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seadog last won the day on November 26 2015

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  1. Excellent work! The figures a very good too!
  2. Afriend had a lot growing on hisland when we were living in Portugal, never occurred to me to use the spines, nasty things. Get into your fingers and the dog's feet. Think I'll stick to bambo, thanks ! The bamboo trennels are functional as well.
  3. Well work continues. One job which is definitely not my favourite is drawing down bamboo from a place-mat to make treenails...hard on the finger tips... and this is how they're used. I'm finding that each plank needs attention at the ends to fit in well, in some cases a new plank end is required... While waiting for the glue to dry enough to risk the next plank fitting, there are things to get on with, like the 'steer-board' Made this from a spare bit of Lime and a a bit of Cuban Lemonwood And this is the glue I prefer to use, Seccotine. It's a hide or fishskin glue, been around for hundreds of years and is still used in joinery. I get mine from Lucy Coad at Square Pianos.co.uk in Cold Ashton, near Bath . Good stuff, no smell, fairly quick grab, washes of your fingers with water and if it'll hold a piano together you can probably figure on it holding a wooden boat model together... Ta for looking Fraser
  4. Looking very good indeed, Captain looks a pretty tough guy! I think they did, at least occasionally, stand - here's a shot of Saga Oseberg. The helmsman is standing, might save wholesale surgery on the captain...https://i.stack.imgur.com/gAic8.jpg
  5. Even when easier, planking a Viking ship is, um, interesting. Dudek is quite right about getting the false deck on early, really stiffens things up. One of the other builds I looked at the bloke didn't and went to great lengths to make a jig...
  6. Hmmm, I have a feeling that if I cut new endings, the notches might be a problem. Not sure at this point
  7. Very pretty! These small sharp American schooners are lovely and the model does it credit! F
  8. Continuing... all ribbed up. and then the false deck was glued on. No problems with the fit. and the ribs wanted a bit of paint to hid that naff plywood look... So far so good. Now the planking will begin, which will be interesting as I think I may need to do a bit of modifying to get the planks to rise satisfactorily at their ends. This is a drawing done at the time of the dig, the lack of the stem and stern ends is obvious, so I would like to try and make them look more 'typical' for the period Something like this... Ta for looking, Fraser
  9. Fox probably lost it to a trap... I'm always amazed by the talent and skill of the guys who model these figures!
  10. Cheers, but unless you wish "the fury of the Norsemen" it's longship. (Need a furious Viking emo here...)
  11. The kit: The Gokstad ship, dating from around 900 AD is one of the best preserved Viking ships found to date. There is a wealth of information about it on the web and the original Archaeological report with a lot of illustrations is available free - I'll try to find the link. There are a couple of build articles out there as well. Dusek reckons you can put the ribs onto the keel, place the false deck and then glue the whole lot together...I had a shot at that and decided I needed a few more arms.. So like the other builds I've seen I've built a jig. Nothing particularly sophisticated, but hopefully enough to keep things straight. I've extended the bow and stern pieces to allow me to make them a bit more like I think it probably looked before being left underground for a millennium. The stripey bit of plywood etc. is there to help keep the ribs and keel aligned in three dimensions So it begins. I have no idea at this point whether I can pull it off. Dusek's kit is very good as far as it goes but there are details I would like to add. Ta for looking. F
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