Zoom Meetings for Ship Modelers

In this blog post by Clare Hess, he mentions using Zoom meetings. As for Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights, we held our first test of the technology just this week. And, while there’s a learning curve presenting a hurdle to access for many individuals, it’s a relatively small one. Our own gathering earlier in the week involved five members, and went well enought that we’re planning on starting up our meetings again shortly, via Zoom.

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These days, It’s pretty tough on ship model clubs, not being able to gather together to swap model making stories. But, like other groups across the country, the South Bay Model Shipwrights recently tested out meeting using video conferencing. Zoom has practically become a household word now, though there are other systems available.

This past Thursday, the group had its first test meeting, which I was involved in. It was the first time I had seen some of my ship modeling friends in months, so it was a nice virtual gathering. Being a test meeting, it was just a subset of the whole club, but it wasn’t really all that much smaller than many of the physical meetings.

There were a few glitches to iron out, but overall it was a success. The main issue may be in the use of the free Zoom meeting accounts, which allow only 40…

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NRG Conference 2021

The word is official on the 2021 Nautical Research Guild Conference.

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While the Nautical Research Guild conference was supposed to take place this Fall. It was canceled some time ago due to the unknowns of the Corona Virus outbreak. But, if things manage to improve over the next year, and let’s hope they actually do, the next NRG conference will then take place October 21 – 23, 2021.

The venue is unchanged, still set to take place at the Channel Islands Maritime Museum in Oxnard, California. No other details have been announced, but the event is more than a year away. Probably, more information will be available about this time next year.

This should give all you ship modelers some time to finish the awesome project you want to display at the event. Since the museum is one of my old haunts, we’ll before they moved anyway, and it’s just a drive down the coast from here, I expect I’ll try…

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Ship Model Kits Come and Go at Ages of Sail – Plus, Vanguard Models News

From HSPMS member Clare Hess’ Shipmodeler blog comes a little news about Ages of Sail’s inventory and also about Vanguard Models.

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With so many people staying at home these days, the stocks of ship model kits at Ages of Sail, particularly the newest kits, seem to come and go faster than ever.

OcCre’s newest release is the schooler Polaris, which bears a striking resemblence to Artesania Latina’s pilot boat Swift kit, was introduced and sold out in less than a month, though I’m told that a further shipment has come in, so they may be available again at the time of this writing.

About the same time they started selling the Polaris, Ages of Sail started carrying the new Vanguard Models kits, and there too, the HMS Speedy kit turned out to be more popular than expected and is now out of stock at Ages of Sail.

HMS Flirt – Vanguard Models

But Chris Watton, who’s the one-man development machine of Vanguard Models, has been working hard at getting…

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From Ages of Sail: Showroom Open by Appointment

If you need some fittings or a new kit, but need to see the stuff in person, you can now make an appointment to visit the showroom across the Bay at Ages of Sail.

Unless things get worse with the Covid crisis, you can now pick up the parts and supplies you need in person, rather having to order online and deal with shipping and associated delays.

Things have actually been pretty busy there, as many people have turned to ship modeling to keep themselves occupied while they ride out the crisis. So, you’ll have to call them at (510) 889-6000 to schedule an appointment.

Of course, for everyone’s safety, only one customer will be allowed in the shop at a time, and masks and use of hand sanitizer is required.

Still, wouldn’t you like to get out of the house and do a little ship model shopping?

Ages of Sail

Over the past week, we’ve been getting increasing numbers of local customers asking us when our showroom will be open again. The good news is that after some discussion, management has decided to try opening it up by appointment only.

Of course, there are certain necessary precautions. Namely, we’re allowing only one customer in the shop at a time, and the wearing of a mask is required.

So, if you want to visit the show room, make sure to visit our “Contact US” page on our store website and then call or email us to make your appointment.

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New Kits All Around – OcCre Polaris, Model Shipway’s Dory, Plus Vanguard Models at Ages of Sail

Finally, some new kit news!

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While the Corona virus continues on, the world is on fire, and I sit in the midst of a new city curfew… But, on the up side, there’s a lot of good news on the ship modeling scene.

European manufacturers have re-opened and shipments of kit and fittings have begun again, so the big online shops are able to restock. The main problem for them is the limited number of flights now, which is limiting shipments and making it extremely expensive. So, don’t be surprised if some prices creep upwards a little.

But, just as important are some nice new kit releases and new product line availability.

OcCre Polaris

The first new news is a new wooden ship model kit from OcCre Model of Spain, the Polaris.

Now, may of you who have been building ship models for a while may recognize that this kit appears to be OcCre’s answer to…

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Building a Beginning Billing Boats Kit, Dana Fishing Boat – Part 12: Railing and Block Choice

A twelfth installment on building the Billing Boats fishing boat Dana, by HSPMS member Clare Hess. At this point, the rigging has begun.

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Topmast Backstays

If you look carefully at the plans you will see a line that runs from the top of the mainmast, down to the rail, aft of the three shrouds. This is the topmast backstay.

I’m using the next smaller size rigging line for this – as a general rule, the higher up you go on the model, the smaller the rigging line gets, at least for the standing rigging. Below is a scan of the rigging diagram. I marked the line with a red arrow.

The green arrow shows the attachment point of the stay to the rail. I believe the kit would just have you simply drill a hole here and run the line through it and glue it into place. That’s perfectly fine, but I have been adding eyebolts to the model, so that’s what I’m doing here.

The rail was drilled through, the eyebolt inserted and…

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