NAZGÛL Posted April 12, 2015 Share #1 Posted April 12, 2015 (edited) Hi everyone! I have an interest in King Karl IX, Gustav II Adolfs father. Before reaching the crown he was a duke and was successful in developing his duches and he created his own fleet. And when he later went to war with Sigismund his fleet became an important part. When he later became king his fleet became part of the swedish fleet. As many men of power at that time in history, Karls seems to have been quite cruel but he did manage to reach remarkable goals in his life and laid the base of what Gustav II Adolf managed to achieve later on. For a while I'v been wanting to make a model of one of Karls ships. When going through the ship lists available I decided to go for the small ship called Gripen (griffin). Gripen was Karls symbol and is to be seen on Vasa stern as well when two griffins puts the crown on Gustav II Adolfs head. Making a model of Gripen will mean a lot of guesses on my behalf as very little is known. I like to build by eye and even if I made some basic plans and drawings, I will try to relax and do what feels right as I move the build along. The design is inspired by the beautyful replica of Duyfken and by paintings by Vroom and other dutch artists. I would like to thank all who helped me with advices and opinions in this thread: http://modelshipworld.com/index.php/topic/9996-ships-of-the-late-16th-century/ In that thread you can also follow the steps I did when designing the model. When I finished the Vasa build I had a pile of spareparts left. When looking at the parts I felt I'd like to try and reshape them into something else. I feel this gives me lots of freedom when building it as I can do whatever I feel like and that helps creativity. Worst thing that can happen is that I mess upp and then I can just through it in the bin. Step 1 was to design the model. As said that step is covered in the thread mentioned above. Step 2 was to decide what size it would be in. I printed the drawings in different sizes and then decided. The scale is close to 1:70. Step 3 was to make a more detailed plan just to get the basic set up of the frames and how to reshape them to the lines of my drawings. Step 4 Was to do the actual reshaping. First before assembly, then reshaping again. The supporting parts are ugly but I liked the idea to just use the left over parts after sawing the frames. Ugly but easy to do and they will be covered later on. I needed the supporting bits to be stronger compaired to say how BB designed theis Vasa kit, as I had to reshape them in place. Next step will be to make the stern, bow and decks. /Matti Edited April 12, 2015 by NAZGÛL qwerty2008, realworkingsailor, AnobiumPunctatum and 15 others 18 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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