HMS Alert, 1777 - 1/96 scale paper model

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HMS Alert, 1777 - 1/96 scale paper model

Postby catopower » Tue Jul 26, 2016 3:20 pm

I've had this project that I'd been tinkering with for just over 2 years now. I'd never build a paper model kit before. But, helping out at Ages of Sail http://www.agesofsail.com introduced me to them. I saw them on the shelf and was instantly intrigued. These kits are very sophisticated and unlike any other paper model kits I've seen. They are built-up from a dense framework, which is covered with two separate layers to even out the curve of the hull. Then, the hull is planked in lapstrake fashion.

I toyed with it for months and took the hull to the NRG conference to display it for Ages of Sail and it drew a tremendous amount of attention. One of my ship modeling buddies wanted to me to complete it and offered to buy it. So, it went from a tinkering/exploration project to a full-on build.

It's time to declare victory and post photos of the final model. Actually, these photos were taken before I added the final touch of rope coils, but it's not really noticeable in these shots.

Note that this is something more of a multimedia build as I chose to use wooden the masts and spars and blocks, and brass cannon barrels. Sails are cloth and of course there is rigging line. All else is essentially paper.


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The cannons are the small swivel guns that Syren Ship Model Company sells. Blocks and rigging line is mostly from Syren also, but I also experimented with the use of Morope brand model rope.

The basic kit is available from Ages of Sail for just over $30. It contains 5 sheets of printed parts, some sheets of diagrams, and laser cut parts for the hull framework.

It was a new challenge. In some ways it was easier that wooden ship modeling, in other ways, it's more tedious because of all the small parts. Definitely a different skill set is needed, but no power tools need at all. This is a great project that you can work on with very limited space and budget.

For those with a little more room and money, there is a boxed version that has all the parts laser cut for you. You do have to paint the whole thing as there are few printed parts. The kit is about $100 more, but the pre-cut parts should be a big time saver. Also, the model is in a larger scale of 1/72. That kit includes brass cannons, dowels for the masts, pre-cut and printed sails, paint, brush and razor blade, and much better instructions.

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Re: HMS Alert, 1777 - 1/96 scale paper model

Postby GaryM » Tue Jul 26, 2016 9:40 pm

They are impressive models. Having seen it in person, most people will believe it is a wooden model. Once it is in a case, it will look as good as any other model regardless of the material used. Very nice job.
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Re: HMS Alert, 1777 - 1/96 scale paper model

Postby Graham » Wed Jul 27, 2016 4:31 pm

A model to be proud of; nice job!

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