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  • Birthday 02/28/1959

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  1. Part 3: The building board I make the 'building board' as described in practicum of Mr Van Beylen. It is a simple rectangular frame in which the model is fixed with some nails and some small wooden support blocks. A piece of string is stretched to center the stations. With the stations lined up and centered. I add support blocks between the stations for strength. The handy thing about this kind of building frame is that you can clamp it in the workmate in all kinds of positions. With the stations in position, the edges of the inner keel can be chamfered in accordance with the angle of the station bottom. Thank you for the likes and till next week!
  2. The inner stem. Before gluing the inner stem into position, I make the notch for the planking in the stem. I saw also the knee for the stern post. Knee into position. My project is a boat with a centerboard, so there has to be a slot in the keel to house the centerboard. To make the slot I start with drilling some 2 mm ᴓ holes right next to each other to be able to jig saw the slot. The slot is sawn, It still has to be cleaned up with a flat file and sandpaper. Preparing the stern of the boat. Some 4 mm thick mahogany planks glued together on the stern template. The stern sawn out. Gluing the stern into position. I made paper templates of the seven remaining stations and glue them on a piece of plywood. and saw them out. Thank you for the likes and till next week!
  3. Thank you very much for the explanation. All the best for your daughter.
  4. Ab, How do you make the crew for your models? They look awesome.
  5. Part 2: Keel, stem and sternpost I start with making the keel out of a 65 cm long piece of oak. At the front I saw the joint for the stem. The stem, also in oak is sawn out and the joint is checked with the keel. I leave the upper side of the stem a bit longer than needed. It will be sawn in model later. The width of the keel is not the same everywhere. The keel is widest in the middle and becomes narrower towards the ends. I shape it with plane and band sander. I scrape off the angles of the upper side of the keel to make the notches for the garboard strake. A major part of the stern post is sunken. I use a fixed-base router to shape the stern post. Then I saw it out with the fretsaw. The connection between sternpost and keel is strengthened with a pin at the sternpost and a hole in the keel. Checking if everything fits. The inner keel is a four mm thick plank which narrows towards the ends. The different widths along the keel are measured at the bottom of the eight stations. Time to glue and nail everything together. Thank you for the likes and till next week!
  6. Part 1: Introduction My fishing smack cross section is finished; a new project is already sprouting. But first my workshop is urgently in need of a deep cleaning and there are also a lot of jobs waiting for me in and around the house of which the priority must be upgraded if I want to preserve the peace in the household. So the start of my new project will have to wait. That does not mean that I will go off-line for a while. While making the fishing smack cross section, I was simultaneously working at another POF model. I didn't want to keep up two logs at the same time, but now the pictures are sorted and the model is well advanced, enough to keep the log running while I am busy with other things. I can continue giving weekly updates retroactively at least until I am ready again to start a new project. My previous building projects were working boats (Ostend shrimper and fishing smack) and a warship (HMS Triton cross section). Now I want to build a pleasure boat. I found my boat in an small handout for making plank-on-frame models that I bought some years ago from 'Nederlandse Vereniging voor Modelbouwers' (http://www.modelbouwers.nl/ ). The handout is an assembly of articles which appeared round 1950 in the Dutch magazine 'De Modelbouwer'. They are written by Jules Van Beylen, former conservator of the Belgian National Maritime Museum in Antwerp. In the handout Jules Van Beylen explains how to build plank on frame models on the basis of four small ship models varying from basic to moderate level. The second model of the handout will be the subject of my project. It is a small gaff sailing sloop with a retractable center board. It is an imaginary boat, a design of Jules Van Beylen just for modeling. I doubt that real examples of it ever have been built. One of my previous builds, a coastal fishing sloop was a simple boat, but it took me almost three years to build it (and it is not yet complete now). This is a much more elementary model, so it will be finished somewhat faster. The plans include two sheet: a general construction plan and a rigging plan and are not included in the handout, they have to be bought separately at the 'Nederlandse Vereniging voor Modelbouwers' (http://www.modelbouwers.nl/). They are laying already some years in a drawer waiting to be used. The model will be built at scale 1/10. It is a 7.50 m long hull, so the length of the model will be 75 cm.

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