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  1. Well here goes, my first build log. The San Martin was the flagship of the King Phillip II 's commander the Duke of Medina Sidonia and is frequently mentioned in "The Defeat of the Spanish Armada" by Garrett Mattingly. It survived the battles and voyage and finally reached Santander after sailing around the north of Scotland and Ireland. An earlier incomplete build log of this model , with several photographs of the parts in box is shown in San Martin by Volkerbo - Occre - scale 1: 90 so I won't repeat. This is my first Occre kit and so far compares favourably with Corel efforts quality wise. The frames and false keel went together easily with only a little easing and first picture shows three of the decks planked, although only the main deck is glued in place which needed clamping it was straight whilst it lies curved. The planks were lightly sanded and given one coat of Danish oil and tree nails added in pencil. For this build I intend to sand, coat with one coat of Danish oil and rub in beeswax at the end. Noted a few oddities in the instructions already, one of which suggests bulkheads planked vertically with mahogany. Never seen this before so will plank horizontally as in many build logs. Also suggested this planking is done before the decks are added which I think would have needed trimming the planked decks. So will fit the decks and then plank the bulk heads. The only bashing I intend to do is to cut out more gun ports to replace the metal stick on castings. Will try the method used in Half Moon using stub cannons glued into a block fixed to the bulkheads. Aim is for the cannon barrels to protrude from dark shadowy gun ports. If I can't get the planking right around the ports or the effect doesn't look good can always debash the kit. Now for the fun, I have a decent camera but struggling to get a good lighting and spot in the house. All comments welcome and I hope its of interest to the members, signing off for now. Steve
  2. all, My Halve Maen build was already on hold, but during our move to a new house in November 2015, she got lost because one of our friends put her box on the pavement instead of in our car. After that the enthusiasm to build was completely gone. I spent last year enjoying my other hobbies. But, as a Dutch saying goes: 'Blood is thicker than water' and the urge to build another ship came back. So, May I present to you the Spanish Galleon Nuestra Señora del Pilar De Zaragoza (Our lady of the pillar of Zaragoza), a Spanish Treasure Galleon. Measurements Length: 1110 mm Height: 970 mm Width: 520 mm History During the 17th and 18th centuries Spanish galleons served the Spanish crown as merchantmen and warships. Many of them sailed between Acapulco and Manila, transporting South American silver to the Philippines and exotic goods from Asia to Mexico, from where the treasures were sent back to Spain. Commisioned in 1731 and launched in 1733, Nuestra Señora del Pilar de Zaragoza (Our Lady of the Pillar of Zaragoza) was one of these Manila Galleons built of the finest Philippine wood, she was 112 feet on deck and displaced 1,000 tons. A 4th rate of the Cavogonda class, she was fitted with 50 cannon, two stern chasers and six swivel guns. She carried a crew of 385 men. For twenty years she sailed the route from Mexico to Manila and in 1750 underwent a complete refit in the Port of Cavite. In 1750, on her last voyage, she set sail from Manila bound for Acapulco. Despite being overloaded, and contrary to the opinion of both pilots and Master, her Captain insisted on weighing anchor at the beginning of September. En route for the Mariana Islands, in the Pacific, they began to have difficulties after sailing into a heavy storm, and she sank taking all of her crew down with her. Frames dry fit. Frames glued in place. Reinforcing pieces not glued yet. Frames glued in place. Last three frames fitted and glued. Reinforcing pieces glued. Close-up bow section Close-up stern section Enjoy and thank you for watching. Anja
  3. Hey guys, This is my first wooden ship model kit and log so I hope this turn out good There will be some mistakes of course but some tips will be appreciated. I love the view of pirate ships and the ones with cloths that's why I pick Corsair model kit. Plus for first kit I don't like to spent hundreds (or don't have spare money let's say ). Also bought some tools - cutters, file, hobby knife, glue, brush, sanding tool, hand drill and few others. So let's begin Here are few pics of the kit: In my kit the guide was only in Spanish and German which was kind a problem for me but after mailing the manufacture I've received English one Everything looks good in the manual but as soon as I start the build I hit my first trouble - the so called laser cut was not that precise so a lot of sanding was required... You can see that even after some sanding it was still pretty tight fit... At that point I was wondering am I doing something wrong or it's just this specific kit?! But we'll not give up in the beginning won't we? After initial pain I felt that it's not always necessary to be like that And once again I was crushed: With my good friend the file we got to work again (maybe a little bit too much somewhere... in the end...): After the sanding and fitting of the deck I start beatifying it: Need a little bit more work around the deck these days and I should go to the planking part which worries me the most Hope you like this log and eventually I'll try to post couple of times during the week
