The Endurance – New Model Kit from OcCre

OcCre has been producing a lot of new kits over the past couple years, and what’s great is that they are releasing a number of subjects that haven’t been done before, or haven’t been done very well before.

Now, these kits aren’t exactly scale accurate representations, but are reasonably priced and they seem to have the overall dimensions and general details right. Any ship modeler who is more scale-obsessed, like I am, can modify the details as he or she sees fit. To me, that’s the mark of a good kit.

Well, the latest release by OcCre is Ernest Shackleton’s Antarctic expedition ship, Endurance. Check out OcCre’s 1/70-scale model of this famous ship of exploration. OcCre seems to be on a roll with these ships of exploration. 3 of the last 5 kits that I am aware of, have been ships of exploration: HMS Terror, HMS Beagle, and Endurance.

OcCre’s Endurance looks like it may be another winner.

Ages of Sail

We just received our first shipment of the newest kit from the Spanish wooden ship model kit manufacturer, OcCre. The ship is the 1/70-scale model of Endurance, the Antarctic exploration ship of Sir Ernest Shackleton. A 3-masted barquentine (or barkentine) built in Sandefjord, Norway, the carried Shackleton and his crew of 27 for the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition in 1914.

The Endurance was a sturdy ship, 144 feet long, and built with a reinforced hull. The ship was equipped with a coal-fired steam engine that could propel the ship at over 10 knots. Though she was considered to be perhaps the strongest wooden ship ever built, she could not overcome the power of nature. In January of 1915, strong winds had piled up thick packs of ice around the ship, and became locked in the Antarctic ice. Ultimately, by October, she was crushed by pressure waves in the ice around her…

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