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Building a Gozabune (Kobaya) from Paris Plans – Part 6

Latest update on HSPMS member Clare Hess’s build of a 1/32-scale model of a Japanese row galley used up until the mid-19th century by the government of the Shōgun. The model is being constructed based on some drawings done in 1868 and published in the French book, Le Souvenirs de Marine.

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The Paint Scheme from Paris

Having made some great progress on the model, it’s time to begin consideration of the paint scheme. From the very start, as a gozabune, it’s been very clear that this is a highly ornate ship, painted in black and vivid red lacquers, and decorated with gold trim.

Model of a large gozabune I found on the Internet.

I’ve noted that modeler Yukio Nakayama’s gozabune models, as well as those made by other Japanese ship modelers, are painted inside and out. Pretty much everything except the decks. This left me wondering how I would end up finishing this model.

I’ve been in a quandary because I do like the look of the interior painted bulwarks and beams with the bare wood deck. But, I recently looked more closely at the notes on the Paris drawings and discovered that interior painting information is actually there in…

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New Source of Model Paints: True North Precision Enamels

Something new to color your world of ship models…

The Ship Modeler

Today, someone pointed out in a ship modeling newsletter that there is a new manufacturer of model paints called True North Precision Enamels. The Maine based company is making a complete line of oil based enamel paints, and It appears that BlueJacket Shipcrafters is in the works to start carrying the new brand of paints (As of this date, these don’t seem to appear on their online shop).

The color selection is a bit limited yet, but there appear to be plans to fill out a line of 5 series of colors that includes:

  • Federal Standard 595B and C Matching Colors
  • World War 2 Military Colors
  • Modern Military Colors
  • Non-Military, Automotive, Figure and Mixing Colors
  • Metal Effects

I haven’t tried the new paints out myself yet, though I just ordered a sample of colors. But, the paint series is being created by modelers (both founders are modelers) for modelers…

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Paul Reck’s Anchor Hoy

Ship modeler and commodore of the Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights, Paul Reck, has been a busy bee with his ship modeling projects. But, that’s nothing unusual for him. Paul recently put the finishing touches on a 1/4″ scale model of a U.S. Navy Anchor Hoy from the early 1800s. His model is based on a drawing and notes found in the book American Ship Models and How to Build Them.

Paul Reck explaining the details of the Anchor Hoy at the April meeting.

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Milled Wood Sheets at Syren Ship Model Company

Here’s a new source of milled lumber for all you scratch modelers out there.

The Ship Modeler

Ever since Jeff Hayes closed the doors at Hobby Mill, sources for milled lumber for ship modelers have been a bit spotty. So, the news that Syren Ship Model Company is now selling milled sheets is very weclome in the community.

Chuck Passaro is now offering Boxwood, Swiss Pear, and Alaskan Yellow Cedar in sheets of various thicknesses. He doesn’t have every size on hand at all times, but he only lists those sizes and varieties that he does have. So, there’s no worry about not getting what you’ve ordered.

Prices range from around $4.75 to $13 per sheet, depending on thickness and wood type. The wood available is only available in sheets, so if you need strip woods, you’ll need a table saw to cut your own.

See what’s in stock here: https://www.syrenshipmodelcompany.com/milled-lumber.php

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AMC’s New Series “The Terror” and the New Ship Model Kit HMS Terror

The release of new television series and the release of a wooden ship model kit aren’t things that often go together. So, seeing the new HMS Terror kit released by OcCre of Spain and the new series, The Terror, on American Movie Classics, was quite a surprise.

What’s special about the new kit from OcCre is that it’s based on the work of ship modeler Matthew Betts, who researched the subject for years in the construction of his scratch-build model of HMS Terror. Mister Betts describes the building of his own 1/48-scale model and his research in detail on his blog site, which you can find at: http://buildingterror.blogspot.ca

The 1/65-scale OcCre kit can be purchase from the Spanish company’s website for €99, at http://www.occre.com, or in the U.S., from Ages of Sail for $149 here: http://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/hms-terror-occre-oc12004.html

Having looked at the kit information, this appears to be a very good deal.

If you haven’t seen the series yet, it’s based on a novel by the same name, by author Dan Simmons. It follows the arctic explorations ships HMS Terror and HMS Erebus, both originally built as bomb vessels but modified for arctic operation, in their search for the fabled Northwest Passage. The crews face the elements, being trapped in the Arctic ice, disease, starvation, plus something much more sinister out on the ice that is killing them off one by one.

The series premiered on March 25, 2018 and the episodes can be seen on AMC and are available for purchase on iTunes. Here’s AMC’s own website on their new series: http://www.amc.com/shows/the-terror

In any case, we’ll be looking forward to seeing some builds of this kit (and more episodes of the series). Ω

Building a Beginning Billing Boats Kit, Dana Fishing Boat

Starting another beginning ship model kit, Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights member Clare Hess is looking into how well suited this kit from Billing Boats of Denmark really is for beginning ship modelers.

The Ship Modeler

I occasionally field ship modeling questions for the ship model shop Ages of Sail and for Billing Boats USA. Recently, a couple questions came up about the construction of the plastic-hull Billing Boats kits. These kits feature vacuum formed hull and/or deckhouse parts.

Now, I’ve never built one of these kits, but I understand the theory. Up to this point, the only vacuum formed parts I’ve ever dealt with are the sails in some of the plastic sailing ship model kits. So, I felt I should have a little more experience.

There are currently four beginning kits from Billing Boats that feature vacuum formed hulls, and I thought it would be good to do one of these, since this will also give me some perspective on how well suited one of these kits really is for the beginning ship modeler. Two of these available kits are rescue lifeboats and two…

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