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  1. Hi all, Because of the fact that I lost my interest and the enthusiasm for some of my started models, these were canceled and the corresponding build logs deleted. Other projects such as the build of the Bounty, Gunboat William and the HMS Endeavor take a break. After a visit to the Batavia shipyard in Lelystad / Netherlands, I finally started to realize my long-standing desire to build a model. The Kolderstok kit was ordered and the construction began, this was in July already. Unfotunately I didn't take pictures from the beginning, so the Photos below show the Status as of today.
  2. My second wooden ship model build... De Duyfken VOC verkenningsjacht (scouting yacht) 1595-1608, a pinas. From Kolderstok scale 1:50. Lenght about 65cm, height 55 cm, width 25 cm. Armament: 10 cannons and 4 swivel guns. Link to the Duyfken replica foundation Being Dutch, I'm proud of our maritime history and achievements. I'm well aware and of course not proud of the many horrible things our exploring forefathers did to gain power and wealth. Nonetheless, their exploring achievements were remarkable and it's almost unbelievable such a tiny country managed to become a powerhouse. I'm excited to start this build, still so much to learn and I think this is a good choise for my second build. I got the kit last year as a Christmas gift from the Admiral. Since I believe this is the first Kolderstok Duyfken on this forum, let's have a look at what you get.... From Kolderstok...the kit, the extra gun set (4 guns) and a resin name plate. I was happy to find the (out of print, Dutch translation) National Geographic book about the building of the replica ship. Superb photo's...very helpful. There's no ship's boat included, but since you can't discover the world without one...I bought a suitable resin one. And inside the box... Wow!...a lot! Very nice step by step manual with good colour photo's. In Dutch, there's an English version included also. Wood... Good quality planks and dowels, the laser cut parts look really sharp. The larger parts are pre-cut to make life easier. Bits and bobs box... Looks good...resin and thin laser cut ship decorations, white metal anchor and 4 small swivel guns, brass cannons, neat looking blocks, brass nails, several types of rope and cloth for the flags. The printed flags (good colours!) can be ironed on this cloth. Also included is fabric for the sails. Fine quality, cream colour. 2 large plans, a part list and a seperate manual on how to build the grating. Well...I guess that's all nice and fine. Now let's see what I can do with it. I can start when I cleared my workspace, so...the usual: More soon! Robin
  3. Recently I have started the scratch building of the Dutch VOC Vessel Batavia, which shipwrecked on her maiden voyage on the 4th of june 1629 - near to the australian westcoast at morning reef near Beacon Island. If you do some research on the internet you will find a lot of information about the shipwrecking of the Batavia and all that happened afterwards... As there is no wooden model kit for the Batavia I bought me the plans which where made on the Dutch shipyard "Bataviawerf" in Lelystad, Netherlands - and started the model from scratch. In this topic you'll find the pictures I made during the building proces - started beginning of december 2013 up until now. I'm about halfway building the Batavia. I started with plywood and a jigsaw... Keel and frames same First decks planked Hull partly planked
  4. Installment 1 After I completed my self designed model of a Freedom Sloop I wanted to finally tackle my long held desire to build a mid Seventeenth Century VOC ship. (VOC stands for Verenigde OostIndiesche Compagnie or United East-Indies Company, chartered by the Dutch States General in 1602 and dissolved in 1800 due to bankruptcy). I liked the looks of ships of that era best and to honor my father and my wife’s father, both died in the wool seamen. My father wanted to study for seamanship in one of the Dutch Merchant Marine Academies. However, due to circumstances not of his own doing he joined the Navy. My wife’s father was First Mate with the KPM, a Dutch shipping company in the Colonies, and retired as captain in 1953. In an around about way the KPM was a continuation of the VOC. I could have purchased existing drawings but none suited my ideas and at this stage I had not yet purchased Herman Ketting’s book “Prinse Willem.” So, I decided to try my hand in designing my own ship. Being quite familiar with aircraft design it would seem not to be that different or difficult. I looked at many drawings of William van de Velde de Elder and the Younger. I looked at many paintings and models and got a good idea how I wanted my model to look like to suit my ideas for the use of this fictitious ship. I was born and razed in the Dutch East Indies in the fair city of Surabaya, I wanted to play-act as the born and razed East Indier from Surabaya, the cantankerous old shipwright but trained in the southern Dutch ship building methods. My original thought was to build the ship in Surabaya, a city in the East of the island of Java using local timber and local craftsmen. Craftsmen from the different tribes in the Indonesian archipelago already build seagoing merchant vessels that sailed to India, China and Africa even before the Portuguese, the Dutch or the English arrived. However, I, as the shipwright, realized that the VOC would never buy a ship build in the East Indies with local wood and craftsmen. So I decided to build the ship in Middelburg, on the island of Walcheren in the Province of Zeeland. This Chamber of the VOC did usually build the largest ships for the Company. My ship is going to be 165 Amsterdam voet with a beam of 41 voet and a “hold” of 16 voet. The scale is 1:80. I thought to make this ship a hybrid cargo / warship with an extremely shallow draft and good cargo carrying capabilities. Therefore I needed to deviate from the suggested standards and make the bottom or “vlak” of the hull with only a 40 angle to the keel and a broader bilge. She also needed more tumblehome to allow for 16 eighteen pounders on the first or gun deck and 14 twelve pounders on the second or spar deck with numerous swivels on the railings. My reason for all this was to accompany the lesser armed ships for protection against the many pirates and of course the ever present Portuguese. Well, “De Heren XVII” (the Gentlemen Seventeen, board of directors) liked the idea and the plans and ordered the ship to be built. I also wanted enough space aft to accommodate passengers and have better accommodations for the officers with their own “sanitary” arrangements in de side gallery. I also wanted a decked over forecastle for workshops, crew accommodations and possible additional 6 pound guns on the forecastle deck. The name of the ship will be “Surabaya.” This word is a composite of two words, sura, meaning shark and buaya, crocodile. There is an old legend shrouded in ancient history about how this city got its name. A shark called Sura and a crocodile called Buaya, fought for owners right of the river Kali Mas and local waters. The river turned red of their spilled blood and to this day a bridge build over the river at that spot is called Jembatan Mera (Bridge Red) or Red Bridge. And yes, I walked across that bridge many times. There will be a carving of a shark and crocodile in mortal combat on the counter to illustrate the name. A note to this, in a later installment of my log rebuild you'll see a sketch I made. I thank two fellow MSW friends with helping me with setting up this rebuild of my log. I'm just not a computer savvy guy. Start with the build. The lines drawings of the fictitious VOC ship Close-up of the “groot spant,” the frame at the widest part of the beam, according to datagiven by Nicolaas Witsen. The black lines are drawn from Witsen’s data, the red lines are my deviations. There was a comment from two “Gentlemen Seventeen,” Amateur Jan and Amazon Dirk, that my tumblehome is too great. I did adjust that but in retrospect I should have kept it as I originally drew it up with an eye on the mass of the 18 pounder guns. However, now that the hull is pretty well completed it turned out okay. This shows the trial bulkheads cut from MDF to check the overall flow of the hull. There were a few adjustments to be made but in general I was satisfied with the design. This shows the MDF trial bulkheads installed and seen from above to check the lines of the ship. As you can see not much tumblehome. Port side view with temporary MDF bulkheads installed. Adjustment notes taken from this trial fit were translated to the actual plywood to be cut out. This shows all the bulkheads drawn onto ¼ inch plywood for the frames as adjusted from the MDF trial bulkheads. Again, in hindsight, I should have used a better grade of wood.
  5. From the album: Dordreght VOC Retour ship 1618

