Revell 1/32 Scale – Junkers JU 87b Stuka

  • Wingspan: 47.2mm
  • Length: 35.1mm
  • Build Time: 40 hours
  • manufacturer: Revell
  • original release: 1969
  • Scale: 1:32

Junkers Ju 87 Stuka

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The Junkers Ju 87 or Stuka (from Sturzkampfflugzeug, “dive bomber”) was a German dive bomber and ground-attack aircraft. Designed by Hermann Pohlmann, it first flew in 1935. The Ju 87 made its combat debut in 1937 with the Luftwaffe’s Condor Legion during the Spanish Civil War. It served the Axis forces in World War II.

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The Ju 87 B series was to be the first mass-produced variant. A total of six pre-production Ju 87 B were produced, built from Ju 87 airframes. The first production version was the Ju 87 B-1, with a considerably larger engine, completely redesigned fuselage and landing gear.

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More detailed views

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1977 Vintage Airfix Golden Hind- 1/72 Scale

  • Number of Parts: 109
  • Scale: 1/72
  • Length: 360mm
  • Year of production: 1977
  • Manufacturer: Airfix
  • Build time: 75+ hours
  • Painting Time: 20+ hours

Airfix Golden Hind- 1/72

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The Golden Hind was an English galleon best known for its global circumnavigation between 1577 and 1580, captained by Sir Francis Drake, who on his return with a haul of Spanish gold and other treasures was knighted by Queen Elizabeth.

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The Hind was a well armed and nimble galleon, she was orginally commissioned as The Pelican and built in Deptford, London, where she was launched in 1577.Lightbox gallery click an image

She was the flagship of an expedition to explore the regions beyond South America commanded by Drake, with personnel support of Queen Elizabeth of England, Drake’s mission became one less of exploration and more of piracy as he wreacked havoc against Spanish interests in the region.

1/56 USS America – Revell

Racing Yacht America

  • Scale: 1:56
  • Length: 653 mm
  • Height: 530 mm
  • Parts: 175
  • Build time:75 hours

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The “America’s Cup” race, the defining event in world Yacht Racing, is named after this vessel. It was designed to take speed sailing to a new level. It famously defeated seven schooners of the Royal Yacht Squadron in a race and won the now famous “America Cup” for New York. Later, the Civil War would see “America” used first as a blockade runner and then as a blockade ship!

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Lindberg Civil War Blockade Runner 1/124

Civil War Blockade Runner

  • Manufaturer: Lindberg
  • Parts: 203
  • Length: 457mm.
  • Scale:1:124
  • Build Time: 110 Hours

The blockade runners of the American Civil War were seagoing steam ships that were used to make their way through the Union blockade that extended some 3,500 miles (5,600 km) along the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coastlines and the lower Mississippi River. Blockade runners imported from England most of the guns and other ordinance the Confederacy needed.

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In More Detail

To get through the blockade these ships, many of them built in British ship yards, specially designed for speed, had to cruise by undetected, usually at night. The typical blockade runners were privately owned vessels often operating with a letter of marque issued by the Confederate States of America. If spotted the runners would attempt to outmaneuver or simply outrun any Union ships on blockade patrol.Ship In more detail

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Revell 1/146 U.S.S. Constitution

  • Scale: 1:146
  • Length: 435 mm
  • Parts: 191
  • build time: 2 months

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USS Constitution is a wooden-hulled, three-masted heavy frigate of the United States Navy, named by President George Washington after the Constitution of the United States of America. Constitution was launched in 1797, one of six original frigates authorized for construction by the Naval Act of 1794 and the third constructed. Constitution and her sisters were larger and more heavily armed and built than standard frigates of the period. Constitution was built in the North End of Boston, her first duties with the newly formed U.S. Navy were to provide protection for American merchant shipping during the Quasi-War with France and to defeat the Barbary pirates in the First Barbary War.


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“Old Ironsides” continued to serve as flagship in the Mediterranean and African squadrons, and circled the world in the 1840s. During the American Civil War, she served as a training ship for the United States Naval Academy. She carried American artwork and industrial displays to the Paris Exposition of 1878.

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Revell 1:150 Scale Swedish Regal Ship Wasa

Swedish Regal Ship Wasa

  • length: 455 mm
  • height: 345 mm
  • parts: 330
  • build hours: 160
  • paint hours: 12

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In 1625, the Swedish King Gustav Adolf II commissioned the construction of the VASA as the flag ship of his Baltic Fleet. Under the management of a Dutch master shipbuilder, the work was carried out by 400 craftsmen at the royal shipyard at Stockholm.

