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ing Tips & Tools Monthly, Issue #76--Discipleship
April 16, 2013
Adding to the Flock
Model Railroad Discipleship
Model railroading is often depicted as. Number of elderly gentlemen carrying out modeling functions they have learned over years of modeling. There is a desire to bring along youngsters to grow the hobby.
It is not unlike many churches attempting to disciple new followers.
When you bring someone to Christ, it is not by cramming the entire Bible into them in on sitting.
You can learn a lot from the discipleship of Jesus Christ who worked with groups ranging from one or two to thousands at a time.
We aren't out to change the lives of model railroading beginners but there are does and don'ts that are similar for both teaching efforts.
• Men should disciple men, and women should disciple women. I know it sounds old fashioned but this is the best way. You can get into a lot of trouble teaching members of the opposite sex outside of marriage.
Using A Needle To Make It StickAll modeling, sooner or later, boils down to your ability to stick one thing to another and working with wood is probably one of the most important whether you are gluing strips under stress (curved hull planks in ship modeling) or putting together two walls at a right angle.
For my money the best adhesive for wood applications is Carpenter’s Glue and certainly one of the best is LePage’s with a lineage of over 130 years dating back to its invention in Gloucester, MA by William N. LePage, a 19th century “Captain of Industry” who also invented the holster.
Both LePage’s and Elmer’s produce a carpenter’s glue with clear advantages over the more chemical intense Cyanoacrylates, epoxies and ‘Super Glues”.
• They are excellent for wood to wood applications, • They dry hard and quickly • They are good glues for joints that don’t fit tightly
Carpenter’s glues also work well when using a syringe as an applicator which allows you to apply your adhesive with much more accuracy because of the fine tip of the needle and the minute amount of liquid dispensed.
If you take the time to clean the needle after each use (with carpenters glue just run some warm water through it) you can easily get three or four months use out of the needle. Needles are available in boxes of 50 for about $7 in most drugstores.
Incidentally, if you are gluing with a syringe, there is no need to squirt it up in the air to clear air bubbles.
You can take one more step to prevent them from clogging, store them point down on a piece of wet sponge.
Virtual Research Without Leaving Your DeskI remember 20 or 30 years ago when "Train Spotting" was the thing that set model railroaders all a twitter and for many of them, it was an adventure to sit by an outlying section of track with an interesting physical feature and wait for a train to enter the scene for a quick 5-10 photos.
Who could have imagined that a couple of decades later "Ship Spotting" would bring ship modelers from all over the world right to the dock where their revered original is tied up. All without leaving their desk!All aboard! Google Earth is moving again. This time its Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janeiro where we settle in on the Sao Paulo Aircraft Carrier and a quartet of destroyers.
These airborne "sightseers can drop in unannounced over military vessels just as well as civilian craft.
So how do you locate all of these vessels? You have to tell Google Earth where to go.
This takes a visit to www.shipspotters.com, an active database of 327,175 photos of ships anywhere in the world.
What a tool.
For instance, drop in on the Sea Shadow's dock in San Diego. 10 years ago, this was a pretty hush hush Navy project, but she'd make an interesting scale model today. . Revell has one.
Sea Shadow was built in 1985 and used in secret but in normal service until its public debut in 1994, to examine the application of stealth technology on naval vessels. In addition, the ship would test the ability to man a ship with fewer men and more automation..
The ship was created by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the U.S. Navy and Lockheed. Sea Shadow was developed at Lockheed's Redwood City, California facility, inside the Hughes Mining Barge, which functioned as a floating drydock during construction and testing. She is sometimes incorrectly referred to as "USS Sea Shadow," but she was never a full commissioned ship of the US Navy.
Google Earth and Microsoft's Virtual Earth provide about the same resolution and similar mapping databases. They are both in BETA form and downloadable at no cost to the user. Get one and explore the world.
Wrap Up Your MessEver have problems with paints sticking to their lids? I find that enamels and acrylics both make a mess around the rim after opening. I keep a roll of clear plastic wrap at my modeling bench. After opening a jar, clean the inside of the top and then reseal the cap with a piece of plastic wrap underneath.
Now, you can shake it all you want, and the plastic keeps the lid clean. Just toss the wrap away when you reopen the bottle, then wipe any residue from the lip of the jar.
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