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Parkinson’s and Modeling: The Will to Overcome Obstacles for the Love of a Hobby

We start 2023 with a true story. This comes to reflect the spirit of overcoming human beings facing the difficulties that arise in life. You may be wondering what is the relation with our fans… Well, a lot! Not even the most serious illness stops man/woman’s will to fulfill his/her dreams and entertainment. Parkinson’s and modeling can also go hand in hand, although it is hopelessly and unfortunately trembling. Christopher Columbus, with his efforts, discovered America. Our dear modeler friend Frédéric Lavoine, with his passion, has conquered something more important: all our hearts.

It’s been almost two years without him being able to work in the beautiful profession of school driver that he left because of this terrible disease. Too many risks. He was 54 and a half years old when the doctors diagnosed it, but it seems that eighteen months earlier it began to knock on his door warning him of its presence.

PARKINSON’S AND MODELING: FRÉDÉRIC, THE REAL MCGYVER OF OUR TIME

Frédéric was brilliant at his job, and among people with disabilities and reduced mobility. Furthermore, he could never imagine that his “future working life would be reduced to the list of problems and difficulties caused by Parkinson’s”, assures our friend, who also emphasizes that he was “an active person with resources”, even his wife calls him McGyver after the famous television series in which the protagonist finds practical solutions to any problem. Without egocentrism, Frédéric is a “passionate lover of manual well done labor”, he says. Of course, he recognizes that the only thing that resists him is mechanics.

With all the pending things he has to do and now he can’t because he’s not able to deploy all his ‘superpowers’… A big disappointment for him. Frédéric’s world falls on him, a moving yo-yo in comparison to the perpetual activity of our friend. Painting a picture, reforming the cabin, restoring a piece of furniture, taking care of the garden… All that is over.

It is the moment in which Frédéric decides to take another course to continue being our particular McGyver. With this cold winter coming up where you spend a lot of time at home, you have to keep yourself busy. It is true that he was discouraged by the tremors of his hand and by the blockages of his joints. Medical treatments cannot give him a complete cure: “I didn’t want to draw or write in my book, I was stuck on the blank page”, says Frédéric. The ‘beast’ in the cage will start roaring at his wife and daughter, who encourage him to keep his hands busy sewing, which he loves. But it is not enough for him, so the memories of his childhood and his solidarity actions make him consider returning to modeling.

Parkinson's and Modeling: The Overcoming Power of People.

HIS NEW CHALLENGE, BUILD WOODEN MODEL SHIPS

“Build models with modeling instead of destroying as Parkinson’s does”, emphasizes Frédéric. That is their motto. Parkinson’s and modeling necessarily go hand in hand in his current life, but the passion for model building becomes his particular fight and his leisure against this serious disease. Our friend remembers that building “model ships, planes and cars was a true passion forty years ago”.

Of course, doubts about his ability to develop this hobby plague him: “Will I still be able to model, glue or paint such small parts?, he wonders. To which he answers that it will be his new challenge and that, to “complicate it even more”, he will assemble a wooden model ship. Because, for Frédéric and quite rightly, “if it were made of plastic everything is molded and formed, but with a wooden one you have to cut, mold, take time… Anything that is not compatible with Parkinson’s.

PARKINSON’S AND MODELING: HEALTH BENEFITS OF ASSEMBLY MODELS

In December 2020, Santa decides to go down his chimney to give him “the magnificent naval modeling kit with the paddle-wheeled steamboat King of the Mississippi, smiles Frédéric. As if he were a child with a new toy, he decides to quickly ‘inspect’ the contents of the box: “Lots of parts of wood, many small items -too many- and my shaking hand…” , says our friend. For this reason, at first, he leaves aside its assembly. It has to be his relatives who encourage him to start building the model and Fréderic sets up his ‘mini workshop’ at his office, as he describes it.

Parkinson's and Modeling: Frédéric builds this model, the King of the Mississippi.

Since we already know that Frédéric is the McGyver of our time, of course, he doesn’t want to assemble the model “foolishly” following the plans for it. No, for what! :). So take the path of building a unique model, according to his taste. He begins in January 2020 and ends in May of the same year, barely 5 months later, quite an achievement from our point of view. In his own words, building the model is “an enormous pleasure” for him. He dedicates hours and hours to it, “not out of obligation but out of necessity”, he stresses.

Parkinson's and Modeling: Construction King of the Mississippi. Parkinson's and Modeling: Construction King of the Mississippi.

Thanks to the King of the Mississippi, he forgets his hand tremor and the rest of his symptoms. This is due to, as Frédéric says, the meticulousness and slowness of the tasks that the hobby requires”. Parkinson’s ‘disappears’ and modeling resurfaces after more than four decades buried. What’s more, these modeling demands act on Frédéric as “relaxing for the spirit”, exclaims our friend, who also asserts that, in this way, he recovers “harmony between body and mind”. What conclusion do you reach? That modeling is fully compatible with Parkinson’s.

Parkinson's and Modeling

PARKINSON’S PATIENTS MODELING ASSOCIATION NEEDS A PLACE WITH CEILING

Since he can’t sit still, he creates a modeling association for people with Parkinson’s, including its statutes and internal regulations. He calls it ‘Les Mains Agiles – Club de Modélisme’. Its main objective, very interesting: to share and teach other enthusiasts who suffer from this disease the love for the construction of static models. Frédéric even got to meet with the president of the Vendée France Parkinson’s Committee, Michel Parsy, who approved his initiative.

However, then a setback arises. Frédéric tells him about his difficulties in finding a place and opening a bank account as he is not a professional. Resigned at that moment, he warns us of what we already know: “For a bank and its owner, being disabled, no longer working and having weakened personal income do not give credibility to a president and his association”, he states emphatically.

