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  • Member since
    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Linen Handkerchiefs .
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Thursday, December 15, 2016 1:16 PM

 Okay ;

     How many of you know what a handkerchief is ? Back in the day, men used them to sneeze or Sorry , Blow their noses in . they were also brightly colored and could be folded just so and decorate the *** pocket of a suit jacket .

   They also have a very special use to modelers .  "What , are you kidding " ? is probably what you are thinking .  Back in the early fifties I wanted to do something special for my dad .

    He was your typical cigar chomping Sicilian Fisherman/Restraunt Owner . But the man loved it when he was able to get his first Caddy . Yup , a 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible .

   Remember the Revell 1/32 scale multi-piece body car kits . Mmhmm , they had that car . Well , it had the top down . I wanted to build it top up . Dad liked Irish Linen handkerchiefs .

    You see where this is headed . I got in trouble for ruining one , But when he saw the car with his linen as a top , he Loved it ! I learned how to stretch sprue that weekend too . Burned a few fingers  , but I learned !

      Now the gist . Hankys of all sorts as long as they are white and fine , make good ship sails too . You can place them moist over the plastic sails and hit them with a couple of shots from a spray can of cloth sizing .

    This is better than starch because it doesn't clog the threads up . let dry and cut to shape and your ship is sailing before the wind . Don't want to do that ? Well , this method works well for furled sails too . 

     As an aside , I have two R.C.  12 meter Sailing  Sloops . I use Irish Linen exclusively for their sail suites . Some are now over ten years old and still have yet to fray .

     This material works well  ,or even better than paper towels or whatever for military truck tops , tents and tarps of any kind . They also work great for wind breaks and tarps on 1/96 and 1/32 ship models . Try it you'll like it .   T.B.

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  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Thursday, December 15, 2016 1:40 PM

Another great tip, TB. Especially about the sizing---never thought of that one before.



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  • Member since
    May, 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Thursday, December 15, 2016 8:22 PM

Shame on you for using the foul term "*** pocket".

I do hope you realize I am just making fun of the censorship code, not you TB.

Off Topic <----- Meaning me.


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  • From: Bethlehem PA
Posted by the Baron on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 11:45 AM

Ha!  Nannyware strikes again.  You can't write, "*b*r*e*a*s*t" pocket.

Probably can't write, "chicken *b*r*e*a*s*t*" either.

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  • From: Longmont, Colorado
Posted by Cadet Chuck on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 8:01 PM

Hmm- can you write "***"?

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  • Member since
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  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Friday, December 30, 2016 2:14 PM


 That is much nicer than B%^B pocket ! In fact in adds on T.V. it is referred to as the Doub*&^%ted suit ! Go Figure . 



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