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About flying_dutchman2

  • Birthday 07/18/1957

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    Crown Point, IN, USA
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    Dutch Ships (1600-1850), Especially different types of merchant ships, Everything about VOC history, Woodcrafts (carving, scrollsaw), Bonsai, Edible gardening.
    Member & Secretary of the Nautical Research & Model Ship Society of Chicago.

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  1. Popeye the sailor, Thanks for the link. Cool story and I have seen/been to the opera of 'Die Fliegende Hollander' from Richard Wagner. Marcus
  2. Ab, I plan to sand the hull like you mentioned. Get rid of all the irregularities. The 1st layer is 2mm thick so I can sand a lot. With the Boyer I had many irregularities and sanded the heck out of it, added filler, sanded it smooth and added a 2nd layer. I took a piece of paper and glued several lengths together and layed it lengthwise on the hull. Drew a wale on it and put the ship away. Come back later on. I didn't think of it about the balsa. Come to think of it one is limited where the dowels go. Many people both in my local club and here on this site use balsa as filler. When I built the Boyer it was recommended that I use balsa. In the past I used whatever wood I had. My Utrecht is rather heavy because of the filler wood. My next ship (Heemskerck) will be plank on frame, no balsa or plywood. The ship will be heavy. Yes, I have heard of Underhill's books. Marcus
  3. Jan, Ab and wefalck, thank you for that detailed explanation. The building of a punter is interesting especially where they use a fire and water to bend the wood. Marcus
  4. Ab, Thank you for the constructive criticism. In your opinion do I need to remove the 1st layer of planking and start all over again? If not, I am planking the 2nd layer per your instruction. I did force the planks at the bow area. I was trying to copy the planking of the models in the Merchant book. I usually don't do this. While planking my Utrecht and Boyer, no plank was forced. You are correct about the three bottom installed wales. There is a slight curve from the stern to about the middle of the ship, then they are straight, going slightly up and ending in abrupt corners of the bow. I measured several times to where they were supposed to be and drew the lines on the bulkheads. I will definitely change this in the second planking and get a better curve towards the middle of the ship. One can see from the area near the keel that the planks are not one piece. That is not possible. Marcus
  5. Another question. Who in the Netherlands invented to build a ship "shell first"? Year? Once this method was invented, were all Dutch ships built "shell first" ? Marcus
  6. "Goebel" is a German name not Dutch. Also read about him on the Net and nowhere does it say he is Dutch, or am I missing something? Marcus
  7. Friday I spent almost all day researching the above. Out of numerous articles that I have read (so far), not one discusses this. But I did find other interesting info about Fluits. How they are related to hekboten, katten en boyers. Marcus
  8. Why is the P-51 called "Flying Dutchman"? Do not see anything related to The Netherlands. Marcus
  9. After thoroughly studying the lines plan and making templates in every combination, taking the templates and lining them up where they are supposed to be, I've come to the conclusion that everything checks out. Just to make sure I checked every book, article and research paper that have pictures of Fluits and came to the conclusion that the models in the Merchant book are very different than some of the articles 'and' the Abel Tasman book. The above picture shows that the hips are smaller than the Merchant book, but looks like my model. Abel Tasman book My model is similar to the Abel Tasman model. The hips on both models are smaller than the Merchant book models. What did I learn from this? Bofore freaking out. 😱. 😭, check out all your sources. Ships evolved throughout the years. I don't have enough information on the topic, but I know the fluit changed in hip size and length over the years. There was a type of Fluit for every country and every type of industry the Dutch traded with. I wrote something about that in the 1st or 2nd post. Next, I need to hollow more out of the inside of the hull so the decks fit. Sand the outside smooth. Marcus
  10. Finished the first layer of planking. Next I will measure the skinny hip area and see how much to build it up. I will create a stern piece of 5 bulkheads (#5 thru 25) and use that to build it up, so if there are mistakes I can easily undo it and I will not wreck the model if I did it on that. Marcus
  11. Phil and Mark, thank you both for the advice. I shall built up the hips. Not too much because it will look weird. I'll use the models in the book as references. Marcus
  12. Well, it started with spitting snow and now we have light snow and it is sticking. Looks rather nice on my red Jap. Maple leaves. Skipping handing out candy this year. Closed the curtains, all lights are off and I am in the basement in the shop. Last couple of years they bus the kids in, in our neighborhood and surrounding areas. Getting rediculous. Teenagers wanting candy and they have no costume on. Last year had to ration the candy. One year we handed out granola bars, you should have seen the faces of the kids 🤣 Get a job so you can buy your own candy. Have fun. Marcus
  13. Thank you for all the likes. I am going to try to explain this and if you don't understand, please feel free to ask questions. I wanted to plank the Fluit in similar ways as the models in the 17th century Dutch merchant ships book, pages 73 to 77 (look below, pictures from the book and the model). The wales were installed first and I followed the contours of the ship without a problem. Then started planking going up and down from the wales and there I got into trouble. Also planked few strokes away from the keel. The models in the book show the following: the plank is at its lowest around the middle of the ship. It then slightly curves up towards the bow and the plank butt, ends up straight at the stem post. From the bottom wale going up, planking is easy to execute, lots of curves but nothing extreme. From the bottom wale going down, every planking strip becomes difficult to execute. Not only curved like a 'smile', but the plank is also curved inward (when you hold a plank by its sides with your thumb and pointing finger and putting pressure on the fingers to bowe the plank lengthwise). All plank butts, end up on an angle against both stern post and stem post on the model. This is not like the models in the book. Bow Stern In the book the stern area is much more bowed then my model. The models in the book have fat hips, whereas my model has skinny hips. It still curves. (I'll figure this out when I built my next sectional Fluit, just the bow and the stern). Fat hips Skinny hips Fat hips Furthermore, when I cut out the stern bulkhead #5, #10, #15 and #20 and spaced them 38mm of each other it was what the plans looked like. Looking at the models in the book bulkhead #0 (if there is such a thing) is the same width as bulkhead #5. Conclusion I read on other forums that planking a Fluit was a difficult exercise. (maybe I should have built a Cat first, which is similar to a Fluit). I cut out the bulkheads correctly and lined them up with spaces correctly. I am just not getting the fat hips. ********* I could start all over......... not doing that. I could saw (cut off) her where bulkhead #30 is and recreate the ship from bulkhead 5 to 30 with bigger hips. Leave the ship as is and install the second layer of planking like what the book shows. See if it is possible to built up both the bow and stern to get the results (bigger hips) of what is in the book. If you got this far, thank you for reading. Marcus

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