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  • Birthday 02/28/1948

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  1. In principle, I do it in a similar way; but in some points of the process it is something different. For example, the number of strakes I use is sometimes lower, since I do not like to lose 2 mm. in width by 0.6 mm. of thickness
  2. This vessel of Sicilia called “varca ri conzu” (conzu means longline in Sicilian dialect) fished with this fishing gear near the coasts of Catania and Ragusa, even though occasionally also used pots and bottom trawling nets to fish. These boats, of an elegant and stylish line, used to go profusely polychromatic with geometrical and figures as motives. Another typical characteristics are the acute prolongation of the bow stem that elevates much more than a mere functionality criteria would demand, and the presence of the spur that does not obey any specific function, and that it makes this vessel also known as “varca cu spiruni” for obvious reasons. Another singular characteristic of these boats is the spritsail which they are rigged with. This model is made from the plan and illustration of this vessel that appear in the book “Vele italiane della costa occidentale” of Sergio Bellabarba and Eduardo Guerreri.
  3. Thank you for your comment, Hartmut.
  4. Thank you for your comments. In doing one of my models it takes from one to two months, depending on its complexity. You're right, working with small sizes makes it possible to do and be able to exhibit a large enough collection in your own home; at the moment my collection reaches 67 models. And you're also right about the fact that the sails are escaping, especially in this model I did five or six years ago. The sails of my current models, although still out of scale, disguise it better.
  5. In front of Boulogne, in the other side of the Liane River, the town of Portel has always been a nursery of sailors, that either practice deep sea fishing on board great ships or coastal fishing with the flobarts. These vessels of robust construction and from two to three tones of displacement are of very flat bottom (capable of floating in only thirty centimeters of water) and they set aground on the beach, thus being equipped of a center dagger board that can be extracted easily. At the beginning of the XIX century you could count twenty flobarts in Portel, number that reached fifty in 1850, thanks to the construction of a creek provided with two capstans that made setting them aground much easier. Later came a period of decadence in the fleet since the cove that served them as shelter went unprotected due to the extraction of the rocks that protected it used for the remodeling of the Boulogne port. Later on, the coastal fishing recovered impulse during WWII that made it difficult for the great vessels to set sail to fish. Nowadays you can once again count of about fifty flobarts at Portel. In the pictures I show both the vessel unfinished, so that the clinker of the hull and interior of the boat can be better appreciated, as well as the model already done and rigged with all its sails.
  6. It had no reason for functionality, it was merely decorative.
  7. Thank you, Betaqdave and Nils. Regarding the rudder, in the text with which I present this model, I indicated that "The rudder of the vessel particularly called Hennique´s attention because of its dimensions since with a longitude of 4.55 meters draught a lot more than the boat and had a surface close to a third of the plane of the central dagger boards. When the vessels entered port or found scarce bottoms, the rudder elevated itself using for this one of the two backstays that sustained the mast on each bulk ward rail”
  8. It is painted with very diluted acrylics so as not bind the cloth
  9. I finished the herring herring of Fécamp. Since I did not do it in the beginning, I'm going to do a bit of an introduction at the end, because, in my opinion, it still enriches a model. Historically, herring has been of major importance in the economies of the countries bordering the North Sea and the English Channel. Herring spines were found in the Neolithic Danish necropolis, and one of the reasons for the creation of the Hansa was by and to facilitate its trade. As a food, it has played a major role because it is a cheap fish given its abundance, high in fat and protein and suitable for different preservation techniques: salting, pickling, smoking, drying, etc. ., facilitating its transport. In the Middle Ages, it even served as a means of payment. For centuries, herring has been caught with the same fishing gear: a set of driftnets, like gillnets, which were launched in the same way until the disappearance of the fishing. the sail: the boat, in the twilight tide, as it sailed with a reduced sail and tailwind, slowly slid the