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28mm Model-of-the-Month for (THE FUTURE) is a Viking Longhouse

This model will be available at some time in the future.

The Vikings made these large houses using a wide variety of construction methods - this one has a turf roof and external roof timbers - which allowed for less supporting beams inside the building.

The model is an unpainted kit that includes the "turf roof material".  It is 8.5" long., 10.5" wide and 6" tall.  The roof lifts off easily leaving ample space inside for sales conferences, HR meetings and wild carousing.

Build Instructions:

As always, we recommend you paint all of the parts BEFORE assembly...it's much easier that way.

First separate out the two end walls of the Longhouse - the two cross-bracing strips and the two arrow-shaped braces:

Glue the two halves of the end wall that's split in two together - then glue the bracing strips to each end wall as shown:

Locate the two sets of door frame parts:

Glue them around each doorway as shown here:

Locate the two side walls:

Glue the tabs into each of the end walls.  Use a small book or something similar to ensure that the corners are square:

Next, take two of the roof support strips (there are 18 of them - and they are all the same) and one of the A-frames, glue together as shown to make a complete "end frame":

Repeat for a second pair to make another end-frame:

It is essential that the glue on the two end frames is fully hardened before attempting the next step.   So meanwhile, find the roof beams:

 

Find the widest of the two long roof beams and the two slotted cross-timbers:

Glue the cross timbers into the long beams where they are notched to fit together.   Use something square to get everything straight while the glue sets:

Glue the beam with notches down both sides into the hole at the top of one of the end frames and two of the narrower notched strips into the slots in the end frame.   Things will be a bit wobbly at this stage - but they'll soon firm up as we do the next step:

Glue the assembly from the previous step into the slots on the end frame.  Make sure that the sloping tops of the cross-beams are really at the top:

Now glue the second end-frame in place - make sure all of the slots and notches are pushed firmly together and that everything seems straight:

Now locate the remaining 16 roof beams:

Glue the middle pair in place first - again, checking that everything is square:

Then fill in the in-betweens:

When you're done, the roof should rest nicely on the walls of the building.   DO NOT GLUE!

Take the six thinnest roof timbers and glue them into the slots along the slope of each roof side:

When you're done - check again that all of the slots and cutouts are pushed firmly together...then glue the decorative ridge beam into the slots in the tops of the A-frames:

Locate the two decorative "horns":

Glue them into the notches in the front and back walls, behind the 'Arrowhead' parts:

Next find the four remaining brace parts:

Glue them on top of the last section of the end-frames - they intentionally stick up a little above the main roof timbers.  Don't get glue onto the front wall itself or push these new parts too hard against it or you won't be able to remove the roof later.

Finally, we'll apply the turf roof.  The moss sheet will tend to 'shed' a bit - so tap on the back of it to remove the loose material.  You can spray it with a heavy hair spray to hold it together more firmly - but generally the loose stuff comes off fairly soon.

You'll need to trim these pieces down to about 22cm long by around 12.5 cm wide - then peel off the paper backing:

Then use scissors to create an uneven edge for a few millimeters in on each of the short sides of the rectangle:

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...

Now remove the roof section from the building walls and apply LOTS of glue to all of the beams, and the roof timbers - cover every surface well down to the bottommost beam.  Do not apply glue to the legs that stick out past the side of the longhouse: 

Then press the turf roof onto the wooden frame - push down well all over it to make sure it's all held down:

Repeat for the other side..and we're...

All Done!

 

Reader Forum: 28mm MoTM: Viking Longhouse

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From: gondolin1  Date: 2017-11-29 05:13:35  

You are really making it hard for me NOT two buy two houses.

thanks for the quick response. Hope you are having a good and safe business trip.

From: Steve Baker  Date: 2017-11-28 19:39:36  

You'll be able to use the finished kit both ways.

From: gondolin1  Date: 2017-11-28 05:58:22  

Take you time Steve. I want it all, but with the holidays upon us, cash is getting hard to come buy. ;-)

About the kit though. Will using said kit permanently join the 2 houses or can you, at will, seperate them back into two different houses.

