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Ship Modeling Forum FAQ - Category - A Preparation

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How do you change the scale of plans?
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What is a Practicum? *(firstmate)
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What is a good beginner's model kit to start with?
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What ship modeling books do you recommend?
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What is the difference between bread-and-butter, plank-on-bulkhead, and plank-on-frame construction? *(dinny cole)
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What scale should I use? *(Navarone)
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What woods are good to use with models? *(1stmatefrank)
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What is the difference between beginners, intermediate, or advanced kits? *(wirewolf)
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What is a good beginners book I could use to get going with? *(Randy)
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Is CA a good glue to use? *(jemontgomery)
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CA glue is an excellent glue for almost all aspects of modelling; especially rigging lines and seizing of lines. It will stain natural wood if too much is used however, a little goes a long way. It comes is various speeds and viscosity; fast, slow, thin, gap filling, etc. If you want super fast, there is an accelerator called "insta-set" but this may cause further staining.  If you're going to paint, it's not a problem.
Some tips:
1.CA won't stick to wax paper (use this as a work surface.
2.Acetone will unglue CA (use to clean clogged nozzles and stuck fingers)
3.To apply small amounts, use an insulin or TB syringe ( keep the steel needle clear though).
4. For rigging: run your line, get correct taught ness/sag, belay-off and use small drop @ belay for instant set; use on lines to stiffen them @ a desired position; use CA on tip of line and cut at an angle = instant block threader.
5.CA can be used for planking but be careful not to get it on the planks outer surface (it will glue wet wood that has been steamed/soaked to fit frames).
Hope this helps.

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What is the difference between Navy Board, Dockyard and Admiralty? (Navarone)

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