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crazypoet last won the day on March 11

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About crazypoet

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    Woodstock, GA, USA
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    Reading, writing, history, occasional artist, sometimes poet, nerd by profession and "one of them creative sorts" by avocation.

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  1. Love it! This mounting tells an immediate "story" which is one of the greatest joys in modeling
  2. It's getting a bit crowded in there! Lots of small parts to fit inside an ever-shrinking space... I expect that the plumbing is going to be quite the adventure. great work, and thanks for sharing all the steps
  3. There is actually stuff happening on this build, albeit slowly at the moment. When I have large chunks of time I spend them in getting the Picket Boat wrapped up. The Goose is getting those odd bits of time when I work from home or just have a few minutes in the evening. Even so, there's progress. Nothing photo-ready just yet (all the pieces pretty much *look* like they did in the last pics I posted). But still... progress. I'm finding that I have one complaint about the way this kit was engineered. There are no alignment pins *anywhere* to assist in the precise location of some of the major internal components. This makes fitting some of the pieces much trickier than it should be. The resin castings for the bow compartment, cockpit, cockpit back wall/cabin door, cabin floor and cabin back wall (plus a sub-floor beam used to support the bottom of the cockpit) all have to be shaped to the internal curves of the fuse, all without precise location indicators. I have to make good use of my eyeball-micrometer, compare to pictures on the 'net and *feel* the fit as it develops. sooooo... I take a deep breath, sand a bit, test fit, sand a bit more, curse, have a drink, test fit again... Lather, rinse repeat... It's kind of a meditative thing, come to think of it... At the rate I'm going I have about three or four hours of work before the pieces are all well-fitted. At that point I'll be able to actually start gluing and painting the interior details.
  4. Very very nice work! Particularly liking the research involved...
  5. Reminder to self: thick plastic does not bend and shape the same as thin wood... I'm working on parts of the display base, in this case one of the boat stands. Re-learning how to do curved joints in what will eventually be a pair of "iron" stands is kinda fun - I'd forgotten how tricky it can be to get precise curves along edge joints under tension. The good news is that it's all coming back to me and I might actually be able to use this one after a moderate amount of sanding and filling. The bad news is that it shouldn't have *required* a moderate amount of sanding and filling! The core of each stand is 1mm evergreen sheet (as these will bear a good bit of weight when finished), to which I'll add seams, plates and MasterClub resin rivets, all finished with Uschi's metal powders in a mix of iron and steel. I'm also badly mistreating a lovely new map, to make it look like a lovely *old* map. The first wash of strong coffee and food-coloring is done. After it dries I'll borrow one of Mrs. Poet's irons to make it nice and smooth again before I mount it to the board and hit it with some tinted varnish.
  6. Is that Pro-Tec scale hose on those fittings? I was just trying to find something that looked like what you were doing and came across them. Seem to be oriented towards auto/cycle modeling, but would seem to work for some of our topics as well.
  7. Thanks! I think I figured out the "how else could it be" approach for the through-hull fitting on the seawater pump. A screened pipe with a sealed/riveted flange just makes sense, and I've not been able to find anything that would indicate otherwise. So that's the approach I'll take. Meanwhile, I finished the ball-peen hammer. I carved the head from a 3/32" dowel and the handle from a sliver of cherrywood left over from a different model. The only headache was drilling a 1/16" hole through the 3/32" head... a bit of CA for body made it doable... Finished the head with graphite, and a coat of future for the varnished handle. Not the the greatest picture - I need to track down the macro lens I picked up for the iPhone - but the gist is there. I made up a few silk bags and I'm putting them through the coffee/food-color/ammo wash treatment to get the appropriate level of grunge. I collected a few acorns of various sizes and some dryer lint with which to fill them - works a champ for that "odds and ends in a bag" look...
  8. I appreciate the comments! They truly help to keep me focused on days like this when about four hours of work resulted in some (hopefully final) drawings/plans of the supports where the boat will rest on the base, filing a hex socket out of brass tube for the valve key and a rough start to carving a ball-peen hammer head out of 3/32" dowel... Translating the designs from my head to paper then to wood/plastic/brass/whathaveyou is always a challenge! My imagination has *infinitely* finer resolution than my fingertips and tools can reach... meanwhile, I have a dilemma... The engine drives two different pumps in addition to the prop shaft. One of those is a recirculating pump for feeding water from the condenser back into the boiler. No problems there as all the connecting pipes, fittings and related bits are neatly hidden and invisible under the deck. The *second* pump however is used to pump seawater straight into the boiler when it needs filling. Again, most of the connecting plumbing is neatly invisible under the deck... HOWEVER the associated fittings on the outside of the hull, under the waterline, are an utter mystery to me. I have no clue how these things were done and I've so far found no useful references online. i hate it when things like this which were once "common knowledge" become cryptic puzzles...
  9. The stove is a perfect bit of verisimilitude- and dead-on with the red LED. what did you use for the ash/cinders?
  10. That's some impressive CAD, and a great print!
  11. I like that jig - it's an approach that just makes sense, but that I'd never have thought of.
  12. I sweat bullets over rigging a small handful of ropes and lines on a boat... your taking on the task of rigging a *squadron* of biplanes puts everything back into perspective. daaaaaaaamn. Thanks for the amazing work, and for sharing it.
  13. I do have both the B-17 and a wooden sailing ship (solid hull, designed for beginners). I have some more advanced/higher skill level kits in 1:48 as well - are those appropriate?