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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
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.
I've been contemplating an idea and I have to many current projects to start it but I'm really curious if this is feasible. I came across a 1 gallon chemical bottle at a thrift store that looked a bit dirty but overall pretty good. I purchased it and got it home and found that it had chemical stains that I can't get out. I know there's a method using copper, polish and spinning the bottle a few thousand times but I don't have the money or means. I almost got rid of the bottle but I had another thought. The chemical staining is white and looks very much like frost. What if I were to build a ship in an arctic scene and make it look really cold? I'm thinking the staining on the bottle would add to the effect. What better ship to use then the first ship to navigate the North West Passage the Gjoa. In order for this effect to work though I have to include a lot of ice floating in the water and ice and snow on the ship. I've never done this before so I thought I'd open it up here. How do you make a ship look so cold it makes you shiver?