Dutch Windmill "De Liefde"

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  1. Bluenoser

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    This model was downloaded from the following link:
    http://www.city.sakura.lg.jp/web_furoku/index.htm

    Although a Dutch windmill, it actually is situated in Japan!

    These first series of pictures show the internal structure for the mill going together. I applied additional card to the top and bottom formers to increased stiffness. Probably didn't really need it but I put it on anyway.

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    Next was to bond the shell for this together. My printed copy was not the same size for both the halves. This is evident at both top and bottom. I printed this out quite awhile ago and my printer is presently out of the yellow ink, so I cannot get a new printout right now.

    But, being as impatient as I am, I am going to forge ahead anyway. So I trimmed the top and bottom to line up.

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    Now it is time to wrap the exterior shell around the structure. As you can see, now my internal structure is to big. I realize that having added some additional card to top and bottom would cause this to grow, but this space is bigger than the amoun of card I applied. I'm thinking that I had better place closer attention to my print jobs.

    However, not to let a "little" problem like this get in my way, it was time to make some adjustments to the internal structure.

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    I gotta start making these pictures smaller. My mistakes will be clearly visible at a lower resolution anyway.:cry:

    So to fix the oversize structure, I cut the top off to the level where the exterior shell will come up to, and then glued it back down.

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    Now I was able to reapply the shell. Even with all my big screw ups, I still was able to salvage this. :twisted:

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    Next is the head structure for the windmill. This is a clever piece. The areas marked with an "X" should not be glued right away when assembling this part together as the shaft for the prop will go in here.

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    This is the part assembled and with the far side of these "X" tabs glued down and the near side still free.

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    The shaft is in and secured both sides with the tabs. Be sure to keep the shaft free for rotation.

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    My wife had the camera for a couple of days and I finished the model during that time. So now the finished pictures. There really wasn't much difficulty after this anyway.

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    More pics

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    I cut out the spaces in the wheel at the back. It does not call for it and the spaces are colored, but it does look better this way.

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    And that's it.

    It didn't take all that long to build. My wife is actually going to let this one go out on display because its something "other than another ship or plane" in her words.

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    I like it! thanks for showing it to us :)
    Chris
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    Nice looking model - I will have to build one for my (Dutch) mother in law

    Chris
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    I also built this windmill recently. I made some custom pieces for the back side of the blades, since the kit has plain white paper showing on the back.

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    Roger
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    Looks great too.
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    Thanks

    Hey Bluenoser,

    Thanks for sharing this build, and your mistakes. It's always educational to see how others adapt to the challenges in their builds. I'm rather inspired by the build too. I've never been really interested in buildings per se, but windmills do have a charm all their own, and the extra effort you put into your build leaves me wanting to try one myself.

    Thanks again.