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  1. This week I started with modifying the gaff accordingly to the expert advice of Michael. Then I continue the work at the fore sail. Before starting to sew the main sail, I want to finish the fore sail. It will take a while because here are new skills that I yet have to learn. Around the sail a bolt rope has to be sewn. In the corners are thimbles. I think that I have seen the method to make them in the log of the Jaciente of Aviamator. I use electrical end sleeves from which I remove the plastic part and saw them in small sheaves of about 3mm each. Then I open the edges a bit with the help of a punch. And finally I weather the thimbles by soaking them a while in oxidant. Now it is again sewing work, this time not with the machine, but by hand. The thimble goes in the bolt rope at the clew. and the rest is sewing along the jib leach. That is where I am at this moment. Thank you to follow Thank you for the likes Thank you for your constructive comments Till next week
  2. Amazing how you can do it with a computer, Vaddoc Thanks to show all the strake shapes next to each other. The shapes are very similar to those I tried to loft manually for my gaff sail boat. When I was doing it, it was always a surprise if they would fit or not. My longest plank was about 75 cm. As you see around the floor heads there the planks are very bent, you need a long and wide plank to make them. As I was a bit short of long and wide knot-free oak planks, I didn't want to spoil much wood. When bending the planks to place them, I cracked two of them, it was exiting to finish the job before all my oak was used.
  3. 4. Wale, beam clamp and floor heads thick stuff Gluing the wale into place. When both wales are into place I place the beam clamps. They have to be glued at the same altitude as the wales, therefore I place a lath from wale to wale as a guide to glue the beam clamps. Now I glue the floor head thick stuff. The hull is now stiff enough to be taken out the building board ... ... and to be sanded at the outside. I tree nail the beam clamps and the floor head thick stuff at the inside of the hull before placing the deck beams. The wales at the outside can still wait some time. I saw the frames equal to the topside of the wales with a metal saw blade. Thank you to follow Thank you for the likes Thank you for your constructive comments Till next week!
  4. Thanks Yves and Vaddoc. And yes I will have to have to take more care in making sharper photos.
  5. Really a beautiful diorama! Congratulations.
  6. Michael, This morning, I went through my library to watch to other drawings of open gaff sail boats. You are definitely right: The bridle has to be spread a lot wider. The rig plan as drawn by Mr Van Beylen is not good. There is no need to consult other experts, I will change the gaff in the way you suggest. Thanks a lot for your advise.
  7. 13. The sails I postponed it for as long as possible, but now I have to start to make sails. This model is already my second model waiting for sails. I will continue first with this gaff sail boat because the sails are less complicated than those for my Ostend shrimper. Nevertheless I will have learn operating my wife's sewing machine, so it will take some time and probably the progress of this log will slow down a bit. Anyway it will be more agreeable to work in the warm kitchen than in my cold workshop in this winter time. Today I made the paper patterns for the sails because this afternoon I will have the first lessons in stitching with the sewing machine by my wife. I have first learn to stitch long straight lines on a piece of cloth. When that works I cut the foresail accordingly to the pattern and I'm going to work with the sewing machine. For this run I have to concentrate fully on my work and did not make any pictures of the production process but when I make the main sail I will make it up to you. This evening the fore sail is sewed. There is still a lot to do at it, but I cannot resist to attach it to the model with the help of some pins. Thank you to follow Thank you for the likes Thank you for the constructive comments Till next week!
  8. Hello, Michael, I have not known Mr Van Beylen (the designer) personally, but you are probably right that he was not a seasoned sailor. He drew the boat as a modeler course. In any case I will take your remark with me to the monthly meeting with my local modeler friends next Saturday and look what their opinion is: stick to the original design of Mr Van Beylen or change the gaff and make a more seaworthy boat.

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