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August 2021 Volume 11 number 8


News, Tips and Happenings
This summers foot traffic is a lot heavier than a normal year. I believe there is a pent-up desire for people to get out after a year of being quarantined and socially distant. The International Guild of Miniature Artisans held their annual gathering at the Maine Maritime Academy in Castine this past month. Nice to see some familiar faces come back to visit. Linda and Sophie brought Trisha some "little" presents - a miniature BlueJacket catalog and some gin & tonic. Truly outstanding work. You can visit their website at www.igma.org
Model Ship World is an on-line forum of over 39,000 ship modelers. Topics range from kits to scratch builds, in-process continuing stories, tips, manufacturer information, technical topics. Too many to list here. Go take a look!

Rigging Class

Our rigging class has 2 spaces lleft.
Nautical terms and origins
Abaft - Aft of.This term comes from the Anglo-Saxon beaften, behind.

Come About - To change course by tacking, in a sailing craft. This term appeared in the XVI century, but in a different sense; in then meant a shift of the wind. As to tacking, it very probably changed to this meaning with the advent of the fore-and-aft rig.

Kedge - Earlier, to warp a ship or to move her by the use of an anchor; now only of the latter meaning. An earlier spelling was kadge. The word comes from Middle English caggen, to catch or to fasten.

Warp - 1) To move a vessel at a pier or dock by the use of lines, also to move a vessel by kedging. 2)The line used in warping. The term comes from Old English, wearpen, of the same general meaning.

Information is from the book "Origins of Sea Terms" by John G. Rogers
copyright 1985 Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc. and available from BlueJacket. 
Model of the Month - USS Massachusetts
 This model is by Bob S. of PA

"Hi Nic,
Al's bench looks GREAT!!.
Reminds me of a scratch built model I made back in 1983 of her sister USS MASSACHUSETTS (BB-2) My model was 1/96 scale and R/C, She swam like a duck. ( PHOTOS ATTACHED)

Bob S"
Real Boat Names
Generally, I find funny boat names, but this month we have a name with a rel story behind it. Well-known modeler Bob Steinbrunn sent this to me:

"Hi Nic,
Just thought I'd throw my hat in the ring regarding you occasional boat name feature in your excellent e-newsletter. This is a Bayliner 185 Bowrider, and the name is/was my call sign in Vietnam.
Next, you may be aware that the Fletcher-class destroyer model on the NRG logo is your very own BJ kit that I built many moons ago. An excellent kit and I hope you've sold hundreds!
Let's see YOUR workbench
This is from Carl H. of CA:

Nic, this is the modeling set up in one corner of my shop. Small parts, fittings and less frequently used power tools are stowed in cabinets under each side of the table top. Larger power tools and supplies are off to the left of the modeling area. Paints and thinners are set up at a sink nearby.
The hull on the bench is Model Shipways’ “FLYING FISH” which I started around 1970, laid it aside to work on other projects, then restarted late last year. I had to remove the first set of coppering because the adhesive deteriorated, then reapply both old and new plates as shown. The plans are by H.S. Scott, February 1953.
Your email Newsletters and tips are interesting, informative and humorous. Quite enjoyable. 
What's on the workbench?
Nic's bench - I am close to finishing a lobster boat for a customer.
Al's bench - This month Al has been doing a lot of drawing, so there's nothing new on his bench.
Something Fun - Quotes
They say marriages are made in Heaven. But so is thunder and lightning - Clint Eastwood

He was so narrow-minded, he could see through a keyhole with both eyes. - Molly Ivins

I think the worst time to have a heart attack is during a game of charades - Demetri Martin

For sale: Parachute. Only used once, never opened, small stain. - Anonymous

Never miss a good chance to shut up - Will Rogers

A person with a sharp tongue will eventually cut themselves. - J. Robson Koenig

The quickest way to double your money is to fold it and put it back in your pocket. - Will Rogers

I'd like to live like a poor man - only with lots of money. - Pablo Picasso

And some with unknown origins:

Did you know ants never get sick? It's because they have little anty bodies.

I started out with nothing...I still have most of it.

This "killing them with kindness" is taking way longer than I expected.

Not in jail, not in a mental hospital, not in a grave - I'd say I'm having a very good day.

One day you'll be able to tell your grandchildren "I survived the great toilet paper shortage of 2020"
Tip of the Month - Copper Plating
This comes from Rob W. of WA

Start with a wire mesh over a wire grid. Then lay your copper tape with the copper side up against the grid side of the assembly.
Here's a view of each side of the assembly
Next, feed it through a set of pinch rollers, and you can see the nice even embossing of plates and fastenings
If you would like to see more of the process, look here. It starts at post#1385

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A Final Thought...
It seems that cases of COVID 19 have spiked recently. I heard that 92% of these cases are people who have NOT been vaccinated. Please take care of yourselves and stay healthy.
Nic Damuck
BlueJacket Shipcrafters, Inc.