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The 7-Provinciën 1665 by YankeeD - Scale 1:50 - according to drawings by Mr. O. Blom (First wooden scratch ship build)

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As I said in my "new members introduction post" some time ago, I hesitated to start a second build log here, since I have an extensive build log on a Dutch forum.

As this Dutch forum is basically/mainly an RC flying forum and over the last half-year/year the historical ship build sub-forum has gotten quieter by the day and most of the ship building persons that are still active there, are also active here on MSW.

So now I have decided to also start a build log here on MSW. It might not be an day-to-day active log as on the Dutch forum but I will see how it evolves.

The reason is mostly because this forum is much more active and has a much broader reach.

In this first post I will give a very short survey from start to the status of today.

Why I build something

As of January 2014 I have become ‘pensionado’ by lucky circumstances! So a lot of hours spare time. Since my younger years I have always had a hobby whereby my hands played an important part.

Plastic motor models, aircraft models where my favourites back then. I switched to electronics (my profession as an engineer) and built my own loudspeakers (woodworkingJ) and HIFI equipment for many years.

 

Now why a ship and particularly why this ship?

My family line has a long history (back to the 1700’s) of what we call “binnenschippers”, persons that hauled merchandise/goods by ship from the North sea ports land inwards. My grandfather was the last in line who trade down the Rhine as far as Koblenz.

So I started reading books and visiting forums. Now as a child I visited the “Batavia Warf” quite often with my parents and later on with my own kids I have witnessed the start (and death) of the 7-Provinciën.

Also a mysterious ship where little was known so it leaves a lot to the builder to decide and come up with. A choice was easily made.

 

My goals!

First of all: I have fun and love building and working with the wood!!

It’s not my intention at all to build the best looking or the most historical correct ship! Just the fun of building it is my main and first goal.

Being busy and figuring out how I can get something done. Getting acquainted with new skills I need and to perform certain tasks. That’s what I like about it. It’s my first build both in wood and as a ship, so I will get to learn and master many things.

 

I have chosen to follow the drawings made by Otte Blom. Not because they are the best but because they appealed to me the most.

The whole build might not be completed, I might stop at admiralty level. I am not so much into knitting and roping but who knows….

I started the build around summer 2014. Sometimes I stop for a while, working on other projects.

It’s mainly build from European oak, (apart from parts that were in those days also in pine (grenen) or other materials were used).

 

How far I am:

The pictures speak for itself I would say. I tried to take some representing pics from the start up to now.

 

Have fun building….. Hans.

 

This is from around November 2014. (I lost earlier pictures:( )

 

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My first method of framing. I changed methods in a later stage.

 

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I started working them in lots. A much better way to keep the correct lining of the hull.

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I finalised the hull around January 2016.

 

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The reason for taking that long is that when I got tired of the treadmill of framing I stopped for weeks or worked on other parts, like the windows below.

 

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I decided that after closing the hull it was time to get the shape roughly in order.

It took a lot of sanding and on some points I needed to correct the lining by adding wood or replacing parts.

As I changed methods of framing the bow part was slightly of scale (it ran a little too wide) but enough sanding was possible.

 

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Next steps deck clamps

 

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Hello Hans,

 

I liked your introduction to yourself and to this build. 

You had a nice start and all is well under way. The scale 1:50 will give quite a large ship, in my mind I can see a sideboard with a model in wall-filling formate. wish you much fun with this wonderful scratch build..... will the model be under full rigged sail ?

 

Nils

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Hello Hans,

 

I liked your introduction to yourself and to this build. 

You had a nice start and all is well under way. The scale 1:50 will give quite a large ship, in my mind I can see a sideboard with a model in wall-filling formate. wish you much fun with this wonderful scratch build..... will the model be under full rigged sail ?

 

Nils

 

Hi Nils, thank you. The answer to your question is in the opening post ;) :

 

"The whole build might not be completed, I might stop at admiralty level. I am not so much into knitting and roping but who knows…."

 

Regards Hans.

Edited by YankeeD

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Hi Hans,

 

 

That is a great looking ship!

Two questions: am i correct in assumin a hulllength of around a meter?

And second: when doing admirality, are you considering not to plank the hull?

 

Jan

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Just a short update. I finished the correcting of the bow as its height was not correct.

The bow was build using a different method than what I used after I came to the 'grootspant'.

Also the holes for the anchor ropes had to be moved.

 

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I finished one side all the gunports for the orlop and main deck.

 

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Its hard to find the right english terms I now use the translation of Ab Hovings book but it does not contain all the words, eg like luizenplecht??

 

H.

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Jan, I have/use the English translation of  "A  J  Hoving - Nicolaes Witsen and Shipbuilding in the Dutch Golden Age 2012"

It has a glossary in the back that I use.

 

And to be honest I have to get used to doing this in english.... :piratetongueor4: .

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Impressive work Hans, a real tribute to one of the most famous ships in the Dutch Navy. 

Don't fret too much about the English nomenclature for all the parts of the ship.  I'm also still learning but my excuse is that I am an airplane guy ;):rolleyes:

 

Cheers,

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I thought it was time for another update. I intend to keep this log updated by several weeks up to once a month. My dutch log will be updated more frequently though, about daily as I make progress.

 

So, for the past weeks I have finished all the gunports of the lower deck and the upper deck. There were quite soem ports that needed rework after the intial cut out or where I sanded to hard in my enthousiasm :angry: .

A simple tool for checking that ports were level at both sides. After this tedious work I wanted a change of work so I started on the anchor 'betting'.

 

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I do have a problem with the lid and the holes for the anchor cables. The drawings clearly show 3 holes whereas I think only 2 cables went down in the hul??? I leave it for now it will be sorted in due time.

 

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I will now started work on the remaining parts of the lower deck, like gratings and down stairs. After that the deck planking I think and after that the insie hull planking up to the upper deck.

 

Will be continued.

 

Rgds Hans

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Well time for another update. I continued the work on the parts on the orlop deck. Some deckbeams have been fitted permanently and I will continue to do this as I finish hatches and gratings etc..

The positions of the 2 front masts have been fixed now and the "vissingen"  have been glued in place.

From there on I will continue building all the parts on that deck and also start the deckplanking, using 2mm thick oak 9-10mm width.

 

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very satisfied with the main knight!

 

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I was not satisfied with the first try of a stair. The steps protruded at the front.

And the sidebeams were too thick. I adapted the mould and thickness and now I think they look good.

 

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Well just before we are of on hols (we are going after the main season, nice and quiet:)) a last update.

 

As said the deckplanking and more details of the deck added.

 

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This is were we stand today.

Here I have chosen for the waterway of the orlop for 14mm broad oak. Its a little too much (it should have been 12 according to the scale. The first parts has been fitted now I will finish this waterway first in whole to the rear and then work the rest of the 10mm dekplancking to the waterway.

 

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See you all in a couple of weeks :D:P:rolleyes:

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