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Cover the Model Ship Hull: Assembly of a Wooden Boat Model (IV)

We have to cover the model ship hull during the assembly of a wooden naval model, but before we have to sand the frames. Specifically, its more square edges, in order to make them blunt so that, later, they fit better with the cover as they are a little curved. To do this, you can use our sanding block and sandpaper.

In this image, how to sand the ship frames of a naval modeling kit.

Later, proceed to cover the deck with wood veneer with glue. We recommend our dense cyanoacrylate and spray accelerator or the white glue. You can also make it with nails, a magnetic nailer and a modeler’s hammer. It all depends on the age and make of the naval scale model you have purchased, or the method you like best.

In this image, how to cover the ship deck of a naval modeling kit.

It is time to start covering the boat hull with, in this case, the first layer of wooden strips, as can be seen in the image below. Artesanía Latina electric plank bender tool will help you shape the strips. Wet the strips for at least half an hour and apply the heat of the aforementioned tool to shape them. You can also use the manual plank bender tool.

In this image, how to cover model ship hull from a naval modeling kit.

Then, make the holes where the cannons will come out, that is, the cannon ports, as we said, once you have built the first layer of the hull cover. We recommend the use of a template so that the distance between the loop-holes is the same and to facilitate this thorough work. We also recommend tools like drill, cutter and file.

In this image, how to cover model ship hull from a naval modeling kit.

In this image, how to cover model ship hull from a naval modeling kit.

It is time to cover the model ship hull with the second layer, but this time with wooden veneer.

In this image, how to cover model ship hull from a naval modeling kit.

COVER MODEL SHIP HULL: SANDING AND VARNISHING

When the hull cover is finished, sand the entire hull gently and varnish it. Depending on the ship model being worked, some will require that your hull be painted with some color and some brush.

In this image, how to cover model ship hull from a naval modeling kit.

You already have the ship model ready for the rigging installation. This process will be seen in the next post dedicated to any wooden model ship building process. In this sense, Artesania Latina‘s ship modeling kits are the best in value for money.

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Ship Hull Construction: Assembly of a Wooden Boat Model (III)

Once the modeler who starts in the world of ship modeling has prepared the workshop and has supplied the necessary tools for modeling according to the skill level, the ship model lover can begin to know everything about the ship hull construction of the boat model thanks to this post.

On this way, the steps that will be undertaken to carry out this purpose are divided as follows. Firstly, we emphasize that it is necessary to check the contents of the modeling kit, so that the modeler becomes familiar with the shapes of the different parts. Also, as most of these kits, in this case ship modeling, have a list of parts, we recommend that you make sure that all parts are present. It is also convenient to see if it brings all the plans and instructions for its construction. (Artesania Latina modeling kits bring them on DVD format).

Naval modeling. Wooden Ship Model Captain Boat Santisima Trinidad (19014).

SHIP HULL CONSTRUCTION: KEEL AND FRAMES OF THE SHIP MODEL

The next action would be the assembly of the keel. It is the fundamental area of ​​the ship’s model structure. It goes from the bow to the stern of the ship longitudinally on the exact center of the model, since everything will be built from this part.

Ship Hull Construction. Assembly of the Wooden Naval Model Keel.

Remember to take the drawings that show the hull assembly and hang them in front of you, at your workshop. On this way, you can quickly and clearly see how to assemble each part.

Ship Hull Construction. Plan for the Assembly of the Wooden Ship Model San Juan Nepomuceno (22860).

The next step would be to adjust the frames to the keel, although the modeler must first make sure that they are not broken. The good thing about Artesania Latina modeling kits is that you don’t have to file the frames before they are placed. They are ready to fit. Just do not paste them until you see that, once placed, all are perfectly.

Ship Hull Construction. Adjustment of the Frames on the Assembly of the Wooden Ship Model.

ASSEMBLY OF SHIP MODEL DECK AND MASTS

Afterwards, the modeler must check and fit the decks of the wooden ship model. This action has a great relevance since the decks will make the keel straight, and it help align the frames.

Small scale models, usually aimed at beginner modelers, only have one deck, thus facilitating the work of the novice. Never force the cover on the frames when assembling it, be very careful, or it will yield and damage the hull construction.

Fitting the Decks on the Assembly of the Wooden Ship Model.

As for the installation of the masts, Artesania Latina’s ship miniatures facilitate the assembly to the modelers, because they will only have to insert the masts through holes arranged for it on the deck and the keel. Speaking about other brands, you have to put some wooden blocks to hold the mâsts. But we will comment this later, although we show you below where they would be inserted.

