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  • Birthday 02/28/1959

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  1. I want to blacken them with oxidant. It succeeds easy for the nails but the sand band obstinately keeps its brass color even after being coated several times with oxidant. I hope that it will become darker when I color the hull.
  2. The preceding pictures appeared in reverse order. I drill holes for nails on regular distances. In the bottom side I deepen the holes with a drill of the diameter of the nail heads because I want them to be sunk in the sand band.
  3. The under part of the keel of the shrimper was protected by a sand band. To make it I solder some brass strips to each other to form a long band. I file the front and after side round. 156.bmp
  4. Some parts of the deck gear like the bow sprit support and the fishing winch continue below the deck till the bottom of the vessel. I make their bottom pieces now. I leave them longer than needed. Later, when the deck beams are in place, they can be sawn at the correct height.
  5. @Popeye the sailor, I didn't do all that work to loft, draw and make 30 frames to hide them completely in the hull. I think I will tell something about the interior of the boat in one of my next posts. @WBlakeny, Yes, well spotted, that's a Bisquine. G.L.
  6. KeithAug, Christian, Aviaamator, Patrick and Popeye, Thank you all very much for your positive remarks. @Popeye the Sailor: I plan to give it some hue. The description with the pob plans prescribe green, red and white as you see in the picture below, but I am afraid that that using those colors may let it look to kitschy. In the 19th century fishermen were often tarred in our region. I think that I will go for that option. On the second picture you see a French fishing boat from the St Malo region, made by a friend model maker. He painted it with oil paint like painter artists use on canvas, diluted with some turpentine. The grain of the wood remains beautifully visual. I will use a similar paint pattern and color scheme. In our region most fishermen had a white triangle on the bow (a so called moustache) I am thinking about it to give my shrimper also a moustache (see third picture). I will treat the unpainted parts (deck, interior, ...) with a blend of 2/3 linseed oil and 1/3 turpentine.
  7. Hey Tony, Maybe the book: 'From tree to sea' could be a help for you. It is written by late Ted Frost, a former wooden ship builder from Lowestoft. He discribes the building of a wooden steam trawler. It is a book with plenty of detailed images. (ISBN 0 86138 033 9) Geert
  8. I make now the main topsail sheet bitts. I think that the pictures are self explaining. I made the bitts sheaves in the same way as Tony (Tkay11) explained in his post 50 with the big difference that I made them of wood (I have no metal lathe). My pictures of the production process of the seaves are to unsharp to post them. I will wait to fix the bitts until a later stage.
  9. Once the glue is dry, I can sand down the lower deck.