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  • Birthday 05/01/1957

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    SE Connecticut, USA
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    Competitive skeet shooting, sports cars, modeling, my two Cattle Dogs

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  1. Oh no! It was just a method that worked for me. The work is just very monotonous. But as you see the hull coming together it's worth the work certainly! That's very cool. Yes the figure is 75mm which would put him at 7'4", too big for the ship. That's why he is not on the ship. But he looks good beside it. I found 54mm figures but they would have been too short. I'd rather have a larger figure than smaller as they are Vikings after all! My goodness your ship building is impressive. Unfortunately I don't have the patients to build something like the Sovereign of the Seas. I'm building the Bounty Launch soon. I would like to try the Constitution maybe one day.
  2. Well then... Welcome to the hobby! You'll find a wealth of information on the forum. I wish I was half as good as most of these guys but as I said I pick and choose the battles I think I can do really well. Thank you again. Adding nails is a painstaking process but adds so much to the model. Ask the eBay seller to give you the head diameter. Seems to me to get the smallest head I had to purchase longer pins but the excess just snaps off. Be careful snapping them as they go flying. I would stick my thumb in front of the pin as I snapped. The snapped off section would shoot ride into my thumb sticking in it. They are so small didn't hurt so I'd just pull them out lol. Here's a pic of the solution I used. Experiment with time.
  3. Thank you all for the kind words. The anchor was a really fun little aside from building the ship. Going out and finding a suitable rock then messing around with the fit, (for the better part of the day!). Squaring the holes for the wedges etc. Louie thank you for the pictures yes they do need pommels. Bulclutha75, they are something like that except I purchased mine on eBay. I tried to go back to my purchasing history for them but that only goes back to 2018. I don't remember if they were nickel plated or not. I do remember though that I soaked them in an electronic etching solution for various times. The longer they soaked the more rusty they became. If you want the name I still have the solution.
  4. One more pic. I ordered the warrior from a Ukrainian fella on Etsy. He's pewter , (really heavy), and had an artist friend of his paint it. I gave her artistic license and think she did an awesome job.
  5. Yes am/was a huge fan. Although I haven't watch the last season. I've got all the episodes recorded. Thanks for the info on the new series that's great! Oh and my brother has dibs on the ship HAHA. That's if I give it to him. I'm becoming quite fond of Puffe!
  6. Again thank you Michael. Yes that is one of the pictures I found to model my mast fish after! Haha.
  7. Also Michael, I was going to leave a couple of the deck sections off also, maybe show some storage. Well everything would be soaking wet I doubt they used it for much storage. If you noticed I drilled holes in a couple of boards in each section. I saw this on the Draken. They had to lift the deck boards somehow to bail the water out and that is how ! There really isn't much detail to show inside other than a bunch of nails sticking through! Good luck with your build.
  8. Back to the head and tail. I knew I was going to have to cover the area where the figurehead stempost, and planking came together. I tried cordage, couldn't get it to lay right, leather, too thick, and metal, I'm not a good fabricator. Well the whole darn thing is wood. Why not wood?? I really like the way the head and tail came out. And it needed some bling right?!
  9. I only made one shield as they're out on a raid. The shield and weapons are from the only, to this point, fallen comrade.
  10. Thank you very much for the kind words. There are a hundred and one mistakes but it is what it is. Here is a picture of some of the 2500 nails. Of course you have to pre-drill 2500 holes first! One word of caution and maybe it was just me. It's tricky getting enough glue to have them stay yet not make a mess. I'll bet I had to replace a couple hundred maybe?
  11. What was next? Oh, and anchor. I understand the Vikings valued iron too much to use it on an anchor. At least at some early point. I found a picture of an anchor made from stone and wood. Here is my inturpretation... Pretty cool the wedges hold the stone in. No glue used in the anchor.
  12. Basically the rest is pretty cut and dry. I wasn't going to make a sail as the cloth provided was a bit, (ok a lot), out of scale. To me anyway. I YouTubed making a model sail and found an awesome tutorial by Tom Lauria using silkspan. I figured I'd try... Sized, painted, and drying. I figured it needed a little individualism... I did glue an 1/8" strip in both sides all the way around the parameter for strength. Since I'm into this sail I might as well try adding a bolt rope. I had no idea if you can even do this with silkspan but what the heck. Hey it works! Let's put it on the spar I decided to furl the sail as I wasn't going to mess with trying to get the perfect shape. That's better.
  13. After the decking was completed, staining and glueing in place I worked on the deck furniture. I took liberties with certain aspects of the build. I was fortunate enough that the Draken Harold Harfagre docked in Mystic Seaport here in Ct. and I got to take a tour. What a beautiful ship! Anyway I wanted to but in some water casks, crates etc. Here are a few pictures of those... Vikings need water and have to have spoils from their radios right?
  14. I'mmmm back. Hey, it took Michelangelo years to finish the Sistine Chapel. One positive of all this virus mess is the free time. So I finished my ship. Named her Puffe. Yes after the song Puff the Magic Dragon. So I finished the nailing of the hull. As others have mentioned around 2500 nails I believe. I made some odds and ends then proceeded on the decking. 231 hand fit pieces. Here's what I did. After fitting a section I removed each piece and marked on the back where they went. I wanted to see what a section glued together looked like so being the smarty pants I am I glued like all 4 or 5 pieces together thinking they'll fit right back into the section. Ummm, not! Such subtle placement caused them not to fit. I ended up glueing two or three together to make sections with in the sections. I forget, I had something like 70 sections? Here are some pictures of the decking process...
  15. WOW what a beautiful build Steve. It is truly inspiring. I am in the middle of building the Oseberg ship and have already purchased the Bounty launch to get my feet wet in POF building. And just started the book buy Caroline Alexander on the Bounty. My thoughts are now moving to this kit! Great job Sir.

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