Monthly Archives: February 2021

The HSPMS Youtube Channel

Yes, Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights now has a Youtube channel. Check it out.

As a member of the club, I decided to create the channel and a couple videos. I’d been tinkering around with slide show videos for quite some time, and I’ve lately been considering doing some slide show style videos showing off my work or other ship modeling related stuff.

If you would, please view the videos on Youtube and give them a like (assuming you actually do like them). Leave comments, but please be nice!

Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights

Check out the Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights new Youtube channel!

HSPMS member and Commodore Paul Reck has been showing his models to members and other friends by making neat little slide show videos, so it only makes sense to make them available for the public to view.

In addition, we a pretty decent collection of photos from a couple club outings, and from some members that take photos of their progress. Add to that a little footage of our meetings and you have some nice recruitment video material.

Here is the first video we’ve posted. It’s a collection of photos and video footage taken from our 2017 Day Sail aboard the scow schooner Alma, which belongs to the San Francisco Maritime National Park. Check it out.

Our second video is a progress slideshow of Paul Reck’s scratch built US Coast Guard 26′ motor lifeboat. We haven’t seen any footage…

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New Kits from Türkmodel Now in Stock

Ages of Sail posted on their blog today that they got in a number of new kits from the Turkish ship model kit manufacturer Türkmodel.

I’ve never built one of their kits, but I am familiar with the Bohuslän kit that they produced for Nordic Class Boats. Türkmodel still produces the kit, though I’m not sure that Nordic Class Boats is still in existence.

From what I understand, the kits are produced using digital design tools and make heavy use of laser-cut parts. My own experience with other manufacturers and laser-cut parts is that you have be just be extra careful when aligning these parts, so as to avoid fitting and alignment issues later in the build.

One thing to be aware of is that Türkmodel, like more and more manufacturers, has done away with the inclusion of printed plans or instructions in their kits. To get the plans, you simply need to download them. You can then choose to print any or all of the instructions if needed. While some people may balk at this, it reduces cost of production and shipping weight. And, you don’t have to wait until you buy the kit in order to see what the build it like, just download the instructions.

Ages of Sail

Türkmodel, or Turk Model as we have them listed, is a major manufacturer of wooden ship model kits based in Turkey. For the past several years, the company has engaged in the production of wooden model ship and boat kits using computer aided design technology to their create model kits. They have been producing kits under their own label, as well as kits for regional companies like Nordic Class Boats, Modell-Tec, and others. 

Turk Model’s line up of ship and boat model kits includes fishing boats, passenger ferries, various workboats, recreational sail boats and speed boats, and then some. One example is the Swedish passenger ship Bohuslän, produced for Nordic Class Boats. This kit is a big 1/45-scale model that now includes an LED lighting set. The model is designed so that it can be converted to R/C operation, though it makes a beautiful display model.

At Ages of Sail, we’ve just…

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1/20-scale Senzanmaru Model – A First Update

Work progresses on this model of the only example of an actual Edo period Japanese boat still in existence.

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Work is coming along on this model of the Edo period whaleboat-style craft Senzanmaru. Unfortunately, at this stage, a lot of work can be done with little apparent change in the model.

In the photos below, you can see how I taped a string at the bow and stern to service as a center reference line, so I can check to make sure everything is straight and even. I don’t know why I picked a tan line instead of a black one. I think the spool of tan line just happened to be handier.

As I mentioned, progress is being made, but it’s basically all in the details now. You may have already noticed the ōtoko, the heavy beam at the stern. This serves as the rudder mount and hinge, and has a rogui (hinge pin and resting pad) on the left or port side for mounting a sculling oar. This…

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Act Fast! Douglas Brooks Online Workshop – Saturday, February 20

Ship modelers who have even a passing curiosity on the subject of Japanese boats and the Japanese apprentice learning system will be sure to find this talk fascinating. Douglas Brooks was a speaker at past Nautical Research Guild conferences, and his talks were very well received.

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Sorry for the short notice, but there is an online workshop this Saturday, Feruary 20th, from 11am to 1pm PST. That’s 2pm to 4pm Eastern. The Zoom-based workshop is being hosted by Kezurou-Kai USA and there is a fee of $50 for non-members and $30 for members. Douglas will be discussing the building of Japanese boats under the traditional Japanese apprentice learning system.

