HSPMS on Japanese Ship Modeling Society’s Website

Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights has achieved international recognition! We’re now listed on the Overseas Modeling Clubs page of the website of the Japanese ship modeling society, The Rope. We are one of 5 organizations listed, along with the NRG, the SMA, the Midwest Model Shipwrights, and the San Diego Ship Modelers’ Guild.

It’s not clear exactly when this occurred, but we did get a huge spike in visitors from Japan in mid-August, with a lot of interest in Jerry Bellows’ wonderful photos from the Royal Danish Arsenal Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark.

In any case, we’re happy to have our friends from Japan visit our site. Let’s hope that this inspires our members to post more articles on our site, work on their ship modeling projects, and take photos of their work!

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The Rope: Photo Gallery of the 42nd Exhibition 2017

There are some very nice photos of the works of the members of the Japanese ship model society, The Rope, from their 42nd Exhibition, which took place this past Spring, as well as from some of their earlier exhibitions. For this and more, read on…

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The Japanese ship model society, The Rope, has a marvelous website that includes a Gallery of photos of each of their annual exhibitions for the last 8 years and beyond. If you’re a ship modeler, you’ll find some wonderfully inspiring work. But, beware, you might also see some models that will destroy your ego, make you crawl into a corner, and want to take up knitting.

Here’s a link to the 42nd Exhibition held earlier this year: https://www.theropetokyo.org/展示会作品集/第42回展-2017年/第42回展-1-4/#42-03

If you don’t read Japanese, you can find links to other exhibitions, download copies of their newsletter on their English language section here: https://theropetokyo-en.jimdo.com

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Photos from the 2017 Alma Sail

Finally got around to posting some photos from this year’s club sail aboard the historic scow schooner Alma. This event took place on Thursday, August 3, 2017.

 

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Railroad Kit Supplier for Ship Modelers

Some interesting turn-of-the-century style kits.

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Anyone who knows model railroads knows that there’s some really significant, really neat products available to that market. Model railroads scales can be quite adaptable to ship modeling, though the timeframe is generally limited to 1860s through 1930s and later.

Most ship modelers tend to stick to 17th and 18th century subjects, but there is some overlap for those interested in steam-era ships and late 19th and early 20th century sailing ships. And if you’re one of those those ship modelers, there are some companies that you should take a good look at.

I learned about an interesting company through past Nautical Research Guild conferences. A gentleman by the name of Andy Small started a company called Train Troll, and he showed off some of his products that might be of interest to ship modelers. I have to say, he had some really neat stuff. Now, I’m one of those…

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An Intro to Card Models – V108 Torpedo Boat

For those interested in starting a first paper ship model project, here’s a steel navy model kit and tutorial, and it’s free.

The Ship Modeler

For those of you looking for nice tutorial on card model building, check out Chris Coyle’s tutorial on The Nautical Research Guild’s Model Ship World. In this tutorial, Chris uses a small, downloadable model of a German WWII V108 Torpedo Boat produced by Digital Navy.

The company produces several card models, that you can download for around $35 to $40. However, they have given Model Ship World permission to host the downloadable files for their tutorial and you can get these for free. You will, of course, need a color printer and some good quality card stock paper to print on.

https://modelshipworld.com/index.php?/topic/2701-intro-and-table-of-contents/

Completed waterline version of the V108 card model built by Chris Coyle and featured in his tutorial

Since I’ve been working on a couple paper models, I thought it would be a good idea to follow this tutorial and try my hand at building this relatively simple…

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A fine exhibit and publication about model ship building!

What’s going on aboard the San Diego based sistership of our own ferryboat home? Take a look at this great looking exhibit about ship modeling. What a great idea – just what ship modeling needs!

This blog post was found and re-blogged at Ages of Sail (http://blog.agesofsail.com), where we picked up on it.

Apparently, this exhibit is still going on, but no information was available on how long it will continue. One source at the museum thought it would be until November.

Cool San Diego Sights!

An amazing ship model by artist Joe Frangiosa, Jr. One of many fantastic examples in a big, special exhibit at the Maritime Museum of San Diego. An amazing ship model by artist Joe Frangiosa, Jr. One of many fantastic examples in an extensive, special exhibition at the Maritime Museum of San Diego.

The Maritime Museum of San Diego currently has an exhibit that’s a lot of fun. It concerns collecting model ships and model ship building! Anyone interested in the hobby or nautical history in general should check it out!

I took a few photos to provide just a taste of what you’ll see. Bring your kids! They’ll love it!

Detailed model of a 74 gun two-decker British Ship of the Line, circa 1800. By artist Joe Frangiosa, Jr. Detailed model of a 74 gun two-decker British Ship of the Line, circa 1800. By artist Joe Frangiosa, Jr.

Half a dozen ship models in different scales of the San Salvador, historic galleon of explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, who discovered San Diego Bay for Spain in 1542. Half a dozen ship models in different scales of the San Salvador, historic galleon of explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, who discovered San Diego Bay for Spain in 1542.

Tiny models of classic cruise ships, including the famous Titanic. Tiny models of classic cruise ships, including the famous Titanic.

A Native American ancient ship model. This pecked stone boat effigy was found in 2012 on San Clemente Island. It's at least 1000 years old. A Native American ancient ship model. This pecked stone…

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Royal Danish Arsenal Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark

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.]

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