Sorry Jan, you will have to read something else this summer! Progress is steady, but the cannon replica project is taking up most of the energy at the museum right now. Hope to deliver this beast to layout at end of the summer, but we will see!
Today I am working on the final drawing of the weather decks, which will also be the basis of the belaying plan. I am inking this at scale 1:25, so that when reduced to the publication size of 1:50 it will be clean and sharp. At 1:25 it is a drawing nearly 3 meters long, so one or the other end hangs off the end of my drafting table in a roll.
On Monday I am starting a year as a visiting fellow at Cambridge University, specifically so that I can finish up Vasa II without interruption. We already have a publisher lined up, who will start on layout of the completed parts of the book this month. How long all of that will take I do not know, but I hope to be done in the winter!
Here is an update on the progress of Vasa II. We have a publisher who is interested in the level of quality that we want, and I have a meeting next week to discuss costs, paper choice, bindings, etc. We have already delivered some of the text and illustrations so that they can begin the layout design. The book will look a little different to Vasa I, thanks to helpful comments from a number of you and other readers. It will be the same height, but not as wide, so that it will be easier to use, and we will use more of the page area, so it should not have to be as thcik and the binding will last longer. I am completing the last digital reconstruction drawings (the riding bitts) this spring, and will work on the big plans during the summer. No word yet on a release date, but you will be among the first to know once I know! Fred
Latest news on Vasa II: We had a meeting with the publisher on Friday to settle some format issues and look at how we will pay layout and printing costs, how many books we will print, and other technical questions. It looks like we will be able to get the book into a single volume, rather than two books in a slipcase, and we are looking at what scale the plans will be in order to have them bound in. We may have to choose a non-standard scale for the bound plans, but if that is the case, we will probably make the plans available separately in standard modelling scales. The book itself will be the same height as Vasa I but not as wide, to make it easier to use and to make the binding last longer.
We are looking at doing most of the layout work in September and October, with delivery from the printer at the beginning of 2017, but no promises on that.