Assembly of the Masts on a Wooden Ship Model.

 

SHIP HULL CONSTRUCTION: BOW AND STERN OF THE NAVAL MODEL

It is time to assemble and fit the bow and stern parts – the stern reinforcement is not necessary on Artesania Latina’s boat models because it comes to ‘die’ at the end of the last frame-, which will provide a solid base to the wooden strips that will finally cover the hull. The parts provided must be symmetrical and follow the shape of the mentioned hull of the wooden ship model.

Placement of Bow and Stern Parts on the Wooden Ship Model Assembly.

Once you have seen the good disposition of the frames and that the decks are not bent or sunk, proceed to glue them, as well as the rest of the ship built, with cyanoacrylate for porous materials because you are working with wood. Once you have pasted everything, let it dry for at least twenty four hours. We will speak about more steps for ship hull construction on next post.

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Building a Ship Model Made of Wood (Part I): Choice of the Modeling Kit

The writing of this post is motivated to help new modelers. Building a ship model made of wood is what you will know, so we are going to introduce you on ship modeling. Of course, you can also clarify some concepts to modelers already initiated or provide other ideas that were still unknown. These two actions will be developed thanks to the fifty years of life and experience of the most important company in the world in naval modeling. Artesania Latina, present since 1970.Artesania Latina. More than 50 years building models.

A built scale ship model represents the effort and perseverance of a modeler to achieve the final result. It will take you many hours, you will encounter conflicting emotions, being positive when successes or negatives when some part of the assembly presents greater difficulties.

Ship Modeling. Wooden ship model of the Galleon San Francisco II 1/90 (22452N).

In this sense, the best modeling tool that you can use is not made of metal or plastic or wood. It will be the dedication that the modeler gives to the modeler, the passion and perseverance you put. Here we will show you how to build step-by-step a ship miniature. What tools to choose, how to organize and adapt a workshop, what ship modeling kit to choose. Everything so that in the end you spend more hours showing the final product created, this is, the ship model you have built, than assembling it.

Ship Modeling. Wooden ship model of the Galleon San Francisco II 1/90 (22452N).

Building a ship model made of wood should be shared with the family, involving their partners in the project, whether women or men. It also can be used for encouraging children to help in any aspect of this wonderful hobby. The modeler can thus keep alive the art of assembling ship models for another generation.

Children are also learning how to assemble a wooden model ship with junior kits.

CHOICE OF THE RIGHT WOODEN SHIP MODEL

The first thing that a future modeler must face – or one already with knowledge in naval modeling – is the choice of the ship model that you will built. How to choose the ideal kit and modeling tools for each of us? It is essential that you like a lot the ship scale model you choose, the decision must be based on your mood and the pleasure that you think it will report once the model is finished.

How to build a wooden model ship. Choose your modeling kit and tools wisely.

Of course, you should also ask yourself these questions. How much money do you want to spend? What experience do you have in naval modeling? Which workshop do you have or do you want to create? What types of ship attract you? How much time can you spend on your modeling workshop to assemble the miniature?

The modeler looks for a challenge, but not a huge frustration, so it is recommended that the beginner thinks about the simplest for your first assembly. We do not recommend very complicated scale models for those who intend to start on this hobby. Finally they will not finish building them, as can be the one in the image below, for advanced modelers.

Ship Modeling. Wooden ship model of San Juan Nepomuceno 1/90 (22860).

CATALOG OF WOODEN SHIP MODELS FOR BEGINNERS

Therefore, we recommend simple, small and attractive ship models for beginners: a boat with a single deck, one or two masts and a rigging as simple as possible. Examples can be our model ships such as the Viking (19001-N), Swift (22110-N), Providence (19018), Elcano lifeboat (19019), Provençale (19017), the lifeboat of the Titanic (19016), the boat of the captain of the HMS Bounty (19004), the french doris Saint Malo (19010), the scallop fishing boat Bon Retour (19007) or captain’s boat of Santisima Trinidad (19014), among many other miniatures.

Catalog of Wooden Ship Models for Beginners.

You can consult the complete catalog of naval scale models for beginner modelers here. For intermediate scale models, the following in terms of required skills, here.

As for the cost, no ship model for beginners should not cost more than € 100.00. Thus, Artesania Latina has the best offer in the market regarding to the quality / price ratio, with initiation models starting at € 59.99, a more than reasonable price, for example, for the scale model of the Captain’s Boat of HMS Endeavour (19015).

