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Zeesboot by Mirabell61 - FINISHED - scale 1:24 - wooden fishing vessel c. 1876 - small

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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




Preparation Phase


it may take some time from now to kick off the begin...DSCI7373.thumb.JPG.36067c59c2f55a4f9d6b79942fd75e42.JPG

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)





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Many thanks for looking in and for your kind replies,.....

to Chris, Dan, and Gary...

also for the "likes"...


Moin Chris,

its not very large, although it will be a rather large scale, but I hope to make something I can be pleased with myself



you`re very welcome, stay tuned....



thanks for your good wishes, much appreciated..



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Many thanks for your words Frank and Eberhard,



rather nothing of the boat to be seen yet, but I`m gathering information and upfront trying out things with test dummies...., stay tuned for more...



thanks for your information and link to the "Arbeitskreis Forum", though it can only be opened to registered members, but I think I probably saw that one on the web some days ago in the "Wettringer Forum", a beautiful build !!, built by a very talented young man named Mathias



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good to see you Nils..........and you bring the tidings of a new project!   I'm in!  ;)    clinkering is an art in itself........some of us do it without even trying {just don't fare the frame  :D }.    kidding aside..........with your experience,  you shouldn't have a problem mastering it!   looking forward in seeing more of your fine workmanship!

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Thank you very much Denis,

unfortunately I did`nt order any planks yet, I intend to use pear wood 2 x 15 mm and place them onto the mold in one length pieces, but I do`nt have any experience with pear wood to date, especially for the bending behavior...in comparison to pine wood planks I usualy use...



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Thanks Peter,

I`m also happy to hear from you again...

The German term for fast hiking is "fasten-wandern", (fasten = to fast), meaning one week without eating food, only drinking......, but drinking teas, vegetable drinks, and fresh pressed fruit juices. Besides that there is an animated gymnastic exercise every morning, outside on the lawn of the hotel, and after the first vegetable drink for breakast, to decide partipication either in walking 12-  15 Km at quite a pace, without walking sticks,  (hiking) with one group, or alternatively bicycle riding with another group for about 15-20 km. The drinking and accomodation is provided by the Hotel, especially equiped for fast hiking groups

I lost 5Kg in that week, my wife 3 Kg in weight.... I do`nt think I´ll do it again



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Well, judging by my own experience, you will not have to search for those lost kg - unfortunately they'll usually find you again. 😉  Although I feel a certain unwillingness to repeat the exercise at least it provided you with a very interesting project...



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Good morning Keith,

thank you for looking in....


I`ll be beginning with making the building-mold. Pear planks have been ordered for the planking later on, and for the keel and bow / stern posts....

As an additional alternative to the chissel for shaping the plank-fits I would like to try out this little mini plane I saw and ordered from a web-shop.


For making the molds "bulkheads" I will be using every second one of the frame section plan, and transfer the shape on to 4mm thick birch ply.





Frame section plan






it may be a bit better to control than the chissel, due to the constant fixed angle for cutting /shaving, and the blade gets right into "sharp" corners






Sorry for the fade pencil contour on the wood....



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Begin of building the mold


every second bulkhead only is used for the hull / mold shape. After the white glue is cured, the the bulkhead sides will be faired down to outline contour...





the slotted profile bars (4 mm slots)  are scrap parts I saved up from the recent built casing framework....








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Nice work Nils.

Your hand plane looks interesting. I'am using different sizes of hand planes for woodworking at home, and also for ship modelling. 

It's essential that you keep the blade sharp - very sharp. Using a simple waterstone gives good results. As your plane has no mouth, it may happen that you cut all the way through the wood. Veritas or Lee Nielsen have good hand planes (also small ones, good for modelling), but they are far to expensive in Germany. Maybe you look at "dictum.de" or "feinewerkzeuge.de" for more information.


Grüße in den Kreis Stormarn



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On 5/6/2019 at 2:10 AM, Mirabell61 said:

As an additional alternative to the chisel for shaping the plank-fits I would like to try out this little mini plane

I have a version of that, it's called a bullnose plane and is exactly for the purpose you're using it. I used mine on my LN, cleaning up the joints between the bulkhead tops and the deck underlayment. You want to make light cuts with lots of pressure on the rear end of the plane to prevent it from nosediving into the wood, something every bullnose plane likes to do.


The best small planes I've found are the Mujingfang planes, the steel is quite good. Although I like the coolness factor of the little Veritas copies of larger planes, they really aren't very ergonomic.

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Many thanks Götz and Vossiewulf,

and to all the "Likes"....



you`re right correct sharpening of the blade is essential for a good result, will have to get more practice in doing so......



I see from your comment that you have understood what I`m going for with this little hand plane. The clou is that it came only 8,29 Euro on ebay, so I could`nt do  anything wrong with buying it...




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On 5/8/2019 at 12:09 AM, Mirabell61 said:

The clou is that it came only 8,29 Euro on ebay, so I could`nt do  anything wrong with buying it...

Absolutely and one of my little planes was bought that way and it turned out to have a decent steel iron so it may work well as is. If it doesn't, take a look at the Mujingfang version, that will definitely work well.


And I'm looking forward to this. I enjoyed the Kaiser Wilhelm in particular, must have missed your Xebec when I was away.

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Carrying on with the mold making....


there is hardly any fine tuning to fairing / shaping the bulkheads, all is straking quite well and the planks will have a moderate bend. Now the bowpost and sternpost as well as the keel will be removably fastened to the mold....







there are reinforcement lugs left and right, to where the centerbord will pass through the keel on the hull later on





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