With Parsy’s encouragement, Frédéric writes an article to present his project to society on social media and on the Inter’Park85 newsletter that belongs to France Parkinson Foundation. On the one hand, he needs a room or premises -a space with a ceiling and walls, in short- of at least 30 square meters. With one or two rooms and access for disabled people. This space must be in the city of La Roche -sur- Yon or its vicinity with a nearby bus service. On the other hand, obviously, he needs elements to equip it with basic materials and tools. Frédéric has ready a list of it.

In February 2022, due to the hieraticism caused by the Covid pandemic period, Fréderic had to dissolve the old association to create a new one under the name of ‘Une Main Vers l’Horizon – Modélisme’. Since then, he has been trying to give life to no avail.

HOW TO CONTACT FRÉDÉRIC LAVOINE?

Modelers Friends around the world and  Artesanía Latina friends, let’s help Frédéric to fulfill his dream! No disease can against modeling lovers. In addition, this hobby has beneficial effects on the health of patients. So that the modelers can help him, he have given us an email in which you can ask what he needs that suits each one’s budget. Little by little or if there is a modeler friend with high purchasing power among us… The association for modeling with Parkinson’s must be a reality!

We kindly indicate Frédéric Lavoine email address: unemainverslhorizon@gmail.com

Parkinson's and Modeling: Frédéric Lavoine.

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Model Building at Christmas: Artesanía Latina Wishes You a Happy Holidays and a 2023 Full of Modeling!

Well… We are already on these dates so marked on the calendar again! Our friends modelers celebrate Christmas. This week’s post is only written with the intention of congratulating you these holidays. But, also, to thank you for the full confidence you have given to our firm’s products since 1970. Day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year and decade after decade, your passion for modeling, especially naval, and Artesanía Latina is unwavering. Viva the model building at Christmas!

Speaking about us, the entire team of Artesanía Latina has tried and managed to keep alive the flame of the passion for modeling with the creation of new models and tools. Without forgetting important reissues, highly anticipated by you, such as the boat model kit of the Spanish Ship of the Line Santa Ana Trafalgar 1805 (22905-N).

Some of you will take advantage of these dates to start building your radiant model. It is true that, on days without social gatherings -and on long nights-, the modeler feels very comfortable working on the construction of any model. The silence and peace of these two weeks are nice to enjoy your hobby. Other modelers will have to wait until January due to the numerous family commitments, although they are surely looking for time to, at least, open the box of their modeling kit. If you are alone, without a doubt, we will accompany you throughout Christmas, we are not going on holidays. Our best company, yes, is the model ship kit that you have in your hands.

MODEL BUILDING AT CHRISTMAS: GIFT IDEAS, GIFT PACKS

Remember that there are still gifts and ‘self-gifts’ from those left behind by Santa Claus… We recommend the Gift Packs! They bring the model, their figurines, their paintings and some tools at a reduced price.

 

We can only wish you, once again… Merry Christmas! Happy 2023! And we hope… Artesanía Latina remains in your heart to enjoy your hobby! Live a Model Building Christmas with us!

Model Building at Christmas: Artesanía Latina Wishes You a Happy Holidays and a 2023 Full of Modeling!

Posted in Ship Models

Corsair Model Ship in Wood Le Renard: The Cutter from Saint Malo, Symbol of French Naval Identity

Prolific year this 2022 -that we are about to finish- for the creation and renovation of ship model building kits by Artesanía Latina’s team. And we end… With another unbeatable surprise for our modelers friends! The renovated French corsair model ship in wood Le Renard (22401). At 1:50 scale, this faithful miniature replica of the Galic cutter is recommended for fans of this hobby with at least an intermediate level of skills and knowledge.

Corsair Model Ship in Wood Le Renard (22401) at 1:50 scale made by Artesanía Latina.Due to this new edition, you will not be forced to create or manufacture any of the required parts, as was the case with the old one. In addition, we have the Official License of the Association Cotre Corsaire de Saint-Malo. Thanks to it, since 1991, a replica of the original boat still sails the seas and oceans. Chapeau for your work! So let’s get to know the contents with which the corsair model ship Le Renard is assembled. The famous corsair Robert Surcouf, at the service of Napoleon, was in command of this.

Corsair Model Ship in Wood Le Renard (22401) at 1:50 scale made by Artesanía Latina.Corsair Model Ship in Wood Le Renard (22401) at 1:50 scale made by Artesanía Latina.

CORSAIR MODEL SHIP LE RENARD: MODELING KIT CONTENTS

Le Renard cutter model was a sailboat with which attacked and seized the enemy commercial ships of France. Now it has improved contents. The model building kit contains all the necessary parts to build the corsair model ship. Its greatest achievement was defeating in combat the English schooner HMS Alphea in 1813. Its assembly system by means of a false keel and frames brings its construction closer to that of a real sailboat.

Corsair Model Ship in Wood Le Renard (22401) at 1:50 scale made by Artesanía Latina. Corsair Model Ship in Wood Le Renard (22401) at 1:50 scale made by Artesanía Latina.This reedition of the Le Renard naval modeling kit comes with board parts cut by high precision laser, birch wood, brass, cast iron and sails ready to be placed. Of course, the exhibition base with a metal plate is included so that you can display your model once finished.

To achieve this goal, our modelers friends have very complete step-by-step instructions on DVD format for computers. In Spanish, French, English, Italian, Portuguese, German and Dutch. We also include all the explanations related to the simple and fun assembly of the rigging. Remember that printed instructions are not included. Also, you can download these instructions for free at Le Renard product sheet (22401).

Por cierto, cuando esto ocurra y quede ensamblada, la maravillosa maqueta del barco corsario galo medirá 615 mm de largo, 238 mm de ancho y 560 mm de alto.

CUTTER MODEL LE RENARD: LIFEBOAT AND CANNONS

You will be dazzled when you build it! Among other reasons, pay attention to the beauty and high level of detail, in general, and the lifeboat, in particular, of its stern, which will shine splendor.

Corsair Model Ship in Wood Le Renard (22401) at 1:50 scale made by Artesanía Latina. Corsair Model Ship in Wood Le Renard (22401) at 1:50 scale made by Artesanía Latina.

