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  • Birthday 02/28/1964

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    East Flanders Belgium
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    Ships of the 16th and 17th century, Military modeling scale 1/72.

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  1. Finishing a first wooden ship model is quite an achievement. Very well done.
  2. Not really, Unfortunate Price in 1955 : 12590 francs. A big investment in that time (about 412 in the current euro's). Present value ... somewhere around 50 euros ... That's why I'll never sell it https://www.singersewinginfo.co.uk/valuations https://www.singersewinginfo.co.uk/306 Did some electracal repairs And first, lubricate rotating parts. Meanwhile, there is "life" in the machine again. But not enough for now
  3. Sails... I intend not to rush to make them. My mother's old sewing machine. She could sew anything with it, clothes, curtains, etc. Sewing the sails would have been an easy job for her Bought in 1955 and motorized in 1963
  4. Sails. The idea was to have a model with masts and standing rigging by September this year (after 5 years of building). We're going faster than planned 👍. Before starting with the sails I need to make some templates first (Me, first drawing something before making it, an exceptional event...) Drawings of the masts with the yards. The drawings that wil serve to cut the templates for the sails. These are also useful to see if there is enough room for the runnin rigging. And I have a large cotton sheet and a sewing machine older than m Next to do. Testing the sewing machine (has not been used for over 20 years) Thanks for following, likes and comments
  5. This can indeed be a support for a windlass, but not yet fully completed. There is something like this on the Bounty.
  6. Continue with the Yards. An important difference between 16th century (and earlier) and 17th century (and later). Is that in the 16th century the main and fore sails were larger than their topsails. The well-known drawing by Mathew Baker is used as the basis for the length of the yards. And yes, the masts and yards were probably added later in the drawing. Here comes the yard/mast ratio to 8/9. Because this drawing shows a four master and this is a three master, the San Juan used as an example for the mizzen mast. Therefore the mizzen yard has approximately the same length as the main yard. And this gives following measures. The mizzen yard on the San Juan is sometimes in 2 parts (depending on the model) General test A sketch, to not forget the dimensions.. As a test, some running rigging was fitted to the main sail. Looks good with the main yard of 40cm length. 45 cm would be too wide compared to the width of the hull. Making the yards with the home made lathe. (Had to saw longer pieces first for the main and mizzen) Yards and the "outlicker" almost ready Cut to length and colored Thanks for following, likes and comments.
  7. Driving in my car -- Madnes 2nd try 😉 (the previous one was deleted)
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