Happy Accidents

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
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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
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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
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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
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I’ve managed to do that one thing that really put me off for so long. Rig the cannons. I really did not know how to do this. At all. I finally just worked my way into it, and managed to do something that looks okay from a distance. (Note: DO NOT glue the boat in
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One of the things that irks me is the tendency among certain younger, hipper people to declare that there is always something new that is the best ever–that there is no category of things where the old ways are still the best. New trumps old every time, and only washed-up old guys insist otherwise. Well,
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I’m not sure if I should call this a “demo build.” It doesn’t really fit the profile because I may decide to abandon it at any time. You see, I put this model aside nearly two years ago. It may go back on the “delayed” list if I get too tired of it. Because that’s
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As I mentioned in my last post, I have a Revell Golden Hind sitting in mothballs, waiting for the right moment to jump out and shout “Happy New Year.” Like King Arthur. My recent battles with both the Hellcat and the Havoc have left me in a foul temper. Perhaps if I didn’t build models
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Someday, maybe, I’ll get around to finishing up the model of The Golden Hind. I was making some good progress on it, and then I just lost interest. I’m not that good at delayed gratification. As you may be able to tell from my activities on this blog, I like to get things done NOW.
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