An HMS Enterprise Paper Model Build in 1/64 Scale

We recently found this very interesting build of the English frigate HMS Enterprise. While this is a paper model and it’s based on Shipyard’s paper model kit, Shipyard’s kit is made at a scale of 1/96. This particular builder, who lives in Vietnam, after building a 1/96 scale paper model, decided he wanted to build something larger, so he bought the Shipard kit and made an enlarged copy, to create a model that’s 50% larger.

The model is complete, but you can follow his full build log on ModelShipWorld here:

There’s some really interesting and useful information for those who are curious about what it’s like to build a model in paper. They’re a lot more detailed and realistic looking that you might think.

Again the model is based on Shipyard’s 1/96-scale paper model kit, which is very inexpensive.

And, if you’re happy to build the kit in 1/96 scale, in addition to the optional sail set, the blocks set, and the mast and spars set, there’s a new set of laser-cut detail parts designed specifically for this kit.

The set includes gun carriage parts, gratings, ship’s wheel, binnacle, railings, capstans, deck pumps, bitts, and timberheads. This will save hours of work, though I believe the parts will need to be painted. Now, we don’t have this detail set in stock yet, but we are in the process of getting them. Hopefully, we’ll have these in just a few weeks, along with similar detail sets for HMS Mercury and Santa Leocadia.

The Santa Leocadia, by the way, was temporarily out of production, but is back again with the release of the new detail sets. So, we should have the Santa Leocadia back in stock soon as well.

Of course, we’ll post announcements when these products are in stock, so keep watching our blog if you are interested.

In the meantime, if you haven’t done it yet, make sure to check out the big, 1/64-scale HMS Enterprise build and get some great inspiration, whether or not you are a paper model builder:


Wooden Kits from Shipyard

Shipyard is a Polish manufactures known for producing some extraordinary paper model kits and laser-cut card model kits. But, did you know that they also produce three amazingly detailed laser-cut wooden kits? The three kits are all medieval cogs, and they are very similar in design to the laser-cut card kits they produce. But, these are cut in actual wood veneer.

For wooden ship model builders, these will provide a fun and interesting challenge. They are very detail kits, with all the parts laser cut. That means you can build one of these kits with very few tools.

In Shipyard fashion, the closely spaced bulkheads are one major feature that makes these kits more closely resemble their card model cousins than traditional wooden ships with their limited number of bulkheads that easily create flat spots and possibly unsightly twisting to the hull. The large number of thinner bulkheads also means that you don’t have to worry about beveling the edges of the bulkheads the way you do with traditional wooden kits.

Another rarity among wooden ship model kits, though this is changing with the development of new kits, are pre-cut planks. So, you don’t have to struggle with learning how to properly shape and cut planks. In fact, just like with Shipyard’s laser-cut card models, there is almost nothing that you have to fashion from scratch. Everything is pre-cut for you.

You’ll be amazed at how detailed these kits are, and how well they are engineered. Laser engraving adds details down to the individual nail heads in the hull and deck planking.

Hanse Kogge von Bremen

Hanse Kogge von Bremen

Kogge von Kampen

Kogge von Kampen

Wütender Hund

And, just to show that you too can build a beautiful model from one of these kits, here are some photos of the Wütender Hund kit built by ship modeler Chris Coyle…

Shipyard’s wooden Wütender Hund by Chris Coyle

Shipyard’s wooden Wütender Hund by Chris Coyle

Shipyard’s wooden Wütender Hund by Chris Coyle

All the cog kits, are made in 1:72 scale, so if you like, it should be easy to populate your model with commercially available medieval figures. To check out these wooden medieval cog kits at Ages of Sail – Click Here.

For a full listing of all the Shipyard kits we carry, including paper and laser-cut ships, light houses, dockyard accessories, etc., you can find them at Ages of Sail here. Ω