Youtube Videos Posted

I got somewhat ambitious this week before Christmas, putting together two new slideshow videos on Youtube, the most recent one being posted just yesterday. The videos show the build processes of the Himi Tenmasen and the Hozugawa Ayubune models. Each also connects the model to the full-sized boatbuilding project that it’s based on, which of course are works involving boatbuilder Douglas Brooks, who provided me with his notes on the construction of the boats.

Hozugawa Ayubune (保図川鮎舟) – Hozu River fishing boat. 1/10-scale model.


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Building Woody Joe’s Atakebune Kit – Part 7

Yet, another brief progress update, so soon after the last one. It seems I’m having fun and feeling more comfortable with the changes I’ve been making on this new Woody Joe kit. Here, I’ve gone through test fitting the box structure shell and then seeing how well it will mate with the lower hull.

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Building Woody Joe’s Atakebune Kit – Part 6

Another brief progress update. I’ve been busy with planking the upper deck and adding add the smaller beams to the lower hull. This has been really nice, because this kind of construction is just a process you follow. Doesn’t really require much thinking, altering or planning. It’s a bit more Zen…

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Website Changes

This week, I finally decided to invest a little money into this site, moving it from a free wordpress site to a paid one, so I can make some improvements to it. The first of those you may notice is that the ads should be gone now. I never see them myself, so I have no idea how annoying they might be to visitors.

The next thing I did was that I made a gallery page that has all the wasen models I’ve done, all in one page. This was in connection with a suggestion a friend had about sending out a list of all my wasen models. Now, I can easily do that by just sending a link.

You’ll note that I now have a slightly rearranged menu, with the new Wasen Mokei menu closer to the front of the menus since there are now enough completed models to give more emphasis to the completed models rather than to the build logs and blog posts. They’re all there, it’s just a matter of order, really.

The gallery I initially had for other builder’s models still exists, but now relabeled Models by Others, and can be found under the Wasen Mokei menu, right after Models by Clare. Anyway, I do need to do some self promotion here, and I was thinking about creating a site to show my completed models. But, that seemed too much, hence the modifications to this site.

This is all part of the long range goal of making this more of a resource site for those looking for information on wasen, their history, construction, and models, and less about what wood I’ve glued together this week. The blog entries will continue though. So, if your here just to see wasen models going together, there should still be plenty of that.

I’m still looking to share about any wasen models being built by other people. So, please let me know if you’re working on something. Click here for contact info.

Building Woody Joe’s Atakebune Kit – Part 5

Today’s is a brief update. I’ve started adding the plank onto the main deck. For this kit, Woody Joe has opted to provide 2mm thick planks for the deck. I suppose they are so thick, because the sub-deck they are glued to is pretty thin.

While deck planking mostly runs across the width of the ship, the first pieces to glue into place actually run the length of the ship. To make sure that these run correctly and fit well, I  temporarily taped down some of the pieces provided that will have to fit in between them first.

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Building Woody Joe’s Atakebune Kit – Part 4

As you may recall from my previous post on this build, I was mentioning the planking of the  deck of the “steering well,” for lack of better term, that’s at the rear of the large top deck of the Atakebune. After expanding the slot in the deck for the rudder, I extended the slot into the back wall. I then commenced planking the deck using some 1mm thick wood I have on hand.

Now, you may notice that the upper part of that back wall is missing too. That’s because I want to create an extended wall that rises up through the deck and separates the main deck from the little section aft. This is a feature that appears commonly on larger Japanese watercraft I’ve studied, namely the bezaisen like the Kitamaebune and Higaki Kaisen. The reason for the separation is mostly because is wall is really the “main” wall. The area behind this is more of an add-on extension.

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