What to say about its imposing and fabulous 10 cannons made of metal!

Get the best finishing with the new Set of Acrylic Paints for Le Renard (277PACK18). Water-based and quick-drying, your French corsair ship model will be much more realistic. Contains 6 jars of 20 ml each with the following colours: Off-White, Off-Black, Chequer Yellow, Burnt Umber, Vermilion and Bright Green.

Set of Acrylic Paints for Corsair Ship Model Le Renard (277PACK18) made by Artesanía Latina.

In short, after more than three years missing in the ‘Bermuda Triangle’, the wooden model ship of the French corsair cutter Le Renard (22401) is out of darkness. It is already at Artesanía Latina‘s stores to the delight of the modelers who were waiting for it… And there are many of them according to the emails received! Go privateers, build your ship!

Corsair Model Ship in Wood Le Renard (22401) at 1:50 scale made by Artesanía Latina.

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Modeling Gift Packs with Model Kit, Paints, Figurines and Tools for Modelers

Many times, the modelers’ loved ones know about their hobby but don’t know what to give them. The challenge of giving away modeling. What model and accessories to buy? Have I got it right? Something is missing? Will you like it? These and many other questions go through their heads creating many doubts. So Artesanía Latina has decided to make it easier for all of them. Even modelers who want to give themselves. We have created some Modeling Gift Packs to offer very interesting ideas by including the model, the paints, the figurines and, in addition, some tools in the same product. And at a lower price than buying them separately! Let’s get to know the ones currently in our catalog!

MODELING GIFT PACKS: MODEL OF CARAVEL SANTA MARIA

We start with a faithful replica of an historical miniature, fundamental for Humanity. The Santa Maria Model Gift Pack (22411-L) includes the caravel model at 1:65 scale (22411-N), the set of 10 metal figurines (22411-F) with characters such as Christopher Columbus, and the specific set of acrylic paints (277PACK8). Finally, some great modeling tools. It contains synthetic-hair round brush size 4 (17204), cutter nº1 scalpel (27019), curved fastening tweezers (27021), sanding block for wood (27014) and white glue (27602).Modeling Gift Packs: Ship Model of Caravel Santa Maria (22411-L) by Artesania Latina.

Modeling Gift Packs: Ship Model of Caravel Santa Maria (22411-L) by Artesania Latina.

MODELING GIFT PACKS: MODEL OF PADDLE STEAMER KING OF THE MISSISSIPPI

Another super emblematic ship of naval history is presented in King of the Mississippi Model Gift Pack (20515-L). Firstly, include the 1:80 scale wooden model of the American paddle steamer (20515). Secondly, the pack comes with the set of 18 metal figurines (20515-F). Thirdly, the set of specific acrylic paints (277PACK6). As gifts, it comes with a 125 ml transparent semi-gloss varnish jar (27605), a synthetic hair round brush size 4 (17204) and another flat size 8 (17108). Giving away modeling and getting it right with one this gift packs is guaranteed, like the smile of the modeler who receives it.Modeling Gift Packs: Ship Model of Paddle Steamer King of the Mississippi (20515-L) by Artesania Latina.

Modeling Gift Packs: Ship Model of Paddle Steamer King of the Mississippi (20515-L) by Artesania Latina.

MODELING GIFT PACKS: MODEL OF FRIGATE HERMIONE LA FAYETTE

The so-called ‘Freedom Frigate’ also has its own pack. Find out the magnificent Hermione La Fayette Modeling Gift Pack (22517-L). This one will surprise you with the 1:89 scale model of the French ship (22517-N), the set of 14 metal figurines (22517-F) and the specific acrylic paints set (277PACK4). Anyone who receives one of these modeling gift packs will love it, without a doubt! Giving away modeling is illusion!

Modeling Gift Packs: Ship Model of Frigate Hermione La Fayette (22517-L) by Artesania Latina.

Modeling Gift Packs: Ship Model of Frigate Hermione La Fayette (22517-L) by Artesania Latina.

MODELING GIFT PACKS: MODEL OF TRAINING SHIP JUAN SEBASTIÁN ELCANO

This pack brings the distinguished name of the pioneer of round the world by boat, Juan Sebastián Elcano. Of course, without forgetting his Portuguese partner Fernando Magallanes. With the Juan Sebastián Elcano Model Gift Pack (22260-L) will be a guaranteed success when giving away modeling. It is one of the favorite kits of our modelers friends. You will find the 1:250 scale model in plastic and wood (22260) and the specific set of acrylic paints (277PACK17). As a tools bonus, synthetic-hair round brush size 4 (17204), cutter nº1 scalpel (27019), curved fastening tweezers (27021), sanding block for wood (27014) and white glue (27602).
Modeling Gift Packs: Ship Model of Training Ship Juan Sebastián Elcano (22260-L) by Artesania Latina.

Modeling Gift Packs: Ship Model of Training Ship Juan Sebastián Elcano (22260-L) by Artesania Latina.

MODELING GIFT PACKS: MODEL SHIP OF BRITISH VESSEL HMS ENDEAVOUR

The British ship with which Captain James Cook discovered Australia, of course, has a very interesting Gift Pack. This HMS Endeavour Pack (22520-L) will excite you with tits 1:65 scale model of the ship (22520), the set of 14 metal figurines and accessories (22520-F), the set of specific acrylic paints (277PACK7) and the LED lighting set (27590). Give one of the ships that changed history!

Modeling Gift Packs: Model Ship of British Vessel HMS Endeavour (22520-L) by Artesanía Latina.

Modeling Gift Packs: Model Ship of British Vessel HMS Endeavour (22520-L) by Artesanía Latina.

