HSPMS member and commodore Paul Reck recently shared some photos of his current project, the Wanderbird. The boat was originally built in Germany as a pilot schooner for the city of Hamburg. The former owner of the boat sailed it around Cape Horn in 1936, then continued around the world. His son commissioned the model.
The hull of the model was constructed from lifts made of Monterey cypress.
Clare Hess is currently building a model of a simple 25-foot long riverboat from Niigata prefecture, Japan. The boat’s hull is built from 5 pieces of wood. The 1/10-scale model is made from Japanese cedar and is based on a boat that was built by Douglas Brooks and Japanese boat builder Mr. Nakaichi Nakagawa in the Fall of 2019.
The latter model build is being documented on the builder’s website here: https://wasenmodeler.wordpress.com/category/wasen-projects/honryou/
Learn the basic techniques of proper hull planking through this kit and instructional blog on the MSW online forum.
From the NRG’s website
This, from the NRG: Whether at a club meeting, at the Nautical Research Guild (NRG) Conference or on Model Ship World (MSW), one of the most frequently asked questions is “how do I plank a hull”. In response, the NRG has developed its first kit: a half-hull of an 18th century merchant ship. The purpose of the kit is to teach the novice model builder how to plank a hull the way it was actually done in the shipyard.This process is known as spiling.
Image from a blog post by Toni Levine, NRG Director, and creator of the project.
The kit created for this project is available direct from the NRG’s website. It includes the necessary materials and a link to a downloadable set of step-by-step instructions.
The kit is available for $65. Members can receive a 20% discount using the discount code NRG20OFF. The price does not include shipping, which is $10 in the US.
More information and a link to the store page can be found here:
Online seller Ages of Sail, which is located just down the Bay from us, recently announced some changes to their Amati kit pricing, with some very welcome price cuts. Many of the Amati kit prices seem to be cut 13-15%, but a lot kits are cut 30-40%, with some, like the cutter Lady Nelson from Amati’s Victory Models line, being cut by more than 48% – nearly half off the old pricing.
Amati is well known for some classic ship model kits, like HMS Bounty, the Robert E. Lee, and Columbus’s ships of exploration, as well as it’s Victory Models line of kits, like HMS Pegasus, HMS Vanguard, and the bomb vessel Granado.
The price cuts make Ages of Sail more competitive with other popular online seller of ship model products, and makes it much easier for those of us interested in building one these beautiful kits. Ω