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Sunday, January 4th 2009, 3:52pm

Onze Lieve Vrouwetoren Amersfoort/ 1:200 [FERTIG]

Gert sent me this little model as a gift. It represents the church tower of "Our Lady" in Amersfoort. I believe this model was commissioned as a fund raiser for the restoration of the church.
Thanks Gert.

Scale: 1:200
Publisher: Leon Schuijt
Dimensions: 13 cm x 13 cm x 50 cm tall
Copyright Date: 1989
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Sunday, January 4th 2009, 8:29pm

RE: Onze Lieve Vrouwetoren Amersfoort/ 1:200

Fine details are modelling into the domes of this tower. On the section being worked up here, four tiny little dormers will be attached. A good challenge.
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Monday, January 5th 2009, 5:23pm

RE: Onze Lieve Vrouwetoren Amersfoort/ 1:200

Here's where that dome will go...
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Monday, January 5th 2009, 5:25pm

RE: Onze Lieve Vrouwetoren Amersfoort/ 1:200

The dormers are quite tiny.
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Monday, January 5th 2009, 5:32pm

RE: Onze Lieve Vrouwetoren Amersfoort/ 1:200

Before setting the dome in place, let's have a look at the tower.

The card used for this model has been embossed with a nice bumpy texture. This is the first time I've seen embossed paper used on a card model. It's quite nice. The salmon colour of the lower tower sections and the soft gray of the upper reaches make a nice colour combination.

Note the red dot in the fourth photo. That's where a gargoyle will be attached.
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Monday, January 5th 2009, 9:18pm

Thank you Norm for your kind words.

Here are a series of shots I took to show a process. This little transition piece was a joy to glue up. It involved a simple concave curve - the easiest to form up. The trick that works for me with the tabs is to not cut them as printed. Since the segments of the piece are bending into a concave curve, the tabs will spread outward like the fingers of an outstretching hand. Triangular tabs are only required on a convex curve where they come closer to one another as the curve is shaped. Triangular shaped tabs then makes sense; they don't bind or overlap each other.

Sorry about going on about tabs so much, but the slits really make life easier. With very small tabs such as these, thin slits reduce cutting stress on the material, keeps the tabs larger and stronger and provide more gluing surface.

There, I promise to not go on about tabs again.
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Monday, January 5th 2009, 11:42pm

From my limited experience with Dutch models, I assume the crown and the rooster are iconic to churches in the Netherlands. Here are two photographs of the modelled vane of St. Bavo in Haarlem, built in 2007.

The third photo shows a hardened rod of steel that has been ground down on opposite sides at the end to accommodate the two-sided rooster for this Amersfoort church.
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Tuesday, January 6th 2009, 11:27am

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From my limited experience with Dutch models, I assume the crown and the rooster are iconic to churches in the Netherlands..


Hoi john,

The onion-shaped crown must have been had its origin in a certain kind of fashion; The rooster is specific for protestant churches,

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Tuesday, January 6th 2009, 11:44am

Hello John,

that fits! =)

The churchtower is also named "Lange Jan" (Long John). :D

Again a beautiful model!
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Tuesday, January 6th 2009, 1:14pm

Onion Shaped Crown

Hello Gert,
Thank you very much for telling me about the significance of the rooster. Now when the model is displayed, I will have a talking point.

Norman, thanks for the alternative method of attaching tabs. If I understand your technique correctly, you are using glue to soften the card to allow it to stretch. I like the idea of releasing tension in the part by using the slits. I've had problems in the past with twisting when work goes under tension - especially as the number of segments increases.

Hello Helmut.
Thank you for your kind compliment.
You're kidding about the name, right?

The crown is shaped with sixteen staves; eight on the outside and eight on the inside.
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Tuesday, January 6th 2009, 7:59pm

Shishkebab

The elements on the top of the tower, spaced out like this on the central rod, look like shishkebab pieces on a skewer. The ball was turned on the lathe.
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Tuesday, January 6th 2009, 8:03pm

RE: Onion Shaped Crown

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...Hello Helmut.
Thank you for your kind compliment.
You're kidding about the name, right?

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"Long John" is the nickname of the tower you are building. A funny coincidence!

Great modelling!
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Tuesday, January 6th 2009, 8:09pm

John, the fabrication work is outstanding. keep talking about tabs, I learned something. I will have to try Norm's nee Martin's trick with the tabs, it would save much tedious cutting.
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Tuesday, January 6th 2009, 9:13pm

RE: Shishkebab

Hi,
that looks very difficult. I saw the model in a shop but I haven´t bought it. Now when I see your report I´m sure that this could be one of my next projects.
It looks very nice. Once again a perfect work.

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Wednesday, January 7th 2009, 12:01am

RE: Shishkebab

Hoi John,

There happened to be even an English Style pub here named after the tower such as:

Long John

The "Lange Jan" as I spotted it out of my kitchen today:
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Wednesday, January 7th 2009, 3:20pm

The Last Gargoyle

Thank you gentlemen for the kind comments.

Gert, you've done it again!! A beautiful picture to perfectly wrap things up. Thank you!! I still use one of your pictures of Sparrendaal as a computer screen image. (the one with the cat sitting on the pathway)

I've taken your picture and attached it to the bottom of the model.
Thank you again for not only the picture, but the model itself!
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Wednesday, January 7th 2009, 3:22pm

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The last gargoyle goes into place...
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Wednesday, January 7th 2009, 3:46pm

Really fascinating, John!
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