GIFT PACK WITH MODEL OF GERMAN FIGHTER MESSERSCHMITT BF109G

One of the model aircraft jewels not only from Artesania Latina but of the entire market. The Gift Pack with Model of Fighter Plane Messerschmitt BF109G (20356-L) of World War II. It comes with the deluxe modeling kit in metal and photoetched of the 1:16 scale model (20356) and its acrylic paints set (277PACK5). What gifts does the pack have? To start, another small vintage scale model of the same plane from the Art&Wood collection (30217). Next, an exceptional 45 in 1 precision screwdriver set (27220). In addition to a straight cutting pliers (27212) and a needle nose pliers (27213).

Airplane Model Pack of German Fighter Messerschmitt BF109G (20356-L) by Artesania Latina.

Airplane Model Pack of German Fighter Messerschmitt BF109G (20356-L) by Artesania Latina.

GIFT PACK WITH MODEL OF BRITISH FIGHTER SOPWITH CAMEL

The last of the presentations now in stock in our catalog refers to the Sopwith Camel Model Gift Pack (20351-L). This one brings the 1:16 scale model of the British biplane fighter plane from World War I (20351) and the specific acrylic paints set (277PACK1). As splendid bonus gifts, synthetic-hair round brush size 4 (17204), cutter nº1 scalpel (27019), curved fastening tweezers (27021), sanding block for wood (27014), white glue (27602) and A4 cutting mat (27644). Giving away the museum quality modeling kit in this pack will brighten the day of the modeller who receives it from you.
Airplane Model Pack of British Fighter Sopwith Camel (20351-L) by Artesania Latina.

Airplane Model Pack of British Fighter Sopwith Camel (20351-L) by Artesania Latina.

Stay tuned because soon we will be incorporating new Modeling Gift Packs to please and excite your loved ones or, as we said, yourself as a modeler. Giving modeling as a gift is giving away passion!

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HMS Endeavour Longboat Model: 2022 Renewed and Improved Wooden Ship Modeling Kit!

More news! We already anticipated that this year was going to be prolific for the presentation of new and renewed products made by Artesania Latina. Here we go with the totally redesigned second scale model of the first quarter of 2022! On this occasion, we show our modelers friends the new model of the HMS Endeavour Longboat (19005) at 1/50 scale, the redesigned wooden modeling kit of the British ship. It is aimed at amateurs who wish to get started on naval modeling and also to those who want beautiful challenges in which to apply their skills.

HMS Endeavour Longboat Model (19005): 2022 Renewed and Improved Wooden Ship Modeling Kit!

Undoubtedly, this faithful miniature replica is the essential complement for the model of HMS Endeavour ship (22520). Going back to the longboat, our team of 3D designers and modelers has improved your assembly experience… Find out how reading this post! The presentation and high quality of the model parts, its instructions, its sails, its wood… Everything has been redesigned so that the modeler is fully satisfied!

HMS Endeavour Longboat Model (19005): 2022 Renewed and Improved Wooden Ship Modeling Kit!

HMS ENDEAVOUR LONGBOAT MODEL: NEW HIGH QUALITY PARTS

We are proud to announce all the new elements of the HMS Endeavour’s longboat model (19005) at 1/50 scale, a marvel of naval modeling. Break down all the news with the high-quality parts that make up this fabulous wooden modeling kit. Suffice it to say that we ensure that all parts fit together perfectly. Besides that its level of detail is simply… Impressive!

HMS Endeavour Longboat Model (19005): 2022 Renewed and Improved Wooden Ship Modeling Kit!

It contains beautiful, high-precision, laser-cut plywood boards, fine woods like birch and bamboo strips and round dowels, and stunning die-cast and brass parts. We find in the model of the HMS Endeavour Longboat everything you need to build this naval miniature at your modeling workshop.

HMS Endeavour Longboat Model (19005): 2022 Renewed and Improved Wooden Ship Modeling Kit!

As for the sails, it leaves us speechless! This wooden modeling kit comes with a set of 3 sails made of cotton, pre-cut and sewn ready to be placed and cotton threads. It also comes with the UK flag in sticker format. The HMS Endeavour Naval Auxiliary Ship Scale Model is ideal for beginning modelers to take their first steps working on rigging.

HMS Endeavour Longboat Model (19005): 2022 Renewed and Improved Wooden Ship Modeling Kit!

HMS ENDEAVOUR LONGBOAT MODEL: VERY DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS

The instructions for the assembly of the HMS Endeavour Captain’s Longboat model (19005) are perfect. Updated and highly detailed, they help the beginner modeler to build the scale model of the British boat. They are on DVD multimedia format for computers -Windows and Mac-. Now, we’re including the paper ship plan this time. In addition, you can download the instructions for free at HMS Endeavour Longboat product sheet on the web.

 

 

About basic modeling tools for the construction of this model, we recommend the following ones.

Once built, using your tools and expertise, supported by DVD instructions, the model measures 16.53” (420mm) length, 3.54” (90mm) width and 10.63” (270mm) height. Another novelty you can find in the modeling kit of the HMS Endeavour Longboat Model (19005) is its exhibition base as a gift.

HMS Endeavour Longboat Model (19005): 2022 Renewed and Improved Wooden Ship Modeling Kit!

PAINTS AND FIGURINES FOR HMS ENDEAVOUR LONGBOAT MODEL

If you want to achieve the best and most reliable finishes, Artesania Latina offers -for sale separately- the Set of Paints for HMS Endeavour Longboat (277PACK7). It serves both for the replica of the Captain’s Longboat and for the British ship HMS Endeavour. It is made up of 9 jars of 20 ml pots with fast-drying acrylic water-based paint in as many colours: off-white, off-black, bright red, royal blue, deep yellow, buff, cocoa brown, burnt umber and gold. They are perfect for use with airbrush although they can also be used with brush.

Set of Acrylic Water-Based Paints for HMS Endeavour Model (277PACK7).

Another of the extras -for sale separately- both for the model of HMS Endeavour (22520) as for your Longboat (19005) is the Metal Figurines Set (22520-F).

Set of Metal Figurines for HMS Endeavour Models (22520-F).

