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  1. I made a tool from a needles to simulate carved grooves on the ship. Works great. Here it is applied to the stem edges: Then I could prepare the ribs and false deck (with 1:48 helmsman figure to be): Ribs attached and made square with the help of false deck: Next I will make proper jig to help with the planking.
  2. Thank you for posting your findings Cathead, it will be invaluable for future builders. Do not worry about differnt height of the strakes at the ends. It is perfectly normal to be so. This is how gokstad ship strakes ends, pretty irregular:
  3. Thank you for the reply stefan. Good points. Was it possible on wiking ships to somehow fix the rudder in position without holding it?
  4. It is all realy wierd. I did not build this particular model, but Dusek makes good kits. Did you try to contact them? They are realy nice and helpful. They will send bad parts for free if it is their fault (speak from my own experience)
  5. I assumed that helmsman on gokstad ship was standing while steering, but was it so? I did some test with 3d model to see how it looks. It makes good use of backrest. What do you think?
  6. I would glue spacers between bulkheads and then glue few bulkheads (three or four) to the keel. It should not be hard to cut them off later. Just a thought, I did not try it😀
  7. Paper shields are good option. 80gsm paper (common office paper) is cca 0.1mm thick. Or you can layer tissue paper to desired thickness like Louie wrote. To prevent possible warping you can soak it with CA glue or varnish.
  8. Congratulations on the oarsmens. Huge task it was. You will have the ship under the sails and with rowers rowing simultaneously? I thought it was one or the other. Can it be done simultaneously?
  9. I think that there needs to be bevel on bottom and top plank at the end so that they still forms clinker. On a real ship there was no clinker to carvel transition at the ends. Plank ends were not perfectly lined up but there were small steps. On skuldelev 2 (the source for this ship) ends were carved to the stems to solve this problem
  10. The one you posted could be chieftains chest In this museum visualisation they used it for the whole ship :
  11. Thank you Kris, I know this chest but do not have this detailed plans. I use this Oseberg chest form my rowing 3d experiments:
  12. I liike all the the variants with one white and one yellow. Museum replica of Gokstad steering oar tiller based on Nicolaysen drawings has yellow, red, black and brown colour. And although there are no traces of paint found on it, there are some interpretation that triangular shapes lightly carved on top strake was painted, somethig like that (colours used are just modelers preference):
  13. The cure is to do the model fast , while the initial spark still last🙂. Human needs to see outcome of his work quite fast, so when it lasts too long and building problems to solve acumulates he jumps to another subject unconsciously thinking it will go fast and easy🙂
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