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  1. How did you blacken the planks? Did you paint them or pickle them, before you glued them in position, or did you use ebony wood?
  2. Yesterday I installed the oars. I like them being in place like seen on the photos, it gives an Impression of speed. Although this is quite a space-consuming way of displaying the model, I think I will go for it. I also made a mirror-baseboard, so one can see better the unplanked bottom of the model. Next I will made the showcase. Matthias
  3. Hi Doug, that would be great, if Jeppe could add some Information about these Details. Thank you for the Information. Matthias
  4. At the moment I am busy making the oars. I had some Problems, sanding the blades in shape, because they kept breaking off. Maybe it is an idea to make the pole and the blade out of one peace. The adhesive Surface between them is very small.
  5. The flag staffs, the tiller and the nailing is done now. Here are some photos.
  6. Here you can see better, what I mean, but you are right, it is not too much noticable.
  7. Thanks Chuck, I have a problem, I don't know, why it occured: The keel ist bending about 3 mm upwards in the middle. During the planking I had it on the frame all the time. I preformed the planks with heat, so they were not very much forced in place. Is there a way to prevent this? Certainly not any more at this stage of building, but I would like to know, what I did wrong. I will post a photo of the problem later. Matthias
  8. Hello everybody, The ornaments, frames and moldings werde gildet and added to the hull. At the moment I am busy preparing the rudder. Matthias
  9. Hello Doug, there are some fellow members of our german "association historic naval Architecture", who are incredibly well informed. One told me, that this photo originates from the catalogue of an Exhibition in Hamburg Harbour in the year 1978 about shipping on old photographs. It was subscribed: "Fischerleute des Kutters H.F. 249 um 1905" (Fishermen of the cutter H.F. About 1905). Wheras the term "cutter" is no description of a certain type of ship. In german it is a general term for fishing vessels, still used today. It was probably a vessel like the still existing H.F. 294 "President Freiherr von Maltzahn". Have a look at https://www.hf294-maltzahn.de there are plenty of photoes on this page, also many historic potos. Matthias
  10. I was wondering, how the windlass exactly looked like and how it was used. In a german Essay "Ausarbeitung zum kulturhistorischen Wert des Giekewers Frieda" I found a nice photo and with the permission of the author I can share it here.
  11. Hi Scott, there is a page about the shipbuilder Colin Archer, who built LEON. It says: Year of Building: 1880 ship builder: Colin Archer Built at: Larvik / Norwegen History Hjemsted: (Port of registry) Arendal 1880-1900 Kragerø 1900-06 Solum, Porsgrunn 1906-15 Skipsfører: (Captain) P. Eilertsen 1880-87 M. Andersen 1887-94 C. Jacobsen 1894-96/97 Ole I. Jobsen 1896/97-1900 I. N. Knudsen 1900-06 Isak Olsen 1906-13 Th. Halvorsen 1913-15 Eier: (Owner) Brødr. Herlofson 1880-86 Axel Herlofson 1886-88 Axes Smith , mgr. 1888-94 (D. Herlofson, eier) C. Jacobsen 1894-1900 Chr. Jobsen 1898 J. Schelderup 1900-03 J. M. Jensen 1903-06 (A/S Leon) N. Realfsen 1906-15 (A/S Leon) so that explains the inscription of the bell
  12. I got this photo from the Aust Agder Museum at Kuben / Norway (together with the permission to use it here). So that's alle what remains from LEON. I presume, every ship of that size had a bell. Shipbells always were important for the daily routine onbord the sailships and as well as alarm Signals at night, or when ist was foggy.
  13. Maybe this is a possible position for the ships bell of LEON
  14. Hi Johno, thanks for your reaction on my question. I put LEON apart at the moment, for I am building Chuck Passaros wonderful barge, but I can show some more photos of the state of things. I hope to proceed on Leon soon.
  15. That looks great, spraying the thwarts in advance is a good idea. I wish, I had done that with my barge. Are you going for gildet ornaments or leave them wooden?

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