So, having finally made my mind up to accept the challenge, work started on the hull. I decided that my usual method would not work, but that the basic shapes could be made from Evergreen strips and blocks of styrene, with some bits carved to shape before attaching them. This worked surprisingly well and so the superstructure, funnel and wheelhouse were built in similar manner.
There are loads of pictures of the ship on the internet, but early on I became aware that reference pictures needed to be chosen with care as she had undergone a number of modifications. The plans showed her “as built” when she was used as an escort icebreaker in the Baltic. Later she was used for research and, along with the German Polarstern became the first non-nuclear icebreakers to reach the North Pole. She has also been deployed to the Antarctic on several occasions. The first modification was to add a laboratory on the forecastle deck with stowage for shipping containers and research modules above it. Then a small extension to the rear of the wheelhouse, changes to the mast and its associated radars and finally a whole extra deck added under the helicopter flight deck. My intention is to build her in the original configuration, but with the forecastle deck laboratory added.
The left hand picture shows Oden in her early configuration with low helicopter deck and no laboratory on the forecastle. The right hand picture shows her present day appearance with helicopter deck extended upwards, laboratory on the fore deck and shipping containers for research equipment above the laboratory and in front of the bridge. A-frames have been fitted forward and aft for lowering test equipment into the sea.