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About Ekis

  • Birthday 01/11/1966

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  1. I really agree with you! But it's also satisfying to know that my California recipient didn't lose any money in the process. Likewise, it is also a comfort to know that a private individual can win from a company of this size and with such bad faith!
  2. The model sent (and destroyed!) by UPS was well packed: triple cardboard box with triple fluting, wrapping the plane in tissue paper, then bubble wrap everywhere in double thickness, then polystyrene chips to fill the volume. The box was stiffened by an interior wooden frame on all edges. All the sides were lined with self-adhesive labels to indicate the side to be placed and to warn about the fragility of handling. I would add that the package was designated as fragile by the UPS services, and the shipping bill written by this company warned the various parties involved that the price included a special transport! But you can build the strongest box in the world, when it is thrown from the top of a truck or jumped on, or used as a base for tens of kilos on top, no wooden model inside can resist such treatment. This is just incompetence and disrespect of their own rules.
  3. I'm bringing up this topic to give some good news. It's quite exceptional, but after months of persistence in France on my side and in the USA on the side of my recipient (who had received this completely broken Blériot), the totality of the insurance for damage was paid by UPS! The reimbursement includes not only the shipping cost, but also the total cost of the model and the assembly work. Carriers never reimburse individuals, even in case of insurance... It doesn't fix the Blériot, but at least there is no financial loss! We had to harass them since April!
  4. In fact, I see that you form a 45° angle on each tile in a very regular way on the front side. For the village, I preferred to make the angles more rounded, but more importantly, I sanded each tile on the front side so that they look thinner when they cover the ones below. The thickness seems to me more in harmony with the scale of the buildings. I also used different sizes of tiles for different uses and houses. I also deliberately left some broken or badly cut tiles to show roofs that are not all new. Here, if it helps you, I put some pictures to illustrate all this. Good luck ! It's long and quite tedious to do, like the sails of an 18th century sailboat... 😉
  5. The continuation of the construction of the Nordlandsboat... It is almost finished: only the flags are missing. The shape of this boat is really beautiful, the rigging simple, but really efficient! I'll make some final pictures then.😎
  6. 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. 😁
  7. 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...
  8. 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. It will be off-center along the length of the boat to make the bow stand out even more! 😁
  9. Small photo complement with a few more things like the rudder, the chimney and the carpenter for the scale.
  10. 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).
  11. 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!
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