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  1. Those birds are as good as your ships. I especially like the second one: just before getting the fish out of the water. Jan
  2. The size an number of the gratings is based on the contemporaneous model. So, why should you change? Gratings were used for all ships with a lower gundeck. Real warships had even gratings over the full length of the ship.Or do you mean the number of strips used for the gartings (the size of the holes. Than you should try to follow the rul that the size of the holws is slightly smaller than the with of a foot (ie around 10 cm). The museum-model has holes slightly wider than that, but not as wide as yours. Jan
  3. Nothing wrong with the gratings: rather like the usual standard in 17th century dutch shipbuilding..... Jan
  4. Quite a lot of the nao-recontructions are influenced by models like this one, the Mataro-model (on display in the maritime museum in Rotterdam), supposed to represent a spanish nao of around 1450. (Pic from the museum website) (own pic) Jan
  5. Matthew ofBristol is perhaps more in the correcttime frame, or San Salvador (diego maritime): bit later than Magelhaes, but nice ship... Jan
  6. You are asking for something almost impossible: in thta period ships were not built accordi g to plans, butbased on main dimensions, experience and rules of thumb. There are some (but ot many) artists impressions ofships around that period, but those drawings, however interesting, are hardly usefull to reconstruct the ships of that period. No ships survived, and acheological evidence isvery scarce. In other words: historically accurate plans are not available. Your best line will be search for reconstructions ofspanish/portugese ships of that period. Quite a number of reconstruc
  7. From what I have seen from others on this site, eg @Old Collingwood or @RGL, it is a mix of both: some parts to be removed and replaced by PE, others remaining and sticking through the deck. Jan
  8. The printing is superb. (Although I am still undecided whether I like the slighlymore clunky looks of the PE more than this almost perfect plastics) Question: what do you use for your rigging? it looks as if you have multiple sizes. Jan
  9. No, just too many things at the same time..... And as that is more or less a structural 'problem' these projects all go very, very slowly. All projects (card) that got some attention this summer: only the birds got finished 'in one go'. All others are extended projects Jan
  10. If there is more to follow, I'll keep waiting Jan
  11. No, that can'tbe correct. The mast should have and angle somewhere between the rake of the aft mast, and the main mast.i The masts are kind of fanning out: the forward mast vertical, or slightly raking forward, the main mast vertical or slightly backward, the mizzen masts raking aft, the rake increasing from main mast to aft mast. Jan
  12. Hi Keith, the platform is standing on a cutting mat sized four inches wide..... Jan
  13. The rivetting of the secondary guns is somewhat too pronounced as far as I'm concerned. Less is more when it comes to these rows of rivets.... Jan
  14. Masthoops are not very common on dutch classic ships. Mostly rope with parrels. I don’t know hoe Billings does it, but the mastconstruction sounds rather like the original. Two wooden parts going through the deck to the keel. One iron bar sticking through these parts snd the mast. Jan
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