WASA

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Here is an illustrated build log of the Italian Corel model of the WASA.
Construction was begun in Early December, 2016.

The WASA sank on its maiden voyage and sat of the bottom of the Swedish harbor for 333 years until she was raised.
Through the years, many thousands of hours have been spent on the ship's restoration and preservation. Here is link to the
Swedish museum Stockholm that houses the restored ship.



Here is picture of the kit as it arrived, about 13 pounds of parts, wood strips, and plans.

Here is a picture of what you see when the box is opened for the first time.

 

This is a picture of the first framing with the frames in place. The Titebond wood glue is so strong that the wood will break before a joint.


Another view of the initial front framing.

This is a picture of the beginning of the deck planking and the installation of the aft decks with associated fixtures.

All the hull cannon channel supports have been installed (23 each side). These wooden U channels will support the cannon barrels protruding from the hull.


Beginning of the first planking of the hull. Once the hull is fully planked and sanded, it will provide a solid base for the second planking with the hardwoods.

First planking establishing the gun port details.

Inner bulwarks have been installed and painted correct bulwark red.

Another pic of inner bulwarks. Now the deck planking will be completed.


Here is the inside view of box #1 of the ship's fittings.



Here is a view of the fittings in box #2.

 


First planking almost completed on one side.



Closeup view of first planking in the bow area.



This is by far the most complicated ship model that I have ever built. There a little flyer in English with some general building info; otherwise, everything else is written in Italian. So far, Google Translate has been helpful with nautical terms. Two large drawings, along with several pictorial sheets, are the building guides. Also, most of the wooden parts are "rough-fit" so every piece has to be carefully trimmed to fit. I have been able to download a number of pictures of completed models and have had them made into prints. These pics are very helpful. While most of building information is found there on the drawings/pictorial sheets, and the Internet photos, every step has to be carefully studied because there are a 1000 + 1 "I gotcha's". Once parts are glued with Titebond or superglue, they will not come unfastened.

The first planking is now completed, filled and sanded. The first planking has to be smooth with no flaws since the quality of the hardwood planking is dependent on the underlying quality of the first planking.

This is a rear view of the completed and sanded first planking. The lines for the first hardwood strip has been determined. This placement is the key alignment mark for the rest of the planking.


Here is close up view of the beginning of the finished planking layer.

Here is a wider view of beginning of the final hull planking. The next wood will be walnut strips, followed by mahogany applied to the lower hull level. Keeping all the gunport openings exactly 10mm x 10mm in size is a real pain.


Here a the front view of the finished mahogany planking with the first coat of tung oil vanish applied. The hull will be sanded smooth between coats. Probably four coats will be necessary for a nice finish.

Here is the side view of the completed planking. The top section is planked with walnut and the lower hull section is planked with mahogany. As mentioned, it should look quite nice once completely sanded and varnished.



Here is a picture of the finished hull with the walnut and the mahogany planking. Also, the bow has been completed.

Here is a close-up picture of the completed bow.

Here is the view of the completed stern ornamentation. On this ship model, all the decorative elements are have a gold finish. On the real ship, these were all wood, carved by craftsman and decoratively painted. It is just a shame all this work was lost in the first few minutes of the ship's maiden voyage.

Here is a picture of the beginning of the ship's railing installation. Also, all the lower deadeyes have been installed. The front railing is supported by five brass dolphins.



Here is a side view of the completed installation of the top railings and the side cannons.


A closer view of the top railing detail and the side cannons.



Here is a picture of the completed gun port covers. 1mm plywood on one side painted bulwark red and .4mm walnut planking on the other side.


All gun port covers installed on the port side.



Most of the deck fixtures are now installed. Next, there will be the mounting of the 14 deck cannons.


Here is a close up view of the rear deck features.



Mid-ship deck fixtures.

 



Here is a sideview showing the mounting of all the masts and the beginning of the shroud installation.


View of the foremast shrouds before ratline installation

 

 


All the standing rigging is now complete including all support lines, shrouds, and ratlines.



Another view of the completed standing rigging.


Stern view of completed standing rigging.



Completed stern view


The ship model was completed on Nov. 3, 2017



Another view of completed ship model.


Top view of ship's rigging.