  4. So I decided to start a small log of my progress on my Occre Xebec "Cazador". Mainly because there's no other log of any Xebec on MSW2. On the old MSW there where several, the log from Alexander Romaschenko has been a great help. Luckily Ilhan still had the pictures.... I'm not too happy with the quality of the Occre kit, I have the feeling it's not complete i'm missing quite some parts and as always there's not enough rope. I've thrown away quite some parts as well. All metal parts and plywood, precut parts. I've made the cannon carts and rigged them. Also i've put the cannons in Brass-black to make them look (they actually are) oxidized. I'm using pear and wallnut for remaking the plywood parts. I've started in 2009 and have been working on and off. I have 4 daughters so got my hands full from time to time 2010: So that's quite nice but not nice enough....... 2011: Current state:
  5. Hi there, I have gotten this Kit for my 16th birthday back in January. If someone would question me why I wished to have a model ship or how I came on the idea of model shipbuilding, I could not answer it. One morning I just woke up with it in my mind. It might have been a model that I have seen once, or some photos on the internet that gave me the Idea. Anyway I chose this kit because it was in a good price range and it was the only one with 2 mortars in the front. Once it had been ordered I searched eagerly on the web for more pictures of the finished ship. (a little late maybe ) Unfortunately there were only a few pictures and I only found two build logs (one in Russian and one in Portuguese). I might have taken another ship if I had known this before ordering it. I was wondering what other ship were available and this is how I stumbled on this site. Only after reading through build logs did I come on the Idea of modifying the kit. I never thought to improve it , but now that I have a log I will try to do modifications . This log may not be worthy of this site, but I hope to get excused because it is the only build log of this ship here. Anyway here are some pics: The first planking I did was terrible, because the instruction weren`t very clear, so I used lots of wood filler Now I just finished the second planking and started to cut out the gun holes (is that what they are called?)
  6. Hello to my second wooden ship, i opted for the "San Martin 1580" by Occre. The ship My "Albatross 1840" was a modern sailing ship. In contrast, the "San Martin 1580" is a very archaic sailing vessel. It is an early form of a Galoene but also has similarity to the large carracks of former times. A short Galeon, very high side walls, only 2 square sails on the main mast and very high castles at the bow and stern are reminiscent of older ships. The bulbous shape is a nice contrast to modern ships. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Martin_(1580) The kit I bought the kit for 140, - € by Mail Order. For this price, the kit is well equipped and clearly arranged. The manual is designed color and multilingual. The instructions ares good and also suitable for novice modellers but the instructions for the Albatros (Constructo) was a bit more detailed . (but only a little) I am very grateful for tip's and help. Greetings Volker
  7. Box arrived today as you can see the boxes (2 on top of eachother) are quit damaged as was mentioned by the seller. at first glance none of the pieces inside are damaged . mostly due to the fact that there is plenty of space in the boxes and everything actualy fits in one box as usual i started with markign and counting the parts OcCre does not make this easy as there are 2 seperate numberings going from 1 to over 200 with some parts coverd in both numberings after a first count of premade wood and metal parts i have 1 part missing and 2 others lacking the needed quantity i wil let the store wher i bought it know and that i will email them a detailed describtion of the missing parts this weekend the instructions consists of a booklet with colour pictures covering the hul and deck furniture assembly (first numbering) the book wiht the text going with these pictures is in spanish so i wil need to see if an english translation is available (if not with online translators and a bit of understanding of the language i have i should get a decent translation myself) finaly there are 23 A3 plans stapled together covering masts and rigging (the second numbering) both instructions seem to be an improvement from the AL instructions i have seen so far but the double numbering is a bit stupid
  8. Hello and welcome to my first build of my first wooden ship. I got the Corsair brigantine from my wife for an early birthday present. My wife was also kind enough to set up a place for me to work and get me starter tools. This is my first attempt in this hobby so I will have plenty of questions and hope to get lots of help. I eagerly look forward to any and all comments. Here is the box that came..... And here it is laid out to attempt a count Thanks for stopping by, David