In short, the renovated in 2022 wooden model of HMS Endeavour Longboat at 1/50 scale (19005) has a high quality that meets expectations and demands of modelers. If you want to start on ship modeling or if you want to complete your HMS Endeavour model exhibition, build it with us! An indispensable artwork for your collection! Discover all the contents of the kit on the video below:

HMS Endeavour Longboat Model (19005): 2022 Renewed and Improved Wooden Ship Modeling Kit!

 

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Tuna Boat Model Marie Jeanne: 2022 Renewed Modeling Kit of the French Fishing Ship

What is promised is debt! Artesania Latina team is pleased to present to all its modelers friends the first of the new scale models for 2022. The tuna boat model Marie Jeanne at 1/50 scale, the renewed wooden modeling kit of the French tuna vessel, aimed at those who own a intermediate level of skills. Without a doubt, our team of 3D designers and modelers set out to improve the assembly experience of this faithful naval replica… And they have succeeded!

Tuna Boat Model Marie Jeanne (22175): 2022 Renewed modeling kit made of wood.

The presentation and high quality of the parts of the model, its instructions, its sails, its photo-etched parts, its wood… Everything has been redesigned so that the modeler is fully satisfied!

Tuna Boat Model Marie Jeanne (22175): 2022 Renewed modeling kit made of wood.

TUNA BOAT MODEL MARIE JEANNE: NEW HIGH QUALITY PARTS

How happy we are to show all the new elements of the tuna boat model Marie Jeanne at 1/50 scale, a true beauty of the naval modeling. We begin to break down all the news with the high quality parts that make up this fabulous wooden modeling kit. Suffice it to say that we ensure that all parts fit together perfectly. Besides that its level of detail is simply… Spectacular!

Tuna Boat Model Marie Jeanne (22175): 2022 Renewed modeling kit made of wood.

Tuna Boat Model Marie Jeanne (22175): 2022 Renewed modeling kit made of wood.

It contains beautiful, high-precision laser pre-cut wooden boards, noble woods such as birch strips and round dowels, and stunning photo-etched, brass, and cast parts. We found in the model of the tuna boat Marie Jeanne everything you need to build this naval miniature at your modeling workshop. And, above all, to take it to the next level with the aforementioned photo-etched parts, how wonderful!

Tuna Boat Model Marie Jeanne (22175): 2022 Renewed modeling kit made of wood.

Tuna Boat Model Marie Jeanne (22175): 2022 Renewed modeling kit made of wood.

Tuna Boat Model Marie Jeanne (22175): 2022 Renewed modeling kit made of wood.

Regarding the sails, speechless too! This wooden modeling kit comes with a set of 5 sails made of cotton, cut and sewn ready to be placed. It also comes with the French flag in sticker format. The Gallic fishing ship model is perfect for beginner modelers who want to take their first steps in the construction of rigging.

Tuna Boat Model Marie Jeanne (22175): 2022 Renewed modeling kit made of wood.

Tuna Boat Model Marie Jeanne (22175): 2022 Renewed modeling kit made of wood.

TUNA BOAT MARIE JEANNE: VERY DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS

The instructions for the assembly of the Marie Jeanne tuna boat model (22175) are unbeatable. Renewed and highly detailed, they will help you to perfectly build the scale model of the French fishing ship. They come on DVD multimedia format for computers -Windows and Mac-. Now, we’re including the paper ship plan this time. In addition, you can download the instructions for free at Marie Jeanne product sheet of the web.

About basic modeling tools for the construction of this model, we recommend the following ones.

Once built, the Marie Jeanne wooden model measures 22.24” (565 mm) length, 4.52” (115 mm) width and 19.48” (495 mm) height.

PAINTS FOR MARIE JEANNE AND EXHIBITION BASE LIGHTNING

If you want to achieve the best and most reliable finishes, Artesania Latina makes available -for sale separately- to its friends the Set of Paints for Marie Jeanne (277PACK12). It is made up of 11 20 ml jars of quick-drying acrylic water-based paint in as many colours: off-white, off-black, bluff, cocoa brown, burnt umber, gold, vermilion, bright green, French blue, royal blue, and orange. They are perfect for use with airbrush although you can paint with brush. Of course, the kit includes decals to decorate the boat, to the delight of the modelers.

Paints for Model Building. French Fishing Boat Model Marie Jeanne (277PACK12).Tuna Boat Model Marie Jeanne (22175): 2022 Renewed modeling kit made of wood.

Tuna Boat Model Marie Jeanne (22175): 2022 Renewed modeling kit made of wood.

Another new in the modeling kit of the tuna boat model Marie Jeanne (22175) is that its base as a gift it is prepared so that it can be illuminated. How? With our LED Lighting Set for Models and DIY Projects (27590), sold separately.

LED Lighting Set for Models and DIY Projects (27590).

Tuna Boat Model Marie Jeanne (22175): 2022 Renewed modeling kit made of wood.

LED Lighting Set for Models and DIY Projects (27590).

In short, the renewed in 2022 wooden model of the French tuna boat Marie Jeanne at 1/50 scale (22175) has a high quality that meets expectations and demands of the modelers. If you want a new naval modeling challenge or if you want to get started in the knowledge of sail construction, assemble it with us! Another little jewel for your collection that cannot be missed! Discover all the contents of the kit on the video below:

Tuna Boat Model Marie Jeanne (22175): 2022 Renewed modeling kit made of wood.

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Santa Maria Model Construction (II): Video Tutorials for 1/65 Wooden Caravel Set Up

We continue this week with the second post to teach how you can develope the construction of the Santa Maria model (22411-N), the well-known caravel (nao) in wood at 1/65 scale. We specify on video the parts of the assembly that can be more complicated or remarkable due to the level of detail for our modelers friends. Last week we left it explaining the assembly of the rails and barrels. Now we return to this audiovisual guide with the capstans and the cannons.

Santa Maria Model Construction (22411-N). The wooden caravel of America Discovery.

