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About Ekis

  • Birthday 01/11/1966

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  1. Thank you Popeye! The principle of the tiller is simple: the tiller is on this side most of the time, for a right-handed helmsman, but if a helmsman prefers the other side, then it is enough to change with a simple pin on the rudder. 😁
  2. It starts to look like a sailboat ! The rigging is quite simple, but extremely efficient and smart: nothing is random or too much, all the maneuvers are very accessible, the lowering of the yards and sails, and even of the mast is fast and simple...
  3. Before building the rig (the 2 sails are not there yet, and I'm waiting to receive some stitching wires), I had to work a little on the presentation of this boat. Of course, as usual, I don't like the "thing" that is used as a base in the kit: it's ugly and it "crushes" visually this Norwegian fembøring. It looks like a big barge! So, I made a new base to give it an airy look, to bring out its streamlined lines, without the base being too obvious. So I made it, piece by piece, with 3 simple bays (including the brackets), and painted it in matte black like a part of the hull.
  4. Small photo complement with a few more things like the rudder, the chimney and the carpenter for the scale.
  5. Thanx! 👍 No, the nails are not included in the kit, but I couldn't make a Nordic boat hull without putting the nails on the strakes. So, I went and got all the nails from other boats already made which always (unfortunately!) require to build the planking with nails... For the hull, I used a mahogany colored wood stain (water based), then two coats of hard coat ("fondur" in French, I don't know what it is called in English).
  6. The colors continue to make this Nordland even more complete. The cabin roof "with clinkers" questioned me a bit to know how to do it (the kit, of course, asked for everything flat without relation to the reality of these boats). So I finally proceeded flat to compose the offsets and keep a regularity. Then, I had to glue this "plate", adjust, cut, glue, paint. The bulwark rails are in place, the chainplates, the positions of the oarlocks, the dressing of the blue strake with black bands. The rudder is done, the whole rudder will soon be in place. It's going well!
  7. The Nordlandsboat has taken some colors! The exterior is painted in matte black and wood tint with fade, the strake in Nordic blue! All the rails are still to come and will brighten up the edges, with a clay white tint like the cabin door frame. The interior of the hull also received its floor tinted rather black gray, plus the deck in front of the cabin created (does not exist in the kit) with slats that rest on 2 of the crossbeams. I'm going to start making the rear cabin.
  8. Well, I had to recreate almost all the couple notches that were pre-cut... It took a lot of time and I had to calculate every space between two strakes, but I did it. The boat has progressed a bit since then, I'll put some pictures of its current state soon, but I'd like to go through some steps before posting. 😁
  9. A small correction in this superb presentation of this Amati kit. The 2 wooden cones are indeed used to build a large tank that will be in the middle of the wooden frame/cargo box. But this tank was filled... with air ! It was not fuel, but a big rubber float (beige/brown color as in the old days)! A buoy in case of breakdown or water landing in the middle of the Channel. Louis Blériot could not swim: he had taken this little precaution anyway... 😁
  10. The continuation with : - the complete nailing of the strakes, - all the crosspieces in place (but not glued), - the platform in front of the cabin created (knarr style, each board resting on a crossbeam), - the bottom floor of the hull created (but not tinted or glued) in the form of removable gratings, - the tinting of the interior only, the melter will come later on the whole once glued.😎
  11. Thanx! But in addition to the village, I already made some boats which are grouped in photos on this Flickr link : Albums de Ekis - Flickr I hope this NordlandsBoat will join the armada properly! 😉
  12. The couples are in place: I won the war with the strakes! It was a tough job: a rigorous shipwright's job... So I'm going to nail him heavily! 😁
  13. The hull planking is done: it was not an easy fight to convince each strake to take a place...! The next step is to set up the inner frame... and to convince them to join the strakes: it will be another difficult thing. For this boat, it's really naval carpentry ! And I try to do the best I can. 😉
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