Building Woody Joe’s Atakebune Kit – Part 8

HSPMS member Clare Hess posted an update on his Atakebune model. This model is being built from a kit by the Japanese wooden kit manufacturer Woody Joe. It represents the largest class of warship used by the seafaring clans of Japan in the 1500s. This 1/100 scale build is going well and should be completed possibly by the end of February.

Wasen Mokei 和船模型

Updates on the progress of the Atakebune model are long overdue. The project has been continuing, and I’ve done quite a bit. But, I’ve been quite slow on writing posts. So, I’ll try to get partially caught up here, but I’ll probably need to write another post soon to finish catching up.

Stern structure added to the model. Note that all the doors have been added to the model. I simply taped them into place from the inside at this stage.

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Vanguard’s Lady Eleanor – A First Time Build

One of the newer kits available today comes from Vanguard Models, a ship model kit manufacturer run by Chris Watton of the UK. In fact, Vanguard Models has released several new kits over the past year or two, including this one, the Lady Eleanor.

Ages of Sail just posted these photos of a build by one of their customers from So. Cal. This is a first time build. We really hope to see other people take on a first time build!

Ages of Sail

It’s always a pleasure when customers send us photos of their completed models, so we were particularly happy to start off the new year when customer tomsimon of Chino Hills, CA, shared with us the final photos of the wooden ship model he just completed, the Lady Eleanor from Vanguard Models. He gave us permission to share these photos on our social media sites, so we’re happy to post them here for you.

Tomsimon tells us that this Lady Eleanor is his first ever wooden ship model, and we think he’s done a wonderful job!

Lady Eleanor is a 1/64 scale wooden model kit of a Scottish fishing boat type called a Fifie. It’s described as a type that was commonly seen off the east coast of Scotland from the 1850s through the 1950s, and was known as a workhorse in the fishing community.

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The Return of the SF Maritime Research Library

Ship Modeler

Today, I drove into San Francsico to make use of the recently re-opened Maritime Library of the San Francisco Maritime Research Center. It was really nice to see the place again after more than a year away. And, truthfully, I haven’t made use of the library for a while, even before the Covid shutdown, so it’s been longer than that for me.

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