Ship Modeling. Wooden ship model of Captain's Boat HMS Endeavour 1/50 (19015).

BUILDING A SHIP MODEL MADE OF WOOD: QUALITY OF COMPONENTS AND INSTRUCTIONS

What should you look for, then, in a naval modeling kit? Logically, you may not even be a scholar in the matter, but you don´t need it to choose a good one. Just check the quality of its contents once you have the box in your hands and that all the kit parts from the parts list are there.

If any part is missing, such as the Artesania Latina kits have a two-year warranty. Our warehouse will be immediately replenished once the purchase ticket has been submitted without any extra cost or shipping. Our parts are high quality, made of birch or lime wood, of stainless steel photo-etched and of die-cast.

Ship Modeling. Wooden ship model of Viking 1/75 (19001N).

The next thing to pay attention to when you are purchasing a naval modeling kit is to check how the plans and instructions are. The plans include all the drawings you need to assemble the naval model and the numerical correspondence so you can read the texts. On this aspect, the degree of precision and quality of these ones will mark the joy or impotence of the novice modeler.

Instructions for the Belem wooden model ship 1/75 (22519).

The instructions explain the plans drawing, they are the textual clarifications or icons and keys of those drawings. They are numbered in relation to those plans. You can also find model ships that have an illustrated and clarifier step-by-step. On Artesania Latina web you can free download the plans and the instructions on each product file are the attached files, in case you want to check how they are.

BUILDING A SHIP MODEL MADE OF WOOD: WHAT KIND OF HULL TO CHOOSE

Speaking of the different hull types of the ship models, you will find three different. Firstly, the one piece solids – they don´t need to be built, the beginner does not acquire experience in the assembly of the hull-. Secondly, those that have a structure of frames to assemble and we must put the wooden strips on that structure from a pre-cut laser board – most of those manufactured by Artesania Latina, the one that provides the most knowledge and the most real-. Finally, those that, on the structure, are placed large parts to build the hull.

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Expansion of the Ship Models Catalog by Nationalities: Love of Modeling (II)

Tastes of ship models and aircrafts models of the modelers are diverse as they are a very wide spread across all the countries on The Earth. For that reason, Artesania Latina has created a wide range of scale models. Discover here our ship models catalog and aircraft models catalog according to their nationalities, obviously paying more attention to historical potentials, but gradually we are interested in designing and incorporating to our list new miniatures that represent many other countries.

We currently have wooden ship models of Spain, France, United Kingdom, United States, Canada, China, Netherlands, Nordic Countries and Arab Countries. It can be said that Artesania Latina will count with more nationalities for its naval scale models catalog soon.

DISCOVER ARTESANIA LATINA’S EUROPEAN MODEL SHIPS

Firstly, from Spain, we offer the following naval scale models: the captain’s boat of the ships San Juan de Nepomuceno and Santísima Trinidad; the lifeboat of Juan Sebastián Elcano; the fishing boats Mare Nostrum, Marina II and Carmen II; La Niña, La Pinta and La Santa María caravels; the San Francisco II section and the complete galleon model; and the San Juan de Nepomuceno ship.

Ship Models Catalog. Models of historic Spanish ships.

Secondly, from France, the following wooden miniature boats: Bon Retour, Saint Malo, La Provençale and Marie Jeanne fishing boats; the Belem school ship; the great Soleil Royal; and the cutter Jolie Brise.

Ship Models Catalog. Models of historic French ships.

Thirdly, from the UK, these naval replicas: HMS Endeavour and HMS Bounty captain’s boats; lifeboat of the RMS Titanic; Providence whaling ship; the Scottish Maid schooner; the Cutty Sark clipper; and the ships HMS Endeavour, HMS Bounty and Mayflower.

Ship Models Catalog. Models of historic British ships.

Finally, from the Nordic countries, the traditional Viking ship and the Swedish warship Vasa. From Netherlands, the fishing boat Botter.

Ship Models Catalog. Models of historic Nordic ships.

 

NORTH AMERICAN SHIP MODELS CATALOG

From the United States and Canada, Virginia American and Bluenose II schooners; Swift pilot boat; US Constellation ship; and the famous paddle steamer King of the Mississippi. From China, the Chinese junk Red Dragon. And from the Arab countries, the Sultan dhow.

Ship Models Catalog. Models of historic North American ships.

 

It is thus proven that Artesania Latina products are designed to reach and entertain all cultures on the planet, regardless of race or nationality. Our ship models and aircraft models have been globalized in the positive sense. We maintain the traditional essence of the modeling, to which the latest technologies have been incorporated and applied in favor of a more optimal assembly and conservation of our environment.

