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After finishing my first scratch build - VOC Retourship Batavia - I will now start with something completely diffirent, a Greek Trireme. Trireme means literally three oars - three rows of oars placed above each other. For one of my sons, who is studying archeology and has a great interest in the ancient Greek culture I already made a Bireme - two oars. This one is in scale 1:35. The European modelbuilder Krick also has a Trireme in its program, so we decided to buy and built this one: But this is in scale 1:72 and built it will be about 51 cm long. About the same as the Bireme. So we decided to lay the kit aside and use the plans to upscale the thing to 1:35 scale - making it twice as big as the Bireme, but in the same scale. This means a model of over 1 meter (3 ft) and making everything yourself - keel - bulkheads - planking etc. Therefore this topic in the scratch-build section. First step to do was to upscale the plans, with my copier and some old fashioned carbonpaper: After that the jig saw and after sawing and fitting the first result:
Hiya Folks, Just read the log guidelines and just opening my log. Hope I've complied with the forum rules. Received my model today via UPS. Only my second build and first on here in front of an audience!!! Hope it goes well. Hoping to have it completed in a couple of months - work permitting. However setting deadlines is probably the worst thing I can possibly do. Deep breaths ... Next step gonna complete an inventory on the parts/materials and instructions and give first impressions later or tomorrow. Thanks Sean
This thread is for shortcuts to programmes of interest Please drop a shortcut to a programme and the title of the programme to which it refers The first one is The Ghosts of the Mary Rose http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCmuMQLBoog Battle Stations - H.M.S. Victory http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRXgMcyWcFU
Properly the name should be Αφροδίτης, but I didn't want to upset the sorting feature. As the title says, this ship is an Akatos, a type of ancient Greek merchant galley propelled by forty oars and a sail. The model is based on the ship in Harry Turtledove's (writing as H.N. Turtletaub) Hellenic Traders series, a series of excellent and very detailed historical novels set in the mediterranean in 311-308 B.C. I will be deviating somewhat from the books' descriptions of the ship, mostly for practical reasons. Currently I'm about 1/4 of the way into the build, so there will be a bit of catching up to do. Here goes! This should give a rough idea of what I'm going for. To give credit where credit is due, it's actually a modified version of this image, which I used for my trireme build: http://www.mlahanas.de/Greeks/war/images/TriremePlan1.jpg The sail shown here is considerably different from what will actually be going on the model-- more on that later. The earliest I thought to start taking pictures was after I had glued all of the lower frames onto the keel. The lower frames extend from the false keel up to the waterline. The upper frames will be placed in between the lower frames, overlapping with the curve of the lower frames and continuing it up to the gunwales. (Please let me know if I'm using any of these terms incorrectly, or just not making any sense! ) Here you can get a better idea of the shape of the lower frames. To be continued...