For the bolts I used copper-nails with a head-diameter of 0.9 - 1.0 mm For the larger bolts at the wales I used brass nails with a head-diameter of 1.3 mm
The figurehead lion was one of the first carvings I made for my model and I had no other information of its color than a model of the lion I saw at Hans Soop's desk, at that time. So I was a little bit surprised to see some years later the yellow one at the 1:10 model. Fred, have they carried out a color analysis for the lion? He was severely eroded. But I know, they detected a lot of traces of gold leaf.
Hi Alexander, thank you for the information on the bolts, I need to find suitable smaller ones fitting to my scale. For the lion, I have seen some pictures directly after recovery, like this one: regalskeppetvasa.se/vasahemsidan/fynden/vasa1.jpg It looks pretty well preserved, and you can see the bits of gold leaf still attached... Not so much in this picture perhaps, me next the lion in 1979:
I like the red lion though. Looks similar to dutch ship models I have seen.
Peter Jenssen : A nice picture of you. I visited Wasavarvet for the first time in 1978. Just the same time and it was possible to see the findings very close.
Also Hans Soop wrote in his book "Power and the Glory": "The figure was originally wholly gilded..." so my question for color analysis has done.
You're too kind. :-) I used to have hair back then. ;-) But no sense of style. Then again, who did, -in the 70's...? It was a different time, You could touch the Vasa, You could go bike riding on main roads without helmets or bike paths unsupervised to a lake and go swimming when 12yo. People went to the moon. Formula 1 pit crews were shirtless guys in jeans improvising with tools strewn all over the place...
At the Vasa museum (more like barge with a huge tin shed) I remember seeing a fanciful illustration of a future Vasa museum, all in glass with the ship fully rigged with all sails set (somehow they were also billowing) Along one side, they had put a large ramp where a stream of people were pouring aboard! :-)
You know you're getting older when childhood is like an alien place and ten years ago seems like yesterday.
Do you remember the discussion you started about the beak head bulkhead balustrade that lead to a new sculpture being found in the storage that previously was presumed to be in the imagination of Björn Landström?
That was five years ago! Time flies. Faster and faster! :-)
you're right! Time passes by so fast. I can't believe that I managed all the carvings, but now it's done. Do you still have a photo of the projected Vasa-Museum? I can't remember.
Sorry, I don't remember much.
No picture, just a very faded memory of a glass building, as tall as to fit the ship with topgallant masts and flags. A queue outside and a ramp onboard with all visitors pouring onto the deck.
Obviously not a real, serious idea for how the museum should be built, more to create enthusiasm with kids I think. I don't think the ship would last a year if that stream of tourists would be let onboard!
Perhaps I can find something on the web? I'll have a look... :-)