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Jan Blonk

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About Jan Blonk

  • Birthday 09/12/1952

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    Nieuwpoort, Holland
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    Ship modelling, diorama’s, music,

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  1. The model is built on the plans of the Fishery museum in Concarneau France and represents one of the last French side trailers before these were replaced by the first generation of hecktrawlers. Built in scale 1:25 and representing her during her service life around 1970 for the shipping company Nicot in Concarneau. For the details of my build I have had much support from the staff of the French fishery museum. From the start I adapted the hull construction in order to prepare her for RC sailing. During the build I decided to weather her as realistic as possible and later I also decided to build a slipway to show her during “maintenance” . The original trawler is now included in the collection of the Concarneau Fishery Museum and may also be visited. However, due to public safety issues, much of the original fishing gear was removed, but nevertheless she is still worth while visiting.
  2. Whilst building and weathering the trawler Hemerica, the idea came up to make a slipway to show the model during maintenance. Inspiration was found in the Existing Newlyn (UK) harbour slipway. But as it is on scale 1:25 , and moreover I needed to consider dimensional limitations. So I focussed on the construction of the railways, the slipwaycarriage, and all supports and freely designed the architectural details with an eye on the original, including the position of the winch. Many small details, as well as the workers, are added in stages as new ideas and suggestions just keep coming up.
  3. The model Hemerica is a 1957 built French side trawler made on the plans of the Fishery museum in Concarneau, France. The model is on the scale 1:25 and represents the vessel in during her service life for the shipping company Nicot as she was around 1970. From the start the model was built to sail and therefore is motorized and with RC control. For the build I had a lot of support from the museum staff to complete the model as detailed as possible. This ship represents the latest type of French side trawlers before these were replaced by a new generation of hecktrawlers. After her service life the original ship became part of the collection of the fishery museum and also may be visited. However due to public safety issues many of the typical fishing gear was removed, but nevertheless worth while visiting.
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