Shaping Trim Moldings with Artesania Latina’s Micro Shapers

Those of you who want to add some nice details to your model without going out and buying specialty shaped strips of wood or brass should take a look at these two tool sets from Artesania Latina.

Artesania Latina Micro Shapers

Micro Shapers Set A

Micro Shapers are scrapers, each with 15 to 16 pre-cut specialty bead molding shapes. There are two sets available, and each set contains 3 different shapers, you just have to cut them loose from the sheet.

Artesania Latina Micro Shapers

Micro Shapers Set B

To use them, you simply scrape lightly against the appropriate sized strip wood. This is how to add fine detailed elegance to your ship model.

Artesania Latina has even created a nice little Youtube video, illustrating how to use them.

We carry each of these sets for $12.99, plus tax and shipping. Check them out, along with the whole range of Artesania Latina’s specialty ship modeling tools here at Ages of Sail . Ω

Improving Basic Details – Getting the Gratings Right

Here are some tips geared towards beginning ship modelers about making the most of the hatch cover gratings in your kit builds.

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Gratings are common a feature seen on old ships, as they can be used in place of hatch covers to allow ventilation below decks. They’re also be useful for standing on to keep out of pooling water and to maintain one’s footing on a wet deck. On a model, they are a feature can stand out as an indicator of the builder’s attention to detail, or the quality of a kit, for good or bad. Now, there are a few ways to make your own from scratch, which is what I do, but you don’t have to go that far to simply improve the look of the gratings on your model. Here are a couple simple things you can do to improve their appearance on your kit-built model.

Grating on my model of the Colonial Schooner Independence

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A Wooden Wütender Hund Cog Model Build

While it might be in a different language, it’s still nice to find a beautifully executed model built from a kit from the Polish card manufacturer, Shipyard. In this case, this is one of the recent wooden kits produced of a medieval cog they call the Wütender Hund.

Shipyard’s wooden kits are almost identical to their laser-cut card model kits, just in thin wood. Being wood, they require no painting. But, an application of a nice finish makes for a beautiful looking model.

At Ages of Sail, we carry two wooden Shipyard kits, the Wütender Hund and the Kogge von Kampen, as well as the two laser-cut card model kits Wütender Hund and Hanse Kogge von Bremen.

Find all the Shipyard cog kits here: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/paper-kits/cog-kits.html

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As I work to finish up my Shipyard laser-cut card model of the Bremen Cog, I’ve been following a couple other builds of similar models. One that I just ran across today is on a German model building forum.

The build is well photo documented and the builder is doing a beautiful job. His model is not the same subject as mine – He’s building the wooden Shipyard kit called the Wütender Hund, or the “Angry Dog”. The hull is very similar to mine, which is officially called the Hanse Kogge von Bremen, 1380, but the stern castle and forecastle are based on historical images of other cogs.

Wütender Hund model by “Pietpieterszoon”

Anyway, you might want to check this out. It’s not complete – the builder was working on the model in November and December and is just about to get to the rigging stage. But, it’s very nicely…

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Improving Basic Details – Wayward Blocks

Here’s a little building tip aimed at the beginning ship modeler. It’s all about getting your rigging blocks mounted the right way. Seems like it should be obvious, but maybe not for everyone.

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This is really more for beginning ship modelers. Experienced ship modelers, and probably most beginners too already understand the way a standard rigging block works. It’s basically just a wooden block with a pulley, or sheave, inside a slot. There are different sizes and types, and there are single, double, and triple blocks, and just about ever wooden ship model needs at least some number of blocks.

Standard Amati single-sheave walnut blocks

There is one mistake I occasionally see regarding blocks. But, the thing is, after a modeler completes so much work on the hull, deck details, masts, and all, I really don’t want to point out the error. But, it’s such an obvious error that it detracts from the entire build. So, I figured I’d mention it here.

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Hanse Kogge Bremen – Continuing a Shipyard Laser-Cut Model Build

This model built from Shipyard’s Hanse Kogge von Bremen, 1380 kit is getting very close to completion. This is one of three Shipyard cog model builds that we’ve found on the Internet. The others are build’s of one of Shipyard’s wooden kits, which are as detailed and as thoroughly designed as this card model kit.

If you’re interested in building your own kit from Shipyard, you can find them all here: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/paper-kits.html at Ages of Sail.

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I published a post about building this Shipyard card model kit a couple weeks ago, and I’m working pretty steadily to get it done. I’m not done yet, but I’m getting close, and I thought I should post an update this weekend.

After my last post, I finished making the mast and yard and finished detailing the sail. I have to say that I really enjoyed working on the sail. It was kind of a lengthy process lacing the bonnet to the main sail, but it was also something I could just do without having to think about too much.

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Photographing Your Model on a Black Background

We recently found this great, simple video with tips for getting the best results when taking photos of your models using a black background. This video was put together by the very talented photographer and ship modeler Olha Batchvarov.

