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About Gbmodeler

  • Birthday 09/05/1954

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    Spokane Valley, Washington, USA
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    Modeling of all sorts mixed with the study of history; cycling; cooking (it is like building a model!)

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  1. Just started a new boat project. After seeing a photo of a small Brazzera with two lateen masts on Veniceboats.com (http://www.veniceboats.com/brazzera.htm), I had to build one! I have not yet found much historical information about Brazerras rigged this way, but there are several plans for single masted boats available. My model will be fictional, based on the type. A ten meter boat was chosen based on the only photo I could find, from Veniceboats.com. The length of the boat was determined and scaled off the people in the photo, and a comparison to photos of a single masted, 9-
  2. 1:48 scale model of a typical 9-meter fishing boat from the late 1800s out of Barcelona, Spain. Constructed of primarily basswood, with paper sails.
  3. Also decided to throw in a net (made from mosquito netting) and some floats (made from cork slivers). Of course, the cork came from my favorite Spanish bottle of wine! In this photo, the net was just placed and covered with diluted white glue. The glue is still wet. It won't look so shiny when it dries...
  4. Even though I plan to keep the hold open and visible, I thought I better build the hatch covers that might normally be seen. I do not really know what the fishermen did with the hatch when they went out (stowed them or left them on shore), but I decided to stow them under the deck, aft. Hatches built and unpainted... painted and weathered... Stowed away.
  5. Thanks Wefalck! No source for the bolt rope. It just gives the sail more strength along the edge....
  6. Continued working on the sail, and getting ready to hoist it. Here, the reef line panel and reinforced corners were added: Coloring began using powdered artist pigments. I applied the pigment with a small brush, working along the panels lines and "flicking" the powder into the seam... Then I shook off the excess powder. It's really messy stuff and can get everywhere. I constantly checked the back side of the sail to make sure no powder was going astray, and blew off any interlopers. I was also constantly cleaning the work space (a clean
  7. Thanks for the sail info Wefalck! Almost all the historic photos and art paintings I could find on the internet from the late 1800s show white sails on mediterranean boats, with occasional exceptions, so you have confirmed my suspicions. Thanks! I did a little research on paper weights in the US, and grams per meter (GMS) is far superior. I say that because pounds are based on the weight of 500 sheets. However, the "standard" size of a sheet varies by the type of paper. For example, standard printer paper (20 pound) comes in 8.5x11 inch sheets when you buy it, but for "weight"
  8. Thanks Louie da fly! Don't forget to find Catheads excellent tutorial on making sails, here in the forum...
  9. Okay, spent today building a paper sail. I am a student of Cathead, one of our members, and was really impressed with his paper sail tutorial in these forums ("A method for making panelled sails using paper", March 11, 2017)! I used his techniques on my last project (French fishing boat), but I did not like the heavy bonded resume paper Cathead used. Instead, I use something called "graphic marker paper." It is thin, opaque paper, with some sort of coating, almost like a high quality tracing paper. It is apparently made for artists who work with ink marker pens. That makes it great for m
  10. Even more great info Wefalck! I had no idea so much was available. It really is mind-boggling!
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