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Now I surfed around on your site long enough, without presenting me.

So her i go

My name is Bjørnar Svendsby and live in a small town in Norway called Halden.

My interests are everything with  model building

Like many others, I built models as a youth. And has begun again in old age.

I have projec on Gjøa, a Norwegian ship that sailed thrugh the northwest passageways in 1903- 1906. She was  many years in a park in San frasisco, before she was taken back to Norway and put in a museum. It will be a POF building so things take time. I've only managed to build some small parts. But to have a building that is slightly faster have I begun to build Chucks Cheerful.

Photos and maybe a log on either Gjøa or Cheerful come, but it will take a while. Gotta get my new leg in order first. Staying at a rehabilitation center for amputees  for a few weeks

 After reading much about pirate kits  here on this page, I told someone in my local model club about this. And we agreed to have this as a topic at the next meeting.

I will take with me the list of Banned Kit Manufacturers. And I will tell how they Operates, stealing drawings and stock kits that they sell as their own


Bjørnar Svendsby


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My company and myself are working on the Gjøa in Oslo at the moment, the original boat that is. For some of you it might be interesting to follow our blog where we come up with different information, old photos and so on. So far we have been working on the ceiling and the ice sheathing, but we'll soon install the original motor, make the companion hatch, fix the original anchor winch and install it on board again etc. Our page for the blogs is fartoyvern.com, or you can follow Hardanger Fartoyvernsenter on Facebook. 


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Thanks for welcomes and likes.

I am soon ready for some  workshop time again. My first rehabilitation after the leg lost is soon over. Tings is going quiet well.

So i am ready to " make sawdust" again. Have a pretty nice workshop, but need some long days to get rid of the chaos

And gradually some Gjøa pictures and maybe a building log will come



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Hi! It will be interesting to see a Norwegian build. I have never met another Norwegian modelbuilder, but i do know they are out there hiding in workshops. Im trying to find a club in Stavanger but, i dont think there is any. 

Im trying to gather local ship modelbuilders because of the Tall Ships races in 2018 held in Stavanger. The people arranging it are thinking about putting up an exhibition for modelships to be displayed. But without models that wont be easy:)


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