mind it fogs up the bottle and may do so for some time. Best to stand the bottle on end to ventilate it. Keep the cork loose for a month or so. You may need to go back in and clean that fog . A swab and acetone (Fingernail polish remover) will do the trick. When running lines through the bowsprit or through blocks at there, I use CA glue to secure them. I put a small fold on my paper sails to attach to the lines and use "puzzle glue" on the line. I get it from a craft store. It's for hardening puzzles so they can be framed. People do that, I reckon. Others may do things differently. All the best.
  4. Good idea, except it's a direct violation of the This Hobby Is Not Going To Cost Any Money Treaty, made with Mama Bear.😀 Jeff
  5. I buy my fly tying/ fly fishing materials from J Stockard Fly Flishing @ JSflyfishing.com I also go to my local sporting goods, outdoorsman shop. Like Mr.Fox said, 3/0, 6/0, 8/0 size. Black, tan, brown, white (for stripe). Waxed is good. I rewax EVERY line again because drilled holes are rough, not smooth on the thread and will fray it when the thread moves in and out. Stockard has beeswax. I've also learned to run the thread through the wax (I use a block of beeswax I got from a beekeeper) before threading the needle. The needle tends to strip odd the excess wax. I just checked for you, thread is in category "fly tying materials." All the best, Jeff
  6. A picture is worth 1000 words... I took the conning tower off. It's just held in by deep wire pins cut from paper clips. I bent the front periscope to plumb vertical. Having a boost of confidence, I made a rudder, and tested my nerves and blood pressure with insertion. It worked this time, after a half hour of flopsin the sea.
  7. 1963-1993 While other teenagers were driving cars... I was driving a multimillion dollar state of the art master of seas. Loved it so much, I begged the Skipper for reenlistment and to let me do another "hitch" on her rather than go to shore duty. Being fully aware ware of the dimensions, as I've walked them many times, and was quizzed to pass ships submarine quals, it's to scale. Couldn't get the rudder fin in. She's maximum knots, it's buried in foam. She had just came out the shipyard and was refitted with sound dampening rubber on all noise making machinery, and a new reactor core. She was the fastest and quietest of her class. The next class was faster, but the Permit was still quieter. "First to fire" the Mark 48 torpedo and the Subroc. The rest is classified. Got the idea from Dan.
  8. Side view. Once in the bottle, can set the joint straight with adhesive.
  9. For Bruce. Opposite of prior description. Wood with rubber band flexi joint.
  10. Idea for oars...elastic. Rubber band .harden with paint, cut out an oar, glue a flat tooth pick on the "backside. Cut or break the toothpick right where it goes in to the side of the ship. Rubber bands are quite versatile.
  11. Never used that brand of epoxy. Drilling small and going bigger is always a good option., as long as your can keep the drill angle steady and true.
  12. This morning: proceeded to cut off bulwarks on both sides, figuring I could swap with coffee stir sticks in their place. While trimming down to the deck the aft part of the hull snapped off from the poop deck back. She's done. On to the next one.
  13. Couldn't tell from the before photo. Reckon it's bc the masts all lined up straight in the photo. I wrote myself a time order checklist awhile back to keep my builds "on track". Step 1..., Step 2 ..., etc. I often come back after a few days or a week , scratching my chin thinking, what the heck was doing last? Fair winds on the rest of your build. J.
  14. I had completed then removed braces on the fore mast, seeking to improve, and while prepping her, I squeezed to hard and put my thumb through the starboard bulwark. I had thrown her out to be scuttled, but then realized all is not lost.
  15. There's an article on Mystery stopper in Popular Mechanics. volume 120. 1963. That would be a part of the full illusion in the article. I've put 2 ships in 50 yr old bottles. Suppose the bottle is older than the ship. The braces look very tan, the rigging looks tight. The light house looks machined. I've been wrong before (disclaimer), suppose the ship is mid 20thcentury and the bottle is turn of the century. I need to find the article again. The inventor it refers to is a ship in a bottle maker.
  16. Is that a mystery bottle stopper? Adds to the mystique of "how'd they do that?" Or do my eyes deceive me?
  17. Yup. Some old classics, some for practical use, some just because.
  18. Jeff B

    CSS Alabama

    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.
  19. The beginnings of a clipper. Flying Cloud? Cutty Sark? Lightning? Star of India? Not sure.
  20. I like that jig. I think I have enough material to create this jig, after busting up my 2 jigs. 😀
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