This model will be available from Nov 1st to Dec 31st 2017 - then it'll be "retired" and no longer for sale.
The Vikings made ships in all sizes - so there is no "right" size. The size of our model is closest to a smaller "Karve" and would be appropriate for a small raiding party of 20 to 30 people.
Although people are probably going to call this our "Viking Longship" - it's nowhere near long enough for that. A true longship model would be at least two feet long in 28mm scale.
The dimensions are:
So in 1:60th scale - it represents a 21 meter vessel.
The model comes as an unpainted kit - but includes mast and spar and a red and white striped sail.
If you purchase more than one of these kits - you'll get a FREE "add on kit" (with alternate sail and two alternate figureheads) for each additional ship you buy! Check out: Viking Ship Add-on-Pack for more details!
As always - if you intend to paint the ship, you should paint all of the parts BEFORE assembly. It's much easier that way.
First locate the two 1/4" dowels - one is the mast, the other will be the cross-spar. Use a modeling knife or a box cutter to cut a curved notch halfway along one dowel:
Glue the mast into the notch in the middle of the spar - leaving about a centimeter of mast sticking out above the spar:
Wrap black thread around the mast and spar in a figure-8 pattern - then apply a dab of glue to hold it all in place, snip off any loose ends and set aside for the glue to set:
Next, locate the two sides and four bow/starn parts:
It's important that these parts are glued FIRMLY - so be sure to coat all of the interlocking surfaces with ample glue:
When you're done it should look like this...set those parts aside to harden completely. We'll have plenty to keep you busy while that happens!
Locate the main deck part, the five ribs, the sail brace and the four small support brackets:
Glue the ribs in place - the center one is a little tight to get in (which is intentional!) make sure to put glue on both the undersides of the ribs and the little mounting pegs - these need to be firmly in place:
Glue the mast support brace to the middle rib:
Glue the four small brackets into the prow and stern of the ship:
When you're done, it should look like this:
Glue the "tail" to the triangular "stern board" support piece:
Locate the parts for the prow of the ship:
NOTE: If you have the Add-on Pack want to assemble one of the alternate figureheads or tails - follow these same instructions - but with the differently shaped parts from that kit.
Glue the triangular prow board to the front of the figurehead:
Glue the decorative side piece to the side of the main figurehead part - making sure that the notch in the decor piece sits against the prow board and that the piece is roughly centered on the figurehead:
Glue the spacer piece to the side of the figurehead - aligning it as shown in the photo, below:
Glue the smaller winglet to the side of the dragon's head - and the larger one into the square hole in the neck:
Repeat on the opposite side of the figurehead.
Next locate the rowing bench parts:
Glue a support leg through the hole in each bench:
You can leave the long benches unglued if you'd prefer to be able to remove them later - but the "half" benches that go either side of the mast should probably be glued in place:
Note that there is one rib that has no rowing bench...this is at the STERN of the ship (because rowers sit facing backwards as they work).
Next, glue the prow and stern onto the deck as shown:
NOTE: If you have the Add on pack - Choose which color sail you want to use. We provide a traditional red-striped one in the standard kit - but the add-on pack includes a blue striped piece in case you want to distinguish two opposing ships or something of that nature. You could use a couple of 1/4" dowel rods - each 16cm long to make two mast sets and be able to swap out your masts as desired. If you bought several ships - you'll also have some spare sails and could use some of them to indicate sail damage by cutting some pieces out and scorching the edges a bit!
Bend the cloth over the spar from the mast side and glue both pieces down:
Now comes the hard part! By now, the sides of the ship should have hardened and we can attach them to the deck:
You're going to need LOTS of strips of tape - I use painter's tape but masking tape works OK too. So pre-cut at least four pieces about 8" long each:
This job is a bit tricky for those of us with only two hands...if ever there was a time when a bunch of tentacles would be handy, this would be it!
So first, run a generous bead of glue along the top of the deck piece and along each individual rib and the bow and stern pieces...do the same down the other side of the ship too:
Now, take the two sides of the ship and place them together at the STERN of the ship. Get the two ends lined up so they just touch and are sitting on the bead of glue. With one hand, hold them in place, then with the other hand, wrap a piece of tape as tight as you can get it around the stern of the ship like this:
Now, repeat the process at the bow of the ship:
You may think you're done - but you're not. If you pinch the sides of the ship at either end, and the tape goes a bit loose when you do that...
Then add another wrap of tape over the old one, pulling it tighter this time!
Then go along each rib and along the line where the sides meet the deck and be 100% sure there are no gaps. Add more tape as needed - and you should have the ship looking kinda "mummified" in multiple wraps of tape!
Now DO NOT be tempted to cut the tape yet. I'd leave a solid hour for the glue to set...there is a lot of tension built up in the sides and if you unwrap it too soon, they'll spring off and you'll have to do it all over again!
Meanwhile, locate the remaining parts - the shields and two supports that seem to have been used for tying rigging ropes to:
When you have the nerve to remove the tape on the center section of the ship - you can glue those two T-shaped supports into holes in the deck and glue the shields to the top of the ship's sides:
The mast can be dropped into the bracket in the middle of the ship - I wouldn't glue it because it's handy to be able to take it down for storage - and you can remove it (as the Vikings would have done) for more stealthy operations - or when the wind was not strong enough.
Finally, remove the last of the tape, add the oars, and you're...