Recently, a customer had some questions regarding rigging of the HMS Vanguard, one of the best, most detailed wooden ship model kits available today. In the process of helping him out, we ran across a build log of the kit by an Australian ship modeler that goes by the screen name RMC.
The model was apparently completed just over a year ago, and the pictures posted show us an absolutely gorgeous build of this extremely complex model.
This is a 1:72nd-scale kit of the 74-gun ship of the line that served as Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of the Nile in August of 1798. The completed model measures about 46″ long and 35″ high.
The build log on Model Ship World is about 32 pages long and shows and discusses many construction issues that were dealt with in building the model. This is very difficult model, and the builder shows tremendous skill and care in its construction.
We highly recommend checking out this build log! The build log can be found here:
If you are interested in building this expert-level kit, you can get yours at: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/amati-hms-vanguard-am1300-04.html
Amati/Victory Models HMS Vanguard
This kit can be built as HMS Vanguard, but also includes figureheads and decorations to build it as one of the sister ships HMS Elephant or HMS Beleraphon.
Just saw this beautifully done build of Artesania Latina’s Pen Duick kit built by Model Shipworld Member “Reci”.
Photo from The Nautical Research Guild’s MSW.
The Pen Duick is a cutter-rigged racing sailboat built in 1898 and still participates in races today. There’s a nice photo of the deck on the Wikipedia entry…
You can follow along on the build of this model on Model Shipworld here: https://modelshipworld.com/index.php?/topic/19179-pen-duick-by-reci-finished-artesania-latina-128/&
The build log is not long, but it’s full of photos showing some nice step-by-step detail of construction.
The kit is manufactured by Artesania Latina, which is a classic and relatively inexpensive brand, and generally easy to find. The kit is a 1/28-scale plank-on-bulkhead wooden model and measures just over 29″ long and about 24″ high.
Artesania Latina produces quality kits and many, like this, feature laser-cut wooden structural parts, quality woods, brass, and cast metal fittings, rigging line, sail cloth, plus nice step-by-step, color illustrated instructions.
If you’re interested in building this Artesania Latina kit, we’ve got it listed on Ages of Sail here: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/artesania-latina-pen-duick-22418.html
Stock is limited, so hurry if you want one! Ω
Chalk up another great kit review from The NRG’s Model Ship World site. This time, it’s not a ship model kit, but one of the many beautifully crafted Tram/Train kits produced by the Spanish company Ocio Creativo, otherwise known as OcCre.
OcCre has produced several very nice steam engine and tram kits for years. One of their more recent releases is the Istanbul tram.
This beautiful 1:24-scale (1/2″=1′) kit is available at Ages of Sail for only $149, and measures just under 15″ long and just under 9″ high. It’s a very detailed model a tram of the Tramway Company of Istanbul. Get your’s here at Ages of Sail: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/istanbul-tram—occre-53010.html
For a complete look at the kit’s components, check out the full review here on Model Ship World: https://modelshipworld.com/index.php?/topic/19105-124-istanbul-tram-occre/&tab=comments#comment-586120
If you want to add some life to your Istanbul Tram model, consider adding the Istanbul Tram Diorama, which makes a perfect display base for your tram model. This diorama kit is also available at Ages of Sail here: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/istanbul-tram-diorama—occre-53010d.html
OcCre has many different tram kits available. See them all here at Ages of Sail: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/occre/trams.html
There’s a lot of great ship modeling work that’s available to view on the Internet. Here’s a really beautifully done model of the Swedish warship Wasa (or Vasa) based on a kit from the popular Italian manufacturer, Corel.
The 1/75-scale model was built by ship modeler Frank Moda, Jr. and completed last year.
Mr. Moda enhanced the look of the model with the use of gold leaf, making his model look like a treasure piece. He also made use of some after-market parts to further enhance his work, though as you can see, his work really doesn’t need any enhancing.
Rigged with a suite of flying sails and furled sails, this model is a real masterpiece.
Corel kits can be a real challenge, and the Wasa is one of the most complicated of them all. You need to be good at reading plans to take this model on. Don’t expect step-by-step written instructions to guide you along. But, if you’ve got a few ship models under your belt, and are looking for a something that will put your skills to the test and make a beautiful model, Corel’s Wasa is something you should consider.
You can visit Mr. Moda’s build log on Model Ship World, which will certainly help anyone building this kit. Click Here.
If you’re interested in purchasing this kit, keep in mind, this 35″ long model is one Corel’s top-of-the-line kits. Check it out here, at Ages of Sail.