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    Arrived a few minutes ago, and just in time for Christmas, my present from number one son. This contains the rest of the bits and bobs for my latest seaport construction work, which will recommence after the holiday. Can't wait till I get to open it tomorrow.
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    A booknook is a mini scene disguised as a book that can be set in a bookshelf. Examples:
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    Just about any scene from a book or imagination. They are becoming quite popular. My youngest daughter wants a Diagon Alley nook to set with her Harry Potter collection, and the older daughter wants the Mines of Moria for her bookshelf.

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    Thanks for the clarification Vol.
    i learn something new every day on the Anchorage.
    I now await the finished booknote with bated breath.
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    Oh I seriously doubt my effort will be as nice as the ones pictured, lol

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    It’ll be interesting to see what you build, Vol.

    I have started on Rayo.

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    That is a pretty ship Jonas! The figurehead looks interesting. Is that an extended arm?

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    I have many Bolt Action figures to work on, which has added to the slow growing "pile of shame".

    I say slow, but it's growing rather quicker than I expected!
    No-one expects a ship full of dwarves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Volunteer View Post
    That is a pretty ship Jonas! The figurehead looks interesting. Is that an extended arm?
    Yes. Simon was hesitant about the figurehead but I hoped he’d keep this correct one with the extended arm. I guess he made a compromise as he kept it but made it a bit oversized. I guess he had problems printing it.

    I printed his resin 1:700 ship at 70% to get an as detailed version as possible and had no problems at all. Printed like a dream as all of his ships do.

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    Looking very good so far Jonas. The extended arm gives a certain air of rightness even if it is a bit elongated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by McDorf View Post
    I have many Bolt Action figures to work on, which has added to the slow growing "pile of shame".

    I say slow, but it's growing rather quicker than I expected!
    Don't worry Gary, I have a 20 year old pile of shame, with dust on it.
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    My pile extends back to the late 1970's, so I believe I have you all beat!

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    Yes. My oldest unpainted stuff is from the early to mid eighties. (83-84?) You beat me.

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    You certainly have me there Vol. I cleared up most of my backlog when I retired. The oldeat remaining figure is a Joseph Bugman on a barrel which was a spoecial only obtainable from Bugman's bar at Games Workshop HQ. That is the start of my 30 years remaining pile to do.
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    I still have unpainted Elan Merch Bakshi LOTR minis, various Heritage Grenadier and Ral Partha fantasy figs. And I have quite a few Ral Partha and Minifigs historicals.

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    I think you've both got me beat for the "best pile of shame" award.

    I've also been printing out some models too, so that's adding even more! I've recently been printing off some terrain for use with wargaming.
    No-one expects a ship full of dwarves.

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    Really need that black paint now. It’s in the mail…

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    Are those the resin masts and sails Jonas?

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    I was rather intrigued by the glimpse of those masts too Jonas.
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    Yes they are.

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    How well do they hold up for rigging, strength wise? And are they Henry's or Simon's? Sorry Jonas, I am sure you have answered these questions before, but I'm old and can't remember .....

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    I resemble that remark Vol!
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    In passing I now have my pressies unpacked and am placing the new bits around the plan.
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    This afternoon and evening I cut and shunted parts for the first corner of the model.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Volunteer View Post
    How well do they hold up for rigging, strength wise? And are they Henry's or Simon's? Sorry Jonas, I am sure you have answered these questions before, but I'm old and can't remember .....
    It’s Simon’s Black Sea sails for two dollars or something like that. I have scaled them as I’ve written in an earlier post.

    The masts hold up well. They are quite sturdy. The bowsprit isn’t as sturdy, but that was designed by me.

    I probably should try to design a version that have a steel rod/pin as the base as Simon’s sails does.

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    Rob, I am in awe of your project. So much detail! Looking forward to seeing the end results!

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    I am in awe of the space Rob must have to store all of the amazing terrain he builds!

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    It all fits into a three drawer plans chest thus far Vol, but this may be my last project as there will only be enough room to fit this one in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cpt Kangaroo View Post

    Looking forward to seeing the end results!
    This may be a month or two Erin as there is quite a lot of scratch building work on this one because even with the bought in bits of wallwork, a lot of the shapes are just unobtainable for this one.
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    A bit more progress today on the curtain wall.
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    So I thought I would try my hand at rigging. I started small with a Sloop and Brig (center). Sorry about the quality of the pix.