    150 Feet long - which is roughly 43 meters. Build in 1618 - in 1619 one of the ships exploring the Australian coast - in 1628 part of the convoy together with the Batavia - burned and lost with her complete cargo in 1630 due to heavy fire (uncontrollable due to the brandy which was part of the cargo).

    © www.kolderstok.com

  6. From the album: Dordreght VOC Retour ship 1618

    17th Century East India Man (retour ship) used for trading spices and goods between Holland and the Dutch East Idies. She was the vessel of Skipper Francisco Pelsaert before he became Skipper of the Batavia

    © www.kolderstok.com

  7. From the album: Dordreght VOC Retour ship 1618

    The stern shows the maiden of Dordrecht. This statue from 1616 is still at the Groothoofdspoort in the City of Dordrecht
  8. Hi, this is my project in this moment. I make it from 4 years I can say that is fantasy , without historicity authenticity.
  9. From the album: Batavia - 17th Century VOC Retourship

    A bit blur picture

    © JEvanNieuwkoop-NL

  10. Title: Reconditioning an Eighteenth Century Ship Model, VALKENISSE Retourschip of 1717 Author: Rob Napier Publication Date: 2008 Publisher: SeaWatchBooks LLC. 19 Sea Watch Placé, Florence, OR 97439; www.seawatchbooks.com. ISBN: 978-0-9820579-0-2. Binding: Hardcover, 8"X 11" Edition: First Pp.: 253 Numerous photographs, drawings, five appendices including tables, brief glossary of Dutch terms, index, four plans. Valkenisse, a “retourschip,” meaning a return ship, was a Dutch East Indiaman belonging to the Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie (VOC) or United East India Company. Built in Middelburg in 1717, the vessel sailed between Holland and Batavia (now Djakarta) taking supplies out and expensive merchandise back, making seven round trips before being wrecked in 1740. While Valkenisse was lost, a model of her still exists, almost 300 years after an unknown builder created it to decorate VOC headquarters in Middelburg. This model is now in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Boston. Valkenisse, one of twenty retourschip models in existence, was damaged and devoid of its masts and rigging when MFA asked Napier if he would like to rig the model, this despite the fact that two others had worked on the model in the previous hundred years and there was little information as to what either had done. The book, beautifully written and produced, documents Napier's ten-year reconditioning process, a term he feels is more appropriate, with much of the time spent on vast amounts of research, study and old- fashioned detective work to decide what had been, how, and by which builders hand - the original builder, an unknown English one, or a later American owner. The book contains a foreword by Albert Hoving, ship model restorer at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam; the preface is by Gerald W.R. Ward, senior curator of decorative arts at MFA, Boston. Hoving, Ward and others provided support during the reconditioning and book-writing process. Chapters are as follows; Opportunity, Provenance, Research Sources including studies and photos of most of the existing retourschips, The Riddle of the Scales, Preparing the Berth, The Hull Below the Main Rail, The Hull, Main Rail and Above, Going Aboard (a tour of the model) Sparring, Rigging Preparations, Standing Rigging, Running Rigging and the Final Steps, followed by five appendices, a glossary, sources and an index. There are also four folding plans by Napier in a pocket on the inside back cover. The book is lavishly illustrated, primarily with Napier's photos and illustrations. If I never build this boat, it is still worth having it in my library. Thank you, Marc

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