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Re: Noordzee model review
Robert de Vlam was a superb model maker and a true gentleman and those of us who were fortunate enough to know him greatly miss him. Before he died he gave his son instructions to destroy all of his molds. He did not want them used by anyone else, perhaps out of concern that the quality would not neet his high standards.
Those who have been collectors for a while are familiar with the line called "Noordzee," which was produced by the late Robert de Vlaam (IIRC - Paul or someone else may need to correct that). These were exquisite models, all (or virtually all) of which were early-mid-20th Century Dutch ships. Most were freighters or passenger vessels, many of which served in WWII, and often a model of a particular ship was offered in pre-war, wartime, and sometimes post-war fits. Insofar as I recall, there was only one warship, the RNN DD Isaac Sweers. The models were pretty pricey, but I still managed to pull together 7-8 of them, which I later disposed of (children in college syndrome). The only one I kept was my Isaac Sweers. ANYHOW.... I recently picked up NZ-10, the Queen Emma, a small pre-war passenger ship fitted out during WWII as an amphibious assault ship. Interestingly, in contrast to later models in the series, she has scribed decks, something which generally came to be eschewed by other manufacturers (save for Superior). Too, there is a noticeable casting flaw at the waterline on the stern - it looks as if there was, perhaps, a small tear in the latex mold at that point. What I find MOST impressive about the model is that the lattice foremast of the vessel is nicely cast with openings all the way through - i.e., it's not solid, but rather more like contemporary photoetched lattice masts on many of the fine Seavee RN DD models.
As would be true for any other NZ, this was a good catch. If you have the chance to get one on the second-hand market, you may want to act if you get the chance. Odds are it won't be available for long!