This model answers the question of what size Viking warship can be printed out in one single piece on a 22x22cm printing plate in 1:72 scale to go with a person’s rather large Viking army.
A 32-oar ship was out of the question: these wonders were 23-24 metres long = 33cm, so no way. But what about something more modest and also, probably, more common ? The length of a 24- or 26-oar ship was around 17m, which would fit. Here is the result.
To avoid joints and warping, the plan was to print out the entire hull “right side up” with minimum supports (i.e. 80% overhang) as one job. The result will only fit on a 22x22cm plate diagonally. Supports do mess up the structure of the lower hull but I think this is the best way to display the details on the deck.
The partitions or segments in the hull were called rooms. Inside the partitions and underneath the floor they had the ballast stones, and possibly, space for additional storage.
There is also a mast and a sail. When not in use, the sail would be stored on the stands before and after the mast, above the heads of the crew, as shown here. If you want to make an unfurled sail out of paper and string (or cloth), then for 1:72 scale or 100% size the dimensions should be 9 cm wide x 10 cm high (see the picture here of a 75% size model which comes to ca 1:100 scale).
There are 13 pairs of oars, along with 13 pairs of benches/treasure chests for the rowers. Putting those on the hull is a bit of work (you will appreciate how cramped it must have been on there). Three stands that carry the sail when not in use (along with other stuff you may want to add) should go into their places on the deck as shown in the pictures. There are a steering rudder and an anchor. There is also a stand for displaying the finished ship.
As for the rigging – this is not Nelson’s Victory. Look it up yourself in pictures of other ship models of this class. The general dimensions and shape here have followed the Skuldelev 5 ship and the Bayeux Tapestry ones although I took many liberties.
What we also need now is a proper crew. I added two 1:72 scale Vikings in the pictures here but we can and should do far better than that ! A version with shields and a shield rack will be added soon. Until then, good sailing !
Update 23.10.2019: Benches adjusted to fit properly on top of each room partition, not on either side. The files now also include shield racks - doubtful authenticity when used with oars but the result looks smashing. The shield rack extension strip is added on top of the hull sides and it then needs to then be filled with individually painted shields.
Update 03.11.2019: Sample prow and stern decorations have now also been added.