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  1. Thanks for the warm welcome! I've already found a wealth of information here, including: https://modelshipworld.com/index.php?/topic/16147-hello-from-spain/&do=findComment&comment=539640 https://modelshipworld.com/index.php?/topic/9250-viking-knarr-by-daryl-finished-dusek-scale-172/&do=findComment&comment=290980 https://modelshipworld.com/index.php?/gallery/album/278-viking-knarr-circa-1200-ad/ And especially this brilliant project by Jack Panzeca: With craftsmen like this on these boards, I can see I'm going to have to up my game!
  2. This is a brilliant project, and so well-documented that I think I feel up to trying a similar project. One thing I noticed is that in the end, you didn't really use that many of the original pieces of the kit, or else covered up the ones you did use with walnut veneer. Except perhaps for the hull itself. It emboldens me to try scratchbuilding a version of this model. My goal is to do a waterline model, probably something in the neighborhood of 1/50 scale, suitable for use with 25-28mm figures. I've just been painting up a mob of Foundry vikings, and the urge to make them a proper ship is overwhelming. I have a plastic Revell kit of a Viking ship (I know, plastic, how pedestrian!) but I think between that, some of the cross sectional drawing cadged from the internet and your excellent step-by-step demonstration, this project might just be doable, even for a novice boatbuilder like me. Thanks so much, Jack, for the inspiration! So far, the closest I've come to this awesome project has been a scratchbuilt half-timbered house, again for 25-28mm figures.
  3. Bonjour and G'day. I'm a wargamer and figure painter in my off hours, and have recently been scratchbuilding (and kitbashing) a few half-timbered houses, but I wound up here since I've gotten it into my head to scratchbuild several viking longships, knarr or other early-medieval ships, most likely as waterline models for use on the gaming table. I'm really keen on making good-looking well-painted models that are as historically accurate as possible. I don't know to what extent this goal might seem heretical to you hard-core ship modellers, but hey, thought I'd throw this right out there. I've just started poking around this site, but if anyone can point me towards resources for knarrs and longships, that would be a great help. I'm thinking that if I build waterline models that don't have removable decking, then I don't have to get quite as elaborate with the ribs and strakes as I'd otherwise be tempted to do. Well, that's my story, and I'm sticking with it. <g> Cheers, --- Phil from France

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