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  1. A few picks from my library:

    Ship Modeling from Stem to Stern, Milton Roth, ISBN 0-8306-2844-4 (The Focus is on scratch building but it's also great insight on how the full sized ships were constructed.)

    The Ship Model Builder's Assistant, Charles G Davis, ISBN 0-486-25584-0

    The Rigging of Ships in the Days of the Spritsail Topmast, 1600-1720, R.C. Anderson, ISBN 0-486-27960

    All are available on Amazon.

  2. The kit was, indeed, the Black Pearl, until Zvezda lost the Disney license. The only difference is the small sprue containing the figurehead. Disney pirate movies aside, above the waterline, painted wooden surfaces might have indeed been brightly colored for visibility, but that practice was more common to warships than merchant ships. Below the waterline, the hull could have been whet, dark brown, or black, depending on the type of antifouling voting used. Warships typically were protected by a white lead slurry. Pitch or pitch mixed with brimstone was used more often on merchant ships. Vertical surfaces of bare wood, such as the masts, sides and bulwarks would have been varnished or shellacked in port, and treaded with oil periodically to keep the wood from drying out. The decks would have been a light ash - almost white - due to regular holystoning. Standing rigging, such as the ratlines and lashings on the mast and spars would have been black, as the line was tarred to prevent decay. Running rigging (any line used to haul or make fast) would have been cotton or hemp.


    The most important thing, though, is that it's YOUR ship, so paint it however it pleases you!

  3. Humor helps, on both sides of the isle. Usually, when I'm trying to track down something in a store, I'll ask an employee "If I were a (fill in the blank thingI'm looking for), where would I choose to hide from somebody looking to tear me away from all my friends on the shelves and carry me off to a strange place?" Occasionally I get a blank, "huh?" look, but eventually I get a smile and more often than not, an escort to the merchandise I'm looking for...

  4. My suggestion: Polish the disks down a bit - they look awful "foggy" for spinning props. Then lightly airbrush three wide "blades" using Tamyia Smoke (I'd go narrow toward the hub and wider toward the tips). Mix a drop or two of yellow in about 10 drops of Future, mask the disk except for a space the witdh of the prop tips, and lightly spray the edge of the disk with the translucent yellow, and you should have a pretty effective "spinning prop."

  5. I'm working on the Kinetic/Italieri 1/48 E-2C and I'm just not happy with the insert provided to show some detail at the open crew door - so I'm looking to scratch something more accurate. Problem is, I can't seem to find any ref pictures looking directly into the open doorway. Can anyone help me out here?

    Donkey shins in advance...

  6. Agree with the others about your splotches. When you say you rarely get a smooth finish, is it pebbly? That would be from the paint drying before it gets on the model, in which case, dial the air back. I typically spray between 10 and 25 psi - lower for the up-close, fine stuff, and higher for base coats.


    Might also check your needle and tip for bends and cracks - that will cause sputtering...

  7. Three Rivers IPMS proudly announces TRICON 2011: The Region 4 Scale Model Expo and Contest!

    Show hours are 4:00pm - 9:00pm Friday, March 25th, and 9:00 am - 5:00pm Saturday, March 26th. Awards banquet following the show.

    Hosted at the Holiday Inn, Pittsburgh Airport, Moon Township, PA. Special show rate available.

    Visit the show web site for details: http://tricon.tripms.org, or send an email to the show coordinator, Tim Swisher, at timothyswisher@aol.com

    Interested vendors can contact Joe Michaels at jemav39@comcast.net to reserve your table(s).


    Hope to see a lot of you there!

  8. Thanks for catching me up, Don. Down here in Virginia, my absolute favorite hobby shop USED TO BE Granddad's Hobby in Fairfax. Granted, I live another 180 miles to the south, but when my son started to college at GMU, I found this little gem tucked beside the beltway and gave them about $400 of my hobby money over a period of two years. Sadly, a couple years ago, they went out of business and, rumor has it, packed up and moved to West Virginia to start a mail order business. Still no word. I miss their knowledgeable sales staff and large selection of paint, magazines and photo-etch for armor!


    Ever make it up to Denbeigh Hobbies on the Peninsula? When I lived down your way, they were my regular stomping grounds...

    Dunno if they're still around, but Orange Blossom Hobbies in Miami, FL was three stories of modeling goodness. And back in Seattle, American Eagle was a great shop, too...

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