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Higaki Kaisen - Japanese Edo Period Coastal Transport by catopower

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Higaki Kaisen - Japanese Edo Period Coastal Transport by catopower
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This is a build of a kit manufactured by the Japanese model company Woody Joe. I built this kit between November 2013 and March 2014. This is primarily built straight out of the box, with only a few small modifications.

This has been a really fun and challenging build. It was also a great exercise in working with instructions which although very well illustrated, were entirely in Japanese. There are specific instruction that one has to be watchful for, like DO NOT GLUE. But, of course, written in Japanese.

Of course, this led me to a lot of research of what information and contacts I could find on the subject. Of tremendous help was Yukari Gojo of Woody Joe and American boat builder Douglas Brooks, who has studied Japanese boat building in Japan and has worked through five different apprenticeships. You can read more about his work at his website: http://www.douglasbrooksboatbuilding.com.

I hope to get an article put together for Ship in Scale in time for Fall publication. So, please stay tuned!

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