Building OcCre’s Spanish 74-gun Ship Montañes from Part Kits – Part 1

Building ship models from part kits is one way to spread out the cost of more expensive kits over a period of time. Depending on the manufacturer, some models end up costing a lot of extra cash. But some may actually be pretty reasonable. Here’s one example of a part kit build of a large kit from model kit manufacturer OcCre.

Ship Modeler

I began writing about OcCre’s model kit of the Spanish 74-gun ship of the line Montañes a few months back, when I wrote about ordering one of several available “part kits” put out by the company. The others being the San Ildefonso, the Nuestra Señora del Pilar, and the Santisima Trinidad. I chose the Montañes because I like the type of ship, the size of the model, and the details of this particular kit the best.

I purchased the first of six Packs, as OcCre calls them, and plan on buying them as needed for the build. However, building from the packs is really no different in terms of materials, fittings, and instructions, as the full kit. You just don’t have to pay for it all at once, though it ends up costing you more, mostly due to the ship charges.

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Shaping Trim Moldings with Artesania Latina’s Micro Shapers

Looks like a nice set of tools for ship modelers.

Ages of Sail

Those of you who want to add some nice details to your model without going out and buying specialty shaped strips of wood or brass should take a look at these two tool sets from Artesania Latina.

Artesania Latina Micro Shapers Micro Shapers Set A

Micro Shapers are scrapers, each with 15 to 16 pre-cut specialty bead molding shapes. There are two sets available, and each set contains 3 different shapers, you just have to cut them loose from the sheet.

Artesania Latina Micro Shapers Micro Shapers Set B

To use them, you simply scrape lightly against the appropriate sized strip wood. This is how to add fine detailed elegance to your ship model.

Artesania Latina has even created a nice little Youtube video, illustrating how to use them.

We carry each of these sets for $12.99, plus tax and shipping. Check them out, along with the whole range of Artesania Latina’s specialty ship modeling tools here at…

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New Ship Models Added to the Gallery

Check out the latest ship models added to our club’s model gallery. Click on the menu above or click here. The newest additions include the Civil War timberclad river gunboat USS Peosta, an RC model built by Paul Reck and Tom Shea, A large scale sailing skiff model by Paul Reck, an Edo period Japanese cargo riverboat by Clare Hess, and a card model of a medieval cog, c.1380. Ω

 

The Rope News, April 1, 2021

Rencently, the Japanese ship model society The Rope Tokyo, released newsletter number 111. The group seems to be as active as ever, though they have been forced, as have we here in the States, to meet via Zoom. Naturally, this impairs certain activities, but they seem to be doing well. In fact, as of this writing, their 46th annual exhibition is taking place for one week in Tokyo.

Of particular interest in this issue is the second part of a USS Susquehanna build by Mr. Kiyoshi Takanarita, who based his model on the Gilbert McArdle’s book, published by  Seawatch Books. Also, an article about Mr. Magnus McLeod of the UK, and his modeling of the HMS Royal Oak.

The book by Gilbert McArdle

You can download the english language edition of The Rope News, No. 111 here.

Or visit the Rope Tokyo’s Newsletter Archive here.

 

 

The Return of Model Shipways’ Yacht America Kit

For those ship modelers who enjoy the history of where the America’s Cup got its start…

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Being a fan of the early Model Shipways kits, I was happy to see that they just re-released their 1/64-scale Yacht America kit. I think it’s actually been a few years since they produced their America kit last. The kits that I was familiar with were solid hull kits, and this one has been “upgraded” to a full plank-on-bulkhead kit.

Yacht-America-07

The original kit dates back to the old “Yellow Box” kits. I’m not sure how far back these old kits go, but they all had beautifully done plans by naval architect George Campbell. I assume, and really hope, that they continue to include these plans in their newly revised kit, though obviously there would be additional plans and instructions for constructing the hull from bulkheads.

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