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  1. Thanks gentlemen ! Not quite clear to me what the outer side of the oar port covers of Saga Oseberg look like. The pics I've managed to find of the outer side of the covers are not great, they appear to have an oval shape, The pics showing the inside of the covers are more useful. Anyway, these covers are definitely different from those used on the Gokstad and Harald Fairhair longships. Arjan
  2. In the mean time I have added the missing bulkhead parts on top of the deck. BB provide 6 of the 12 but 4 of these have the wrong shape so I had to make 10 myself. I drilled out the oar ports and finished the deck. The deck planking took me quite a long time because I had to make detachable deck sections in order to provide access to the rc hardware. I also conducted a flotation test with a lipo installed. The boat is remarkably stable, probably because the hull is so wide in relation to its length. I think the underwater motor will provide enough counter weight for some fair weather sailing. I expect the waterline to be close to the original (Saga Oseberg). I also started painting the figures, there is still a lot to be done especially on the eyes (always the most difficult part to get right). Arjan
  3. Thanks gents ! In the mean time I have added a new rear bulkhead or rather deck bracing. BB Oseberg's foremost and rearmost bulkheads are simply wrong (both in shape and position). The only way I could get my helmsman to hold the tiller was to position his right arm behind his back (the magic sculpt hasn't dried yet so I still have to remove the excess material ). I also had to fill the furrow in the figure's neck and shoulder where the threshing flail was supposed to go. Arjan
  4. I came across this rather nice illustration of the Gokstad ship : https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2017/03/vikings-ships-realm-raiders-scandinavian/ Arjan
  5. Nice rudder, I also like the bamboo nails ! Last week I read about someone who used the sharp bristles of chestnut husks (of the edible chestnut variety) for simulating nails. This may be easier than the bamboo method you are using but then you would require quite a few of these husks (bit too late in the season now). There are two chestnut trees in our yard and I will see if the bristles of the husks are still usable (they may have been left out in the rain for too long now). Regards, Arjan
  6. I've made some progress with the deck and rudder. I had intended to modify the figure to serve as a helmsman but I discovered that the helmsman was always in a seated position ..... . The height of the tiller makes steering from an upright position awkward and it makes sense that the helmsman/woman can sit down. This position is less tiring and exerting pressure on the tiller takes less energy. Arjan
  7. Looking fine ! Won't be easy though, to increase the angle of the strakes towards the ends. The notches in the bulkheads will no doubt make planking easier, in this respect the Billing Boat kit is more challenging. Regards, Arjan
  8. Thanks Kev, there are quite a few wooden kits of these Cutters around but I like the Le Renard model best. It's in 1/50 scale, I like the yellow finish, there's a replica I could use for reference and finally the privateer captain in question was also of French origin (he came from France and had settled in Terneuzen). He was the brother of my grandmother's great great grandfather, so a very distant relative indeed . Captain Jarry had captured a record number of 30 enemy vessels so I assume the British admiralty didn't like him . The canon shot that killed him (only after two days of sheer agony) was also fired from a British cutter. I have a bust of the man and this portrait : Regards, Arjan
  9. Thanks Francis, the shape of the independence schooner is not too far off but I prefer a slightly bigger scale. I'm quite sure by now that I will go for the Artesania Latina Le Renard kit. Regards, Arjan
  10. Thanks for your response ! Heller have a 1/125 scale Tuna fishing boat "Thonier Armor" which does have the right shape but unfortunately it's far too small. This is what the vessel looked like : I think this image gives a reasonable idea of what she must have looked like : The wooden Artesania Latina kit Privateer Cutter Le Renard is probably my best option : Regards, Arjan
  11. I wonder if there are any plastic kits available of late 18th, early 19th century cutters ? There are some wooden boat kits available of this ship type but I would prefer a plastic kit. A distant relative was a privateer captain on a Dutch cutter during the fourth Anglo-Dutch war (1780-1784). He operated from Flushing and died off Hull due to a shot of shrapnel in the stomach. Arjan
  12. Yesterday my 1/24 scale Viking captain arrived from China. He's probably a bit too big for the boat but I doubt anyone will notice. Needless to say, I haven't glued the figure to its base. The left front paw of the fox is missing so I will have to make one from magic sculpt (shouldn't be too difficult). Arjan
  13. Looking forward to seeing this build develop ! Regards, Arjan
  14. In the mean time I have installed a lipo, a rudder , a steering servo and a servo for operating the sail (sort of .....). There is simply no room for a proper sail winch (besides, this would also be too heavy) so I decided to make a makeshift wooden spindle to give the servo arm more travel. Should this work out the way I hope I will make a sturdier spindle from plastic. The yellow lines indicate where the lines to the yardarm plus sail should go : The rudder looks rather awful on dry land so I will remove it as soon as possible : I installed the lipo as close to the center of gravity as I could (just behind the mast) : I have started on the deck planking which should remain detachable for access to the rc hardware : After these modifications I can continue building the model more or less like any other wooden static boat model. Regards, Arjan
  15. Absolutely stunning work Rob, you always manage to make your 1/72 models look like exquisitely built 1/35 ones. I'm not sure but I think the perforated 20 mm pedestal only had three rows of holes : Old school modeller, he didn't worry about pe parts : Regards, Arjan
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