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Jeff B

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    Jeff B got a reaction from Moab 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 Moab in Hannah, an Amati kit   
    I think I can do that Alan. I'm looking for a way to securely hold the hull. My tweezers usually get caught up in the forward rigging.  You break off the piece attached to the keel  or slide it off?
    I have pusher that has a hole on the end that the end of a bowsprit usually fits in. I can see pushing off with that. 
    Are you setting directly into adhesive? It would seem a break off would be ideal. In theory.
    Last ship, I tried to put adhesive in after the ship was in the bottle, and got some on the lines in the bottle neck and lost individual line control. I don't know what I was thinking. Huge brain fart. 
    On second check with a real stir stick, I can't see cutting or breaking it off in the bottle- UNLESS it was mostly cut, but not quite. 
    Set it on a glued down Popsicle stick with adhesive. Snap it off, with little force, maybe by pushing pushing forward and back once set. 
    My tweezers usually get caught up in the rigging. I'm looking for a way to securely hold the hull.
     
    Thank you Alan
     
     
     
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    Jeff B got a reaction from Moab 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 JesseLee in What's on your workbench?   
    Clipper. 3rd attempt. Previous 2 broke in the neck. I’m using the hinge method. 
    3rd times a charm. Lessons learned.

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    Jeff B got a reaction from Onni in A "ridiculous" new question   
    YouTube is a great resource. 
    I thought about what knots I use. 
    -cow hitch and reef knot to attach yards to masts. 
    -Clove hitch at end of yards. 
    -Square knot a lot. 
    -and Figure 8 loop for masts pulls at the cross trees. 
    Attaching a pic of a cow hitch around a yard. (Thanks to D. Siemens)
     

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    Jeff B got a reaction from Onni in What's on your workbench?   
    Clipper. 3rd attempt. Previous 2 broke in the neck. I’m using the hinge method. 
    3rd times a charm. Lessons learned.

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    Jeff B got a reaction from James w rogers in A "ridiculous" new question   
    YouTube is a great resource. 
    I thought about what knots I use. 
    -cow hitch and reef knot to attach yards to masts. 
    -Clove hitch at end of yards. 
    -Square knot a lot. 
    -and Figure 8 loop for masts pulls at the cross trees. 
    Attaching a pic of a cow hitch around a yard. (Thanks to D. Siemens)
     

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    Jeff B got a reaction from James w rogers in Pond Yacht   
    I used to race RC model yachts in a club. World Cup rules, around bouys. We were members of the AMYA and held/attended tournaments. Good times. 
    Sometimes the guys would let me win. 
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    Jeff B got a reaction from James w rogers in What's on your workbench?   
    Clipper. 3rd attempt. Previous 2 broke in the neck. I’m using the hinge method. 
    3rd times a charm. Lessons learned.

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    Jeff B got a reaction from DSiemens in A "ridiculous" new question   
    YouTube is a great resource. 
    I thought about what knots I use. 
    -cow hitch and reef knot to attach yards to masts. 
    -Clove hitch at end of yards. 
    -Square knot a lot. 
    -and Figure 8 loop for masts pulls at the cross trees. 
    Attaching a pic of a cow hitch around a yard. (Thanks to D. Siemens)
     

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    Jeff B reacted to Onni in SS Great Britain   
    Funnel goes in and then the main mast. Decided to leave off 'Daisy' and the cow shed as I thought the deck could look a bit too cluttered.( It's possible that I can add them later if I want to.) Main mast in place with no problems and then set in the foremast. The bowsprit gave me a few problems as the glue didn't set on the first attempt because the mounting hole inside is made up of a plastic and wood wafer construction, so in the end I used an epoxy glue to fix it firmly. Finally completed GB after several months work but unfortunately I didn't notice that the top flying jig rigging had tangled at the top of the foremast until it was too late (everthing glued!) so there it sits; slightly down from the top of the mast.Slightly disappointing but these things happen in our hobby.
    The stand is a tribute to Brunel which incorporates a bridge,a tunnel,the Great Britain and of course Mr Brunel himself!









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    Jeff B reacted to Onni in What's on your workbench?   
    Flipper 650DC made for a client.














