RichardG Posted August 9, 2015 Share #1 Posted August 9, 2015 The Admiral and my younger daughter have no real interest in this hobby but my teenage daughter thinks it's cool. She asked me recently to make her a model. She doesn't want to wait the years for me to make anything very big so I'd been looking for something small. I'd seen the Woody Joe builds from Clare Hess and Bob Riddoch and liked the look of the boats. Then in one of Clare's posts he showed the mini version of the Yakatabune he is building. It looked perfect for my daughter. I checked with my daughter and she really liked it as well. I also mentioned as an added bonus, the wood would smell good - that sealed it for her. I ordered the model from ZooToyz.jp, with shipping it was $48. It took less than a week to arrive from Japan. Clare had recommended ZooToyz and I would agree with him that the service is excellent and the owner is very helpful (I also purchased a saw from there last month). Here is the link to the kit - http://zootoyz.jp/contents/en-us/d67_Woody_JOE_Wooden_Sailing_Ship_Model_02.html#p1685 The model is small; 210mm long, 49mm wide, and 57mm high. The wood is Japanese Cypress and does smell really good (my daughter spent a couple of minutes just inhaling the scent!). The kit is multiple sheets about 1mm x 30mm x 210mm. The laser cutting is very clean with minimal char. It also comes with a stand, brass nameplate, paper screens and lanterns, and a single length of brass rod. As with other Woody Joe models, the instructions are in Japanese and very well illustrated. There are only 21 steps on 12 pages. It is supposed to take about 8 hours to build. I expect it to take me 2-3 weeks. I will be using Clare's and Bob's build logs for guidance. I've already started thinking about some minor bashing - I can't seem to help myself doing that. Richard. gjdale, Canute, GLakie and 6 others 9 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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