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  1. the following images are part of the paraphernalia that I made during a working day, at the lathe for the construction of the pipes while the parts that make up the pieces with limes and coloring what follows is the turning and coloring of the two bombardment pipes from a small piece of walnut I made the carriage and I tried to put the rod while those that follow are the six complete "bombardelle" after a day of work (intense) I had done the pieces, (but still there was work, the finishes) the forks are made of brass wire for today with updating I stop, I go to "lunch" and then I go to the Santa Maria ... luponero
  2. To go to the construction of the upper decks, must end all the parts that are inserted on the main deck, there are not many details to be made, the model of Santa Maria is relatively simple and even the details of construction follow this feature, (obviously the simplicity and the soft and rounded lines of the model give it harmony and beauty) however, the armaments are one of these parts to be realized, (although in some models of the Santa Maria the composition and the number of pieces of the armory is different) in the realization of the Duro and in the drawings of Ademetz two "bombards" (blunderbass ?) are reported and six "bombs" typical weapons in the historical period of reference, the bombards were used since the middle of 1200, the two on the Santa Maria belong to the largest, made with slatted iron bars (like the barrels) and welded together, then reinforcing the structure with strong iron rims. The bombards had the so-called "logs" carved out of the trunk of an oak by placing them on wooden crossbars (like wheels), usually the balls (bullets) were made of stone, while the "bombardelle" were small pieces of artillery fork to be put on the capifibanda, also these fired stones or small pieces of iron ,,,, however, I do not have the metal lathe for which I had to make them in wood, to turn I used the "box" a very hard shrub, good to make small turned parts, alternatively I could buy already made, but the cost of shipping of the pieces was high and even the appearance did not convince me, so I took a bit of boxwood (the hedge at the side of the road) and I started to turn this is the shrub called "boxwood" the realization of the "bombardella" barrel coloration of the barrel and fixing of the "braga" see you soon, luponero bombarda .bmp bomarda 1.bmp legatura.bmp
  3. While I was waiting for the paint to dry, I made the rudder, always with the walnut as you can see its composition is very simple, it will be a piece that I will insert later, once the paint has dried, I gave the third "past" leaving it to dry
  4. To counteract the damage caused by the teredines and the proliferation of algae and similar, on the part relating to the living environment an antifouling paint was given the "pattume" a mixture of sulfur and tallow, white lead or minio, vegetable tar, fish oil, and the best was considered, from the aesthetic point of view, the "white", while with the use of mineral tar the color will become black, from an aesthetic point of view I would have preferred the black paint, but from the photos related to the reconstruction of the Santa Maria for the commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the discovery of America, we see that the painting used was white, so I decided to make it white, using a tempera paint acrylic paint has good coverage, the glossy effect disappears during drying
  5. on the bulwark there is the "tack hole" I placed the "profile" of the bulwark and I did the gun port and made an opening for reeving sheave I put the paper tape to report deadwork, which I would later make with painting see you next time black Wolf
  6. The cold of these days does not create the condition to go and do the Santa Maria, I should turn on the stove and anyway it would take time to get a pleasant temperature, useful for moving the fingers ... so I prefer to update the build with other images of the realization of the work, after the termination of the plating (always cherry) I passed everything with the abrasive paper and pieces of a sheet of glass (broken) using it as a plane the "pink blocks" I needed when I put the model upside down working it with the abrasive paper the following works, were the realization of the external components of the walls, the first I made the hawse hole using a walnut branch found outside the laboratory, trying to create a more similar situation for the types of processing of that period, (many times we modelers researching in the various stages of construction that borders on perfection, which was impossible to achieve at the end of the fifteenth century) I thought to use the cylindrical "natural" shape of the wood for the realization of the hawse hole with the file I have enlarged the central hole and thinned the outer part, realizing hawse hole and putting it on the bow "strangely" the walnut used is very clear (it will be necessary to darken it in the future)