We deliver our models all over the planet with UPS.

With the help of our carrier UPS, the best in the sector, we deliver our scale models, our accessories and our modeling tools to all countries of the world, on record time, at a reduced price with safe delivery thanks to reliable and accurate tracking of packages.

To check the estimated delivery time and shipping costs to the different countries, click here.

Join Artesania Latina‘s large and diverse ship modeling and aerial modeling community!

 

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Swedish Ship Model Vasa 1/65 (I): The Most Powerful Warship in 17th Century

After an arduous work of ship modeling for a year and a half, Artesania Latina is pleased to present you its brand new and magnificent Swedish wooden ship model. The Vasa warship model at 1/65 scale, aimed at the most expert modelers who want new challenges. A marvel in terms of detail and difficulty!

Ship Modeling. Swedish Wooden Warship Model Vasa 1/65.

Scandinavian warship model Vasa is a great test to check modelers skills. Our partners have spent eight hours a day for twelve months for its assembly. The modeling kit requires patience and meticulousness in detail.

It is a perfect replica of the original ship, which is now in the museum called Vasa in Stockholm (Sweden). Thanks to the Vasa wooden ship model 1/65 the modeler will have entertainment for a long time. You will always be helped by very clarifying step-by-step photographic instructions written in nine languages. Do you want a great challenge? This is yours.

Among the most notable features of the Vasa, of this great Swedish sailboat, was its enormous power. It had to move 1,200 tons of weight and a sail area of ​​1,150 square meters and 80 tons. A fact that is reflected in our scale model due to its large dimensions: 42’’ length, 34’’ height and 40’’ width.

Ship Modeling. Swedish Wooden Warship Model Vasa 1/65.

SUCCESSFUL DECORATION FOR AN EXCEPTIONAL SHIP MODEL: VASA 1/65

What about its decoration! More than a meter of beauty with around 100 sculptures made in die-cast between its stern and, somewhat less, its prow, which provide a colorful rarely seen on ship modeling.

Ship Modeling. Fantastic decoration on Swedish Wooden Warship Model Vasa 1/65.

Also, full of meaning, the carvings are divided into five themes. They representing King Gustavo II and his lackeys, lions holding the shield, human faces with different emotions on their faces, angels, sirens and sea creatures and mythological. Moreover, when it was built, it had 700 more than today. It had heroes of the Bible, Roman emperors and Greek gods.

Ship Modeling. Fantastic decoration on Swedish Wooden Warship Model Vasa 1/65.

Vasa model ship may preside over any room in which it is placed, providing it with a touch of classical elegance.

But it is not the only thing that the ship modeling kit of the Swedish vessel brings in die-cast, the 64 cannons of port and starboard are also made of this metallic material.

PHOTO-ETCHED PLATE, BASE AND FIGURES FOR THIS LUXURIOUS MODEL

If it seems the Vasa warship model has not enough decoration, our kit will surprise you because it brings a complete photo-etched that includes details for the bow, stairs to the deck, doors and embrasures, and hinges for both the rudder as for the frames of the embrasures.

Of course, we have to highlight the Premium quality of all the woods with which you can build the Vasa 1628 scale model 1/65 and the hand-sewn sails ready to be placed.

Ship Modeling. Cotton sails included on Swedish Wooden Warship Model Vasa 1/65.

Finally, This fabulous modeling kit of the Swedish warship called Vasa brings two gifts that are not usually included in all scale models. On the one hand, a wooden base with a nominal metal plate to expose the ship model. On the other, six metal figures that will give more realism to this naval model.

Ship Modeling. Swedish Wooden Warship Model Vasa 1/65 includes free figures..

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Renewed Santa Maria Caravel Model: More Details, Consistency and Lightness (II)

The previous post announced one of the magnificent novelties on Artesanía Latina stock. The renewed Santa Maria Ship Model at 1/65 scale. We now continue with our modelers explanation about how the design and construction process of this fantastic naval replica has been. We also talk about the great improvements in the decoration of the same, keep reading!

In relation to this, an inconvenience that was present in the old model of this replica and that produced headaches to our model friends has been solved. “The mainmast of the ship has been made deeper to improve its grip. The deck hole where the mast was did not fit completely, a defect that was already completely corrected”, says.

Renewed scale model in wood Santa Maria Caravel.

Our team adds the following: “We have modified the mainmast platform by implementing its design with photo-etched. All the platforms have been divided into several parts for the enjoyment of the modeler during the assembly and to provide greater realism to the model”.

