What is it ??? (Korean Sundial)

Discussion in 'Everything else' started by Mark_1984, May 19, 2007.

  1. Mark_1984

    Mark_1984 Guest

    I found this in a museum shop in Mokpo. I bought it cause it looked nice, and was abviously a card model, but I've no idea what it actually is. Maybe a sundail of some sort ?

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    It's a tab and slot construction. Pre punched as well. It looks like a good quality kit. CAn any body tell me what it is ?
  2. Maurice

    Maurice Member

    It's a tab and slot construction, pre-punched, apparently good quality kit probably of S. E. Asian origin.

    Oh ... and it's of a sundial.

    Nice find.
  3. RacerX

    RacerX Member

    Its a [FONT=Verdana,Arial,Helvetica]scaphe sundial
  4. Kaz

    Kaz Member

    @ Maurice LOL
  5. Mark_1984

    Mark_1984 Guest

    Thanks RacerX :)

    Thanks Maurice :p
  6. tjchung

    tjchung New Member

    Correct, its a sundial. Specifically, a sundial made during the reign of King Sejong the Great of Korea (Chosun Dynasty) sometime in the mid to late 1400's AD. King Sejong's reign was known for its enlightened science and technological innovations intended to help the common people, the most famous of which is the phonetic Korean alphabet (a radical departure from the symbolic Chinese then in use) that is still used to this day.
  7. Mark_1984

    Mark_1984 Guest

    OK - Let's build it

    Thanks for the info - much appreciated.

    Anyway, I guess you'd like to see how it goes together ?

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    Some of the parts. Nicely printed on thickis card. Printed both sides.

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    The first thing to make is the ring. I little fiddly, but no great hassle. Despite being a tab & slot construction it benefits from some glue as well. A grey sharpie stopped the edges from sticking out like a sore thumb.

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    The bowl was easy enough, up intil the last join - then is became a right git.
    From the inside the bowl looks great. From the outside all the tabs stick out, so it's a bit disapointing. I might see if I can do something about that.

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    Here are the two parts mated. (Sorry - out of focus :oops: )
  8. Mark_1984

    Mark_1984 Guest

  9. RacerX

    RacerX Member

    Thats pretty cool, I'm gonna have to start looking around for some free paper astronomy tools.
  10. Maurice

    Maurice Member

    They do speak rather well don't they. :)
  11. Mark_1984

    Mark_1984 Guest


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    Here is the finished sundial. The arm was the hardest part to do. It needed gluing to get it to form up nicely, rather than spring apart.

    All in all a nice simple model, which gives a pleasing result.

    (Hmmm...... does this count as a working model ;))

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