The Spanish ship model manufacturer OcCre has really been going to town on new kit development. They came out with the Terror, Beagle, Essex, and Endurance in a fairly short time span. This year, they’ve released a big 1/200 scale kit of the WWII German heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen. Then, right on the heels of that, they have another new big kit, the 1/100 scale Amerigo Vespucci.
Now, this is not a new subject in the ship modeling world. Mantua Models of Italy also makes a 1/100 scale Amerigo Vespucci kit. They also make it in a big 1/84 scale kit as well. The now defunct Mamoli, made the ship in 1/150 scale, as well as a mini-kit in 1/350 scale. I haven’t checked, but since Dusek picked up the Mamoli line, perhaps these are available again.
However, OcCre’s kit has the advantage of more detailed instructions that are easier to follow than most. Plus, they’ve been making multi-part Youtube videos to help modelers better understand the construction steps. While these aren’t online just yet, I expect they will be up in the next few days.
I think Mantua still makes the “king” of the Amerigo Vespucci kits, but I think it is likely a lot more difficult, a lot more expensive, and I think many people will be happy with the quality what is likely to be an easier to build kit from OcCre.
OcCre has been very productive with their new kit development. It wasn’t long ago that they released their new 1/200 scale kit of the German heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen. And just this past weekend, they announced their latest new kit, a 1/100 scale kit of the internationally famous Italian Navy training ship, Amerigo Vespucci.
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This iron-hulled, three-masted sailing ship was built for the Italian Navy in 1931. It’s design is reminiscent of the ships of the line of the 18th and 19th centuries. The model at 1/100 scale, measures over 38″ long and 22″ high. This is a high skill level kit, designed for experienced ship modelers.
This is a wooden model ship kit featuring precision laser-cut parts for the hull framing. High quality wood is provided for the hull and deck planking, masts, and spars. Includes a complete set of wood and cast metal…
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