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  1. Hi Dziadeczek, of course I read your comments on the Polish forum with great curiosity and I always learn something new and useful from them. So I am very pleased that you like my job. Complaining is probably more related to the "regression" of skills, because that's what I felt when doing standing rigging. Or maybe it's just spring fatigue 🙂 Yes, it's a scratch based on a typical Dutch hull from that period (I helped myself with Heemskerck, among others). I regularly watch Ab's work, so it's nice to hear that my models resemble his work to some extent. I am honored and pleased to corres
  2. Thank you gentlemen for the kind word. Maybe because I hadn't tied the rigging for the last six months, it felt like I was doing it in the dark. I have been building models of sailing ships for 15 years and then suddenly at every step something went wrong, I still had to correct something. As the rigging was going smoothly with many of the previous models, this time I started to get frustrated because what I presented today I should have achieved without hurry a month ago. But most importantly, standing rigging is complete. Maybe with the sails I will get back to the right track :-))
  3. Hi everyone Unfortunately, as I was afraid, the waistcloths were a huge problem, took a long time and the effect is poor. I have tried to shape these hanging canvases of various type of silkspan, paper tissue, paper towels, fine fabric, dry or wet and no attempt hes been succsessful. But in the end I had to make up my mind and the choice fell on one of the silkspan. It looks "average", good modelers will make it better than me. I can always declare that it is only a "test model":-) I am still not sure what exactly such solutions looked like, and perhaps an a
  4. Welcome everyone, some time ago I started to build a model of the "Meermann" ship, which took part in the Battle of Oliwa in 1627. The battle was not big when we compare it to great clashes of great maritime powers, but for Poland at that time it had a huge political and propaganda dimension. Because here "... the traders from Danzig defeated one of the strongest fleets - Sweden ..." as the angry king of Sweden reportedly said. The dynastic war with Sweden, in which the Republic of Poland got involved, led to the Swedish capture of part of the Polish coast and the sea blockade of Gdańsk. Pa
  5. Hello everybody, A few years ago, I had the opportunity to ask Mr. Hoving for his opinion on the plans of a sailing ship of the Polish fleet participating in the Battle of Oliwa (1627). These drawings were not of the highest caliber and I felt it was a pity to spend time building a model with so many design errors. But Mr. Hoving did not leave me empty-handed, but suggested building a more interesting ship, such as "De Zeven Provincien", and so my adventure with this project began. Not only did Ab Hoving give me the drawings, but he supported and continues to support me with his kn
  6. Model built of paper and cardboard in 1:100 scale.
  7. Hi Ab, it is something strange with "silkspan", as I was looking for it some time ago and didn't find it. It was used for RC models, but I found only paper called "Japanese paper", what seems to be the same. Very thin and very strong stuff, half-transparent so it should be painted before with acrilic paints. There are some movies on YT how to make sails of silkspan, but look there. Best Tomek
  8. I think, that she will be published in autumn, don't know the publisher yet. Best Tomek
  9. Hi, It took me a lot of time to finish some details, but finally I set up masts and have something new to show. Best Tomek
  10. Hi, I built 99% of the hull and its details. All parts with a thickness of +1 mm were cut from cardboard and glued on three sides with stripes of appropriate width. For sure the construction would have been faster if I just painted these parts. Best Tomek
  11. Hello Some time ago I started building Sao Gabriel based on the model in the museum in Lisbon. I do not have exact plans, but based on photos, dimensions and proportions of this type of vessels I managed to design a ship quite similar to the original. The progress in the construction is enough to show the first photos. The hull frames were made of 1 mm thick cardboard. I have planned three layers of planking: the first vertical layer, which stabilizes the frames, the second longitudinal one on the cardboard 0.5 mm and the third one in color as the final planks. After
  12. Thanks for the comment. You are right, that Vikings' ships had figureheads as a protection or to frighten their enemies. I built this model as it was dug out in Gokstad in 1879 by N. Nicolaysen and he did not find any figureheads. The original Nicolaysen's book you can find there https://gdz.sub.uni-goettingen.de/id/PPN561535841?tify={"pages":[2],"panX":0.526,"panY":0.618,"view":"info","zoom":0.431} Tomek
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