Royal Danish Arsenal Museum in Copenhagen now also houses the Royal Danish Maritime Museum. The Sea Power maritime exhibit is on the 2nd floor of the building. In addition to hundreds of models, there are uniforms, weapons and other artifacts.
I included a few photos of maritime interest, including boats on the canals, a tall ship and the Naval Chapel with a large ship model hanging in the middle.
[Editor’s Note: These photos were published by Jerry Bellows, a long time member of the Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights. He and his wife Fran are active volunteers at Hyde Street Pier and you might catch them on the pier in 1901 period costume on the second Saturdays from March through December.]
If you take a look in the Model Gallery, you will notice a number of additions. Check out the Dragoon and the Dorade, both by Paul Reck. But, there are a lot of other interesting models by the membership to inspire you.
All the images shown are of models built (or restored) by club members. I’m now working to get more photo contributions from the Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights membership.
All photos are from currently active members. Come join us and provide photos of your completed model and we’ll post them!
On Thursday, March 2nd, members of the Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights got an opportunity to tour the facility where all the big stuff belonging to the San Francisco Maritime National Park are stored. The trip was set up and organized by Paul Reck and R. Karnell of the Park Service, who gave the tour.
This was a rare and unique opportunity to see what’s stored away in the enormous San Leandro warehouse. Some of it was there in preparation for use at Hyde Street Pier, like the C.A. Thayer’s and Balclutha’s spars. Other items were there waiting for restoration. Other’s still were just being stored there to protect them from deterioration, in the hopes that they will be displayed or worked on at some time in the future.
Ship modeler, lead volunteer and club Commodore Paul Reck said he got burned out on his current project, the schooner yacht Mayan. He’s been wrestling with trying to get a a nice weathered look to the model’s teak deck and needed a break.
He had acquired a neat little vintage plastic kit from the old Pyro Plastic Corporation and has been working on it lately. The whole model is only about 9-1/2″ long overall and around 1:170 scale according to one website (no scale is given on the box).
Because the yards were molded as part of the sails, and he didn’t want to put sails on the model, he had to fashion some yardarms from maple.
The thin and “bendy” nature of the plastic masts, it took a very careful touch with the rigging to keep everything straight. But, it was difficult to keep lines from getting too slack.
Paul also didn’t want to use the pre-molded plastic shrouds and ratlines, so rigging that part was an extra challenge, but he seemed to really enjoy the build.
Hopefully, we’ll see the model, in person, at the next meeting.