Making the fibre glass replica of the Sutton Hoo ship impression

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Journal Article


Van Geersdaele, P. C.;


Studies in conservation, Volume 15, Number 3, p.215-220 (1970)


casting, England (Sutton Hoo), fiberglass, polyester resin, replication, ships


It was decided to make a replica from the plaster mold of the Sutton Hoo ship impression using polyester resin reinforcement with fiberglass matting and paper rope. For easy storage and transportation the replica was cast in 25 sections which could be bolted together. The problem of supporting these and preventing them from sagging or twisting out of shape was solved by using 80 accurately measured leg attachments fixed to the underside of the cast.