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G.L.

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  • Birthday 02/28/1959

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    Ship modeling, historic shipbuilding, reading, gardening, bicycling and jogging

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  1. Thank you Betamale. Part 17: Rigging 17.1 Rigging. Making the blocks For my shrimper I need an inventory of about 25 blocks and 15 chocks in different sizes. I start making blocks with gluing pieces of wood at regular intervals between two small wooden laths. After drying, they are sawn into individual pieces. I drill a hole for the sheave spindle. The block gets its basic shape with the band sander. Final shaping is done with a file and the Dremel mill. I fold a copper wire around the block and cut it to size. Where they will cover the spindle hole I hammer the wire flat. The sheaves are made of hardwood. I slide them in the block and fix them with a copper pin. I make rings of the same type of copper wire and solder them on top of the strap. It takes a while before all block are ready and labeled. G.L. Completed projects: HMS Triton cross section - FINISHED - Scale 1:24 Current projects: Oostends schipje (Ostend shrimper) - scale 1:20 Cross section Fishing Smack - Scale 1/20, POF, approx. 1920
  2. Sorry Patrick. Next time I will give you a heads up when I start an new project. You didn't miss a lot, the keel is just laid. Time for a Tripel! G.L.
  3. Well Carl, I will try not to disappoint you. Part 3: The Keel The keel is made of two pieces of oak, laminated on each other to easier the making of the rabbet. Of the two pieces two corners are planed to a well determined angle. The two parts of the keel are now glued together with the planed angles against each other. The joined planed angles now form the rabbet. At the bottom of the keel a 1.5 cm thick plank is screwed to give some more workspace below when the model stands on the slipway. Later it will be removed again. I place the keel on the slope of the slipway to draw off the angles of the keel edges. The keel edges have to be sawn perpendicular to the ground plane. Foto Now I mark the notches in which the frames will rest. I saw them with the circle saw and file the notches out. The finished keel on the building board. G.L. G.L. Completed projects: HMS Triton cross section - FINISHED -  Scale 1:24 Current projects: Oostends schipje (Ostend shrimper) - scale 1:20 Cross section Fishing Smack - Scale 1/20, POF, approx. 1920
  4. Peter, In my opinion your colours look perfect. G.L.
  5. Michael, Pat, Wayne and all the likers, I am flattered by your interest. I will do my best to keep your attention until the completion of this project. This week I started the build with the making of a building platform. Part 2: The building board Before starting with the construction of the model, a slipway has to be built. I make my building board as described in the practicum. I first draw the outline of the cross section frames on millimeter paper and glue it on the base plank. A smack was down at the stern, therefore the building board must have a downward slope towards the after end. In the middle of the base plank comes a kind of clamp in which the keel will be clamped. This clamp has the same downward slope. The frames will be placed perpendicular with the base plank on the keel. Building board in detail: A: Base plank with outline plan of keel and frames. B: 2 bolts with wing nuts. C Clamp plank, screwed an glued to the base shelf. D Thin lath with the same width as the keel thickness. E: Plank, 1 millimeter thinner than the keel thickness, 9 millimeters lower than the clamp planks, glued to clamp plank C. F: Adjustable clamp plank to secure the keel on the slipway with the wing nuts. G.L. Completed projects: HMS Triton cross section - FINISHED - Scale 1:24 Current projects: Oostends schipje (Ostend shrimper) - scale 1:20 Cross section Fishing Smack - Scale 1/20, POF, approx. 1920
  6. Mark, In our region usually they used canvas ad mast coat. It was made waterproof by impregnating it with tar. Leather was more used on state vessels as pilot boats and yachts. G.L.
  7. Thanks for the kind words Ian and Russ. This log on that went a more or less to dormant mode, I urgently need to inject some life into it. G.L. Completed projects: HMS Triton cross section - FINISHED - by G.L. Scale 1:24 Current projects: Oostends schipje (Ostend shrimper) by G.L. - scale 1:20, building first POF Edition 2 Cross section Fishing Smack by G.L. - Scale 1/20, POF, approx. 1920.
  8. Hello Marcus, I went to the library this morning and searched for the article. It was published in the 'Modelbouwer' 5 of 2017. Like Jan is mentioning, a punter (in this case a Giethoornse punter) is a small open vessel without a deck or a supper structure. It can be sailed. I add a picture of the model which is described in the article. If you wish I can scan the article and mail it to you as a PDF file (I don't know if Dutch is a problem for you). G.L.
  9. Jan, I think that last year or in 2016 the Dutch Modelers magazine 'de Modelbouwer' published an article about the build of a punter model. I will check it out next time when I go to the library. G.L.
  10. Why building a smack? At the start of WW 1 a lot of Belgian fishermen evaded to England with their vessel. Below a picture of the exodus from Ostend in October 1914. During the war they became familiar with the English smacks which were larger than the Ostend two-mast sloops. Some of them returned to Belgium with a smack. The structure of a smack was more slim of that of a Belgian sloop. After the example of the English smack, Belgian shipyards started to build smacks as well. But Belgian ship carpenters were so used to build sturdy sloops that their smacks were always heavier and wider than the English smacks. Belgian smacks were faster than the Belgian two-mast sloops, but they remained always slower than the English smacks. In general Belgian fishermen had more confidence in the robust Belgian built vessels than in the English ones which they called scornful 'yachts'. Despite several Belgian ship owners ordered their vessel in Brixham, Lowestoft or Fleetwood. So in the twenties of previous century smacks became very common in the port of Ostend, Belgium's principal fishery harbor of that time. My cross section will be an imaginary smack. Based on the measurements made in 1945 by Mr. Edgar March for his book 'Sailing trawlers' of the Lowestoft smack 'Master Hand' and mixed with Belgian shipbuilding elements as provided in the monograph of Mr. Georges Verleene. The handout is meant to build the cross section to scale 1/30, but I will build to scale 1/20. I like it a bit bigger. The 'Master Hand' was 24 m long and 7 m wide. The cross section covers the hull between frame 36 and frame 49, including the foremast. Picture of an authentically restored fishing smack of the Lowestoft fishing fleet: Excelcior.
  11. Part 1: Introduction of a new project: With my Triton cross section running to its completion, it is time to look out to a new cross section project. My eye fell on a former group project of our modeling club ( https://dedissel.weebly.com/ a cross section of a Lowestoft smack, based on drawings of the smack 'Master Hand'. One of the club members, Georges Verleene, an experienced ship carpenter (now retired), wrote for this project a very detailed monograph with lots of detailed drawings. The group project went on many years ago, but lucky for me Georges had still a copy of the handout left. 001.pdf

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