1/12 Scale 2010 Ford Shelby GT500 – Revell.

1/12 Scale 2010 Ford Shelby GT500 from Revell…

  • Scale: 1/12
  • Length: 395mm
  • Parts: 130
  • Revell-Monogram
  • Build Time: 700+ hours

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Big kit, some good points but also some bad points. First real issue is it has moulded in doors, wipers, and other details you would not expect a big kit like this to have. Having said that, the engine is well detailed, I spent a week building and painting that alone, time well spent, the kit presents some flash but again when cleaned off and sanded down it does assemble very well and everything lines up, A car this big would show off some of the tiniest flaws, so take your time and the end result will demand attention from anyone looking at your collection.

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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

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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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 1:150 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”

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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Santa Maria – Heller 1/75 Scale

Santa Maria – Heller

  • 141 parts
  • 47.2cm long
  • 39cm high
  • Scale 1/75

La Santa María de la Inmaculada Concepción or La Santa María, was the largest of the three ships used by Christopher Columbus in his first voyage.

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The Santa María was a small carrack, or “Nao” around 70 feet, and was used as a flagship for an expedition In 1492, unfortunately, the ship was beached accidentally on a reef and was later lost, although most of the ships timbers were salvaged for building before it sank.

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Mayflower 1/83 Revell

1/83 Mayflower

  • Scale: 1:83
  • Length: 367 mm
  • Height: 298 mm
  • Parts: 369

Short History of The Mayflower

The Mayflower carried 102 pilgrims from Plymouth to the New World in 1620, The  crew is estimated to have been about 30. Mayflower was a typical English merchant ship of the early 17th century – square-rigged and beak-bowed, with high, castle-like structures fore and aft that served to protect the ship’s crew and the main deck from the elements. The Mayflower was extremely difficult to sail especially against the wind and the unforgiving North Atlantic’s prevailing Westerlies.

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The Pilgrim ship Mayflower has a famous place in American history as a symbol of early European colonization of the future United States

Detail of deck, rigging and sails

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