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  1. A small update. Three overlaying cross beams has been added, as well as a a second stringer and extra long knees ending in bollards. It's not so much more now until I can start with the rigging. Basically only the oarlocks, the decks in fore and aft and the rowing benches.
  2. I remember a lot of the same challenges with interpreting the plans and figuring out how everything should go together. I remember turning the plans back and forth trying to figure what went where for quite long time. In the end most necessary information turned out to be there, but it took some time to figure out. I don’t remember missing any parts in my kit, but there might have been something that had a different dimension than specified. You have done nice work so far, I hope to see it completed. Best wishes on your journey.
  3. Since last update I have worked on the knees for the cross beams and the lower stringer on the inside. The knees are quite small and hard to hold, so I created a jig for shaping them all to the same form. I installed the stringer first, and fitted the knees after. In the real boat the knees has a wedge shaped "tongue" sticking up under the stringer and the stringer has a cut-out for each knee. This helps holding the knees in place, but is not visible to I skipped that detail. All knees installed. The next step will be to tree nail the knees to the plank
  4. Hi Mark, there are no remains of any floor boards or similar that could have been used to protect from ballast. However, that could not be interpreted as there was none. The find was not complete and damaged in many places. Any loose boards would likely have floated away, or recovered when she sank in the harbor. The archeologists doing the reconstruction was apparently pretty convinced that ballast was needed, their question seem to have been "how much". It was only after practical experience of about two seasons of sailing with ballast that it was abandoned. I don't know if the r
  5. Congratulations for finishing your model! It has has been joy to follow. I especially like the crew, the cargo and all to other extra details you have included to add authenticity to the presentation.
  6. This continues to be a very interesting and informative build. Well done so far.
  7. Interesting to see your new build. The teaser you posted in the Kågen thread raised my curiosity. Your details regarding the CAD work is instructive. I hope to learn, and maybe practice in future builds.
  8. Painting of the outside of of the hull is complete. There was a practice of painting the strips on the side in different colors based on origin of the ship. The pattern I have chosen indicates that ship originates from Länna. I'm not sure how strictly such rules where applied and exactly during which period. It seem to have been common practice during the period when my subject would have been active.
  9. I continued a bit with the inside by building a frame for the floor and bulkhead for the cabin. I have no source for this structure. I made something the I think could work. Before I go any further I will need to "tar" the inside of the hull. If I add anything more before I do that it will be hard to reach. First I thought I could skip painting parts of the inside that will not be visible. But I will leave some parts of the cabin roof and the ceiling in the hold exposed, but I have not decided exactly what parts, so I'm not sure which part I could skip pain
  10. I agree that there is a nice contrast between the tarred hull and the thwarts. Only giving them a coat of oil might look nice. Regarding the use of tar it can be mixed with more linseed oil and thinner, and if it is applied in thin coats it will not be to sticky to sit at (at least after a few weeks in the sun).
  11. I have proceeded with gluing the cross beams in place. The cross beam are straight, and have a support that sits above the keelson. The cross beams are not well preserved in the find, so the reconstruction made some assumptions. No remains of the support exist, but holes exist which indicate that they would have existed. I have deviated from the find and the reconstruction in one major way. The cross beams will have knees that go up on the planks as support. In reality one of the knees should be from naturally grown wood (i.e. a branch), while the opposite end has a loose knee nail
  12. Very nice! Your knowledge of medieval clothing really shows. (As is obvious by your avatar.) In particular the folds on the hose legs is a nice detail.
  13. Before I continue with the rest of the cross beams I thought that it would be time to prepare the floor boards. There is no evidence for these in the find; they floated away, or they never existed, who knows. They where not part of the reconstruction drawings either. Remember that the original assumptions was to have ballast, and then they would have been constructed differently. I base my model on how the floor boards currently look on the reconstruction. First I created cardboard templates. Then I cut longer planks and built several at a time. Now all the floor boa
  14. Nice to see you starting to make saw dust 😀 I have recently started to read up on the research on Vasa. I’m contemplating to build something similar to what you are doing, possibly a cross section. I will follow closely. Where did you find the gun?
  15. This looks like a nice kit and a good introduction to the joys of model ship building. Gaps and problems can always (well almost at least 😀) be hidden or fixed. Good start!
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