For those who haven’t had a chance to attend one of his talks, this is a great opportunity. I have been fortunate to have attended his talks both in-person and online, and I’m always learning new things. But, the story of his apprenticeships is fascinating and entertaining and I’m sure you will feel that way too.

Whether or not he plugs his book, Japanese Wooden Boatbuilding, I strongly recommend it for anyone who is interested in building a real Japanese wooden boat, a model of one, or…

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Artesania Latina’s New 1/65-Scale Vasa Kit

As I announced in a previous post, Artesania Latina’s new Vasa kit is here! Ages of Sail reportedly has several of the kits in stock. This kit seems to mark another step-up for this classic ship model company, which in the old days, was often the first brand that future ship modelers were exposed to, as they were carried in the standard hobby shop distribution chain.

What seems most interesting now is the level of detail in the kit instructions. I don’t know how much of the instructions are included in the kit, as there are something like 400 pages of photo-based instructions. The kit includes a DVD and you can download them off the Internet as well, so I can’t imagine they’d print up such a massive book.

Anyway, check it out. You may find your next ship model project!

Ages of Sail

We just received a big shipment of products from the “new and improved” Artesania Latina, so we’re finally recovering after the holidays depleted our stocks of this long-time popular brand. In addition, we’ve receive some new kits you might want to check out, as well as the return of an old favorite, the San Juan Nepomuceno. But, the biggest news by far is the release of their brand new kit of the 17th century Swedish warship Vasa.

This spectacular kit is made for the Expert Level modeler and is produced in 1/65-scale, making it one of the largest Vasa kits available at 42″ long and 34″ high. The kit makes heavy use of die-cast and photo-etched decorations, and there are a LOT of them!

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Building the Kanrin Maru – Japan’s First Screw Steamer – Part 4

After the modification of the bulwarks, the rest of the model should look pretty much like the plans. The Woody Joe kit seems to be pretty well spot-on with the Dutch maritime museum plans as far as hull shape and deck layout. So, it’s basically the smaller details that I need to consider.

The scrollwork for the bow is a cast metal piece, which looks fine. There are a few artifacts from the casting process which need cleaning up, but this is pretty easy to do. I just used a sharp, chisel pointed blade to cut them away.

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Drawing Wasen Tomo no Kai’s “Kawasemi”

Some notes about creating an illustration of a traditional Japanese boat from construction drawings and photos.

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Just a few days ago, I mention in a blog post that I’d managed to acquire drawings of an Edo Nitaribune, a cargo boat used on the canals and rivers of old Edo. I also mentioned that it turns out that these drawings are a perfect match for a boat built by the late Mr. Kazuyoshi Fujiwara, a Japanese boatbuilder with whom Douglas Brooks studied under in his third apprenticeship.

Mr. Fujiwara built at least a couple boats that are now used by a group called Wasen Tomo no Kai, or Friends of the Traditional Japanese Boat. This is a group of volunteers that operate and maintain several wasen, giving rides to visitors in Tōkyō’s Kōtō ward.

Today, I spent some time working with the drawings to create an illustration to help me work out the details of my Nitaribune model. Now, I’m using the term Nitaribune and the…

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Starting a 1/20-scale Senzanmaru Model

First post on a new model project of a traditional Japanese boat. This time, it’s a specific boat called Senzanmaru. It is the only example of an actual Edo period boat that still exists today.

Wasen Mokei 和船模型

A couple weeks ago, in a spurt of initiative, I finally began work on a 1/20-scale model fo the Edo period boat Senzanmaru.

Senzanmaru is a whaleboat-style craft that was used by the Hachisuka clan of the former Awa province, now called Tokushima province. The boat measured just under 34 feet long and was propelled by up to 5 sculling oars. In addition, the boat has a mast step, though many boats have such a feature that goes unused.

I don’t know all the details of the boat and how it was used, but it is highly ornamented with elaborate designs painted on her hull and a relieve carving of a dragon on either side of her stem. While boats similar in size and type were used in large numbers to tow large gozabune, highly ornamental military-style vessels that served as yachts and transports for high-ranking samurai, the…

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