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  1. Just a question: the bofors on The Ruyter had no shields.... why did they fit they on Java, but not on the (newer) guns of De Ruyter...? (And: the pics I can find show all WwII dutch bofors without shields. Or are we talking different shields?.) Pic from tha navy-archive (nimh) of one of the Java-bofors Jan
  2. Yep, there is: the so-called standing rigging (the non-moving parts like stays and shrouds) used to be more heavily tarred, so are darker than the running rigging (anything that is used to handle sails and spars), which was not so heavily tarred, to keep the lines plyable. Jan
  3. No, thereisnopreview, but onthe other hand: what you see inthe 'edit' -area is what readsrs get to see when posted. Jan
  4. Perhaps the instructionmanual has an informative instruction ? Otherwise: you are old and wise enough to build your own hexagonal light-thingy. btw the pics of the original all show a sixsides glass-house on top of your building. You'll have to rebuild Jan
  5. Just thinking without checking: evergreen sells styrene tubes in various sizes. is it possible to open such a tube, slide it over the propellershaft and glue it to both motor and prop-shaft, thus replacing the rubber one? Evergreen can be painted, so it would attract less attention..? but perhaps thosetubes are way oversized? Jan
  6. Today I started the rings on the lids. Fiddly stuff (too fiddly for my fingers and my tools: carpet monster took abot half of them ) and fitted on my test-port lid. Outer diameter of the ring ist about 2 mm. Actually, these are adapted 3mm rings that I found a long time ago on a webshop long gone. Jan
  7. Which, as expected, looks far better than the paper parts Jan
  8. yes, you forgot something: XI: a nice gift-paper to wrap it all up (ad VII: certainly no stay-sails, and no preventer stays. Don't forget the shrouds and the all-important ratlines) Jan
  9. When you receive the kit, can you give us some of the history? Fentens advertises it as a Polish machine, named Bulgar, sometimes it is referred to as a German machine, but the pics in the internet suggest that it is a Bulgarian one (build in Poland, nicknamed 'Mother Bear') (registration number 46.03) (btw nice pattern for the rivetting :)) Jan
  10. Hi Piet, I considered that, but there is nithong behind the ports, apart from that ugly U-shaped piece of black painted wood, and in some cases: just plywood of the bulkheads. Nothing of interest, so not drawing attention to it by showing an open port. Jan

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