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ShipbuilderMN last won the day on April 17 2015

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    Ship modelling. Writing. Vintage radio design & construction.

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  1. Coastal Steamer

    After they discontinued the quarterly Model Shipwright, they went on to produce an annual, starting with Shipbuilder 2010, but after Shipbuilder 2013 came out, John Bowen finally resigned as editor, being in his late 90s, and they never produced any more. I believe Warship continues, but as I only deal with merchant ships, that was the end of my long association with Model Shipwright that had begun in the mid 1970s! 100 feet to 1 inch was always rather too small for me, and my favourite scale has been 32 feet to 1 inch (1:384). For anyone interested, I run a group on Facebook called Merchant Ships In Miniature, that currently has 142 members, and some quite good builds in it - all merchant ships of course! Lots of the models are of modern ships, but a few old "dinasaurs" like myself prefer to stick to pre-1960s ships. Bob
  2. Coastal Steamer

    I haven't got that book, but assume it is one by John Bowen, I do have the others. Such books are now appearing for only a fraction of what they cost when new. Same with David MacGregor books. I never met John Bowen, but we corresponded over many years when he was editor of Model Shipwright and I wrote for them on a regular basis. He died recently at the age of 99, and Conway then abandoned their ship model publications - it is all pretty much "washed up" now as far as traditional scratchbuilding is concerned - kits rule supreme, and sometimes I think their day is numbered as well with 3D printers creeping in and printing models at the touch of a button! Bob
  3. Coastal Steamer

    I doubt it. I am doing very little model shipbuidling these days. It is far too stressful, with collectors forever wanting them and pushing me to build more. I am doing more drawing and writing than anything else, because I enjoy it, and it is so unpopular, no-one ever bothers me to write more, or draw more! Bob
  4. Coastal Steamer

    The good ship Helen Craig, of Belfast, that ran on a regular service from Belfast to Preston for 68 years, after which she was scrapped in 1959. Bob
  5. Belle of Lagos - trading barque

    Tinned copper, blackened with a broad-tipped permanent marker pen - Bob
  6. Belle of Lagos - trading barque

    This doesn't gave any ratlines, but you can't really tell. 50 feet to 1 inch Bob
  7. Belle of Lagos - trading barque

    If you have diffculty making ratlines on miniatures, just leave them off! I have built smaller ones at 50 feet to 1 inch without ratlines, and no-one has ever commented or even seemed to notice! Bob
  8. Belle of Lagos - trading barque

    Thanks, but I truly belive you all have the skills. The biggest stumbling block is when people say or think "I could never do that!" Miniatures are far easier to build than large models, because the rigging is all wire, glued on in short lengths. No knots anywhere! Bob
  9. For whatever reason, Photobucket did it on purpose! It is unlikely they will change their mind. As far as I can see it, the only solution is to accept the fact, and move on. Everyone must deal with it in their own way. To go on and on about it will only cause added stress - of which we have more than enough in modern life! Bob
  10. It is probably no use raging about it! Just move on, and find an alternative! I would NEVER trust my images to ANY of them, and anything I put on there, I retain a copy on both back up CDs, the PC hard drive, and an external hard drive. Neither do I ever erase the memory cards in my camera. When they get full (that takes a very long time with a 32gb card), I just purchase a new card, and file the full one away. Two other forums I was on lost absolutely everything a couple of years ago - every single post going back years- every image - the whole lot! They started again at zero, and it was surprising how quickly they recovered after making a fresh start. Bob
  11. Even if all the images disappear, the site will soon build up again. If mine disappear, they will just be gone, and that will be the end of it. Feel the same way as Gabor (above). Bob
  12. This makes interesting reading: https://petapixel.com/2016/03/11/dont-trust-free-photo-hosting-sites-problem-flickr/ Bob
  13. This is an image I have on Facebook. I right clicked on the image, followed by "Copy Link Location" I then inserted it here. To enlarge, click on the image and then, if you are not a member of Facebook, click on "Not Now," and on the image again, and it will enlarge. Bob
  14. Image Shack went that way a while back, and started to charge, so I just left. I then went to Postimage, and have never had any problem with them. At one stage, they did say they were a bit "hard up" and asked for small donations, but the crisis soon passed, and they remain free. Bob
  15. Advice for 1st DSLR

    I got a Nikon DSLR recently, and I can honestly say that it was my worst camera purchase ever. It might have been easier to learn to fly a jumbo jet. No doubt it could produce excellent images if I had spent a couple of months learning how to use it. Apart from anything else, it was big and clumsy. After about 9 days of struggling with it, I took it back and got a full refund. The manager who dealt with the return said I had been sold the wrong type of camera, and that I would find a "bridge camera" far superior if I didn't have the time and patience to learn to use a DSLR. I had never heard of a bridge camera, but they look like DSLRs and can be used on auto or manual. I got one, and found it far more user-friendly, and produce excellent images as well. I will never get a DSLR again - I believe they are only suitable for dedicated camera enthusiats who are prepared to spend weeks and weeks learning how to use them! This is an example of a picture taken on a bridge camera. Bob