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A new shipyard to change a little bit the stones...

This is the BillingBoats kit of a boat that you don't see much: a Nordlandsboat!

Direct descendant of the landskips of the peoples of Northern Europe.

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The Nordlandsbaaden is a type of boat from Nordland, northern Norway, and dates from the 17th century. As a fishing boat, it had its most popular days from the 18th century until the appearance of motorized fishing boats. These boats were extremely efficient and seaworthy. They represent a culture and a form of expedition that originated in the Viking era. The boats are still built today, and they participate in races and regattas along the northern coasts.

 

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I find these boats very elegant and racy. It is of course a clinker hull, I have not yet determined the colors I will put on it.

As it is a descendant of the knarr hulls, it will be a good start for the one I will make later...

And then, on a scale of 1:20, it allows you to do things !

 

Length: 710 mm

Height: 710 mm

Width: 160 mm

 

Beginning of construction :

 

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These boats where also important as they maintained how to sail single masted square rigged boats as a living tradition into the 20th century. As such they where significant when reconstructions of Viking ships has been built.

 

I have been sailing with a reconstruction of a medieval long ship for several years, and we use a lot of terms and commands from Nordlands boats.

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Fantastic! What a great subject for a model boat. I really like the fact that Billing come up with designs for models that are different than the more conventional and have more relevance to the European model builders. All the best with your project. I will be following along!

Peter

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The hull planking is done: it was not an easy fight to convince each strake to take a place...!

The next step is to set up the inner frame... and to convince them to join the strakes: it will be another difficult thing. 

For this boat, it's really naval carpentry ! And I try to do the best I can. 😉

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I had not seen this kit.......thought it might be an older offering.   I was surprised that it is fairly recent........gee,  for a while there,  they'd take one out of production and put another back into production.  nice to see they are turning out new models :)   never done a clinker before.......yours came out excellent!  if like your village,  she's gonna look sweet!  ;) 

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2 hours ago, popeye the sailor said:

I was surprised that it is fairly recent........gee,  for a while there,  they'd take one out of production and put another back into production

I first saw this kit a couple of years ago on eBay and really couldn't find it anywhere else. Now it seems that Billing Boats has it back in production. Model Expo had it on a very good sale a few months ago and I almost bought it. I think it is a very interesting and beautiful boat.

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I was tempted to get the coastboat bent,  by Billings,  but was a bit daunted with the clinker design.  with the way I plank.......you couldn't doubt it by me  ;)    Billings had a few different kits of these era ships in the past.......I fancy collecting old catalogs { I have a few}.  I'm a big fan of their kits......my first kit was the Nordkap :) 

 

wow!  you do some beautiful work!  :imNotWorthy:

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The continuation with :
- the complete nailing of the strakes,
- all the crosspieces in place (but not glued),
- the platform in front of the cabin created (knarr style, each board resting on a crossbeam),
- the bottom floor of the hull created (but not tinted or glued) in the form of removable gratings,
- the tinting of the interior only, the melter will come later on the whole once glued.😎

 

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On 3/10/2021 at 2:50 PM, Ekis said:

The next step is to set up the inner frame... and to convince them to join the strakes: it will be another difficult thing. 

This looks like it would be really difficult to get the frames to fit flush against the planks without any gaps. Did the frames go in nicely without any gaps or did you have to bend them or use pressure to get them to fit well? 

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Well, I had to recreate almost all the couple notches that were pre-cut... It took a lot of time and I had to calculate every space between two strakes, but I did it.
The boat has progressed a bit since then, I'll put some pictures of its current state soon, but I'd like to go through some steps before posting. 😁

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The Nordlandsboat has taken some colors!

The exterior is painted in matte black and wood tint with fade, the strake in Nordic blue!
All the rails are still to come and will brighten up the edges, with a clay white tint like the cabin door frame.
The interior of the hull also received its floor tinted rather black gray, plus the deck in front of the cabin created (does not exist in the kit) with slats that rest on 2 of the crossbeams.

I'm going to start making the rear cabin.

 

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On 3/21/2021 at 6:40 PM, Ekis said:

the complete nailing of the strakes,

Did the nails come with the kit or did you use something else?

 

On 3/28/2021 at 5:00 AM, Ekis said:

The exterior is painted in matte black and wood tint with fade, the strake in Nordic blue!

I love the colors you have selected. What did you use to stain the wood? Did you put a clear coat over the stained wood?

 

Wonderful work, Ekis!

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The colors continue to make this Nordland even more complete.

The cabin roof "with clinkers" questioned me a bit to know how to do it (the kit, of course, asked for everything flat without relation to the reality of these boats). So I finally proceeded flat to compose the offsets and keep a regularity.
Then, I had to glue this "plate", adjust, cut, glue, paint.

The bulwark rails are in place, the chainplates, the positions of the oarlocks, the dressing of the blue strake with black bands.
The rudder is done, the whole rudder will soon be in place.

It's going well!

 

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3 hours ago, BobG said:

Did the nails come with the kit or did you use something else?

 

I love the colors you have selected. What did you use to stain the wood? Did you put a clear coat over the stained wood?

 

Wonderful work, Ekis!

Thanx! 👍
No, the nails are not included in the kit, but I couldn't make a Nordic boat hull without putting the nails on the strakes. So, I went and got all the nails from other boats already made which always (unfortunately!) require to build the planking with nails...

 

For the hull, I used a mahogany colored wood stain (water based), then two coats of hard coat ("fondur" in French, I don't know what it is called in English).

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Before building the rig (the 2 sails are not there yet, and I'm waiting to receive some stitching wires), I had to work a little on the presentation of this boat.

Of course, as usual, I don't like the "thing" that is used as a base in the kit: it's ugly and it "crushes" visually this Norwegian fembøring. It looks like a big barge!


So, I made a new base to give it an airy look, to bring out its streamlined lines, without the base being too obvious. So I made it, piece by piece, with 3 simple bays (including the brackets), and painted it in matte black like a part of the hull.

It will be off-center along the length of the boat to make the bow stand out even more! 😁

 

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It starts to look like a sailboat !

The rigging is quite simple, but extremely efficient and smart: nothing is random or too much, all the maneuvers are very accessible, the lowering of the yards and sails, and even of the mast is fast and simple...

 

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