Before I dig too far into this next build, I thought now might be a great opportunity to give a quick recap of my recently completed (2012) HMS Victory build.
This build was based on Constructo’s 1:95 scale model. Constructo is another European company that produces its kits in a style emphasizing natural wood tones and brass highlights. This was one of the things that drew me to this particular kit.
Unfortunately however, there was a lot of work that had to be done to create a more realistic model of the Victory. For example, I reworked all of the stern and quarter galleries with more realistic window panes.
I also did a lot of work on deck to produce better scale representations of the various fittings throughout.
Note the signal flag lockers I added on the poop deck.
There were no ships boats included with the kit, so I was lucky to be able to find pre-fabricated ships boats that very closely resemble the various sizes of boats stowed on the Victory. To these I added my own framing touches to the extent that I was able.
I hand painted my own flags using a heavier card stock that could be formed into a wavy pattern.
Changes to the rigging was the most significant change. In fact, I all but ignored the rigging plans provided with the kit and instead opted to utilize the various HMS Victory resources available to reproduce her rigging much truer to the original.
I purchased many different sizes of rigging line to honor the various scales of rope that would have been used on the real ship.
In the end, I am very pleased with how it turned out. My build log for this model (albeit incomplete) can be found at http://hmsvictorymodel2004.blogspot.com/. This post officially completes that build log.
Anyone who happens upon this post and might be interested in purchasing this model, please feel free to contact me. While I do not have a firm price established at this point, I definitely need to make room for my next build – the Wappen.