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About flying_dutchman2

  • Birthday 07/18/1957

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    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.

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  1. Thanks for the comments. We've had a pretty wet July and that is why the grass is green and growing fast. Usually around this time of the year it is pretty much straw colored and dormant. After this sanding it is starting to look like a Fluit. I am not very happy with the hips. They should be more rounded. My next fluit will have rounder hips. This fluit will be a whaler. Marcus
  2. Thanks for all the likes. Did some serious sanding of the hull today and it is coming along nicely. Still need to do a few areas. Once done I will plank the sides of the hull. Sand some more and then glue the 3rd and final layer of the wales. Repaired the right side of the bow. Marcus
  3. Repaired the bow and added crack filler. Did a first sanding of the hull, patched the cracks again and will do a second sanding in the next couple of days. After that, will finish the rest of the planking on the sides of the hull. From looking at all the pictures I have from Fluits this area is clinker built. I will continue to study the books. Marcus
  4. Today wasn't as hot so I decided to do a rough sanding on the part of the hull that has a second layer of planking. I sand an area and leaving the sawdust on the hull. Then I take a mixture of glue and water and brush this on the hull mixing with the sawdust pressing this in the cracks that are between the planks. I do this until the cracks are eliminated and the hull is smooth. The black square on the bow is where I sanded a bit too much. So I will cut it out and re-plank the area. Marcus
  5. The second layer of planking is finished on main area of the hull. What is left is the sides and the hip area. Once planking is completed there will be much sanding to do to get it all nice and even. The final planking will be the last planks for the wales. I did some dry fitting of positioning the different decks and masts as this will give me complete picture of what it will look like. Marcus
  6. Second layer of planking on one side below the upper deck is completed. As I mentioned before planking the bluff bow is an exercise on its own. Planking the hips is not as difficult as I thought. Planking the sides from the upper deck up, should be easy. Once all planked the sanding begins. Marcus
  7. Now comes the fun part. The scarph joints that are next to the stem of the bow are copied from the 'Statenjacht Utrecht book'. I find that it has a neat appearance. What I don't know is that was it used on fluits. It makes sense as these planks need to be hooked into the plank next to it. I have re-done some of the planks like this instead of letting them go into a point (in Dutch that would be, naar niks). The following picture shows how the planks will becoming together. Once dry I will cut them lengthwise so two planks become one. In general the width of the cherry planking is between 6.2mm and 6.5mm. Once I started planking the 'hips' of the Fluit, the planks are between 5.9mm and 6.1mm in width. Slightly narrower but it makes for an easier lateral bending of the planks. I've made several mistakes with shaping the frames of the hull and now I am paying for it by using slightly narrower planks and fiddling with the narrower area in the middle of the hull. Live and learn. I won't be making that mistake on my next Fluit de 'Langewijk'. Marcus
  8. Beautifully executed. You do excellent work. I love the lines of this ship. Have to make this one myself one of these days. Marcus
  9. I am a bit late to comment, but I so agree with the above. I hear lots of modelers say that the sails hide the rigging. That is a load of manure. When you don't include the sails, the model is not finished. Marcus
  10. Thanks for the compliments and likes. Did a few more strakes. Most of the planks are 20cm long and all the joints work out. Marcus
  11. Ab, Little here and there. I take my time planking the hull. I made some mistakes early on and one can see that. I will be building more fluits in the future, such as the Langewijk. My goal is to master the buding of a fluit. Marcus
  12. Beautifully built and I have to agree with the others is that the 'sails, look like sails'. All your models look very realistic and like they are made of wood, not card. Marcus
  13. In 2015, I posted a picture of these but only one flower. This year there are 12 flowers. One stinks like death and just think if all 12 are out. Presently 6 are flowering and the neighbor thought there was a dead animal in my perennial bed. I explained that it was the flower. Dracunculus vulgaris - common dracunculus, dragon arum, the voodoo lily, the snake lily, the stink lily, the black dragon, the black lily, dragonwort. Marcus
  14. Continue to add cherry planking. Slow process especially if I do it with scarph joints. Stern Mid. Bow Marcus

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