Revell USS Constitution – Scale 1:96

The USS Constitution is America’s most famous warship, Launched in 1797

  • Scale: 1/96
  • Length: 32″
  • Width: 15″
  • Parts: 1,223
  • Build Time: 18 months

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She was a frigate rated at 44 guns (though she carried around 50 most of her fighting days.)  In her 200+ years, she has been refurbished and restored a number of times and very little of her structure is original.  She rests now in Boston and is the oldest commissioned warship in the world.

The Build

A beautiful kit, nice detail and if you are prepared to take time to do it, perhaps one of the best large scale ships available. Built over a period of 18 months, the rigging alone took 6 months, although I did have periods I left it alone simply to break up the build, which can be very concentration intense and time consuming, I have seen quite a few finished but never one when rigged with full and studding sails, so I knew this was going to be finished with complete sails and running rigging. 18 months and then a full weekend to shoot the photographs, there are quite a few!


The Ship

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Decking Detail

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Rigging & Sails

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Le Superbe – Heller 1/150

pieces 867
length 56
height 45
scale 1/150
build time 220 hours

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work on constructing the Superbe, which was a long time in the designing, commenced in 1782 on the basis of plans prepared by the engineer Jacques-Noël Sané. The specific feature of this vessel was the copper lined hull. This practice of hull lining became general from 1770 onwards. It protected the hull, and in particular the keel, from attack from parasites.

The Ship

The Superbe was fitted out with 74 cannons distributed as follows: 28 x 36 pound guns in the first battery, 30 x 18 pound guns in the second battery and 16 x 8 pounders on the poop deck

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The deck

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.

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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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”

Heller – Le Saint Louis 1/200

Le Saint Louis

  • 466 parts
  • 43.6cm long
  • 40.5cm high
  • Scale 1/200
  • Manufactured by Heller
  • French Warship
  • 3rd rate Ship of the Line
  • Build Time: 175hours

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A war galleon of 60 guns ordered from dutch shipbuilders by Cardinal Richelieu the french prime minister in 1626 to bolster the French Navy against Spain.

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French Third Rate ship of the line ‘Le Saint Louis’ In detail

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Spanish Galleon – Revell Scale 1/96

Spanish Galleon

Used kit, some damage to hull, no rigging instructions. required some minor scratch built parts. Historically drafted and manufactured by Revell. Excellent kit, on the whole a good fit, no flash but requires a fair amount of sanding, including some smaller parts, because of pronounced seaming from the moulds, which is a shame for a relatively newer kit.

  • Revell 1/96 kit
  • Height 635 mm
  • Length 724 mm
  • Number of parts 306
  • Build Time 640 hours
  • Paint time 46 hours

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The Spanish Galleon

The Spanish galleon was one of the most famous ships of its type during the golden age of the sailing ship. The first galleons appeared in the middle of the sixteenth century and these popular sailing ships served as men-o’-war and merchant ships, they sailed for almost a hundred years.

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The galleons had a profound influence on shipwrights throughout the world. Their improved handling properties were clearly apparent and their basic lines were soon adopted by almost all European ship-builders. The Spanish galleons were colourfully painted and decorated with shields that were useful as well as decorative.

Detailed deck, rigging and sails

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Revell Pirate Ship 1/72

Revell Pirate Ship

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Scale 1/72 – build time 12 weeks

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Deck Detail

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