HOW TO BUILD THE CARAVEL CAPSTANS AND CANNONS

On the audiovisual instructions for 1/65 scale Santa Maria wooden model construction, we now present Chapter 9: ‘Assembly of the Capstans’. First, varnish with your brush the outer parts to then apply cyanoacrylate (27650) and glue the three parts that make it up. Second, insert them and… Done!

Chapter 10 deals with the ‘Assembly and Decoration of the Cannons’ on this video guide for the construction of the Santa Maria model. First, use one of our cutters to extract parts of the photo-etched plate and to remove the remains. Once removed, glue the four U-shaped details with cyanoacrylate on each of the four corners of the two sides of the gun carriage part. Second, insert some cyanoacrylate into the four existing holes in the large part, then insert the four eyebolts into these.

Now, place or glue the cannon on top of the gun carriage -your choice-. Take a thread and begin to carefully pass it through the eyebolts so that the barrel fastening is tight and beautiful. If you need it, help yourself in this task with a curved fastening tweezers. Finally, tie the end of the thread and cut off the excess.

SANTA MARÍA MODEL CONSTRUCTION: PAINTING LANTERN, NAMEPLATE AND DOORS

The following demonstrative videos deal with the finishes of the 1/65 scale model of the Santa María caravel, specifically, with the painting of various parts. In Chapter 11 we will see how to ‘Painting the Lantern’. To be able to work comfortably, embed the lantern in a stick or punch. With a flat brush, apply the paint carefully. We remind you that you can use the Set of Paints for Caravels and Galleons (277PACK8), for sale separately, with all the necessary colors to make your model perfect.

We move on to Chapter 12 with the ‘Painting of the Nameplate for Exhibition Base’ on the following video for Santa Maria model construction. Once the modeler has the plate out of the photo-etched plate, take some straight tip precision tweezers to hold it. Using a flat brush, start to apply the paint without excess paint on the brush or plate. Scrape a round wooden stick with a cutter until you get a point like any pencil. Proceed to remove the paint that is on the letters with that tool that has been created. Do the same with the license plate frame. The letters and the frame will be gold while the background will be colored.

In Chapter 13 we will watch the ‘Painting the Doors’. Tape the door to the end of a wood part so it doesn’t move while you paint. Have a small amount of the two paints you are going to use on a small plastic. Soak the flat brush and remove the excess on a paper towel. Apply brown and black with the flat brush to make it look like wood grain.

SANTA MARIA MODEL CONSTRUCTION: MASTS REINFORCEMENTS AND SAILS DECORATION

The last two videos of the audiovisual guide forconstruction details of Santa Maria model demonstrate how to carry out two tasks related to the propulsion of the caravel. The masts and the sails. Chapter 14 teaches the ‘Masts Reinforcements with Thread’. Take the thread and tie it to the mast as shown on the video. Using straight-nose pliers, tighten the thread wherever you see slack. Take the two ends of the thread with your hands and pull. Cut the excess thread with a cutter.

The last one is Chapter 15, here we show the ‘Sails Decoration’ process. Carefully remove the cross from its support. Take a parts of flat cardboard larger than the sail, place the sail on top and stick it to it with masking tape so it doesn’t move. Place the cross on top of the sail and use the new Micro Centering Ruler (27326) to check the measurements and that it is centered. With the cross already centered on the sail, take a pencil and draw the outline of the cross on the sail. Take a small round brush, and fill in the entire silhouette of the cross with the red paint.

We are done with these video tutorials to help the modeler in the construction of the Santa Maria model kit at 1/65 scale (22411-N). This kit of naval modeling will make you enjoy many moments of joy and satisfaction. Do not forget that, in addition to selling the model alone, we also have the fabulous Santa Maria Model Gift Pack (22411-L). Find out!

Gift Pack Santa Maria Caravel Model at 1/65 Scale (22411-L).

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Santa Maria Model Assembly (I): Build the Caravel in Wood with Our Help

Our ‘Model Building Tips’ section of the blog helps our modeling friends know how to build many of our scale models and to manipulate the tools. In this case, we are going to show an audiovisual guide for the Santa Maria model assembly at 1/65 scale (22411-N). The wooden caravel with which Christopher Columbus discovered America. Surely, it is one of the best-selling faithful miniature replicas in the world every year.

Santa Maria Model Assembly at 1/65 scale. Artesania Latina's wooden caravel (22411-N).

So the Artesania Latina‘s modelers team has created a series of video tutorials at our YouTube Playlists. Not only the assembly of the Santa Maria model, but also many others ships and airplanes. We are going to explain to you from now how to work with the most complicated parts to execute during the construction process of the famous caravel -it really is a nao-.

Santa Maria Model Assembly at 1/65 scale. Artesania Latina's wooden caravel (22411-N).

SANTA MARIA MODEL ASSEMBLY: SIDE WALLS AND BOW PARTS

In this Chapter 1 of the fifteen included in this assembly guide of the Santa Maria model (22411-N) we are going to deal with the ‘Placement of the Side Walls’. For this step, the modeler needs quick drying dense cyanoacrylate (27650). The cyano applicator is included in this set (27302). Once applied, you must press the wooden part until it is fully adhered. Start with the central part to later glue the back and the front.

We go to the bow from Chapter 2 with the ‘Forecastle Bulkhead Planking’ of this guide for Santa Maria model assembly at 1/65 scale. The modeler must once again use cyanoacrylate, in addition to any universal cutter (27044) from our catalog of cutting tools for modeling. In this way, you will be able to cut the leftover wooden parts once they are glued.

We continue on the bow assembly of Santa Maria caravel scale model with Chapter 3 and the ‘Bow Deck Outline’. Prior to placing the three parts, modelers must first paint or varnish them with our brushes and airbrushes. After painting them, you must cut the corners diagonally with the cutter so that they fit perfectly when gluing them with cyanoacrylate.

