The Tonegawa Takasebune (高瀬船) – a Model in 1/72 Scale, Part 5

The next to the last installment on the building of this large Edo period river cargo boat.

Wasen Mokei 和船模型

In my last post on the building of the Tonegawa Takasebune, I got a bit overwhelmed with the making of the rice bales, or Tawara. I would have loved to configure the boat model with a full load of rice, but to do that would have required a lot more rice bales that what I made. My model has 39 of them, and I would have ideally wanted filling the boat and stacked a couple layers higher. But, to do that would have required probably at least another 200, and that was more than I could handle.

So, my idea was to mix it up a little. I’d experimented with making simulated, covered buckets, or Oke (oh-kay), and this certainly turned out to be easier to make that the rice bales with all the rope wrappings. There was still a bit of a process, but a little production line made the…

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