Hanse Kogge von Bremen – A Shipyard Laser-Cut Model Build

Something I’ve been working on for about a year now, but haven’t been writing about here, is a card model from Shipyard. The model is of a medieval cog based on the Bremen cog that was excavated in 1962 in Bremen, Germany. 

The last time I mentioned this build was in my mid-summer update post last August. As I mentioned then, I have been maintaining a build log on this project, but this time, I chose to only post it on the Nautical Research Guild’s Model Ship World. I did this because I sometimes spend too much time writing and not enough time working on my many projects. So, I thought I might just keep the build log in one place for this one.

It didn’t quite work out that way though, as I wanted to get some visibility for this recent Shipyard kit, so I also posted about the build, though in a less detailed way, on the paper model forum papermodelers.com. However, it doesn’t get much attention there, as ships, particularly sailing ships, aren’t a big paper modeling topic. 

The model is actually pretty close to completion, so I thought I’d post a brief update here on it, just to share where I’m at on this model.

This has been a fun and challenging build and a bit of a learning experience. I’ve completed one paper ship model kit from Shipyard, the naval cutter Alert. That required cutting out parts individually from printed sheets, which you have to laminate to build up to necessary thicknesses. And, I wanted to try building one of the company’s laser-cut ship model kits – one where all the parts were already laser-cut from properly sized card stock.

I’d been eying other subject for the laser-cut card model project, namely HMS Wolf or the Papegojan. But, when this kit was released, I had an opportunity to build it. So, I thought I’d give it a try.

This is actually one of two laser-cut card model kits of cogs that Shipyard produces. The other is called the Wütender Hund, or Wild Dog. In addition, Shipyard has release two cog kits in wood! These are basically card models, where the company has substituted thin wood for card. The result goes together just like a laser-cut card model. But, as it is actually wood, you can apply a finish to it for a nicer appearance.

With the card model kits, you have to paint the model, unless you want it all in white card stock. Painting a card model of a wooden ship requires a little bit of technique to actually make the card look like wood. The kit instructions tell you how to do this. 

I didn’t exactly master their technique, but I’m sufficiently satisfied with the wood-like appearance of my model.


My in progress projects, both 1/72 scale and both featuring laser-cut parts. In the foreground, Shipyard’s Hanse Kogge von Bremen 1380, and in the background Woody Joe’s Kitamaebune. Historically, the cog predates the Japanese coastal transport (bezaisen) by about 300-400 years.

I’m now pretty well into the masting and rigging stage of the cog build, having completed just about the last of the structural details. By next month, I should be able to post some final pictures of the completed model along with a few comments about the build. Stay tuned! Ω



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