From: Steve Baker  Date: 2017-11-28 03:55:59  

The kit to make two longhouse models into one larger building is more or less done - but making a replica of that weird wagon is turning out to be painful...it's a really complicated contraption and I don't want to over-simplify it and destroy the uniqueness of the look of the thing. Current thinking is that we may release the wagon kit a little later than the longhouse.

Unfortunately, I got sent off on a business trip in my day job - so I haven't had as much time to get the design done. This is not something I'd want to rush out!

From: Thunder  Date: 2017-11-27 17:37:09  

I would also purchase two to make it longer if possible. Cool looking building and wagon, I would also buy a wagon.

Peace.

From: Steve Baker  Date: 2017-11-24 09:55:28  

@Limbolance: Quantum teleportation? Hmmm - well, the door should be plenty wide enough - unless Santa has been feeding them too many cookies and milk. Height might be more of an issue - but one assumes they can duck!

How tall/wide are they?

From: Bob "Limbolance" Sweeney  Date: 2017-11-23 01:47:39  

I need a wider doorway - how am I going to get the reindeer inside?? Oh yeah, depending on price - I’ll probably want two...
From: Steve Baker  Date: 2017-11-20 07:39:50  

I think that's quite possible. There was a documentary I saw on NetFlix recently about the failed Viking colony in Greenland. Because there were no good sized trees there, they had to build from rock, peat and stuff like that. It's thought that they may have flipped their longships over to make roofs - and they do seem to have dug down a ways to avoid having to build such high walls.

But from what I can see, no two long houses were alike.

From: gondolin1  Date: 2017-11-20 04:36:28  

Wow for the wagon. Like a boat on wheels. Nice pictures there, Steve. Thanks for sharing them along with history of the longhouse.

Is it possible that some were made out of peat bricks with a dugin floor? Think I saw this once, but could have been for another people.

From: Steve Baker  Date: 2017-11-18 11:00:48  


We have found that large buildings (such as a "full length" longhouse would be) take up too much table space (and cost too much) for most people to be interested in them.

There is no such thing as a "standard" longhouse design though - every one was tailor made to fit the size of the group who were going to live in it - the nature of the terrain and the materials at hand to build it with. The side walls can be stone, cobb, wood, wattle-and-daub or stacked sod - the roofs can be slate, wood planks, tree trunks, thatch or dirt and grass. The support timbers can run in either direction - they can be straight or curved, one big arch or with lots of internal support pillars - and they can extend out past the walls or be contained within it. The whole thing may be dug down into the ground and have no "walls" as such at all.

It's believed that in places where good long wood timbers were hard to find, some longhouses were even roofed with a couple of longships turned upside down!

So to come up with a definite size or design is impossible.

But yes - we decided not to include a floor this time - both because the real floors were just dirt - and because we didn't want to have to add another whole sheet of plywood and push the price up another $10.

So I certainly want to make an add-on for doubling the length with two kits...I agree that a firepit would be cool.

I was also thinking of doing a Viking wagon - they are very distinctive in design.

From: gondolin1  Date: 2017-11-17 07:09:40  

Hmmmm. Now that you mention it, it looks more square than rectangular. Two would solve that. :-)

From the looks of it, it does not have a floorpiece right? Wich means it could be placed on any gridmat I have.

But if you want to add furniture, don't forget the long firepit.

You know, the one long enough they would pull in a whole tree trunk at yuletime?

From: Steve Baker  Date: 2017-11-16 12:21:38  

We haven't finished the detailed design yet - and there is a degree of "product engineering" to do - and we have to figure out shipping costs and such.

This generally means that we don't have an exact idea of price until we unlock it at the end of the month.

I'm also considering doing an add-on pack with furniture and maybe an extra piece that would allow you to join two longhouse kits into one bigger one.

At a guess it will be similar to the Viking ship...more plywood - less messing around with cloth and mast pieces. But the moss sheet we use for the roof has to be cut by hand - and we don't have a bulk purchase cost from the manufacturer yet.

You'll know just as soon as we do!

From: gondolin1  Date: 2017-11-16 04:38:46  

Holy moly! You work hard for my money. Any idea how much this is going to cost me?