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    Michael Gray

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  1. Making some fruit liqueurs

    Cheers Lee! I read about the egg deal, so I looked here too. Again, this stuff is right along the lines of what the wife's family, and most other Europeans have done as well for centuries. Conserving foodstuffs before the days of electricity. Reap the fruits of nature, and preserve these for the winter months and beyond. Meantime, after living many decades in Old Europe, there are still great ways to preserve the good things nature brings us, and marvel these in the deep winter. Cheap, and fun too. I always wondered why lots of older type houses here have cellars that are not hermetically sealed from moisture. The cellars are moist, yep. Make a pile of sand in a blocked off corner, cover up your glass jars of preserves with sand and occasionally some water spread over the top of the heap to keep the sand moist, keeps stuff really cool and the goods last for years. Lee, just my question about the method you show is why the fruits are not kept out of daylight? My experience, the fruits go into a glazed ceramic jar, being protected from light. Please keep the stuff cool.
  2. ....OK, I just asked the wife (she's a German gal) how "sole-eggs" are done. Sole, not soul....sole is the heavy salt solution. Boil the eggs. Let them cool. Make a heavily salted water solution, add seasonings, in your case the chilies....and heat until boil (to defeat germs). Let the solution cool down. Either crack the eggshells in several places, or peel completely. Dump them in the solution and 2 -5 days later....enjoy.
  3. What about salt in there? No? I used to pickle just the peppers, and the recipes called for lots of salt, then poured over the peppers and the glass was sealed and cooked in water. The old German beer bars used to have big jars of eggs in a salty solution. Made for great farts later on....
  4. 1968 Cadillac de Ville Convertible

    Excellent Ludwig, great attention to detail and as usual a stunning paint job with a great color choice.
  5. New wooden kit project . Whale boat Done !

    Well done. Looks like a real wooden boat....hey, it is a real wooden boat. I'm happy to see your new direction.
  6. New wooden kit project . Whale boat Done !

    Ray, the boat looks REAL! Forget the apprehension, forget the new techniques involved, it's a wooden hobby world now. How good does real wood look, compared to plastic? Indescribable. Now if the look of this boat doesn't overwhelm you, you must be numb. I love it!
  7. New wooden kit project . Whale boat Done !

    Looks good Ray. Usually even the smaller boats (from kits) are double planked. It's standard procedure after the 1st plank application, to putty and fill in the dents and voids that result from planking over the voids between the bulkheads. Everyone does it, there is no other way to get the hull smooth enough otherwise. No cheating involved, not to worry. Hope you don't mind me posting an example of 'extensive' filling. Here a hull done recently, all the white stuff is an acrylic based wood putty (dries in 20 min. and easy to clean tools). The 2nd planking is otherwise visible, already in progress. Man I apply the soft and easily applied stuff from the tube direct to the hull and spread it out as evenly as possible with a butter knife. After drying, it sands easily and quick with 180 grit; When the hull is smooth, the 2nd planking is a breeze. No more dents to worry about. Everything is going well with your boat and it looks good. Michael
  8. Kelly Chadwick

    Excellent scratch build, I've never seen one like this. Question: What was the thinking back then about the ride height? I assume this was one of the beginning Match Race cars of the era, just after the '65 A/FX beginning. Did the guys first do the radical motor, then saw they could do big frame and wheelbase mods? Thanks again for showing a piece of your outstanding collection.
  9. 9 second 66 Impala

    Excellent model, great attention to detail.
  10. What Pleased You Today!

    Dan, excellent pics and thank you for posting. Moreover, even though you're recovering from a really dangerous infliction, it's good you get off your butt and let that good dog go about his ways. He deserves as good as life can give him, and by golly he looks like he's loving it. Yes, if you avoid it, no city is a good thing. There is nothing I can think of at this time that could draw me to a big city. I'm a small town type. Your wilder outlook, where you live, is probably the best choice if you know to survive. Respect.
  11. New wooden kit project . Whale boat Done !

    Hello Ray, I like the way you're going about the wooden shipbuilding endeavor. Your first kit let you get the feel of things, now this one is looking like a real ship model kit. Probably the wood offered in the kit is not any different from models that are a lot larger and complicated. All in all, a great way to get going. Nice looking model too.
  12. Up to my ears in ship ! ( model ship ) Finished !

    Looks good Ray. No need in selling yourself short here, first wooden ship endeavor, no instructions and no explanations. I'd say well done.
  13. Up to my ears in ship ! ( model ship ) Finished !

    Here, a single cannon on a swivel mount. Common armament from the day. Another, the red lines are from the instructions, not my doings; Here a look at the bilge pump I mentioned; This is an Occre model ship of the same classification as yours, a brig rigged clipper from the late 1700's. Still, I don't understand the two holes on your deck.
  14. Up to my ears in ship ! ( model ship ) Finished !

    Ray, check out closer about any cannons in this kit. Small boats like this had also a single, big cannon, like a carronade. A big, short range gun that packed a real nasty punch. This gun needed a good foundation, but these smaller vessels probably didn't have "two" side by side. Let me look at some plans I have for some insight. I have some that have a single gun, swivel mounted...maybe?
  15. R. Lee Ermey Dies

    I'm saddened of this news as well. What a real character! He always made me grin.