Beautiful Corel Wasa Build

Ages of Sail just shared some photos of a beautiful build of the early 17th century Swedish warship Wasa, built by a ship modeler on the forum Model Ship World.

Ages of Sail

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…

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The Passing of a Ship Modeler: Milton DeGroot

Honoring our fellow ship modelers seems like a good thing to do. Here’s a note about a local ship modeler from the East Bay who passed away earlier this year.

The Ship Modeler

Having been an active ship modeler for about 25 years and having been involved in clubs, online forums, and such, it is an unfortunate aspect of being part of the ship modeling community to see so many friends and fellow modelers depart. This is particularly true in ship modeling, since so many of us don’t become extremely active in the hobby until after retirement.

Recently, I learned that fellow ship modeler Milton DeGroot, someone that I had spoken with on the phone a couple years ago but never had a chance to meet, had passed away.  I had heard through my connection with Ages of Sail about his passing, so I volunteered to help collect together some of his collection of wood and fittings to take to a local ship model club meeting. Visiting his home, I had a chance to meet a couple members of his family and to…

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HSPMS on Japanese Ship Modeling Society’s Website

Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights has achieved international recognition! We’re now listed on the Overseas Modeling Clubs page of the website of the Japanese ship modeling society, The Rope. We are one of 5 organizations listed, along with the NRG, the SMA, the Midwest Model Shipwrights, and the San Diego Ship Modelers’ Guild.

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The Rope: Photo Gallery of the 42nd Exhibition 2017

There are some very nice photos of the works of the members of the Japanese ship model society, The Rope, from their 42nd Exhibition, which took place this past Spring, as well as from some of their earlier exhibitions. For this and more, read on…

The Ship Modeler

The Japanese ship model society, The Rope, has a marvelous website that includes a Gallery of photos of each of their annual exhibitions for the last 8 years and beyond. If you’re a ship modeler, you’ll find some wonderfully inspiring work. But, beware, you might also see some models that will destroy your ego, make you crawl into a corner, and want to take up knitting.

Here’s a link to the 42nd Exhibition held earlier this year: https://www.theropetokyo.org/展示会作品集/第42回展-2017年/第42回展-1-4/#42-03

If you don’t read Japanese, you can find links to other exhibitions, download copies of their newsletter on their English language section here: https://theropetokyo-en.jimdo.com

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Railroad Kit Supplier for Ship Modelers

Some interesting turn-of-the-century style kits.

The Ship Modeler

Anyone who knows model railroads knows that there’s some really significant, really neat products available to that market. Model railroads scales can be quite adaptable to ship modeling, though the timeframe is generally limited to 1860s through 1930s and later.

Most ship modelers tend to stick to 17th and 18th century subjects, but there is some overlap for those interested in steam-era ships and late 19th and early 20th century sailing ships. And if you’re one of those those ship modelers, there are some companies that you should take a good look at.

I learned about an interesting company through past Nautical Research Guild conferences. A gentleman by the name of Andy Small started a company called Train Troll, and he showed off some of his products that might be of interest to ship modelers. I have to say, he had some really neat stuff. Now, I’m one of those…

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