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  1. I prefer building models of boats that either exist as replicas or are well-documented. There are loads of detail pics of the le Renard replica to be found on the internet. I'm currently building BB's Regina Yacht and to my dismay I haven't been able to find any reference material on this particular ship type , even though BB claim this was a common 19th century Baltic sailing vessel ..... Regards, Arjan
  2. I have also recently bought the AL Renard kit so I'm following this thread with interest. Looking good so far ! My intention is to scale up the kit parts to 1/25 (simply a matter of enlarging them by 200 % ) and I may not even build the original 1/50 kit. Regards, Arjan
  3. Thanks for your kind words ! Making the model watertight was not very hard. I filled some bigger gaps with filler and small fissures with ca glue. I then used some exterior stain to paint the whole model (both the interior and exterior). I finally used Vallejo polyurethane primer (available in various colors such as dark grey, brown and black) and polyurethane matt varnish . I'm a big fan of Vallejo polyurethane primer and varnish because it's waterproof and extremely hard wearing. The only downside of this type of paint is that it tends to clog up air brushes so I usually apply it with a brush. I haven't used any epoxy based products because I don't fancy endless sanding sessions and there is always the risk of mixing in too little or too much hardener (been there, done that .....). Regards, Arjan
  4. Thanks Steven ! In the mean time I have added my fifth crew member, one more to go. Originally this figure was supposed to have a spear and shield in his hands : This is his current position on the boat (no social distancing here .....) : Regards, Arjan
  5. Indeed, I have been thinking about Roar Ege. In terms of available figures/crew members 1/25 is an attractive scale. Regards, Arjan
  6. I'm also looking forward to the next installment of this blog. Lovely build, great figures and nice kit. I have considered buying the 1/35 version of this Dusek kit but I don't fancy making 60 oars and 60 shields ...... In this respect the 1/35 Dusek Gokstad kit is more manageable but, unfortunately the hull planking of the latter seems to lack the proper curve towards the bow and stern . Arjan
  7. Much obliged Steven, that's a very interesting thread ! I also love your build (you seem to have an enormous amount of both skill and patience). For me the oar length is quite academic because I will store the oars on the deck in two bundles. Minor length differences would , therefore , not be noticeable anyway (just a matter of a few millimeters in the case of this Oseberg model). Regards, Arjan
  8. Thanks Herr Hook, there are some who take matters slightly further 😊 : Regards, Arjan
  9. The number of crew members is steadily increasing, for the time being I'm aiming for a crew of six . Arjan
  10. Really outstanding work ! Pity there are no similar period Cutters in 1/25 scale, I would love to build an rc one. Unfortunately, the 1/25 Krick Zollkutter is far too small for a working rc version, besides it doesn't have a (single mast) Cutter type rigging. Gruss, Arjan
  11. Thanks for your feedback gentlemen ! I love figures and all my boat models have crews. Figures add life and give a sense of the model's size. I recently acquired a 1/25 Krick Alert Revenue Cutter but it wasn't until the kit arrived that I realized how small this vessel was in real life. This was mainly because I had never seen pics of this model with figures to match. This photo from the internet (not a Krick model I think) clearly shows how small this vessel really was : Regards, Arjan
  12. If I remember correctly I first fitted the top planks 23 and 24 before fitting the Obechi strip 56 which connects the top planks 23 and 24 with the lower planks. Later I realized I had mistakenly fitted the wider Obechi strips 55 instead of 56 (4 mm wide strips instead of the 3 mm ones ). In fact this worked out pretty well because at some points the gap between the top and lower planks was actually 4 mm rather than the 3 mm of the 56 strips. The only problem was that I later had to cut some additional 4 mm Obechi strips myself (for the shields strake) having already used the ones supplied in the kit. I did have to file down the top of the 24 planks midships at the joint of the two 24 planks (they were too wide there). I still had to file down the top of the 24 joints a bit more when I made this photo : Arjan
  13. I haven't changed the angle of the two bulkheads either, that would indeed do more harm than good. The Graupner drawings seem to be much more accurate than the BB ones, e.g. the former also show the oars didn't all have the same length (the midships ones are shorter). Regards, Arjan
  14. Very nice build ! You should be careful about the shape of the foremost and rearmost bulkheads/braces because these are not identical . The BB bulkheads are also wrong because the original Oseberg ones are positioned at an angle, see this Graupner drawing : For my build I mainly used reference photos of Saga Oseberg, the working replica. There are lots of pics of this vessel on Facebook. My take on the rear bulkhead : The foremost one : Regards, Arjan
  15. Since other members have posted extensive build reports of this boat kit I will focus primarily on the choices I have made. The main issue of the kit is the scroll parts for the bow and stern which are far too thick. This is the solution I opted for : Some modifications to turn the model into a working rc one : I have also added some 1/24 figures (I will order or make some more in the future): I have finally finished the shields and now I'm going to tackle the oars (also a rather boring and repetitive job). I think that the oars should all have a different length (the midships ones should be shorter than those closer to the bow and stern), although BB do not refer to this in their instructions. Regards, Arjan

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