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  1. Gjoa is smallest of polar ships. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gj%C3%B8a For the Gjoa I chose solid hull made as “ bread and butter”. The material is HDF board 6 mm thick and soft wood for top section. Top section has a greater thickness which allows the cutout the desk line with proper sheer and camber. Top section Hull planking with strips of veneer Tadeusz
  2. Hi, Construction of the polar ship Fram model is part of a larger project POLAR. I am going to build model ships Farm, Maud and Gjøa all in scale 1:100 The construction will be conducted at the same time starting from the hull through the equipment and rigging. Hulls of ships Fram and Maud will be built as POB for bulkheads was used birch plywood 4 mm thick planks was lime strips 2x5 mm ,. The smallest Gjøa will have a hull constructed as “bread and butter” material used HDF board. Original construction drawings of all ships I have got from Norwegian Maritime Museum ( contact person Mr Per Gisle Galåen Per.Gisle.Galaen@marmuseum.no )but not all of them were sufficient information to build models, there was a lack of equipment drawings and plans of the deck. The best are the drawings of the ship Gjøa because it plans for modeling also instruction is included but in Norwegian only. With the help of our colleague Igorsky and additional shipment from NMM was possible to complete the necessary documentation for the ship Fram but for Maud will be necessary partial improvisation on area of deck arrangement and equipment. I collect also all available photos of this ships from my archive and the net. Drawings was scanned and scale was reduced up to required 1:100 in computer . Bulkheads assembled Planking beginning Tadeusz Inserts for exposition stands
  3. It is with more than a little trepidation that I begin this build log of the Polar Ship Fram (Norwegian for "Forward"). The shill level demonstrated in the logs I have viewed on this website in intimidating to say the least. Nonetheless, perhaps my chronicle of errors can save others some time and heartache. I have had a lifelong interest in historic ships and polar exploration. An early introduction to the then San Francisco Maritime Museum and the Balclutha, moored on that city's waterfront, may account for this. However, I particularly remember Amundsen's little Goja from when she was still along the Great Highway at the western end of San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. It was this recollection that let me to think that building a model of her would be a good way to combine my two interests. I obtained Constructo's kin and found the instructions excellent and enjoyed the assembly. A few years later, in looking at the completed model, I realize she was a bit clunky and thought that maybe I could do better. At first, I wanted to construct Nansen's Polar Ship Fram, but could not find a kit. I settled on a kit of the RCMP's St. Roch which I visited in Vancouver, BC. But I really want to have a model of the great Norwegian polar exploration ship Fram. I had visited her in Oslo in 1972, and had a great deal of admiration for her design and history. Unable to find a kit, I realized that if I wanted it, I'd have to construct her from scratch. In July 2014, I obtained drawings from the Norsk Maritimt Museum up the advice of the Frammuseet in Oslo. Based upon my kit experience and a couple of books from Amazon, I started working on her in August of that year. But before I start my log, a brief and abridged history of this ship: Scraps of the DeLong Expedition's USS Jeannette, crushed by pack ice off of Sieria in June 1881 was found on the coasts of Svalbard and Greenland several years later. This let some to suppose a circumpolar current which could assist in exploration of these northern regions. Fridjof Nansen, who was the first to traverse Greenland, determined to test this theory by building a suitable craft, the first to be built exclusively for polar exploration rather than a modification of an existing ship. With the great ship architect Colin Archer, Nansen designed the Fram to withstand the pressure of sea ice with a hull configuration which would result in the ship rising rather than being gripped and crushed The result was a three-masted schooner with a double bowed keeless hull (a false keel would be added after her first voyage) so broad that it has been likened to a soup bowl. But the design worked as planned and during her career "the world's strongest wooden vessel" would achieve a furthest north of 85o 57' N and a furthest south of 78o 41' S as well charting the most area in the Canadian Arctic. Records for a wooden ship which have never been broken. She was launched in 1892 and remained in active use through 1912. She had a tonnage of 402 grt., a length of 127 ft. 8 in., a beam of 34 ft., and a draft of 15 ft. Auxiliary power was initially provided by a triple expansion steam engine of 220 hp but this was replaced in 1910 with a 180 hp diesel engine. Maximum speed of 7 knots were recorded but she was a notorious for rolling. Below is the Fram as she appears today in her protective building in Oslo, Norway.
  4. Hello MSW, First off thanks for checking out my inaugural wooden kit build. I will do my best to document my experience bearing in mind that this kit has been discontinued by Constructo. For the record: these are completely uncharted waters for me so I will likely be asking lots of specific questions. I have read a number of build logs on MSW now and done a fair bit of research, but I am looking forward to finally engaging with the community. Without further ado, from Toronto where we have some proper arctic weather (feels like -27°C), here is The Gjøa. For those unfamiliar, The Gjøa was the ship with which Norwegian Explorer/Capt. Roald Amundsen first sailed the Northwest Passage. Below are photos from my first afternoon. The false keel/bulkhead board was thankfully (relatively) warp-free so I jumped right in. I was also happy to see that the false keel was 4mm thick, and rigged up a keel clamp using a couple of camera tripod ballheads, a 4mm thick piece of aluminum (used to offset camera flashes) on a 90° attachment, and some small clamps. Since this kit doesn't allow for a building board/groove this spot was a concern for me, but so far everything seems to have worked out to my eye. FYI I was actually working on an old tripod, and since gluing/taking the photos I have repositioned the clamps to provide more support. First feelings: relief. Constructo's english instructions aren't so bad. The wood seems to be a nice quality/tone (Sapele, Ayous, Manzonia, Mukaly, & Anatolia for masts), and I'm feeling pretty decently prepared for a beginner. I know the hard parts are yet to come. I look forward to feedback. Off to sand her down for the deck, Simon *edited for font size.

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