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Ab Hoving

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  1. Perhaps I have a tip for you Jan. Cleaning a model mostly means dusting the rigging (and vacuuming after that). For cleaning the rigging I always use an ostrich feather. These feathers a a bit fatty and the dust sticks to the feather surprisingly easily. For the rest of the deck I use paint brushes in various sizes and in the end I remove the gathered dust with a 1/2 cm wide flexible tube, attached to a vacuum-cleaner. Just a hint.
  2. This sound so familiar to me. When I was still building custom made electric guitars the painting proces showed all kinds of horrible effects. Imagine a body sanded untill it shone like a mirror with after spraying all sorts of blisters coming uit. The most horrible effects with reactions between filler and paint, paint and paint and anything that can cause disasters. It almost drove me crazy, although I have to admit that once the effect of spraying cause a beautiful, but unplanned crackling, like on an antique painting. Making guitars was a piece of cake compared to spraying them. In the end
  3. Hello Jan, If you don't want to put the brails on your model, just don't do it. The few people who knows about them will forgive you. 🙂 The question was how were they rigged. There are two kinds of brails, the ones coming from the side of the sails and the ones coming from the bottom. The first kind passes a sheave on the front side of the yard ( a turtle block) and then through a block attached to the top, or to the noose of the stay down to deck. The second kind pass through the clamp on the yard, also through a block hanging from the top or from the stay. As to my mode
  4. Looks good Jan! Shouldn't there be brails on the front side of the sails? Great job man,
  5. My condolances Doris, very sad news, but what a beautiful model you have made. You are an example for all of us. Ab
  6. That's the spirit Henry X. It may seem as if I know it alle, but basically I only have a very small expertise... Ab
  7. Hello Henry, Thank you for the compliment. The fact that I try as good as I can to document what I do, is because long ago I chose the Dutch 17th century as my specialism. I know the literature on the subject and the pictorial material left, as well as archaeological finds. The plate you show here depicts a ship from way before that age. Maybe 16th, maybe even 15th, but certainly an era of which no written sources are left, that reveal enough information for us to build a model after. I know nothing about these early ships. Everything beyond 1600 is based on guesses and interpre
  8. Hello Olha, Thank you for the presentation of my Tasman book. I hope many readers will like it. Are you by any chance related to Kroum Batchvarov? Cheers, Ab
  9. First an English 4th rate: Lennox after Richard Ensor's book The Restoration Warship. The first Dutch one is a 142 foot long ship, called Akerboom (Oak tree) The second one is a 160 foot long warship called Alkmaar. Although several Alkmaars sailed for our fleets, none of them matches this model. Oh, I forgot to mention. They are made of paper and card.
  10. Emiel supplied me with the long expected Photoshop painting of the man-of-war I showed here this summer. It is a view on the Amsterdam harbor with the Admiralties magazine (today the Scheepvaartmuseum) in the near distance.It is the end of the day and a calm allows various vessels to dry their sails, while some yachts still find enough wind to view the anchored ships. There is a lot to see and it does not even show my entire fleet! Hope you like it just as much as I do.
  11. In February is showed the model of a tartan, which I picked for its simple fluent lines to test Seahorses method of paper building without using filler. My son made the design for a book sleeve with an older model of a small fluit under attack bij a North-African corsair. I thought you might like to see it:
  12. The bowsprit might originally be used to serve for the bowlines (I suppose).
  13. Very nice thread. I like the research, knowing how hard it is to get trustworthy information. Making changes to a model under construction is only proof for a serious attitude towards historical reality.
  14. I like this project very much. Great research, nice building, amazing result. Congratulations.
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