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Javier Baron

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  • Birthday 02/28/1948

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  1. Hello from spain to everybody

    Thanks Michael for your comment. Unfortunately I do not have images of the construction process of almost any of the boats in my collection. I only have photos of the construction of two or three of them. Anyway, I'm going to open a new build log with the latest model that I just finished: a hoggie or hog-boat from Brighton. A cordial greeting
  2. Centerboard cutter

    This model reproduces a cutter with centerboard. It was built in 1860-70 in Paynesville, in the Gippsland region in Victoria (Australia) for the Barton family that had properties in Point Wilson and in Ocean Grange. It was initially used amongst other boats for communication with Paynesville, and it was frequently seen navigating under any climatological condition, transporting sheep and goats from island to island. In a latter period it was used to proportion services to an increasing tourism business sector situated at Ocean Grange. In the decades of the 40s and 50s of the past century it underwent different modifications that made it lose its own characteristics, since its rig was changed by another of lesser display and the removable center board was substituted by a false keel. Later on it went onto pass from hand to hand to finish being abandoned for years at the bottom of Lake Mitchell, until the 80s when it was rescued for its recovery by a careful reconstruction process that restored its original state.
  3. Quechemarin

    The quechemarines, whose name comes from the French chasse-marée, appear on the Cantabrian coast in the eighteenth century as the evolution of the freight boats, from which they gradually derived to a different type of boat, useful both for fishing and for the small cabotage. Of lines fuller than its predecessor, also presented a deeper sling that gave greater verticality to the fine stern, which improved the tight. These forms of the hull required a large sail area to navigate with light winds, so they rigged the main and staysail with their corresponding topsails, accompanied by a smaller mizzen and jibs to assist in the government of the ship. With harder times, the tall sails were lowered and some curl could be charged on the larger sails, even picking up the jib and the mizzen, so that the boat stayed in the typical rig of the chalupas. It was a type of ship very accepted by the owners of the Cantabrian coast due to its good sea conditions and much sought after for cabotage in the 19th century, which is why it was one of the most abundant types of vessels in those waters at that time. In Vizcaya, quechemarines dedicated to the transport of iron ore for steel mills in the area were specifically known as venacheros.
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    Thanks, Nils. I love small work boats.
  5. Round Yola of the Martinica

    Until the 1950s, Martiniquens used a coastal canoe locally known as “gommier” for coastal navigation. Too limited and narrow, this vessel met less and less the requirements of fishermen, forced to go further and further into the sea due to the decrease in fishing resources. That's how the yola made its appearance. Towards 1960, under the auspices of local neighborhood festivities, yachting regattas began, which very soon became a key issue for the different coastal communities. Since then, these boats were designed and built specifically for the competition. Bigger and with greater sail development than the units destined to the fishing, these boats (very frequently sponsored) could embark until 18 men, most of them to lie down on the hangers (calls "bois-dressés") to maintain the boat well upright The model, which shows some of the "bois-dresses" in position reproduces one of these boats, called "Mont-Pelé" 'which was designed and built by Georges-Henri Langier. Characteristics of the model: Scale: 1: 105 Length (hull): 99 mm. Breadth: 19 mm.
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    Unfortunately, I did not do it at the time and I have almost no photo of the construction process. Javier
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    Thank you very much, Nils, fot your kind comment. Javier
  8. Hello from spain to everybody

    A lot of thanks to all of you for your kinds comments After making ships on a larger scale for years and not knowing what to do next with them, it was precisely the problem of space in the home, together with my facet of collector, which led me to make and collect miniature models ( I'm now making number 62 of my collection). Regarding the techniques, I'm posting in the forum section “Build Logs for Scratch Ships Model Projects”a topic called “Two miniature moliceiros”, which without being a step by step, shows part of the process that I follow in the construction of my models. In any case, I will be happy to answer all questions and doubts that may arise A cordial greeting Javier
  9. Caïque de l’Etretat

