Building a Longship- final construction (part 3 of 3)

With the cardboard cut and painted, it was time for Nick and I to put the pieces together.

First we poked holes in the side of the ship with a screwdriver, then bolted the shields on.

Nick activates the ship's deflector shields
Nick activates the ship's deflector shields
One side finished
One side finished. It was around this point that we started getting funny looks from passers by.

Then we attached the two sides to each other.

The ship stands on its own
The ship stands up pretty well. Nick is finishing the sail, painting over the last of the floral print
Nick cuts the curtain rod
Nick cuts the curtain rod, while our ship bobs serenely on the driveway
The sail dries in the sun
The sail dries in the sun. The crossbeam of the mast is held by a bolt and some wire

We cut a hole in the sail so that the mast could poke through the middle- all finished!

Nick tests the boat
"Oy. Don't even think about christening the boat."

Time to set sail. (…there’s an awful lot of seagrass here.)

Onward to glory
To infinity, and beyond!

This process gave me lots of ideas for a sequence in the book, and for the character design of Josh/Knut. Next week I’ll show you some sketches I made from reference photos…

Author: James Foley

James Foley makes children’s books for children who read books. If you’re a child and you’re eating his books, you’re doing it wrong. His books include Brobot, Dungzilla, Gastronauts, Chickensaurus, Toffle Towers, My Dead Bunny and There's Something Weird About Lena. James lives in Perth with his wife, 2 kids, and a labrador. He is a massive Marvel movie nerd and comes from a long line of queuing enthusiasts. Follow him on FB/twitter/insta/youtube @jamesfoleybooks, or at www.jamesfoley.com.au .

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