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on 10th August 1628, the VASA set sail on her festive maiden voyage in Stockholm harbour. After a squall of wind, water flowed though the open gunports and within a few moments, the VASA had sunk before the eyes of the assembled crowds. 328 years later, the VASA was rediscovered in Stockholm harbour and in 1961 she was raised. Extensive searches for parts of the vessel, their reconstruction and conservation are still ongoing. Since 1990 this unique and almost complete ship has been on show in the Vasa Museum Stockholm.

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Revell scale: 1/150 Alexander von Humboldt

Alexander von Humboldt

  • Scale 1:150
  • No. of parts 224
  • Length 367 mm
  • Height 267 mm
  • Build & painting time: 143 hours

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Unique green sails and over 100 years of history give this elegant sailing ship an unmistakable image. The hull of the bark “Alexander von Humboldt” was built in 1906 following the design of the sailing ship “Bismarck” and was first used as a floating light vessel named “Reserve Sonderburg”


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As an introduction to the North Sea Week in 1988 the “Dream under 25 sails” began with the naming of the vessel after “Alexander von Humboldt” the renowned German explorer and natural scientist.


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Since then she has been a regular guest at windjammer reviews and has sailed round the world several times. Length: 63 m; draught: 830 tonnes; sail area: 1010 mý, max. crew: 60; 615 hp 4-stroke diesel engine; home port: Bremerhaven.

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Heller HMS Victory scale 1/100

HMS Victory

  • Parts: 2107
  • Length: 96cm
  • Height: 66cm
  • Build Time: 12 months+
  • Painting time: 150 +hours

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The Ship

Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson’s “H.M.S. Victory” a three-Decker-vessel  was the Royal Navy’s fifth vessel of that name. The ship was officially named “Victory” On 28th October 1760. Bristling with 104-guns she was a first-rate ship of the line. She is best known as Lord Nelsons flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

The Build

This was a long build without instructions, the kit was purchased as a “spare or repair kit” the sails were shot, I spent weeks trying to locate the instructions, even contacted Heller, but there was no reply, it proved completely fruitless so i used a lot of historical accounts/diagrams of the ship for guidance, research before I started this was running into weeks not just days, I sifted through images labelled “Heller Victory”  by other modellers and used various documented rigging plans. Built over a 12 month period. A beautiful model with good detail.

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A Closer Look

Hellers kit is a compelling build, and if you can find one secondhand, you may even find it affordable. Not easy, even with instructions it can be difficult to place all the parts in the right places, even so, it is one of the finest large scale injection moulded ship kits you are ever likely to build, but its definitely not for the faint hearted, The next gallery offers a closer look….

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The Deck

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“Birds Eye View”

Revell vintage Great Eastern – 1/388 scale

Revell Great Eastern – First of the Great Steamships

  •  1980 Revell
  • 584 mm long when built
  • Scale 1/388
  • Build hours: 115
  • Painting hours: 22

The Kit

Very hard to find vintage 1980 Revell (USA).  Used, not started, very fortunate find for such a rare kit. The starboard hull was broken in a couple if places and any missing parts were scratch built along with 2 small decks adjacent to the paddle shrouds. Very nice detail and a rather large model considering it is in 1/388 scale. I researched colour schemes, and found quite a few variations. I eventually settled for a simple black hull, the usual red lead lower hull with a single white line at the waterline

History

The Great Eastern (originally Leviathan) was the work of English mechanical and civil engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel,  She was one of a very few ships constructed with five funnels

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She was launched in 1857 and was five times bigger than any other ship of the day! The 22,500 ton Great Eastern was 693 feet long and carried 4000 passenger.

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Unfortunately, her career was one mishap after another until she found fame by laying the trans-Atlantic cable. The conversion work for Great Eastern’s new role included the removal of funnel number four, some boilers and large parts of the passenger rooms, giving way to open top tanks for the coiled cable. The finished model depicts the great ship as she was after the conversion.

The ship In detail

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At the end of her cable-laying career she was refitted once again as a liner but once again efforts to make her a commercial success failed.

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Great Eastern finished her life as a floating music hall and advertising hoarding (for the famous department store Lewis’s) in Liverpool, She was scrapped at New Ferry on the River Mersey  in 1889 – it took 18 months to take her apart.

Lindberg – 1/96 Fulton’s Clermont Paddle Wheel Steamer

Fulton’s Clermont Paddle Wheel Steamer
By Lindberg  – Scale 1/96

  • Length: 475mm
  • Build time:70 hours
  • paint time: 25hours

My first Linberg kit,

The North River Steamboat or North River (often erroneously referred to as Clermont) is widely regarded as the world’s first vessel to demonstrate the viability of using steam propulsion for commercial water transportation.

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Built in 1807, the North River Steamboat operated on the Hudson River (at that time often known as the North River) between New York and Albany. She was built by the wealthy investor and politician Robert Livingston and inventor and entrepreneur Robert Fulton (1765–1815).

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