    Étretat is a town in the French department Seine Maritime, located on the coastline of the Pays de Caux, in Normandy. Étretat is well known for its high cliffs of white limestone that, together with the beach located next to them, attracted many artists such as Eugène Boudin, Gustave Courbet and Claude Monet. This beach with pebbles and quite steep, is the one that, in the absence of natural shelters, gave rise to the characteristics of the boat with which the local fishermen worked, which was known as “caïque”. The boats were stranded on the top of the pebble beach, pulling them with the help of robust winches, with the work of the local maritime community. This way of operating required that the boats had a structure at the same time very resistant and light, which was achieved with clinker construction, with elm strakes that formed a hull of scarce draft and a keel in oak slightly curved to facilitate the pull operation. As a coastal fishing vessel, it practiced different fishing gears according to the season of the year and the type of capture. It had a great versatility in terms of its rigging. With good weather, he had a large canvas with a lot of cloth, which was almost oversized. When the wind cooled, the mainsail and the topsail retreated, and the main mast -whose length was more than one and a half times the length of the boat- collapsed. The ratchet sail ("borcet"), which had the peculiarity of being hoisted at the end of the boom when the entire sails were deployed, was then placed in a classic manner with the point of tack on the head of the stem, using for it the first strip of curls. A small jib could then be launched on the boom. In this way the “caïque” easily adapted to the changes of wind. This possibility of presenting different forms of rigging has given me the idea of making the model in duplicate, in order to present both forms. is a town in the French department Seine Maritime, located on the coastline of the Pays de Caux, in Normandy. Étretat is well known for its high cliffs of white limestone that, together with the beach located next to them, attracted many artists such as Eugène Boudin, Gustave Courbet and Claude Monet. This beach with pebbles and quite steep, is the one that, in the absence of natural shelters, gave rise to the characteristics of the boat with which the local fishermen worked, which was known as “caïque”. The boats were stranded on the top of the pebble beach, pulling them with the help of robust winches, with the work of the local maritime community. This way of operating required that the boats had a structure at the same time very resistant and light, which was achieved with clinker construction, with elm strakes that formed a hull of scarce draft and a keel in oak slightly curved to facilitate the pull operation. As a coastal fishing vessel, it practiced different fishing gears according to the season of the year and the type of capture. It had a great versatility in terms of its rigging. With good weather, he had a large canvas with a lot of cloth, which was almost oversized. When the wind cooled, the mainsail and the topsail retreated, and the main mast -whose length was more than one and a half times the length of the boat- collapsed. The ratchet sail ("borcet"), which had the peculiarity of being hoisted at the end of the boom when the entire sails were deployed, was then placed in a classic manner with the point of tack on the head of the stem, using for it the first strip of curls. A small jib could then be launched on the boom. In this way the “caïque” easily adapted to the changes of wind. This possibility of presenting different forms of rigging has given me the idea of making the model in duplicate, in order to present both forms.
  10. Sandbagger. Scale 1:112

    Originally, the sandbagger was a working vessel specialized in bottom dredging fishing (oysters, scallops, etc.) on Staten Island, in the shallow waters of New York Bay. Of simple and robust construction, the sandbagger could carry a good load of oysters or other products. By habit, when the boats went out to fish, they did races informally and without respecting any rule, to show who was faster. And very soon the crews learned to move the load due to the wind to optimize the navigation conditions. To supply the lack of keel, and given the limitation they had to embark a large crew (ten men was the maximum because of the size of his hull), the sailors carried bags of sand of 25 kg. (that's where his name comes from) like a mobile ballast that changed sides when turning on board. The sandbagger thus became a very popular regatta sloop at the end of the 19th century. The races that were organized in the bay of New York saw compete the best sailors of the time, and were a field for betting. All kinds of tricks were consented to in these regattas, even becoming habitual to embark people as live ballast, which were thrown into the water at the opportune moment to be able to win in the competition. The hulls, with enough breadth, had very flat hull shapes, and with a hypertrophied sail they could reach very high speeds. To make that great sail possible, they had a very long boom, solidly attached to the hull with metal braces. The most famous of the sandbaggers, called Susie S., of 1863, with a hull of 8.30 m. of length, had a total length of 21.50 m. and had 140 m2 of sail. Unlike other models of the collection, I present the boat in this case in winter, without the sails, to be able to better appreciate its line.
  11. Paranza de Trani

    The paranza, a typical vessel from the lower Adriatic, was used mainly for fishing, although i also used f an surveillance. Trani's paranza was of robust construction and often led to fishing campaigns lasting several months in Albania, Greece and even in the farthest waters of the eastern Mediterranean or North African coasts. The displacement ranged between five and thirty tons and the length ranged from ten to thirty-two meters. It was a wide boat that as a peculiar feature showed a very rounded bow. A detailed description of Trani's paranza was provided by Captain Hennique, commander of a French frigate who encountered one of these vessels, the "Maria di Costantinopoli", off the coast of Tunisia in 1888, and made it the object of a meticulous and detailed study. The paranza had a rounded hull and had a relation between length and beam of 3: 1. The dimensions verified by Hennique were the following: 12 meters of length, 4.2 of beam and 1.3 of strut. The boat zipped 0'7 m and displaced 13 tons. His crew was 10 men and a boy. Hennique was particularly struck by the rudder of the boat because of its size, since with a length of 4.55 meters it pierce deeper than the boat and had a surface close to one third of the lateral drift plane. When the boat entered the port or was with scarce funds, the rudder was lifted, using for this one of the two cops that held the pole on each board. The boat was rigged with a Latin sail and, with favorable winds, it armed a jib on a pole moored at the foot of the pole and one of the bow bits.
  12. Hello everybody My name is Javier Barón, I was born in 1948 and I live in Madrid, Spain. Unfortunately, I do not speak English fluently, although I am able to understand the texts written in your language. Therefore, I use the Google translator and in advance I apologize for any errors that may be contained in my writings. I have been a modeller for many years and I am currently doing a series of miniatures of small work boats (I have just finished number 61 of the collection). The collection can be seen at barcosbaron.wordpress.com and although the texts are currently in Spanish, I have a nephew of mine who is bilingual busy translating them into English. To complete my presentation I put some pictures of my latest work: a bisquine of Cancale in miniature (scale 1: 160). If you find it interesting, I will publish some of the models in my collection in the gallery.

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