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  1. There have been some awful delays in this building again. I have assembled and glued the mast into their place. Problem with this kit is that the materials and given dimensions do NOT allow a good alignment of the topmasts. Furthermore, the holes for the topmasts are way too large, and the naive builder that I am made as a result, topmasts that were much too thick. I yesterday dismounted the topmasts and carefully scraped a fair amount of wood and, ok this will do for me. I just need to finish the shrouds, then the ratlines, then the stays.
  2. I am now facing the masts and the rigging. As I have decided to add the vertical belaying pins, I luckily will have some spare belaying points in case I decide to add sails. Indeed a problem arises that I had not thought of: this model is supposed to be rigged only without sail. Now on a real ship, most of the blocks needed to manoeuvre the sails would be present on the various spars and on deck: I shall have to buy some extra stock. The masts themselves needed quite a bit of trimming: the kit proposed mast rake was not correct on the fore and main masts. The upper mast also would not ru
  3. I have listened to the linguistic experts about this ship's name, and decided to rename her more correctly (see pics) By the way, Sergal had placed some ovals in the rear deco of the ship. It can hardly be seen but I framed a few portraits in them. These portraits are taken from the famous 17th century Dutch portrait painter Jacob cats (but the quality of these paintings is admittedly difficult to appreciate here. The landscapes are 17th century landscape paintings of the city of Hoorn.
  4. I am currently working on the masts. Not a small job anyway, as I found it difficult to align them properly. And as I am not a dedicated user of sophisticated machinery, I brought all masts to the right shape with a Stanley cutter blade and abrasive paper: and I dare say they look fine, and sufficiently well aligned. But before I glue the 4 masts on the deck, I did some changes and "improvements" to the deck. First I followed the advice of Marcus, and removed one of the water pumps. Then I glued the anchor cables. I had also made 6 winch bars and mounted 3 of them each side, in the only
  5. I find it a little difficult to give you precise answers. I gave the model away to my oldest son who lives in Switzerland while I am confined in Belgium, and this model was built in the 1990's
  6. I find it a little difficult to give you precise answers. I gave the model away to my oldest son who lives in Switzerland while I am confined in Belgium, and this model was built in the 1990's. The rear end was thin indeed, I think on the real model no more than 10 to 15 cm judging by the photos. I remember I paid extra attention to the curved piece of mahogany wood (piece from the kit?). The "lip" you mention was not a problem for me, as I intended to paint the hull anyway. By the way the Baron kit had provided mahogany strips for the second planking, which remained in the box and which
  7. Hi Marcus, still going strong I see. Listen, I tried to locate on 2 Dutch Forums the flute builds you mention. I downloaded the pics from 2 builders from over 6 years ago on Modelbrouwers? And they were a great inspiration for me, both on things to do and problems to avoid. Could you please give me the links to these builds? Thank you in advance, and go on with the good work!
  8. Just read your comment. The Le Baron kit was a production from the 1980's I think. It was a fairly basic model, and if built straight from the box, it would not have pleased me...as a plastic modeller. So I collected a lot of documents, included a couple of ...calendar sheets, showing many details of the ship, and the model is almost entirely based on this. Almost as soon as my model was finished, Artesania produced their kit, which I assume is a leap forward from the Le Baron kit. There is one obvious thing missing on my model (and I think also from the Artesania kit), and that is the sc
  9. Thanks for your reply, Marcus. Alas, in the meantime, I had built with success, a PAIR of pumps, and I could not resist to glue them on both sides of the mainmast. I suppose that the 2nd pump would also be on the main deck?
  10. Quite a few things have been done, and this log was quite difficult to find. I had to face a number of problems I had never encountered before. First I had (have??) wood worms in my deck. I sprayed the whole ship 2 or 3 times (in- and outside) and look each morning anxiously if i don't notice any new wood dust heaps. Grrr... Then I think I may be happy with my winch. I had previously made a couple of attempts you can see on one of the following pictures: One with a round drum, which i felt i would never succeed to make octogonal and then another attempt was made based on the kit
  11. Marcus, you are a honest modeller but you should learn to cheat a little: in my opinion it is much easier to use full length planks whenever possible, and afterwards, to indent the joints. Planks will no doubt need some lateral bending on your ship: difficult to get a fluid bend with shot planks with butt joints. Also if you wet the planks, consider that they may shrink when drying, thus opening some joints. On my model, I cut all 4 (or 5?) mm wide planks in 2 lengthwise, which gave a still acceptable plank width, and I used an Amati plank bender to give the dry planks their intricate
  12. I did some more work on the winch to hopefully make it look a little more civilized and finally glued it in place. It is good from far (away), but far from good, I am afraid. Anyway it is a large improvement on the kit winch.
  13. Thank you for your kind comments. Jan, you are right about this kit's winch. It makes no sense. It should be said that this kit seems more aimed as a decoration item than as a historic replica and as such, she is beautiful. Still, for me, the model was interesting just because of the possibilities for improvement. About the winch, here are 2 underwater pics of a flute's winch. Difficult to discern if they were taken backwards from the bow or otherwise. Anyway, after many clumsy trials with a piece of round dowel, then with the kit pieces, I finally used a square dow
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