All the Viking ship armatures are now welded. Every piece (23 per ship) has been sent off to the galvanizers to get its shine coat of zinc. So far we only have enough back to build one and a half halves of the ship. As wait for more ship structures we are concentrating on finishing the paint on the first. We sandblasted the exposed metal bits to ensure the paint would stick permanently. Then we began to lay on the paint. Three base coats and then the glazes – all put on by hand. This thing definitely is huge. After two days of painting we hope to polish it off tomorrow. Then it’s on to the second half of the ship.
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