The flag I made of relief foil, which was fairly easy.
The relief foil I primed with Tamiya Primer. With the airbrush I sprayed the Swedish flag and fixed it with a matte clearcoat. Then I oversprayed the bright colors with a little bit white color from above. So the convolution effect became more plastic.
The flagstaff is fixed provisionally. Because of its risk of fracture it will be fixed just before the model moves into the display case.
The flag looks very realistic, with the folds and shading, and the colors look good. The original for maximum ceremonial occasions,would be considerably bigger, according to inventories, about 24 ells (14 m) long. Your flag looks the right size for the one the ship would carry when under way in normal service.
Alexander, the after end of the keel should be two scale feet (60 cm) lower than the forward end when the ship is afloat, according to the inquest. Your model looks about right, but you can always measure!
Meanwhile, I finished carving the two stands. Is nothing particularly fancy. However, the final coat of paint is still missing.
During trying the fit of the stands to the shape of the hull, the model slipped off my hands and almost rolled from the table. Only a courageous grip could prevent all falls to the ground. Ultimately, however, I've torn only a port-lid and a cannon. This can be repaired easily. I really had luck.
The profiles for the upper fife rail I have already prepared last year. These are 2.4 mm profiles, which I made with a profile-plane and had then partially formed at the ends with the aid of ammonia. There were some damage, so I had to make a whole series shapeing again. The bonding is quite difficult and is made with epoxy adhesive. White glue does not have enough force to the small bonding site, which is also painted.
The profile is painted with a sand color (Humbrol flat). This is slightly different from that proposed by the Vasa Museum.
Thanks, Clayton but your model looks to me as the real thing! Built properly, every figure carved individually.
Folks, it's coming to an end.
The railing is now complete. According to Murphy - laws everything went wrong what can go wrong. But I am satisfied with the result. The rail gaps I prepared years ago, prove to be properly in size and angle of the stanchions. The bonding with epoxy-glue was lengthy because 10 hours work pause was required after each bonding process.
During such a break I realized a fantasy of Landström: A staircase, which is removable. Don't know if it was at the real Vasa but maybe, Fred knows more.
The railings links designed as Tritions were attached to the railing.
The starboard anchor was tied ap to the fish-davit.
A look at the guns of the upper deck, which Clayton has generously casted for me:
A few more views of the whole and for some 30 years in making the model. I'm almost finished.
I thank all who have followed the building report and have stood by me in word and deed. Specifically Robert Volk and Clayton Johnson and of course from the Vasa Museum: Fred Hocker and Hans Soop of which I have received a lot of support - Thank you! @ Fred: Do you have a mail adress of Hans Soop and can you pass it to me? I would like to contact him after long time.