    I am trying to decide which ship to do next.


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    Handsomely done Erin.
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    Another section of wall completed today.
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    Well done!

    I’ve been working on remaking the bowsprit…

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    It looks good Jonas. How well do those sails line up with the stays?

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    I’d say ok and glueing them to the stays will make it possible to bend them the last bit. That’s also the reason I wanted to make the base in steel. I realized that the bowsprit needs to be able to take a load without bending. It’s not as important for the jib boom.

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    Looks like a good modification to me Jonas.
    Do you do thenm in Sloop size?

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    My effort for today was on my Port buildings, turning this into this,
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    Wow, that's excellent Rob!

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    Thanks Vol. It is one of the Key buildings in my town.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bligh View Post
    Do you do them in Sloop size?

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    So far I've done them for Spanish first rate and a test print for third rates.

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    I wont beg a print off you then Jonas.
    My HMS Bounty has all sails excepting the Bowsprit.
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    It’ll probably be done down the line. I have been playing around with making a less fragile version too.

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    Thanks Jonas.
    Here is the next section of wall I completed today. I am now about half way round the town outer perimeter walls.
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    Not Sails related, but two different requests led to a common development project for both...

    1. A cop buddy has a daughter who's just reaching the age where he needs to start teaching her about weapons safety, and he thought a complete lightweight range kit in a briefcase-size package would be good for starting her on "if you wanna shoot it, you clean it, you maintain it and you schlep it."
    2. My gal is a fan of classic spy movies, so I thought it might be fun to modernize the basic concept of 007's briefcase in From Russia With Love and turn it into an "everything you need for a variety of situations and a complete range-day in a briefcase," then see if I can find or have a couple of rangemaster buddies design her a series of stages to let her play "Bond Girl For A Day."

    The AR7 aircrew survival rifle was compact and a big deal in 1963, but now is rather dated... and it frankly just feels kinda "blah," doesn't have that Q Branch "it factor." So we're looking to the Ruger 10/22 family in the same caliber, specifically the Charger Takedown pistol model--since TD's are designed to split in half where the barrel meets the receiver, it occurred to me that that quick-detach capability can be used to build a switch-hitter to go from pistol to rifle barrel lengths and back, just like established precedent with Thompson/Center Contenders and AR15s that start as pistols. Similarly, the Charger has a rail on its rear that can be used to mount a forearm brace when set up as a large-frame pistol... or, as with the AR or Contender once a legal-length barrel is on, a rifle stock assembly. Net result: a platform that can be set up as a plinker pistol for games on the range, a large-frame pistol for starting a smaller-statured person on their first shoot, or a fullsize .22 rifle for rifle matches... or all three setups can be used to quickly and economically present a variety of "Range Day... At the Movies" events.

    The case:
    https://www.harborfreight.com/18-in-...ase-69318.html
    Interior is pluck-foam, looks like it can be tailored to fit the components without needing clamps, clips or tiedowns. Shoulder strap is kinda cheap and crappy, so it got upgraded with this from a camera-supply store.
    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...for_NANUK.html
    Cheap, cheerful, comfortable and helps disguise it as a camera case... and with the addition of QD sling swivels, one less piece of the system that needs storage space inside the case since it can double as the rifle's sling.

    The weapon:
    Basically, the core of the project starts with a "Homebrew Edition" version of a Ruger 4935.
    https://ruger.com/products/22Charger...eets/4935.html
    Main differences are a folding grip cribbed from the USAF's new ejection-seat-kit aircrew survival rifle, and that the factory handguard is getting removed from the 10" barrel, installed onto the new 6" and replaced with this.
    https://www.midwestindustriesinc.com...mi-1022-8h.htm
    More room for mounting accessories, allows more "support hand" position options, AND looks a lot more "spy movie." Rifle barrel assembly will use a similar handguard, just 5" longer.
    Also, for cases where we don't need a scope but DO need an iron sight, the OEM scope rail is getting replaced with this.

    Leave bare for a short pistol, slap on a red-dot for a long pistol or a QD-mounted scope for rifle stages.

    Additional accessories: Cleaning and assembly/disassembly tools and gear to quickly load and unload magazines.

    Differences between the two are that for my buddy and his daughter I'd recommend that all modules not relevant to the day's planned itinerary be removed to save weight, along with reducing the ammo and magazine load.
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