With these new tips on photographing your models, we hope you’ll try them out, then send us photos of your completed models, so we can share them here! Ω

 

No NRG Conference for 2021

Well, this is sad news. We were looking forward to having a presence at this year’s NRG Conference, and the Channel Islands Maritime Museum has such a beautiful collection of ship models that it’s an inspiration to us all.

This is the second conference in a row that’s been cancelled. They say that third time is a charm, but the Fall of 2022 is just so far away.

Well, hopefully, we’ll come up with some good news to share in upcoming posts!

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Sad news for fans of the Nautical Research Guild’s annual conferences. The NRG secretary just announced that there will again be no annual NRG conference this year due to continued Covid concerns.

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The conference was to take place in the Fall at the Channel Islands Maritime Museum, the same place as originally planned for the 2020 conference, which was also cancelled.  The next conference will now be in 2022, and the intent is to hold it at the same venue location.

It’s unfortunate that the conference had to be again cancelled, but as the NRG secretary explained, many NRG members are at high risk for Covid exposure, so the board of directors made the difficult call to cancel the event.

It looks as though the annual meeting that usually takes place at the conference will be held virtually via Zoom or some similar videoconferencing service. Further details on this meeting…

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Shipyard’s Hanse Kogge von Bremen – Card Model Progress

We wanted to share some progress photos of a build of the Hanse Kogge von Bremen laser-cut card model kit. This kit comes from the Polish manufacturer called Shipyard. It is a 1/72-scale model kit of the Bremen cog, a well preserved ship from 1380 that was uncovered in Bremen, Germany in 1962.

This particular model is still under construction by ship modeler Clare Hess, and you can read about the model his build log on the NRG’s Model Ship World forum here: https://modelshipworld.com/topic/23434-hanse-kogge-by-catopower-shipyard-172-scale-card/

The kit itself is one of Shipyard’s laser-cut models, which means that all the card stock parts are all pre-cut and just need to be cut from the provided sheets. Take a look at this progressing of photos of the model’s construction. Hopefully, we’ll be able to show you some photos of the model once it’s completed.

Shipyard now produces laser-cut cog kits in both card and wood. Both feature parts that are laser-cut, and the kits are in the same 1/72 scale. At present, the cog models are the only ones that are available in wood. The card kits require painting using techniques outlined in the kit instructions to simulate wood. The wood kits can be left natural or enhanced with stains or clear finishing products.

For other types of ships, most subjects, except for the cogs, are available in paper kit format. These kits provided all parts printed out in color on heavy paper, and require you to cut out the parts, and in most cases the parts need to built up with layers of paper or cardboard up to a require thickness. These require more work than laser-cut kits, but are less expensive, and with pre-printed paper, the parts usually need only some coloring of the paper edges.

Whether paper, laser-cut card models, or laser-cut wood models, these kits are ideal for those without a lot of tools or space. They can be built on a small desk with little mess.

Check out the cog kits at Ages of Sail here: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/paper-kits/cog-kits.html

Check out the full range of Shipyard kits at Ages of Sail here: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/paper-kits.html

Mantua Shipment Just In

We’ve been running low on our Mantua Models inventory lately, and if you’ve been eying one of their more popular kits, like the Royal Caroline or the Armed Launch, you’ve probably noticed we’ve been out of stock for a while.

Well, good news! We just received a big shipment of products from this classic maker of wooden ship model kits, and many of the best sellers are back.

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Mantua/Panart’s Royal Caroline

 

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Mantua/Panart’s Armed Launch, AKA Lancia Armata

 

Unfortunately, many European manufacturers are struggling to get the fittings, wood, and other items necessary to produce their kits. As a result, there’s still a large number of kits that we don’t have in stock, such as the Wasa, La Couronne, Albatros, and others. We’re keeping tabs on our suppliers’ inventories, so you can rest assured that we’re working on getting these other kits.

In the meantime, you might check out what we do have in stock now. And, if you’re looking for anything in particular, let us know!

Mantua/Sergal/Panart at Ages of Sail: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/mantua.html

 

 

St. Gabriel Model by Alexander Bulimov

Just yesterday, we posted an article, taking a closer look at the Master Korabel kit of the ship St. Gabriel. Well, we found this wonderful build on the NRG’s Model Ship World forum, and got permission from the builder to share some photos here with you. For background on the ship and the explorer Vitus Bering, please see our earlier posting here.

This particular model of Master Korabel’s 1/72-scale kit was built by Mr. Alexander Bulimov, who is an IT engineer, living and working in Dublin, Ireland. He built this model in 2019, and it took him only 4 months to complete. What’s really amazing is that this is only the second wooden ship kit that Alexander has built, the first being a ship’s launch kit from the same manufacturer.

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