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Prins Willem Close-up Photographs

Ram and Anchor

The inside plates of the ram were made by black painted cards. The anchor was fixed in this angle after a long consideration.
According to referece 1, the lion statue in the original ship was made of wood and the weight was 2tons. This was not gilt. This wood lion was painted an ocherous yellow and added a covering of a resin mixed with sulfur for saving the money.
Forecasttle deck

Around the root of the foremast, there are 5 holes. The rope connecting the fore mast yards are supposed to be glued in the holes. To keep the tension of these ropes was very difficult.

I do not understand the number of the guns on the original Prins Willem.
According to reference 1, this ship had 32 guns at first. Then the guns were added to 40 in order to employ this ship as a battle ship. However, according to Corel's manual description (reference 2), 6 guns were added at this war period. this means that the number of the guns became to be 38.
On the other hand, This model ship is a merchant ship not a battle ship as described in Corel's manual. This means the number of the guns on this model ship ought to be 32. However this model ship has 58 guns, i.e. 36 large size cannons, 6 middle size cannons, and 16 small size cannons.
I am confused.
Poop deck

The roof on a cabin at the side of the hull is rusty coper. So, I think the roof color in this photograph is not correct.

As you can see in this photograph, the flag is red-white-blue tricolor. I used the flag in the kit without any changing the color. However, orange-white-blue tricolor flag is desplayed in a picture on the kit box. I did not know which color was correct.
After examination, I found that these two types of the flags were used in the period of Prins Willem.
According to reference 3, the orange-white-blue flag gradually changed to the red-white-blue flag at the beginning of 17 century.
The reason of this change is unknown , but there are two main theories:
1)a new method of producing orange paint resulted in a darker shade, almost red.
2)the House of Orange became less popular.

The lanterns are very beatiful.

According to reference 1, Prins Willem was the biggest vessel, approximately 2,000 tons, in the Dutch East India Company's (de VOC) fleet.
In sunshine, or reflecting the light from her two enormous lanterns, the result was an appearance of costly gold and the high stern must have looked beautiful.

1) Tall Ship Model Gallery :
2) Corel's manual in the kit of Prins Willem
3) The Netherlands - Kingdom of the netherlands :