IMPROVEMENTS ON THE DECORATION OF THE CARAVEL MODEL

During the redesigning process in 3D of Santa Maria Ship Model, after the advice of the modelers, several improvements have been made regarding the decoration and details of this model.

One of the first measures adopted was the inclusion of a lifeboat that could be built with frames and hull lining in wood. We suppressed the precedent that was made of die-cast in one part”, explains Artesania Latina team. They also add that “this way, the modeler’s experience with the ship miniature is more satisfying and fun. In addition to the fact that in the 15th century there was no type of boat made of metal”.

Renewed scale model in wood Santa Maria Caravel.

Another improved detail is the introduction of supports for the barrels and more realistic cannons -with their bullets-. On the new version of the famous ship they have been divided into two parts. “The gun carriage is made of wood while the cane, in metal”, concrete our professionals.

Likewise, the colors of the rubbing strikes, the handrails, the stern window doors and the shields, among other accessories, have also been changed to provide a beautiful decorative touch to the boat that sailed the Atlantic more than five centuries ago.

Naval modeling accessories. Metal figurines for caravels and galleons (22411F).

A SPECTACULAR RENOVATION FOR THE SANTA MARIA CARAVEL MODEL

The final result of all the undertaken work for more than a year by our designers and modelers is a faithful reproduction of the original Santa Maria Caravel Model: each element is reproduced in its original material (cannons, sails, rigging …) to achieve a classic boat, but with finishes chords to 2020, which will delight our modeling friends, the followers of the world reference brand on naval modeling: Artesania Latina.

You can get more realism for your ship models ordering the Set of 10 Metal Figures for Caravels and Galleons, which is offered separately from the model.

Ship Modeling. The three wooden caravel models of the Discovery of America.

For more information about Caravel Model of Santa Maria, please click here.

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Renewed Santa Maria Caravel Model: More Details, Consistency and Lightness (I)

Extraordinary news! Artesania Latina’s 3D designers and modelers have already developed and finished the renovation project of the Santa Maria Caravel wooden model – it is called nao really – at 1/65 scale. One of the five most important ships in world history.

Renovated scale model in wood Santa Maria Caravel.

Ship modeling and fans of this beautiful hobby will be happy when they build this faithful replica. Santa Maria ship scale model has required the latest techniques in design and manufacturing, in addition to having the highest quality materials.

Renovated scale model in wood Santa Maria Caravel.

CONTENTS OF NEW MODELING SHIP KIT SANTA MARIA CARAVEL

The modeling kit of this classic ship commanded by Christopher Columbus during the voyage through which he discovered America at the end of the 15th century. Firstly, it contains precious parts of clear birch wood, cut with precision thanks to the laser and fabulous details made of metal and photo-etched. Secondly, it also has sails with reinforced cotton fabric of higher quality, ready to be placed – this model includes cardboard templates to paint the crosses-. Finally, as a gift that was not in the previous version of the caravel, a magnificent wooden base with a nominal metal plate for its exhibition.

Renewed scale model in wood Santa Maria Caravel.

Once the building process is finished, the measures of Santa Maria Caravel wooden model are the following: 19.80’’ length, 10.39’’ width and 19.60 height. To achieve that point easily, the instructions have been redesigned completely on DVD. Now the ship modeler can look at a simple step-by-step with a large number of detailed photos. So the assembly of each thread, each block and each rigging is perfectly explained without cumbersome texts full of technical words, not understandable by everyone. No more old instructions for this caravel model!

Renewed scale model in wood Santa Maria Caravel.

But … What steps have been taken to improve this wonderful ship model?

ESSENTIAL IMPROVEMENTS ON THIS GREAT SHIP MODEL

Artesania Latina’s 3D designers and modelers have made numerous improvements on the Santa Maria Caravel wooden model. Precisely, the most remarkable is the ship structure reform “to give it more consistency and lightness, we had to create many new parts”, says Artesania Latina team.

Renewed scale model in wood Santa Maria Caravel.

One of the modelers states that “we have redesigned the false keel, the frames and the decks of the ship. It is one of the biggest novelties not having to use nails to be able to build them, they are only used in some details”.

Precisely, speaking about the decks of the Santa Maria Caravel renewed wooden model, the 3D designer emphasizes that “the system of tabs of the frames has been improved, implanting a greater number of these to implement it, because it did not cover 100% all the parts in the previous version, it was necessary to facilitate, for example, the fitting of its ends and for a perfect alignment without leaving any more loose part”.

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