The Nordlandsbaaden is a type of boat that comes from northern Norway, and its design and use as a fishing boat dates back to the 1600s. But, the boat’s lines gives the traditional appearance of the early Viking longships. The Nordlandsbaaden boats saw their heyday in the 18th century, but are still built today as sailing yachts.
Billing Boats released a kit of the Nordlands Baaden some years ago, but a beautifully done build of this 1/20 scale kit brought this kit to our attention again. The model is one being constructed by Paul Le Wol, which he describes in his build log on the online forum ModelShipWorld.com. Paul gave us permission to use the photos of his model, so that we can share them with you, but we recommend that you check out his full build log, as it’s not only interesting to see all the work he’s been putting into the model, but it also provides some great ideas and inspiration for anyone who’s also building this kit.
A couple things you’ll notice about Paul’s model is how he upgraded parts from his own supply of wood, such as basswood and pear wood. Also, you may notice in the photos that there are some glimpses of his very well equipped, home-made building slip. We don’t expect too many of our customers to have such a sophisticated set up. But, we also see he’s using an Amati Keel Klamper, which many of our customers certainly use.
For those of you who might be interested in building this model, we’re offering the kit at 10% off now through the end of July, 2022. Just visit the listing on our online shop for the Nordlandsbaaden here. Note that this is an “Experienced” level kit, which Billing Boats says should be attempted only by those with a couple models under their belts.
Special thanks again to Mr. Paul Le Wol for sharing his photos with us! Ω