  7. The model of the Santa Maria that I am making is taken from the drawings of Adametz reported in the book "the ships of Columbus" by Winter, which I assume were made by studying the model that you serve for the replica of the Santa Maria created by Fernandez-Duro in 1892 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the discovery of America, the ship was built in Cadiz carrying out a study carried out by the commission with the presidency of Captain Fernandez-Duro, which was built as if it were a "nao" (caracca) giving way to a series of interpretations and analysis by many scholars on the subject, as a result of the few artifacts on the boat, probably also the realization of Santa Maria as "nao" that I find a widespread support among the historians of the time, even if the ornamental details were unusual for a ship from the fifteenth century I bring back some images of the era consequently it seems to me normal that we are different models of the Santa Maria, partly the result of imagination and partly of study, but without having the certainty that the real ship sailed from the port of Pales, August 2, 1492, was like the one we realize , indirectly allowing everyone to argue that perhaps the model we are doing is the one most similar to the one that actually existed (and of which we do not have many certainties)
  8. Ciao Cog, after having cut off the initial branch, I decide how long it takes to mature according to the thickness with which I make the boards, on average, to make a good seasoning it takes a year to season 1 cm of wood per side, so to make a maturing of a table of 2 cm it is necessary a year, usually I prepare tables with a thickness of 3 cm, for the seasoning it will be necessary for 1 and a half years, then I realize from the narrowest part of the table (3 cm) of the boards with a thickness greater than 1, 1.5 mm to finish with the thickness planer the desired thickness, both for the realization strips or other pieces of wood with proxxon disc saws while for the realization of the boards I use a band saw,or a "carpenter friend" for boards over 10 cm wide
  9. unfortunately there are 2 images (4 last and last 3) that have been inserted incorrectly, it is repetitions of previous images, while the last image shows the end of the laying of the plating, for convenience I used only one strip, increasing the width of the strips, in this part I will paint with varnish the topside area for tonight I finish updating the works, there is little lack of updating in "real time" with the progress of the realization to hear from us luponero luponero
  10. After laying the two "incintoni" I started laying the second planking, always with cherry wood, for the top of the side I did not taper the strips, finished the upper part, and also the part of the stern wall where there are bridges of the " cassero e casserotto" I changed the width of the planking boards in the bridge of the drawbridge (6mm beginning, 10mm at the end) The part of the lower planking to the main deck needs to be tapered both in the part of the bow and the stern, to maintain a distribution of the "harmonic" tables, (probably in reality, the distribution of the boards was less precise) I presume that the realization of the planking was also conditioned by the "machines" used to make wooden planksthat were very simple and rudimentary and used by hand, brought back under a painting of the fifteenth century. in which we see the artisans of time at work,visible the "4-hand saw", used for the construction of timber boards moving forward with the planking,
  11. Hi Olivier, if the metal is brass, to make it more ductile you can heat it with the flame (until it turns red) after this treatment it should be very ductile, (I hope the translator works well) luponero
  12. After reporting the points I reported the first band (incintone) was made with 4 x 2 mm squared walnut, joined together (as if they were a composite beam) I bring back a piece of walnut board, which fell two years ago due to a strong storm, with which I made many tables (I think I can also make a large table for the house) the beauty of this wood consists of the shades ranging from white to black on a base that the base ones, in addition to the color also varies the texture and hardness of the timber (clear = soft, dark = hard) after the first "incintone" I put the second one, always walnut, always composed beam to have more precise references, I brought back the false bridges of the upper castles I also reported the "trincarino" would be the wooden board that ends the floor of the bridge, ( I report below a drawing with some parts of the parts in Italian ) with this I salute you, I go to sleep, maybe you are having breakfast good night for me, good morning for you luponero
  13. Hi Steven, I thank you for the compliments, I agree with you that the realization of a model with a zero build, is a special thing. As you understood I live in the hills near Florence, in Italy, and this gives me the opportunity to find many types of timber, and even the recent storms caused by climate change have "unfortunately" allowed me to increase the amount of timber boards , as reported in the photos of the pear tree, tonight I was going to insert some material and photos of the constructive updates, but I started to see your build on the dromone ... very beautifull ! I spent two to three hours and I saw it until the p. 11 sincere congratulations, both for the historical part of the boat and for the construction, also before the Santa Maria, I built an ancient ship: an Etruscan vessel of the V-IV century. B.C. (some photos are in the "gallery") Unfortunately, not knowing English I have to use the translator, which allows me to try to communicate with other friends this common "passion" and even if in the translation, some words are distorted, "the passion" for the realization of naval models unites us see you soon (tomorrow I read the missing pages of your build) luponero (Fabio )
  14. I remained "open-mouthed" .... simply one wonder! luponero

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