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Hello freinds and fellow members, today I would like to introduce my new project comprising a model of an traditional working- and fishing boat, as used in the German Baltic state Mecklenburg- Vorpommern in the region called "Darss" with extended national Parks, many decades and years ago. These beautiful wooden boats today are being much cherrished, restored by knowledgable boatbuilders with love and are mostly owned and sailed by enthusiasts for heritage wooden craft with red/brown gaff- und lugger sails. Some have been motorized. There are several regattas on the Bodden waters now an then, a most lovely sight.. Around easter time this year my wife and I decided to do something for our health and we experienced a 7 day "fast hiking week" in the Darss region at the seaside, together with a group of 26 persons and with a trainer. During the hiking tours we also came across little fishing boat ports, and here is where found my inspiration for building a model of one of these lovely boats. In actual they bear an FZ....... registration number on their main sail and they are determined the category "Zeesboat". They are planked either karweel or clinker type and have a swivible centerboard. Mostly they are ketch rigged or single masted with sloop rig. The lengths differ between 9- 12 meter Before beginning there will be a preparation phase, as I mostly do, for the model in scratch build, as I unfortunately to date have no experience wih clinker (lapstrake) building, and some of the idias spooking in my mind have to be tested first, in order to do a near to original lapstrake planking. I intend to plank over a mold / plug and to reinforce the hull later on with separatly added frames, after the hull is taken from the plug. The scale will be somewhere between 1:20 and 1:32. Planking will probably be pear 2 x 15 mm, held together with blackened brass pins and mini clench-discs on the lapstrake inside (resembling the riveted plank boatnails along the horizontal seams) I beleave that there is at this time no other Zeesboat model presented in the MSW forum yet. For doing this model I even decided to postpone the intended model of the seagoing "Hainan Junk" to a future project Nils Preparation Phase it may take some time from now to kick off the begin... pin diameter 0,6 mm, head 1,3 mm, The washer hole 0,6 mm, OD 1,4 mm, 0,3 mm thickness Typical open Zeesboot with open rudder stand and working cockpit and small deckhouse before the mainmast ... seen in the little port of Wiek old boat, new restored, cabin added to the cockpit Boat "Marie Luise" using some srap planks 2 x 12 mm and camfering the upper edges of the forelast plank for the landing surface dummy.... connecting the planks with flat head brass pins (slight countersink) interior side of lapstrake resembling (in lack of suitable clench washers) the clenching with small pieces of plastic tube.... have just received a sample of mini brass washers, that will do perfectly for "clenching" to the pins... clench washers size in relation to the pins here the planks are chisilled for fit and smooth flush transition to the dummy bowpost. The brass pins are here chemically blackend.... this will be my basic building plan... (out of a publication I recently bought from an antiquariat) Nils