If you’re interested in modeling non-western boats, you might be interested in this 1/10-scale ayubune I’m building from scratch, based on research done by Douglas Brooks. This is a very simple small boat made for fishing and navigating the rapids of the hozu river.
Check out his blog on building one in Japan, back in 2014:
Note that this is not one of the subjects of his book.
Counting up all the major planks, transom, and beams, this Ayubune model will be made up of only 17 pieces:
- Shiki (bottom) – 3 pieces
- Omote no tate ita (bow plank)
- Todate (transom)
- Tana (hull planks) – 4 pieces, 2 on each side
- Omoteamaose (bow platform)
- Tsunatsuke (lit. rope attachment) – Bow beam
- Omote no funabari (forward beam) – 3 pieces
- Tomo no funabari (aft beam)
- Tomoamaose (stern platform)
- Transom Strake
In addition to these, I made patterns in paper for obtaining the proper angle for the lay of the hull planking. I have yet to decide at this point just how I’m going to fix the hull planks to that angle. But, there’s time before that needs to be deal with.
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