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  1. Found a useful resource from the Danish National Museum. The actual scientific article is only in Danish, but there is a good article on Science Nordic about it in English, including a color palette with a description of each pigment and the presumed relative cost. https://sciencenordic.com/denmark-history-society--culture/how-to-decorate-like-a-viking/1455997 They hypothesize green would have been from malachite (copper ore) and would have been imported, so would probably be expensive. As you said Steven, reds blacks, yellows, and whites would be the most common. I think I’ll try red and black with maybe a white accent or decorative motif, like the Skuldelev 5 had.
  2. Nice jig! Much better than my scrappy piece of cardboard with a line drawn on it, haha. Jack Aubrey’s log is a really good reference!
  3. loool! I'm pretty finicky about these things so I'm definitely going to do more research!
  4. Hmm, my reasoning was that if I stained on the sprue, I wouldn't get the ends. If i stained the planks individually I thought it would take longer and be fidgety. But yeah, hopefully I won't have any issues with the glue! Yeah, I'm going to do more tests on scrap. I really like red and yellow and yellow and black, so I thought I would like the combination but I didn't really. Maybe if I switch the order? My Skuldelev 5 3D model already used red and yellow, and I didn't want to make an exact replica of the Sea Stallion with red, yellow, and blue. I know in the ancient Mediterranean, green was sourced from malachite and a pigment called "green earth", but I'm not sure about Scandinavia. But yeah, red and yellow ochre would be super common everywhere.
  5. Looking so good, love your figurines!! A lot of work but adds so much
  6. Thanks Steven! Got my little work area in the garage now, but haven’t had time to work on it. Been working on an app for visualizing an archaeological site on the side, as well as learning photogrammetry. I’ve got too many hobbies! Haha. I’ll probably get back to it fairly soon. Going to try different colors too, not sure I’m 100% happy with the black, yellow, and red. I might try red and green. On a more nautical note also found some time to do a 3D model of the Skuldelev 3. Much faster to make ship models on the computer More renders on my artstation page here: https://www.artstation.com/artwork/GXrP1B
  7. Glad to see someone tackling the bigger version of this kit! I got the excavation report for the Skuldelev ships, so feel free to message me if you want any pictures of the archaeological drawings
  8. Cool subject! In regards to the Gokstad I don’t know enough to say which plan is the most “accurate” - but remember, all archaeological reconstructions are hypothetical. These ships that were excavated over 100 years ago even more so. This ship was excavated in 1880 and not to modern standards, after being crushed and deformed by tons of earth for 1000 years. It was then broken up, moved, puzzled back together, and bent back in to shape. Bits were even added, to make it look sexier on display. My advice would be to read about how they came up with each of the plans and go with the plan you find most convincing. Sorry, not much help. Looking forward to see what comes out though!
  9. Still working on it! Got a small update today - tested out the color palette I plan to go with. The stains are Minwax Red Oak for the hull, and on the top left is Golden Oak which I’m going to use for the mast and oars. The black, yellow ochre, and flat red are Vallejo acrylics. I think I’m pretty happy with it overall! I might get to the staining and painting of the hull this week. I need to do it before the deck veneer and thwarts go in.
  10. Awesome build Arjan, love that it’s RC too. I’m curious how you made it watertight (maybe I missed it) Really love your figures too! I agree it adds a nice sense of scale.
  11. Wow, coming along nicely Steven! Loving your shields! Regarding oar lengths, for ancient ships it is hardly a settled argument. The main point of contention is that in Athenian naval inventories of the 4th-5th centuries three types of oars are called out. One camp says that all the oars were the same length, but the difference was in the gearing and paddle shape - the other that they were different lengths, like the 15th century and earlier ‘alla sensile’ rowed galleys. Personally, I fall in the later camp (at the moment anyways). So don’t worry too much!
  12. Hey everyone, thanks for checking in. No progress as of yet - we had a kitchen remodel then a move, but due to the virus we're not fully moved in yet. On the plus side we now have a nice garage that I'll be able to put a small workbench in, so I no longer have to work from the living room coffee table! At this point, I'm not sure when that will be. I might get tired of waiting and just start up again at the coffee table! Thanks Arjan! It really is a lot of shields and oars, haha. Have you checked out the 1:25 scale Billing Boats model of the Skuldelev 3/Roar Ege? It's a trade ship, so it doesn't have all the oars, but it's got a fairly attractive shape.
  13. Just a quick message to say this isn't dead! Just on hold for awhile as I've been really busy these past few months, and will probably only be able to pick back up in February or so! Happy New Year to everyone!
  14. Thought this was pretty interesting! A collaboration between Australian, Icelandic, and Dutch archaeologists created this 360 virtual shipwreck dive of the 17th century Dutch Fluyt Melckmeyt that sank off the coast of Iceland. The wreck is recorded in Icelandic annals: it occured while the ship was sheltering during a storm, and all the crew bar one survived. The ship was on a clandestine trading run under a false Danish flag - the Danish government, which controlled Iceland, only allowed Danish ships to trade with Iceland. The experience is viewable on a VR headset or on your phone. Link is in the article below. Might be a cool ship for someone to build! They provide a reconstruction based on a scanned, authentic, 17th century ship model. https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2019/10/360-degree-virtual-dive-in-iceland.html?m=1#8sUFPIhg4oOgkSA2.97
  15. It’s interesting to read through your working process! I’m earning about a ship type I wasn’t familiar with. Good work, and that cedar veneer looks very nice! I was researching more about egyptian ships online and I found this article you might find interesting: https://www.britishmuseum.org/PDF/Ward.pdf

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