KON tiki KS11


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    The Kon-Tiki expedition was a 1947 journey by raft across the Pacific Ocean from South America to the Polynesian islands, led by Norwegian explorer and writer Thor Heyerdahl. The raft was named Kon-Tiki after the Inca sun god, Viracocha, for whom "Kon-Tiki" was said to be an old name. Kon-Tiki is also the name of Heyerdahl's book; the Academy Award-winning documentary film chronicling his adventures; and the 2012 dramatised feature film nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

    Heyerdahl believed that people from South America could have settled Polynesia in pre-Columbian times. Although most anthropologists as of 2010 had come to the conclusion they did not,[1][2][3] in 2011, new genetic evidence was uncovered by Erik Thorsby that Easter Island inhabitants do have some South American DNA,[4] lending credence to at least some of Heyerdahl's theses. His aim in mounting the Kon-Tiki expedition was to show, by using only the materials and technologies available to those people at the time, that there were no technical reasons to prevent them from having done so. Although the expedition carried some modern equipment, such as a radio, watches, charts, sextant, and metal knives, Heyerdahl argued they were incidental to the purpose of proving that the raft itself could make the journey.

    The Kon-Tiki expedition was funded by private loans, along with donations of equipment from the United States Army. Heyerdahl and a small team went to Peru, where, with the help of dockyard facilities provided by the Peruvian authorities, they constructed the raft out of balsa logs and other native materials in an indigenous style as recorded in illustrations by Spanish conquistadores. The trip began on April 28, 1947. Heyerdahl and five companions sailed the raft for 101 days over 6900 km (4,300 miles) across the Pacific Ocean before smashing into a reef at Raroia in the Tuamotu Islands on August 7, 1947. The crew made successful landfall and all returned safely.

    Thor Heyerdahl's book about his experience became a bestseller. It was published in Norwegian in 1948 as The Kon-Tiki Expedition: By Raft Across the South Seas, later reprinted as Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific in a Raft. It appeared with great success in English in 1950, also in many other languages. A documentary motion picture about the expedition, also called Kon-Tiki was produced from a write-up and expansion of the crew's filmstrip notes and won an Academy Award in 1951. It was directed by Thor Heyerdahl and edited by Olle Nordemar. The voyage was also chronicled in the documentary TV-series The Kon-Tiki Man: The Life and Adventures of Thor Heyerdahl, directed by Bengt Jonson.[5]

    The original Kon-Tiki raft is now on display in the Kon-Tiki Museum in Bygd?y, near Oslo.

the procedure to make the contiki

Sharpen one side of the stick, and make the other side round, it's up to you, just make the whole sense messy.

take the 1:1 proportion picture as refence to lay out the potential area

When there is no problem, you can begin to bind them every time you just have to bind 2 of the sticks, and the knot in the middle of the sticks, 1mm seam left, insert the centerboard from the back,as for the knot, how to do it, in which way, acctually the only requiment is to fasten.

binded combination

cut out a straw mat for reference

 insert the centerboard into the seam

way to make the manger of the shiphead, all them are binded, natural without any nail.

picture of the final version

begin to work, the lower layer is piled with small sticks, as there is something wrong in the picture, you have to take the picture in the kit as reference.

as for the straw mat, you should take the picture in the kit as reference as well, mark and drill the hole, prepare to make the sunshade.

install the standing column

As the sideboard of the sunshade is cut from the straw mat according to the proportion, you should notice the edge of the straw mat, and it is also the reason why it cannot be cut by laser machine.

install the mast


    Though the price is low, it is entry level ancient sail model for children or entry level fans to make. basic tools and accessories are needed, a little hard to make( different from the plastic ones which need polishing and correction adjustment), the material for sharing and learning will be provided in the forum, order after consideration, and children can order it with the help and suggestion of teacher or parents.

    This is a kit for youth, which do a lot of good to the wisdom and handwork development of youth, also a milestone for fans to step into the ancient model ship area, children could make the model under the survailence of parents or teachers to avoid being hurt by the knife, blade or drill and so on by mistake.

  • Model: KS11
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5kg
  • 2 Units in Stock

This product was added to our catalog on Saturday 04 April, 2015.

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