March 2017

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I have some long-running internet grudges, and I’ve hinted around about them here and, frankly, I’m tired of dancing around the subject. Today I’m going to name one of the “villains.” Please don’t think that I’ve just lost my mind and am going to start foaming at the mouth over a Facebook “troll” or a …

Continue reading The Death of Santa Claus

There is only about enough real, solid information about English ships from the year 1600 to make up one good model. You can make a Mayflower, or a Golden Hind, or if you really push it, a Revenge. That’s about it. Furthermore, you have to choose from between two versions of the Golden Hind. If …

Continue reading Golden What?

I suppose that building ship models appeals to me for a number of reasons. Seems less “fringe-y” than building airplanes (Kurt Vonnegut won’t accuse you some kind of neurosis.  I might.) It might grow into something that pays (you never know!). It is, ultimately, something that I only barely understand and would like to learn …

Continue reading Happy Accidents

As an builder of plastic airplane model kits, I like to try to keep my models in the same scale. So I was wondering if my Golden Hind from Revell (which will be completed soon–I hope) is similar to my Airfix Mayflower, which is also considered to be a “pretty good” ship kit, for a …

Continue reading Scale?

It’s my blog. That’s the beauty of it. I can go COMPLETELY off topic, and start writing about pizzagate or gamergate or some other weirdness, and it’s perfectly legal. It might not gain me any readers, but it’s legal. But don’t worry. None of that today. But I am going to write a little about …

Continue reading A Few Thoughts on the Internet

They seemed to make decals better about fifty years ago. I have Authenticals decals from those days that are good as new (I used some on the A-20). The decals that came with the Golden Hind looked dreadful. So I gave them a coat of Liquid Decal Film and crossed my fingers. They went on …

Continue reading Old Decals and Sails

It’s time for confession. I’m not playing this game strictly according to Hoyle. Yesterday I was looking at the longboat that takes up a hard-to-believe amount of territory on the deck, and I thought “If I were the captain, would I want that filthy thing on my ship?” and the answer came back “No.” You …

Continue reading Cheating a little.