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    Jeff B reacted to tazam0827 in What's on your workbench?   
    Charlotte Rhodes, adapted from a plan in "Modeling Ships in Bottles" by Jack Needham.





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    Jeff B got a reaction from Moab in Bottle find   
    Found this at antique consignment store today.
    1960's Log Cabin syrup. Embossed Indian on back, wheat oval on front to show off ship!!
    $7 steal! I found a couple @ etsy for around $13-14. 

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    Jeff B got a reaction from Moab in Thread Recommendation   
    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
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    Jeff B got a reaction from Moab in Build box   
    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

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    Jeff B got a reaction from Moab in Build box   
    Nice painting! Some of my favorites there! Sure are pretty.  I've tied, and used most of them. 
    Ok. Back to your regular programming. 
     
     
     
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    Jeff B got a reaction from Moab in Build box   
    I like that jig. I think I have enough material to create this jig, after busting up my 2 jigs. 😀
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    Jeff B got a reaction from Moab 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 Will in Scratch build Bluenose   
    Looks like those masts are good. Just gotta drill the holes. 
    as for the pull lines,  a touch of glue on the mast and then cut the line with  hand made cutting tool with (razor).
    A skewer stick with broken razor glued on tip works for some. We all make our own tools. 
    I use a very fine fly fishing leader tippet line (7x 2.7 lbs) I can barely see it. I can leave it in and pull it out through a bowsprit hole with the other lines and snip it there. Or, cut and glue at the mast, depending on the look. 
    Cheers!
    Jeff
     
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    Jeff B got a reaction from exwafoo in Scratch build Bluenose   
    Nice start Will!
    I encourage you to watch Episode #1, Season  26 of the Woodwrights Shop- Ship in a bottle. (Youtube) Lots of tips from the guest on that episode! He demonstrates hauling in the main sail for a schooner/ sloop. 
    As for sail glue: I use “puzzle glue”. It’s used to glue a puzzle together to frame it and hang it on a wall (I reckon some people do that). I get it at the craft store. 
    If a mistake is made, hot water on a cotton swab, back and forth on the line, removes the glue. 
    Cheers!
    Best regards, Jeff
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    Jeff B got a reaction from Bernard Kelly in Scratch build Bluenose   
    Nice start Will!
    I encourage you to watch Episode #1, Season  26 of the Woodwrights Shop- Ship in a bottle. (Youtube) Lots of tips from the guest on that episode! He demonstrates hauling in the main sail for a schooner/ sloop. 
    As for sail glue: I use “puzzle glue”. It’s used to glue a puzzle together to frame it and hang it on a wall (I reckon some people do that). I get it at the craft store. 
    If a mistake is made, hot water on a cotton swab, back and forth on the line, removes the glue. 
    Cheers!
    Best regards, Jeff
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    Jeff B got a reaction from JesseLee in Scratch build Bluenose   
    Nice start Will!
    I encourage you to watch Episode #1, Season  26 of the Woodwrights Shop- Ship in a bottle. (Youtube) Lots of tips from the guest on that episode! He demonstrates hauling in the main sail for a schooner/ sloop. 
    As for sail glue: I use “puzzle glue”. It’s used to glue a puzzle together to frame it and hang it on a wall (I reckon some people do that). I get it at the craft store. 
    If a mistake is made, hot water on a cotton swab, back and forth on the line, removes the glue. 
    Cheers!
    Best regards, Jeff
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    Jeff B got a reaction from Will in Scratch build Bluenose   
    Nice start Will!
    I encourage you to watch Episode #1, Season  26 of the Woodwrights Shop- Ship in a bottle. (Youtube) Lots of tips from the guest on that episode! He demonstrates hauling in the main sail for a schooner/ sloop. 
    As for sail glue: I use “puzzle glue”. It’s used to glue a puzzle together to frame it and hang it on a wall (I reckon some people do that). I get it at the craft store. 
    If a mistake is made, hot water on a cotton swab, back and forth on the line, removes the glue. 
    Cheers!
    Best regards, Jeff
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    Jeff B got a reaction from IgorSky in Schooner AMERICA Scale ̴ 1/800   
    Nicely done! 
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