net into the current, regulating under the indications of the pattern the depth to which it rested. Once the net was stretched, the boat was put in "drome" and allowed to drift slowly, staying oriented to the wind thanks to the tape that served as an aerial rudder. They then armed the "garden" on deck, the name they gave to the drawers of movable screens and castors on the bow of the mainmast, which facilitated the collection of fishing, and they rested at night. The nets were loaded at dawn and, once the fish were collected, they were stored in the corresponding creeks while the boat returned to sail to haul the product from the harbor. Depending on the fishing location, Shetland Islands east of La Mancha, the fish was stored without further handling to be sold again or put in brine for preservation in case of delay. the arrival at the port. The North Sea and English Channel are narrow basins, with short and agitated waves, which is very tiring for a "drome" navigation, practically dry of canvas. To reduce the pitch and roll that were amplified by the high rigging, lowered the masts on the deck while pulling the nets, the largest first, and then, when paired, the foresail. To carry out this operation, these boats had guides to fly the masts in their descent, as well as a portico raised at the stern to receive the slaughtered masts leaving the deck cleared. The use of driftnets has resulted in a classic hull, with well-filled shapes at the front and a marked water outlet at the rear, the main frame being located 2/5 of its length from the bow. The model represents a good size lugger, with a rig with three masts, as could be found in Fécamp between 1850 and 1880, a length of about 25 m. Shortly after, during the last decades of the 19th century, the luggages were disarmed and resold for cabotage, especially in Brittany, and the construction of a new type of ship, ketch-dandy or dundee, was launched, with a lenght of 32 m.
  10. The paranza, a typical vessel from the lower Adriatic was used mainly for fishing, although it was also used for coastal fishing and surveillance. The paranza of Trani was of robust construction and frequently made fishing campaigns of several months´ duration in Albania, Greece and even farther waters off the Mediterranean oriental coasts as well as North Africa. The load displacement varied between five to thirty tons and the length went from ten to thirty two meters. It was a wider vessel that as a singular characteristic showed a very rounded bow. A detailed description of the paranza of Trani was given by captain Hennique, Commandant of a French fragata that found one of these vessels, “Maria de Costantinopoli” in the coasts of Tunisia in 1888, and made it the object of a meticulous and detailed study. The paranza had a rounded hull and presented a 3:1ratio between length and beam. The dimensions checked by Hennique were as follows: 12 meters of length, 4.2 beam and 1.3 depth. The boat draught 0.7 m and displaced 13 tons. Its crew was of 10 men and a deckhand. The rudder of the vessel particularly called Hennique´s attention because of its dimensions since with a longitude of 4.55 meters draught a lot more than the boat and had a surface close to a third of the plane of the central dagger boards. When the vessels entered port or found scarce bottoms, the rudder elevated itself using for this one of the two backstays that sustained the mast on each bulk ward rail. The boat was rigged with a lateen sail, and with tail winds a jib was rigged upon an outrigger tied to the mast´s base and to one of the bow´s bollards.
  11. I have come to build miniatures after making larger scale models. Initially I did it for the problem of lack of space at home, but then I have become fond of small sizes because making a miniature takes me from a month and a half to two months, compared to the much longer time required by larger models. I do not know if there is a book or manual to make miniatures; I have been quite self-taught and have developed my own techniques. In the forum I have published other build logs of other miniatures: "tartana-ligure-by-javier-baron-finished-scale-1: 200", "brighton-hog-boat-or-hoggie-by-javier-baron-scale -1: 130 "and" two-miniature-moliceiros-by-javier-baron-scale-1: 110 " Javier
  12. The masts are ready with all their equipment. I want to emphasize that the foremast incorporates a wind vane in its crowning. Another aspect on which I draw your attention is the network which appears in one of the two coves situated for this purpose behind the mainmast. In this case, I took the license to dye the net greenish, to accentuate the contrast. Although the model goes up the masts upright, on one of the photos that I present, the mainmast is shot, to see how the boat would be able to fish.

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