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  1. Louie, I regret that I have but one rec to give to those jokes. Particularly enjoy the blonde joke where she turns out to be smarter than everyone else (Mrs. Cathead is blonde).
  2. So fun to see a second attempt. That's so rarely done in model building, but such an interesting way to test ones' improved skills and knowledge. It reminds me of the need, in science, for more researchers who focus on retesting/checking others' results. In theory I'd love to take another crack at my longship with all the insights I've gained, but I also really don't need two gigantic longships hanging around the house! I like your shield rail, I'm debating whether to add one to mine or not.
  3. Residents of British prison hulks during the American Revolution would beg to disagree, though I defer to your superior knowledge in this case. Why were the French treated so much better than the Americans?
  4. Does anyone have a good suggestion for understanding the rigging layout of a Viking ship? Unsurprisingly, the kit instructions are not only rather simplistic, but also don't seem to match the practices used on the Skuldelev reproduction. For example, on the standing rigging for the mast, the kit tells you to tie loops through the side of the hull (see photo below and image from the Dusek website below), while the reproduction seems to loop these around the rowing benches (see image linked here ). One resource I've found shows a different way to connect standard r
  5. You could certainly start tapering the bow planks right away to absorb some of the curves that will keep getting worse as you go down, rather than doing some full-width and others entirely cut off once it gets to extreme. Best way to learn is by doing, though, so keep it up!
  6. All the interest here in learning how to make blocks makes me think. My wife and I ran a diversified direct-market farm for a number of years (mostly produce, along with some fruit, dairy, eggs, etc.). We observed that the farmers who were most successful, financially speaking, were those who slowly transitioned to teaching others how to farm through books, articles, videos, hosting classes, etc. Farming alone wouldn't cut it (especially as our products were not subsidized by the government, unlike corn, soy, and sugar, but that's another thread). It's a similar mechanism to how the folks who
  7. Started working on the mast foot, which is interesting in that it isn't attached to the deck, but rather runs atop the rowing benches for much of the hull's length. You can see a hint of this in the following Wikipedia image and a better view is in this link to a copyrighted photo: The kit's version is pretty simplistic, just two pieces of laminated plywood glued together with little shaping or detail. I decided to follow the reconstruction in making this more visually interesting. I also happened to lose the top piece, so made my own from scrap wood.
  8. Fascinating. How does one go about restoring something like this while still retaining the "original", i.e. not using too much replacement material?
  9. Good innovation. Wood definitely does not like to bend in two directions, one of the challenges for modeling in this way. I've done something similar in the past by creating a flat pattern for the amount of vertical bend, then clamping the soaked plank around that pattern. As it bends easily in the other direction, I found that getting some of the vertical bend locked in allowed the rest to happen naturally. Your method also looks promising.
  10. That Carnation slogan is darned funny, but Snopes says nope to the veracity.
  11. Just measured the hull as roughly 32" long x 4.5" wide in Yankee-speak. The Dusek figures quoted above come out to 33.5" long x 14.5" wide. I don't know why the length is different, but I assume the Dusek width accounts for the yard, which would make the final presentation model a lot wider than just the hull (it's probably not the oars since they show them bundled). She's a beast. I'm actually wondering whether to put up the mast and sail or portray them stowed and furled to save some space.
  12. The possum is the only marsupial north of Mexico in this hemisphere, but there are others further south. There is a good geologic reason why marsupials are common in Australia and also South America: these areas were once geologically joined and when their plates split apart the ancestral marsupial population was carried off in different directions and evolved separately thereafter. From a biological/ecological point of view, Chile has far more in common with Australia than with North America. You can fly from North America a very long distance east, well into Europe, and still fi
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