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Oostends schipje (Ostend shrimper) by G.L. - scale 1:20, building first POF Edition 2

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18 hours ago, mtbediz said:

Beautiful job sir. Will you complete her?

Yes Mustafa, that is as least the plan. Next thing to do is making the sails. The reason that it takes me so long is that I first will have to learn to work with the sewing machine. It is my plan to make sails first for my gaff sail boat because they are a lot less complicated. Below you see the model with the paper templates of the sails.


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This is the first time since three years that I look back to this log.
Looking to the amount of dust that covers my model, I realize that I neglected this project too long. I was rigging the spars when I ceased regular updates. The rigging work is finished but I failed to take regular notes and pictures on the progress.
Before reviving this log today, I'll give you a short summary of what has been done since my story began to sleep. From next week on I promise again weekly updates until the shrimper is ready to set sail.

The necessary rope is made:
Fastening the forestay:



Rigging the mast and shrouds.






For whom I fly a little too quickly through this topic I refer to cross-section-fishing-smack-by-gl-scale-1/20-pof-approx-1920-finished . Here a more detailed explanation is included.
From here I don't have pictures any more of the rigging work.
This is like I presented her the last time to my modeling friends long before we even heard of corona or covid.



I restart now with deep cleaning the model (when it will be finished a display case will be necessary).
Next week I will start with sail making.

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On 3/11/2021 at 5:44 PM, bruce d said:

Hello Geert, it looks good and I will watch to see what happens next.




Thanks, Bruce. I am now sorting the pictures of the last couple of weeks and will post an update by the mid of next week.

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Once rigged, the model had to receive its sails and at this point the project fell asleep. I had no idea how to start to make sails. I had to learn to work with the sewing machine; my threshold fear was a bit too high, so I postponed this as long as possible. I thought I rather worked with wood than with textiles.
In the meantime I have built a model of gaff sailboat with a simple sail wardrobe. My wife taught me how to handle a needle and thread and taught me how to work with her sewing machine. (In the beginning of the covid pandemic, I even made face masks for the whole family).
Now during winter time I reserved the sail making work for the days when it is to cold to work in my worshop.
Before starting to sew, here is a contemporary photo of the vessel that is the subject of this log.
I made paper templates for the model:
These patterns serve to cut the fabric for the sails.
Once the sails are cut the work with the sewing machine can start. I stitch the borders of the sails with the sewing machine and double parallel lines to simulate the lanes. Concentrated on the sewing machine:
I described the sail sewing process already before in detail in:  -day-gaff-sailing-boat-with-center-board-

Now we switch to manual sewing. First I sew ropes at the sides, the leaches.
That is written in one sentence, but it takes me several weeks to sew the leaches of all four sails.
Each sail has several holes with thimbles like you see on the bottom of the picture..
I start by making a hole with a pricker.
Then I lay a copper ring over the hole.
And I start to sew in and out around the ring.


The main sail has two reefing levels. I sew now the reefing cringles with a thimble in them.


Again several weeks later the sail wardrobe for my shrimper is sewn.560.thumb.JPG.3f58743e5435ee34c882a29de036e66a.JPG

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A new boat first sailed a year with new white sails until they get well their shape, than they are tanned. The tanning was done by soaking the sails with an infusion of oak bark or the bark of betel palm or acacia. The reason of the tanning was to protect the sails against mold or rot. The tanning was done with scouring brushes on a concrete or stone floor. After the tanning the color of the sails can vary from dark brown to red.
(Source of the photo: Noord Hollands Dagblad)
To make my color a modeler friend gives me the necessary ingredients: bister powder of walnut and cashew nut and soda crystals (sodium carbonate). The color has to be made by diluting some bister powder in boiling water and adding a bit soda crystals as a fixate. I make two colors : dark brown with walnut and red with cashew. I use a table spoon walnut on one liter water and a teaspoon cashew on one liter water (cashew is more intense).
I want a color that leans more towards the red and start to try out various mixtures on samples of sail textile.
I finally find the shade that I need and start to color the sails. The tanning is done with a wide brush in a photo development tray.
I hang up the sails to let them drain.
After a while, the color starts to sink and the sails darken on the underside.
That's why I turn them over to get an even distribution of the color.567.thumb.JPG.d95f72553c59413470a402178de86010.JPG


Thank you for reading this log and for your likes.


Till next week!


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Before hoisting the main sail, I have to fix the reef lines. I punch the holes for the lines through the sail with an awl.
I put the line through and tie a knot to block it. At the other side of the sail comes also a knot.


I stretch the lines and fix them with textile glue.
Then I cut them to length.

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Now it is time to hang the main sail on the spars. I fix it first to the gaff. It is marched with a rope.
The main sail is attached to the mast with six mast hoops. Sewing the sail to the hoops.
All six hoops are sewn.


The mainsail is secured to the end of the boom with a ligature. On the picture you see also already the two reef fair lines, but I will finish the reefing installation a bit later and describe it then.


Thank you for reading this log, for your likes and for your constructive comments.


Till next week!

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The fore sail is attached to the fore stay with hanks. Making the hanks.






Sewing the hanks to the sail and the forestay.
Rigging sails is serious business.
The shrimper with main sail and fore sail. Two more sails to go.


Thank you for reading this log, for your likes and for your constructive comments.


Till next week!

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6 hours ago, Backer said:

Nice work Geert!

Busy, busy, busy. 

Not even a coffee or tea with a cookie during working hours ??

Thanks, Patrick and now that you propose it yourself: a coffee with a cookie please.😉

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Rigging the top sail.
Attachment of the topsail to the gaff.
The topsail is held against the topgallant and mast by a rope that is attached to a traveler which can travel over the topgallant and that is going down through two rings at the forward leach of the top sail.
The top sail is hoisted.588.thumb.JPG.22dc8b481021ea5ec10b33e996e0c083.JPG


Thank you for reading this log, for your likes and for your constructive comments.


Till next week!

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