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  1. Finished first step of rigging. It would have been quite helpful if the instructions included approximate lengths for the various components, as well as more text describing a suggested process. I neglected to account for the stacking at the top of the main mast when cutting rough lengths, which added to the overall fun of this step. A couple of the stays appear slightly wonky in the photos, but did not appear so to my eye. I presumed the forestay was first, based on the instruction illustrations, then noticed @Daryl's build log (1:72 Viking Knarr) where he ran the forestay last
  2. Bit more progress, most of shrouds (backstays ?) installed. One pair yet to complete
  3. Main mast is permanently installed and rigging has started. Photos Real Soon Now ... (edit, delivered) 🤣 The mast required a slight bit of diameter reduction at the base as well as slight flattening towards the bow, as one of the frames impinged on the mast mount. Easily remedied, but I did not notice when dry fitting. The mast was near perfectly positioned once these adjustments were applied. The fore stay is completed.
  4. Photos of main mast finished and test fitted. Lots of life in progress presently, which has slowed progress.
  5. Have most of main mast shaping completed, the step at the top and final sanding remain.
  6. I have decent progress on the rudder and rudder mount, although the mount is quite tedious and not particularly well designed. I have installed the four frame tops (parts 29 and 35). I feel this was the proper order, as they add nothing to the hull shape, and might have been problematic as no reference is readily available for good installation earlier in construction. I have also made a start on the main mast, which requires quite a bit of material to be removed, and will thus take some time to shape.
  7. Cleanup of the bow and stern is (mostly) completed. I may spend a bit more time working these areas. I did use some filler to close gaps I am also working on the rudder and rudder mounts, more on those in a separate post. Bow Stern
  8. All planks have been attached. Still to do is final sanding and clean-up of plank attachments at bow and stern. The process was smoother than anticipated. However, placement of planks is a fussy process, and it is difficult to determine proper bow to stern placement. I do have some mis-alignment, and hopefully this will not be very obvious once I have finished clean-up. During planking, especially the final two planks, some of the frames required removal of quite a bit of material, which, in retrospect, was the correct approach. The final two frames, both at bow and
  9. Interesting. My current project required removing substantial material from some of the frames during planking. I'll be updating the build log soon. Seems as though you have (or had) a similar situation.
  10. My opinion is the frame 10 and transom alignment is not similar to the instruction photos, as you say, @SkiBee How does the transom bottom align with the frame bottoms ? Perhaps dry fitting the stern post pieces as shown in step 10 will provide more information regarding transom alignment.
  11. Cap rail installation went smoothly, and is finished. I decided to attach them to the keel at bow and stern, as shown below. I think a bit of sanding will be required to properly attach parts 55 and 56, that will need to wait till tomorrow. Bow Stern
  12. Cap rails clamped for initial fitting. Going to finish cap rail installation, including parts 54, 55, and 56, prior to adding plank 44 as working area restricted with latter installed.
  13. Two more planks are installed, and the full set of shorter frames. The frame tops have been leveled, and I am working on bending the cap rails (parts 54) to fit. It is unclear from the instructions how the cap rails join to the bow and stern. I am assuming they will need to be beveled to fit/join the keel at bow and stern, and the cap pieces 55 and 56 fit over them and attach to the keel at the triangular features visible in the detail photos below. I may attach planks 44 prior to cap rail installation if a dry fit shows no interference. Note this is out of the sequence in the
  14. @bigpetr, Thanks for the additional info, I appreciate your sharing information from a source I cannot access. I had had no success with google searches for clear photos. Also, I did not know this kit is after Skuldelev 1
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