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Jeff B

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    Jeff B got a reaction from James w rogers in Sir william hardy 1955 Rainbow warrior.   
    Very nice!
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    Jeff B reacted to exwafoo in Mast Making   
    Hi All,
    Hope you are all keeping safe. 
    There has been a bit of talk about mast drilling and jigs, etc over the past few months. I thought I'd kill a couple of hours in lockdown putting together a screed on how I do it and the jigs I've made to help me.
    Hope its of interest.
    best
    Alan
    Mast drilling jigs..pdf
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    Jeff B got a reaction from exwafoo in The princess royal 1841   
    Looks like an exciting build!
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    Jeff B got a reaction from exwafoo in What's on your workbench?   
    The beginnings of a clipper. Flying Cloud? Cutty Sark? Lightning? Star of India? Not sure. 

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    Jeff B got a reaction from exwafoo in What's on your workbench?   
    At eye level the sea looks cupped. High on ends. I'm gonna keep it low on the display shelf so the sea stays flat. On this pic, the glass made the main gaff sail look tore. It's not.

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    Jeff B got a reaction from exwafoo in What's on your workbench?   
    All bottled up.

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    Jeff B got a reaction from exwafoo in What's on your workbench?   
    HMS Waterwitch is done. Just need a proper bottle. I used  the plans/ instructions in Jack Needham's  Modeling Ships In Bottles. 
     
     

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    Jeff B got a reaction from Spanky in Thread Recommendation   
    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
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    Jeff B got a reaction from exwafoo in Thread Recommendation   
    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.          
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    Jeff B got a reaction from Bernard Kelly in Thread Recommendation   
    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.          
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    Jeff B got a reaction from tazam0827 in More failures than success, ...so far   
    ...... Words cannot express my sorrow.

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    Jeff B got a reaction from Onni in Thread Recommendation   
    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
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    Jeff B got a reaction from Bruce Foxworthy in Thread Recommendation   
    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
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    Jeff B got a reaction from exwafoo in Thread Recommendation   
    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
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    Jeff B got a reaction from Bernard Kelly in Thread Recommendation   
    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
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    Jeff B reacted to Lubber123 in Authenic Models Privateer   
    I finished rigging my "Privateer" and she looked very ship-shape on the rigging stand.
     
     

     
    I prepared my putty sea using plumber's putty that I had colored with oil paints. I had some left over from about a year ago which was just the right consistency. I tried not to over do the sea and used uncolored putty for the white foam.

     
    Next was setting her to "sea". I found I had a very tight fit and probably should have trimmed the hull just a bit thinner. I found this to be a general issue with most of the parts in the kit that they all needed some trimming down or fairing out. The bottle didn't quite fit the stand correctly so the stand needed to be shaped down before I epoxied the bottle to it. The inside of the cap would have needed to be thinned out in order to fit over the bottle treads but I just glued a cork stopper into it to make it removable.
     

     
    All didn't go very smoothly. I ripped a sail on the main mast off off its yardarm during insertion. The sail material is a stiff fabric which allows the sails to be shaped nicely before insertion but holds a crease and I ended up creasing the spanker sail with no hope of reshaping it. The model ended up a bit more "wind blown" then I would have liked and took some damage during insertion but I finished her off anyway with a decorative knot on the neck using the provided yarn.
     

     
    I have had better luck with models I made from scratch using my own materials and plans. I suppose the down fall of kit construction is not knowing what shapes are reliable and not having any previous experience with the provided materials so one doesn't know how they will behave. The beginner has to trust that all the materials in the kit have been proven and tested, which may be a naïve assumption. So for a kit that was suppose to be "beginner level", this wasn't some "snap the pieces together and be done" affair and requires a bit of sophistication. I always learn something every time I build a kit or follow a build from a book which allows me the knowledge to do my own scratch builds. I have a good collection of kits so I'll post more when I build them.
     
     
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    Jeff B got a reaction from exwafoo in USS Permit (SSN- 594)   
    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. 
     

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    Jeff B got a reaction from exwafoo in USS Permit (SSN- 594)   
    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.
     

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    Jeff B got a reaction from JesseLee in USS Permit (SSN- 594)   
    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. 
     

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    Jeff B got a reaction from John Zuch in USS Permit (SSN- 594)   
    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. 
     

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    Jeff B got a reaction from Bruce Foxworthy in USS Permit (SSN- 594)   
    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. 
     

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    Jeff B got a reaction from Bruce Foxworthy in USS Permit (SSN- 594)   
    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.
     

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    Jeff B got a reaction from Onni in USS Permit (SSN- 594)   
    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.
     

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    Jeff B got a reaction from JesseLee in USS Permit (SSN- 594)   
    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.
     

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