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Javier Baron

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  • Birthday 02/28/1948

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    Madrid - Spain

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  1. Thank you, Betaqdave. Is not a spare rig, but a feature from larger, more archaic Latin vessels. The alternative spar (“entena”) which the model features on the deck that was already rigged with its corresponding halyard and that could be quickly hoisted once the sail was spanned, replacing the one that had been hoisted until then. In this way, the amount of rag released due to the prevailing wind could be quickly adjusted. In the model, the alternative “entena” is somewhat shorter than the bearing, so it would correspond to the bad weather sail, stronger and thicker.
  2. This is the last addition I have made to my collection. I have not published its construction process in the forum because, being similar to the one I have used in other models, I have the impression that it could have turned out without much interest. And now, by way of introduction, a bit of history: the “speronara” was a boat used mainly in Malta, although it was also present in Sicily. It had remarkable nautical qualities, mainly highlighting its speed, which is why it was frequently used by Maltese for smuggling. In addition to its curious and characteristic spur, this boat was lighter in construction than others of similar dimensions, such as the “bovo” or the “schifazzo”, which gave it a lower draft, which was undoubtedly one of the reasons why that smugglers preferred it, another reason being that this lightness allowed them to be easily beached on the beaches The function of the extension of the cutwater as a spur has given rise to various conjectures, which in the end are reduced to two possibilities: either it was a mere ornamental element or it was a reinforcement of the bow, both being valid and not exclusive explanations. A typical characteristic of the "speronaras" was the cabin, covered by a tarred cloth, which occupied a large part of the stern and which served to keep the crew of four or five men safe. They also stood out for being painted with bright colors The "speronaras" hoisted one, two or three sticks with a Latin candle, also carrying one or more jibs, although they could also be riggedThis is the last addition I have made to my collection. I have not published its construction process in the forum because, being similar to the one I have used in other models, I have the impression that it could have turned out without much interest by repetitive. And now by way of introduction, a bit of history: the “speronara” was a boat used mainly in Malta, although it was also present in Sicily. It had remarkable nautical qualities, mainly highlighting its speed, which is why it was frequently used by Maltese for smuggling. In addition to its curious and characteristic spur, this boat was lighter in construction than others of similar dimensions, such as the “bovo” or the “schifazzo”, which gave it a lower draft, which was undoubtedly one of the reasons why that smugglers preferred it, another reason being that this lightness allowed them to be easily beached on the beaches The function of the extension of the cutwater as a spur has given rise to various conjectures, which in the end are reduced to two possibilities: either it was a mere ornamental element or it was a reinforcement of the bow, both being valid and not exclusive explanations. A typical characteristic of the "speronaras" was the cabin, covered by a tarred cloth, which occupied a large part of the stern and which served to keep the crew of four or five men safe. They also stood out for being painted with bright colors The "speronaras" hoisted one, two or three masts with a Latin sail, also carrying one or more jibs, although they could also be rigged with a spritsail. It was frequently used for the transport of goods, passage and mail over short distances.
  3. With the sails of the ship already placed, I end this model. A cordial greeting, Javier
  4. The model has already moved to the "paint shop"...
  5. Thank you very much for your comments. It is true that I am going fast, but it is because I practically do not leave the house
  6. This boat was a tartana of fluvial origin that was built in the Rhône region, near Condrieu, Beaucaire, Arlez and Martigues. Thanks to its low draft and its robustness, they became a fundamental element in the development of the region, creating a large fleet that had at the time of its heyday, in 1845, 125 boats, which were used both for transportation construction materials (wood, stone, aggregates) as well as the unloading of ships that could not pass at full load through the bars of the Rhone delta. At times, they also made maritime navigation through the Mediterranean, to Marseilles, Toulon and other towns in Languedoc, Roussillon and Provence. The appearance of the railway as a means of transport led to the disappearance of the "allèges" in the late 19th century.
  7. The “falucho” is already finished. I hope you like it. Cheers, Javier
  8. There is no mystery: I am retired, and now, moreover, I am confined
  9. I have made the hull according to my disposable frame technique. To help the lining of the bow and stern I make both of them solid with balsa wood on which I glue the lining boards (which are also glued together) and then remove this balsa wood
  10. I have used different woods. in this case for the hull I have used 1.5 mm beech strips. 0.6 mm. thick
  11. This is my new model. I do not put photos of the first part of the work because they are the same as in my other models

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