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Golden Hind ex-Pelican by Backer - scale 1/45 - Galleon late 16th century

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The construction of the holes for the anchor cable.

As mentioned earlier, on most ships from this time I only find 2 holes (1 on each side).

For the dimensions and appearance I based myself on drawings and paintings from that time.



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The stempost is also reconstructed.

To be honest... The first attempt was not really a success and did not survive the construction process of the hull. He was broken off and is now made new again.



After sanding and put into the right shape (planking of the forcastle is started).



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Planking the front side of the for castle.




Everything went according to plan. Until I discovered a mistake. 

How could I miss something as stupid as this? On one side I'm 3 mm (slightly less than 1 / 8th inch) out of center.

Fortunately, the adhesive was not completely cured. So, cutting with a Stanley knife and breaking apart was still posible.



Sawing the frame so that it can bend.



gluing and clamping



Back to planking again and treenailing.






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Thanks Zappto,


I use ramin for the hull.
This was a leftover of wood from when we built our house 25 years ago.

I do not think that this quality of ramin is still available. What is now sold as ramin is much softer wood.


Al the other wood is cherry.

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This post is double (error from me)
If a moderator reads this, this post may be deleleted.
I am worried about deleting too much myself and erasing the entire building log


Thanks Michael and Steven.


In the meantime, I decided to apply trenails to the entire hull.

Knowing myself :  If I do not do this,  then I will regret it later.


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All treenails are done on one side of the model.
I have tried to follow the structure of the futtocks and filling frames as much as possible


Source the Gresham shipwreck



Sanded and wiped off with a wet cloth (Still about 1000 treenails to do)



I have also done a first test for a brown and whit color on the hull





Index see post 1



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All the treenails have finally been done. There are about 4300 treenails in the hull.



Earned ;)



I think I'm first going to put a color on a part of the hull now (red brown and white) 



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Index : see post 1

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Next step;, mark where the waterline comes

As previewed earlier, the depth is approximately half the width


First i clamp the hull and level it.



Middle deck and aft deck are ok

The for deck is a little bit not ok



I made a tool to draw the waterline.

Where old lego can be used for. For a few moments I felt 50 years younger....



Apply masking tape.  And we are ready for painting.


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I do not make a brand new ship fresh from the shipyard. But a ship that has been at sea for a while. The intention is to create a somewhat weathered appearance.


The explanation of the color described in the book “Risse von shiffen des 16. Und 17 jahrhunderts” is very believable .

So, for the color above the waterline, I looked for a reddish brown or chestnut brown color where a little  pale yellow appearance comes through. 



Tamiya  matte paint  XF 64 red brown is  been used. strongly diluted with iso propyl alcohol.

2 layers of XF 64 paint has been used above the waterline.

Between the two layers is carefully sanded with a scothbrite. As well as after the last layer.



For the time being there is one layer of diluted Tamiya matt white below the waterline.

No masking tape was used to paint the water line. Why: in the 16th century there was no masking tape yet.  So painting is done with  “de losse hand (Flamish) “ or "a loose hand"  (dont now correct word in English, sorry).




Thanks for following and likes. 

Next step, painting the upper part of the hull.


Index see post 1

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6 hours ago, Backer said:

So painting is done with  “de losse hand (Flamish) “ or "a loose hand"  (dont now correct word in English, sorry).

We'd probably say "freehand". It's looking very good, Patrick.

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Hello Patrick


Well, I got up a bit early this AM, could not sleep for some strange reason and started to browse the Form. I was rather surprised to see that you are working on your Golden Hind as I had figured that you had packed her away for the winter, this find is a real treat. Your new Stempost sure looks great along with your tree nailing, I would not even attempt to add these to the small scale of my Golden Hind. The larger scale that you have chosen sure does lend its self to much more detail that I am very envious of you for. But then again I live in a small home and this does dictate just how big I can build a model ship. Keep up the great work and the pictures coming WELL DONE,                                                                                                                                                                     ENJOY>


Regards   Lawrence, 

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Thank you lawrence,


Normally the shipyard is indeed closed in the winter. 

But I have hung a new lamp on the ceiling in my hobby room. So that in the winter months I have enough light to see enough for shipbuilding.
This new lamp has become a good investment.  If I have time available on the weekend, I continue to build on the Golden Hind.


The treenailing has taken more time than planned, but afterwards I have no regrets that I have them fitted on the model.

The painting of the upper hull is now started.

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Thank you Mike, always welcome.


And a smal update

"Nails" are applied before painting, needles have been used for this. After being placed in the hull they are flattened with a file.
I have not installed treenails here. Because the planks of the upper part of the hull are normally thinner and lighter than the planks of the lower hull.


And now we can continue with painting

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Been away from all of my favorite shipyards (as well as mine) for the last couple of weeks. Nice updates. I like the dark brown for the hull sides. I assume that you will keep the "look" somewhat weathered, with light sanding? Gives the wood a more realistic look IMO.




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Hi. I just rediscovered this forum looking for opinions on the different Golden Hind models available.

I had a period 20 years ago when I was reading the volumes of the Naval Records Society. I remember a section on the Golden Hind saying clearly that the ship had been made in France. Possibly in Laughton or Corbett. Now I do not know if scholarship in the last hundred years has changed that appreciation.  The most reliable image of the ship was its apparition in an XVIIth century view of London, even when it was a birds view.

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Welcome  midelburgo,


There is very little known about this ship. Newly built in England or rebuilt in England or anywhere else.

If you ever built this ship , There were then certain rules then to build a ship. But there is a fair amount of margin in shape, colors and other things.
No one can say that you are wrong, But you can never prove that you are building it correctly (my opinion)


Painting the upper part of the hull.

Of course no one knows how this ship was painted. And it is quite possible that it has been repainted during the 3-year journey.

So I go for shapes and colors that were common at the time.


Choice enough : arrows, triangles,  lines, diamonds, round shapes

Colors ??
Apparently "all colors of the rainbow" (belgian saying) were used and on some ships there are simply no colors

I am going for white and green arrows
Presumably there will be white and red later on the part on the poopdeck.

First there is painted white


First try.
Reasonable, but not really good.

so, remove and redo



Second try. 
Masking tape is attached to the non-adhesive side of a sticker. The shapes of arrows are drawn and cut out.

The pictures speak for themselves.


I am satisfied with it. This method takes a lot of time but the result is quite ok.

Now further painting on the for and after castle.


As always, thanks for following

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17 hours ago, G.L. said:



Is looking nice. What kind of paint do you use for the white?



Thanks GL


Tamiya matt white ( XF2 ) thinned with isopropylalcohol is used.


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