Vanguard’s Lady Eleanor – A First Time Build

One of the newer kits available today comes from Vanguard Models, a ship model kit manufacturer run by Chris Watton of the UK. In fact, Vanguard Models has released several new kits over the past year or two, including this one, the Lady Eleanor.

Ages of Sail just posted these photos of a build by one of their customers from So. Cal. This is a first time build. We really hope to see other people take on a first time build!

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It’s always a pleasure when customers send us photos of their completed models, so we were particularly happy to start off the new year when customer tomsimon of Chino Hills, CA, shared with us the final photos of the wooden ship model he just completed, the Lady Eleanor from Vanguard Models. He gave us permission to share these photos on our social media sites, so we’re happy to post them here for you.

Tomsimon tells us that this Lady Eleanor is his first ever wooden ship model, and we think he’s done a wonderful job!

Lady Eleanor is a 1/64 scale wooden model kit of a Scottish fishing boat type called a Fifie. It’s described as a type that was commonly seen off the east coast of Scotland from the 1850s through the 1950s, and was known as a workhorse in the fishing community.

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The Return of the SF Maritime Research Library

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Today, I drove into San Francsico to make use of the recently re-opened Maritime Library of the San Francisco Maritime Research Center. It was really nice to see the place again after more than a year away. And, truthfully, I haven’t made use of the library for a while, even before the Covid shutdown, so it’s been longer than that for me.

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A Day of Display at the SF Asian Art Museum

In October, HSPMS member Clare Hess showed off his Japanese boat models at a one day event at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.

Wasen Mokei 和船模型

Sunday, October 17th, was my first display at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum and it went pretty well. It was a bit stressful getting everything together in time, but once I had all the models displayed and was talking to people about them, it was pretty relaxing. The event was just a one day showing, and there were many other things taking place as part of the event.

I had 10 of my completed models on display, and I decided to bring several models that I had in early stages of construction, so I could show how I build them. Information cards provided visitors with the basic information about the model and what it represented. There was a lot of information I had to leave out in order to fit the text onto those large index cards.

Behind the models, I displayed what artwork I could find that showed the…

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There’s a New Titanic in Town

The newest wooden ship model kit release from the Spanish manufacturer OcCre isn’t a sailing ship, but the infamous RMS Titanic. Looks like both our local Ages of Sail shop as well as Model Expo are getting ready to carry this kit, as they’re both listing the kits on their sites now.

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Last month, I learned that there was a new Titanic kit from OcCre. It’s now officially released and soon to appear in your favorite ship model shop. Now, I have to admit my first thought was, do we really need another wooden Titanic kit? We have Mantua, Amati, Billing Boats, Woody Joe… and now OcCre. But, after looking more closely at the published details of this kit, I’m thinking this kit actually looks pretty good, and it’s at a lower price point than others.

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Paul Reck’s Gunboat Philadelphia Model at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

Special congratulations are in order to our very own Commodore Paul Reck with the induction of his model of the Revolutionary War era gunboat Philadelphia into the collection of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum!

Check out the story of how the model ended up traveling across the county in a seat on a United Airlines flight.

Boat on a Plane: A new acquisition travels home

Paul’s model is a 1/24-scale scratch build, based on a set of plans obtained from the Smithsonian, where the original gunboat is preserved and on display. Ω

 

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.

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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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