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History of the Belem Training Ship: The French Navigable Monument is 125 years

The French Training Ship Belem celebrates this 2021 one hundred and twenty-five years of history. It was launched in 1896 with a steel hull at the Dubigeon shipyard in Nantes for a purely commercial use between France and Brazil and the Indies for the transport of goods such as sugar or cocoa. To commemorate this important date, what better way to talk about its life, also full of great importance.

History of the Belem Training Ship. The French Sailboat, Docked in Port.

First, we must highlight the enormous measures of the Belem training ship. The boat is 51 meters length, not counting the 7 meters of the bowsprit, by 8.80 meters of maximum beam. In addition, it has three large masts 58 meters height.

The French Sailboat, Docked in Port.

Thanks to the efforts and money of its various owners, the Gallic ship is currently the last three-masted sailing ship to sail in all of Europe. In addition, it is the most precious jewel of the naval heritage of France. In this sense, the Belem received the classification of Historical Monument on February 27, 1984.

History of the Belem Training Ship. The French Sailboat, Docked in Port.

Throughout its history, the Belem school ship has suffered many mishaps and inconveniences, as happens with almost all old ships that still ply the waters of the Earth. This long-lived cargo sailboat passed alternately by English, Italian and again French hands.

With the successive implantation of the steamship, the sailboats of maritime routes gradually disappeared. In 1914 it happened to the Belem when it was acquired by the Duke of Westminster, who decided to transform the ship into an excellent leisure boat. Curiously, it had to be docked on the English Isle of Wight for several years because of the bloody World War I.


At the beginning of the 20s of the last century, another lover of the Belem school ship, in this case, Arthur Ernest Guinness, bought the three-masted sailboat and went around the world with his whole family. As mentioned previously, the French ship also passed through Italian hands since 1951, establishing itself as the Italian training ship.

Real image of the command post of the French Belem School Ship.

The Belem was motorized and renamed for various uses – luxury cruise and training ship. Finally, he was discovered by chance in Venice in a sorry state in the late 1970s by a nostalgic hobbyist.

Purchased with the support of a large French bank, the sailboat returned to its native country in 1979. The bank financed the Belem Foundation, which began its restoration. Currently, the Belem training ship is now converted to cabotage as it offers introductory and discovery courses for enthusiasts. It is destined for the French Navy for the training of its cabin boys, appearing also in the great meetings of traditional sailboats.The last works carried out have been the restoration of the furniture with mahogany wood from Cuba.

Live the passion for history and naval modeling with the fantastic model of the French training ship Belem 1/75. A museum jewel for your eyes!

Naval modeling. Belem French Training Ship Model at 1/75 scale (22519).

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Swedish Ship Model Vasa 1/65 (II): History of the Unlucky Warship

wLearn about the history of Vasa ship in this post and build the spectacular wooden model of this Swedish warship at 1/65 scale. The Vasa was the flagship of the Swedish crown and empire. Or pretended to be. This is so because a kilometer and a half of being launched at the port of Stockholm, in August 10th 1628, it sank due to its instability.

History of Vasa Ship. Swedish Wooden Warship Model Vasa 1/65.


How did such a great vessel sink in its first voyage? The history of Vasa ship is curious. The Vasa carried a lot of cargo, and not being well stowed so, after a strong gust of wind, it moved to the other side of the warship, thus worsening the capsizing of Swedish naval history benchmark.

Everything happened, according to some investigations, by the impatience of King Gustavus II because of the delays, as it was possible to verify, nobody contradicted him and the ship was launched with the known result.

History of Vasa Ship. Swedish Wooden Warship Model Vasa 1/65.

Other studies assert that the Vasa was designed as a smaller ship than it was after, mainly because of the incorporation of a second battery of cannons, already begun its construction. It seems that, for example, the embrasures were too close to the water, so the entry of the sea to the ship was more feasible; the ship was too tall in relation to its beam; and its center of gravity, therefore, was very high.

Once launched in port of Stockholm, the water began to enter through the embrasures of the cannons lower line. Fifteen minutes later the boat was already at the bottom of the sea. Not because of a strong gust of wind, because there was only a small breeze, but really because of the bad design of the Vasa ship.


To boost its naval artillery, the aforementioned monarch ordered the Vasa to be built with 64 bronze cannons arranged in three different bridges. The upper one, the high battery and the low battery. In addition to endowing it with a great power to move 1,200 tons.

Real image of the Swedish ship, exhibited in the Vasa Museum in Stockholm.

This great vessel was built along with three others by order of King Gustavus II. He wanted to have some more advanced war resources on the Thirty Years War against Poland. A large one more, like Vasa size, called Tre Kronor -Three Crowns- and two more of smaller size.

History of Vasa Ship. Swedish Wooden Warship Model Vasa 1/65.

Now, the most expert modelers can assemble the most faithful historical replica in the market thanks to the Vasa modeling kit, designed and manufactured by Artesania Latina.

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History of Vasa Ship. Swedish Wooden Warship Model Vasa 1/65.

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Red Baron’s Fokker Dr. I astonishes in Japan

On August 1st, the best aerial model par excellence will arrive to our central store: the mythical triplane of World War I, Fokker Dr. I, who was piloted by the renowned Red Baron. This fabulous 1/16 scale replica has been created with the latest 3D technologies and the experience of our modeling team.

The scale model is made of wood and metal as the original airplane was built: it has more than 750 parts and their measurements are 17.72” (450 mm) x 14.17” (360 mm) x 7.24” (184 mm). It includes step-by-step instructions with video tutorials and more than 600 photos for a simpler and more pleasant assembly.



The 1/16 scale model of the Fokker Dr. I was present at the stand of our distributor in Japan at the Hobby Fair in Shizuoka, known as the Tamiya Fair, the most important in the world in this sector: most of the Japanese manufacturing companies such as Tamiya, Hasegawa, Platz or Ebbro were there.




The Tamiya Fair is a hobby fair in the broadest sense: from plastic modeling with scaled vehicles to the original ones – both present -; wood models with quality parts such as those of Artesanía Latina or Woody Joe: Drones, planes, boats, cars, motorcycles and a lot of radio control are some of the alternatives with which the visitor could find.



Our modeling kit from the German triplane Fokker Dr. I of the Red Baron delighted the modelers who were at the Tamiya Fair and it will not disappoint the customers of Artesanía Latina who buy it.

It is an incredible 1/16 scale model of the German airplane, very compact and it has numerous details. Faithful replica of the original even with the same materials: metal, for the structure; And wood, for the wings. Suitable for exposure in any dependency even having a large scale for its compact measures.




Also, the Fokker Dr. I Modeling Kit has the best and most detailed multimedia instructions on the market with 7 languages ​​on DVD: video tutorials and more than 600 photos that teach you accurately all the steps to build this fantastic model, that is, up to get a museum quality model.

Its unique details of high quality, as a BONUS, will make you fall in love with this magnificent piece: precious methacrylate base with the name of the airplane, brass and steel engraving, injected metal parts, cockpit details, metal structure And wings of wood, not forgetting the poster of the plane to scale 1: 1.


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Fokker Dr. I, the Red Baron’s Triplane.

Presentation of Fokker Dr. I, the Triad of the Red Baron.

Contents of the Fokker Modeling Kit Dr. I, the Red Baron’s Triplane.


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