Chapter 4 deals with ‘Bow Deck Assembly’. Before putting the part that you have made in the previous step, place without glue the two wooden cylinders that serve for its proper positioning. Apply cyanoacrylate to the entire frame or edge of the bow deck and insert the piece. Press it without excessive force until you notice that it has adhered. Carefully remove the two cylinders.

SANTA MARIA CARAVEL CONSTRUCTION GUIDE: RUDDER AND DEADEYES

The Santa Maria model assembly, a 1/65 scale model by Artesania Latina, now focuses on the rudder. Specifically, Chapter 5 shows the ‘Rudder Hinges Placement’. Mark with a pencil the places where you want to place the hinges. Take each of these and press it on the place you have marked previously until it takes the shape. Insert a punch through the hinge holes and make a small hole. By that same place and with the help of a professional needle nose pliers (27213) take one of the rivets or nails and insert it by pressing with the pliers. Once inserted, you can fix it better with gentle strokes using our modeler’s hammer (27017).

Continue by cutting three parts of wooden round dowels with a cutter. Use the glue applicator to put cyanoacrylate around these. Finally, insert them into the holes of the hinges with the help of some professional precision tweezers with ultra fine tip (27204).

It is time to watch the ‘Deadeyes Assembly in Chainwales’ in Chapter 6. Take a bolt with its metal part and apply cyanoacrylate on the metal. Place it and mark with a small drill where you want to place the nail. Then insert the nail with the pliers and press. Repeat the process with all the deadeyes.

SANTA MARIA MODEL ASSEMBLY: HANDRAILS AND BARRELS

The Chapter 7 teaches modelers how to set up the ‘Handrails’. Take one of these and mark with a pencil the leftovers that you want to cut so that the ends are diagonal for placement. Proceed to cut with the cutter. Sand these ends with the sanding block (27014) so ​​there are no burrs. Apply cyan to the bases of the upright posts and glue the railing to the foredeck. Varnish it last.

The last video of Santa Maria model assembly that we watch in this post -we continue in the next one- is the one from Chapter 8: ‘Barrels Making’. Using a utility knife, split the barrel support part in two and remove any excess. Apply cyanoacrylate to the curved area of ​​the bracket where the barrel sits. Peg the barrel into the bracket along one of the horizontal lines on the first. Do the same with the other barrel. Do the same process with the other piece of the bracket as well. With the help of precision pliers, take the thread and insert it through all the holes as a grip and decoration.

If you can’t wait for the next post of Santa Maria model assembly to start building it, we have a surprise for you. One of the news for 2022 on Artesania Latina catalog are the Gift Packs. In this sense, we present to all our modelers friends the Santa Maria Model Gift Pack (22411-L).

Santa Maria Model Assembly at 1/65 scale. Artesania Latina's Gift Pack of wooden caravel (22411-N).
In addition to the 1/65 scale model of the Santa Maria caravel (22411-N), the pack brings a set of metal figurines (22411-F) and its specific paints set (277PACK8). As gifts, a bottle of white glue, sanding block, brush, tweezers and cutter. An unmissable opportunity!

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Woods for Model Building and Handcrafts: Make Your Own Parts and Build Your Own Models

Today we present in this post a category of our products highly demanded by modelers of all levels: the ‘Woodsfor model building and other crafts. Here you can find various types and forms of wood, all of them from sustainable crops, both to create parts and to assemble models or complete crafts.

There are modelers who acquire our woods to make spare parts or who have lost them at their workshop -we recommend our modeling workbench-. Others to make parts imagined by themselves. And, finally, other lovers of this beautiful hobby who devise, cut and assemble the entire scale model from scratch… Only with our woods!

Woods for Model Building and Handcrafts.

Artesania Latina has the best wood for naval modeling, other modeling and crafts on the market given its high quality. Most of these are noble woods, last over time and are prepared to be treated and manipulated with ease. Birch, basswood, American walnut, coral (padauk) and sapele make up the materials. Currently, we offer plywoods, boardsveneers, strips, round dowels, mouldings for showcases and exhibition bases. Next, we break down the characteristics of each of these products made of wood for a better understanding of the modeler.

WOODS FOR MODEL BUILDING AND HANDCRAFTS: PLYWOODS

Speaking about woods for model building and handcrafts, the plywood boards are the first to be presented. All the different variants of these have measures 35.43” (900mm) length and 11.81” (300mm) width, yes, with different thicknesses according to need. There are five options to choose from: from 0.059” (1.5mm) to 0.196” (5mm). The plywood boards are made from basswood, with a high quality fine finishes. Basswood -linden wood- has a light and uniform color ranging from white to cream. Its type of grain is straight and with a very fine texture. It is an ultralight material, easy to dry when glued and once dry it is stable.

Woods for Model Building and Handcrafts. Plywoods.

WOODS FOR MODEL BUILDING AND HANDCRAFTS: VENEERS AND BOARDS

Regarding veneers, we find fifteen different alternatives in the catalog from Artesania Latina, all of them presented with a length of 1,000 mm and a thickness of 0.6 mm. Veneers can be used, for example, to give any piece that is not wood the appearance of wood, such as lining parts built with board or the deck of a model ship.

The variations are found in the width, in the units that the package brings -20 or 25- and in the solid wood used. The widths of the sheets range from 0.157” (4mm) to 0.314” (8mm). As for the wooden types, there are basswood or linden -whose characteristics already discussed above-, American walnut and sapele. In Europe, the wood of American walnut is considered one of the best. It is brown but it has details in gray and yellow tones. Great resistance and durability, very difficult to scratch. With high hardness and fine texture. Regarding the sapele, it can be said that it is dark brown with reddish and golden tones in some of its pronounced veins. It is very similar to mahogany wood, of medium hardness and can be easily manipulated.

Woods for Model Building and Handcrafts. Veneers.

The boards made of solid wood are other the fantastic products for modelers and crafts people to make their own spare parts and build their own scale models or other crafts with totally new ones. In this section, you can currently purchase three different planks, all of them 39.37” (1,000mm) length and 2.75” (70mm) width, in sapele and American walnut.

