Amati’s Drakkar Viking Ship, by the South Bay Model Shipwrights

At a recent meeting, member of the South Bay Model Shipwrights club brought out their model of the Drakkar Viking Ship. The model was a kind of group build by several club members who teamed up to complete this model kit from Amati.

The model is approximately 1/50 scale, features laser-cut lap-strake planking, and measures a little over 17″ long.

Amati Viking Ship

Amati Viking Ship

Amati Viking Ship

The model was going through a few finishing touches, so it was displayed here without oars. A case is being prepared, after which the group will display the model at various events, like the upcoming IPMS event in San Jose.  The plan with then be to display this beautiful model at the retail shop of Ages of Sail in San Lorenzo, which provided the kit.

If you’re interested in building this kit yourself, you can find it here: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/amati-viking-ship-am1406-01.html

Ages of Sail at IPMS Silicon Valley Scale Modelers 2019 Classic

The Silicon Valley Scale Modelers will be holding their model show again, the SVSM 2019 Classic on Saturday, March 17th, March 16th, 2019, and Ages of Sail will again be there.

Ages of Sail table at the Silicon Valley 2017 Classic.

The South Bay Model Shipwrights club is also expected to have a table there, and will likely be located right next door again, making for a whole ship modeling section at the event.

South Bay Model Shipwrights members manning their table next to ours at the SV 2017 Classic.

This is officially an IPMS event, which is the International Plastic Modelers Society. However, they include models of all types, including ones of resin, paper, and wood. Expect to see an increasing number of ship models and this and future events, as the South Bay Model Shipwrights takes a more active role of getting out in front of the public to support the hobby of ship modeling.

http://www.svsm.org/contest/svsm-2019-classic/

We’ll be sure to bring lots of stuff for all to look at and purchase. Hope to see you there! Ω

Fantastic Work of Japanese Ship Modelers – THE ROPE, Tokyo

THE ROPE, Toyko, is Japan’s largest ship model society, and they have some extremely talented ship modelers. Every Spring, they have a ship model exhibition, and photos of the exhibited models are posted on the group’s well-organized website.

With their next exhibition coming up in April, it seems a good time to take a look at works from their prior events.

Mr. Toshio Takahashi’s Viking Ship built from an Amati kit

The Rope has an excellent website with an english language section. They even have downloadable copies of their newsletter in english. The site is really worth checking out, but the best part is the gallery of models from past exhibitions.

Royal Caroline by Mr. Makoto Kato, built from a Panart kit (Mantua).

Most of the text in their photo gallery section is in Japanese, but much of the essential information is also given in english. Check out the models from last year’s event – Click Here.

The Japanese website for The Rope is here. The English language site is here. Ω