Jump to content


  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

About flying_dutchman2

  • Birthday 07/18/1957

Profile Information

  • Gender
  • Location
    Crown Point, IN, USA
  • Interests
    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.

Recent Profile Visitors

3,787 profile views
  1. @Bob Cleek, @allanyed and @DelF Thank you all for de detailed information and I downloaded the spreadsheet from Danny Vadas. Also downloaded the spreadsheet from the Schooner thread from Dr. P. Furthermore, because I only build Dutch merchant ships from the 17th century I asked the same question on a Dutch model site (www.modelbouwforum.nl). They refered me to books written by Ab Hoving, a member here, and an expert on Dutch ships. I have all his books I am going to compare the British ship measurements to the Dutch ship measurements and see how much d
  2. What are the rules for determining the thickness of rope for standing and running rigging and what formulas do you use to get to the dimensions? Especially large ships such as man-of-war, Pinas, East Indiaman, etc. When I scratch built the Utrecht, the Boyer and other smaller Dutch ships, I guessed the rigging and the results were good. Now I am building a larger ship en cannot guess the rigging anymore. Books I have: C. G. Davis, The Ship model builder's assistant G. Biddlecombe, The art of rigging (pretty good explanations lots of tables but
  3. We are working on this but it is a complicated process. We will post an anonymous message here on MSW once we have completed this task. Department of "Making Tasks Easier"
  4. Ab, Very nice. Will spent more time this weekend looking through the details. Thanks for the link. Marcus
  5. Thanks for all the likes, suggestions and comments. 375 This is wat the Zeehaen presently looks like. 376. Made the railings. Cut numerous little blocks from square dowels and glued them in place, then added a strip of wood on top and painted it all with Acrylic Mars Black which is matt. 377 Railings 378 Front area which has not been glued on the ship yet. The davits have been glued on an angle in place. 379 Railings on an angle. 380 All gratings
  6. Thanks for all the likes and comments. Last couple of days have been in the 70's F (20°C) (rare watm weather) so spend time cleaning up the flower beds and edible garden. Finished the tiller and whipstaff. I will install this when I am ready to put the back deck in. I built it in a way that once installed it actually works. The nosy cat, Boomer at 18 years. Gratings have been glued together and need a good sanding. Also made the mast holders (don't know the name) and the railings with the reiling pillars.
  7. WOW, One of the best and most detailed "read" I have ever experienced here on MSW. I have several books on rigging and they don't even come close to the details you give on various items on a ship. Like some have said, "write a book about it" and I would be the first one to buy it. Marcus
  8. @Dr PR Thank you so much for the detailed explanation and the spreadsheets. I will give it a go with the Fluit en come back here to comment about it. @allanyed Wil let you know if it works for Dutch ships. Marcus
  9. @shipman Thank you for the wise words. Actually, I obsess about everything and after that, I take it in stride. It is only a hobby. I am not doing any life threatening work. You would figure I would be good at it as it is my favorite exercise of building a ship. @Gregory and @ah100m Thanks for mathematical formulas and I heard from others that Mondfeld is wrong in many ways. I do like the diameter of the "mainstay" formula and thanks to giving me examples with how you got to the answers. Marcus
  10. LOL, I have the book and cd and I am building the Zeehaen from that book. I am looking at the table and you are correct, it is extensive. How embarrassing, I should have checked this out. (goes and hide in the closet) I am still interested in how to read the rigging tables in Montfeld's book. Marcus
  11. @Gregory Yes, this will help and thanks for the math formula. I created a ropewalk last year and still need to purchase materials. If I bought all my rope from Chuck (have in the past) than it would be a expensive endeavor. Marcus
  12. Next question. How do you determine what is the right size of line? Historic Ship Models by Wolfram zu Mondfeld cover standing rigging sizes from 16th through 19th century on page 272 and 273 and running rigging on page 308 and 309. How do I read this information? 40%, 16%, etc. What do the percentages mean? Thanks Marcus
  13. Thanks for all the suggestions. @Justin P. I do not know the diameter of the real rope. I wish I did because than my job would be much easier. @Jaager Love the simple explanation and will give it a go. @allanyed No British vessel, I built only Dutch ships. There is much more info on rigging British ships than on Dutch ships. Marcus
  • Create New...