Woods for Model Building and Handcrafts. Boards.

WOODS FOR SHIP MODELING: STRIPS

It is known that with the strips made of solid wood all kinds of parts can also be devised for modeling and other crafts. However, in nship modeling they can be used for more precise uses such as lining the hulls of the model ships or add details such as railings and baseboards.

Woods for Model Building and Handcrafts. Strips.

We have solid birch and coral (red wood) strips. According to references, the packs are made up of 5, 6 or 20 units. All the strips measure 39.37” (1,000mm) length, the thicknesses and widths vary according to the different needs of the client. 89 different possibilities of your choice! Our woods for ship modeling and other crafts are the best!

On the one hand, the wood of birch is usually colored from white to cream. Over time, it darkens a bit. The grain is straight and its texture is very fine. Like the other woods from Artesania Latina, birch has a high-quality finishes. On the other hand, the wood of coral (padauk) is characterized by its deep red color with purple-brown hues in sunlight. It is hard but easy to work with during any handling process at your modeling workshop and other crafts.

ROUND DOWELS FOR MODEL BUILDING AND HANDCRAFTS

The round dowels made of solid wood are presented in packs of 2, 5, 10 or 20 units. We have ribs in birch, coral (padauk), American walnut and sapele. And different measures: you can find long rods of 35.98” (914mm) and 39.37” (1,000mm) in our catalogue. Regarding the diameters, from 0.078” (2mm) to 0.472” (12mm).

Woods for Model Building and Handcrafts. Round Dowels.

In naval modeling, round doweols are perfect for making masts and yards for wooden ship models. In addition to many other details with a cylindrical shape. Coming soon, we will talk about a products highly coveted by our client friends: wooden exhibition bases and mouldings for showcases.

In short, all the woods for model building and other crafts made by Artesania Latina are very useful for modelers and other hobbyists who want to create the parts they need or the new ones they devise. Adapted for carvings, turning and all kinds of handwork. They are easy to treat and behave optimally when glued and finished, quick drying. They last over time given their high quality. What more can you ask of a wood!

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Electric Plank Bender: Learn How to Use an Essential Tool for Naval Modeling

It is, without any doubt, one of the star products made by Artesania Latina. Simply, because it is perfectly designed for the wooden ship modeling. We are talking about an essential and specific tool in these times to properly assemble the hulls of ship models. The Electric Plank Bender is one of the tools that any modeler friend should have at her/his workshop.

Electric Plank Bender for Ship Modeling, made by Artesania Latina (27074-1).

The Electric Plank Bender made by Artesania Latina (27074-1) is the most demanded on the market given its fantastic value for money. During the construction of the naval scale model hulls manufactured in wood, the fan of this hobby suffered folding the strips that are placed to cover the aforementioned area of the ship, given its curved shape.

Electric Plank Bender for Ship Modeling, made by Artesania Latina (27074-1).

Specifically, our Electric Plank Bender helps the modeler to mold strips up to 3 mm thick. And it comes with what is required for its use, we will highlight it below.

CONTENTS ELECTRIC PLANK BENDER KIT FOR WOODEN SHIP MODELING

The contents of the Electric Plank Bender Kit for wooden naval modeling are six different objects, the following:

  • A 220-volt electric soldering iron in blue -it can also be in red, depending on the existing stock-.
  • A brass tip for bending and shaping wooden strips.
  • Metal support that avoids burning the area where the modeler builds the ship model.
  • A very useful screwdriver to fix the tip to the device.
  • Wooden template with compound curves.
  • And a fantastic gift: a jar of white glue to stick parts together.

Electric Plank Bender for Ship Modeling, made by Artesania Latina (27074-1).

If you are a beginner modeler, and even if you are an expert one, you may not know how to use the electric plank bender for ship modeling so precisely. Don’t worry about it.

HOW TO USE IT FOR BENDING AND SHAPING

From now on we are going to explain how to use the Electric Plank Bender step-by-step. We do it thanks to the fantastic help of a video made by one of the professional modelers on our team. Previously, two fundamental tips for those who are going to use this modeling tool for the first time.

  1. Moisten wood to be pre-treated for several hours for best results.
  2. It is not necessary to exert great pressure with the tool to be able to shape the wood.

As you have watched on the video, once you see how to do it, it is much easier to bend and shape wooden parts. This Artesania Latina‘s great product, the Electric Plank Bender (27074-1), it will save you a lot of sweat on your forehead and a lot of frustration in your mind.

SET OF 6 MINI FASTENING PLIERS

If you want the work to look totally professional, we recommend that you also use the Set of 6 Mini Fastening Pliers 30 mm (27200), sold separately. It allows the modeler to fix the already bent and molded strips with an opening of up to 30 mm to, for example, a glass so that they do not lose their achieved shape. Without forgetting that during the bonding processes with adhesive they are essential. The retractable spring of each of these clips causes it to return to its closed position.

Set of 6 Mini Fastening Pliers 30 mm - 1.18'' (27200).

If you also need to know a few brushstrokes of theoretical information about how to build model ship hulls, there is a related blog post. Click here to read it.

NOW AVAILABLE 110-VOLTS AMERICAN VERSION ELECTRIC PLANK BENDER!

The modelers of the American continent are lycky thanks to a 2022 new product from Artesania Latina: the 110-Volts Electric Plank Bender American Version (27074-AM) -you can only see the product sheet if you live in America-. Many times demanded by our client friends, until now we could not send it to be used because it was not adapted to the electrical systems of their homes and workshops. You can use it now!

New 110-Volts American Version Electric Plank Bender for Model Building (27074-AM).

In short, the electric plank bender for naval modeling and its consequent use greatly facilitate the assembly of one of the most complicated areas to assemble on a model ship. Try this ship modeling tool! As soon as you use it, the modeler can only live with it!