April 2017

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Quite a lot to report today. First, an announcement. The rigging is complete! I’d say it was worth it. Now I’m planning on finishing a few details. The gun-port doors will have to be installed to make the Revell kit complete. I’ve read that they may not be authentic, but I’m building the kit “out …

Continue reading Walking the Plank

I’m happy about the way things are going. It’s been a long slog (considering that construction of this model started two and a half years ago). I’m finally beginning to see that this will be finished and put on display. I’m happiest about the sails. They look great, to my eye. They look like they’re …

Continue reading Going for Broke

The rigging of plastic ship kits differs from that of wooden kits. On a wooden kit, you normally set up all the rigging on the various belaying pins or whatever and make the tidy little rope coils and install them, and get everything ready down on the deck before you attach the masts, then you …

Continue reading Rigging Plastic Ships

I’m sure you’ve heard of the Pareto Principle–that eighty percent of your work is associated with twenty percent of your job (that’s one way of applying it). It’s called the “eighty twenty” rule and it pretty-much applied to everything. Eighty percent of your problems come from twenty percent of your customers, eighty percent of your …

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Not much progress–but a little. I painted the oars bright red with a custom mix of Tamiya red and white–and glued them into the boat with Tombo Multi Glue. I put a drop of glue on the paddle of each oar and lowered them into place. I’m aware that the whole layout of the boat …

Continue reading Fun Stuff

In a world where “truth” and “falsehood” are really difficult to identify, one thing stands clear. I’m not a “ship fan” and this whole episode is about building an old Revell kit that I like. Building a model ship is all about the enthusiasm. If you can maintain it for long enough–it gets built. True ship …

Continue reading Tail Rigging

This is just a note to promote a blog that I consider to be a “must have” resource for news on 1/72 scale kits. Click on the image below to visit Adam’s wonderful blog and learn all there is to know about what’s coming out for the builder or collector of 1/72 plastic model kits. …

Continue reading Another Minimal Post

Say hello to my little friend. Super glue allowed me to put some of the stuff (carefully!) on the “top” of the yard on the bowsprit, and then (after cutting it loose) pulling the sail up onto the yard so that it has the proper “billowing” appearance. Ahhhhhh…. Now we’re talkin’! That Andy Gump (no…not …

Continue reading Beloved Super Glue