  9. Hello, my first build and build log following along as I bang together the Albatros by OcCre. I've attempted to build two other models in the past but those ended in a pile of sawdust in the trash. This one I WILL finish. Quick kit information: ALBATROS - Built at the Baltimore shipyards in 1840, the Albatros was designed to defend our Atlantic coast. Her smooth, narrow hull and large sail area made her fast and easily maneuverable. Double plank-on-bulkhead Albatros kit by OcCre features laser-cut wooden parts. Accurately detailed fittings include boxwood blocks and deadeyes, brass eyebolts, rings and belaying pins, white metal winch and lifeboat, three diameters of rigging line and more. Eight antiqued metal cannon on serve as armament. OcCre model ship kit of the Albatros provides a full complement of sails that are pre-sewn and ready to rig. Wooden display cradle and a metal nameplate await your finished model. MFG Website Albatros by OcCre. I had already started the build before this post and did not take any pictures before or during those initial stages, however nothing stood out or was unusual. All parts and pieces where counted and sorted, the provided plans, instructions and picture book where examined. I am currently finishing up the 2nd planking of the hull, which I have learned a lot so far and already wish I can start from scratch but I really want to see this one through to the end. Plus although no where near perfect, I really like what I have done. A few quick pictures of my workbench in the garage, recently built just for this task. The deck looking aft from above and the hull as it sits. A quick question on finish. Once I finish the rails, hull planking and few other odds and ends the kit suggests that I varnish everything before continuing. Which products would you recommend? I was thinking of a wipe on poly, but I've never use the product and would like to use something that wont ruin what I have done so far. Thanks for looking!
  10. Hi everyone, I'm trying to decide between the Corel Scotland and the OcCre Albatross as my first build. From what I've read, both are pretty good. Does anyone have any strong feelings or reasons I should pick one or the other. My priorities are detail, quality, and instruction quality. I'll definitely start a build log once I make up my mind and buy one. I discovered the hobby by stumbling into a store on my street looking for duct tape and then realizing it's the biggest modelling hobby store in Canada! I've been reading about it since. Thanks for your suggestions!
  11. Supplement kits. It is the first time that we have started to make supplements (after-market) for wooden ship models. And we start it with supplements for OcCre models. The purpose of these kits is to replace those parts of the model which look not to scale or are of poor quality. Generally all supplements are made of pear by means of СNC machine. [OC13600-OS] Supplement for OcCre CORSAIR model Package contents Name plate “Corsair” – 1 pc. Aft decoration – 1 pc. Ornamental curls – 2 pairs. Doors – 2 pcs. Aft and side windows in wooden frames with lattice imitation – 5 pcs. Platesfor side galleries – 2 pcs All these parts are made of pear on СNC machine and replace parts of model which are standard casted and therefore look quite coarse. Accurate open-work parts of this kit add elegance to the ready CORSAIR model. Assembly The name plate, doors, aft decoration and plates for side galleries do not require assembly. After fin-ishing treatment place them into into corresponding positions instead of the parts offered by the kit. You might need to bend the aft decoration so that it fits the aft curve. To do so make several cuts on the back side of the aft decoration The border has to be glued of two symmetrical parts with grooves facing out. Then the border can be placed into its position. Prior to assembling the windows work the glass panes with fine sand paper (#240 and finer) to make them frosted. Fine finish window frames. Cutapieceofveneer (included) into the planks which form lattices and glue them into the grooves on window panes. Insert window panes with lattices into the window frames from from the back. If needed, round the cor-ners a little and sand off the panes’ edges so that they fit flat into the corresponding groove on the frame. As a result you should get the window looking like the one shown on fig. Free shipping Payment - Paypal, Credit Card, Skrill Price - 22USD User guide Corsair en.pdf
  12. Supplement kits. It is the first time that we have started to make supplements (after-market) for wooden ship models. And we start it with supplements for OcCre models. The purpose of these kits is to replace those parts of the model which look not to scale or are of poor quality. Generally all supplements are made of pear by means of СNC machine. [OC12500-OS] Supplement for OcCre ALBATROS model Package contents Name Plate «Albatros» – 1 pc. Door – 1 pc. Deck lights – 4 pcs. Ladder side pieces – 2 pcs. Blank for steps (veneer). All these parts are made of pear on СNC machine and replace parts of model which are standard casted and therefore look quite coarse. Accurate open-work parts of this kit add elegance to the ready ALBATROS model. Assembly Тhe name plate, the door and deck lights do not require assembly. After finishing treatment place them into corresponding positions in-stead of the parts offered by the kit. To make ladder steps cut a piece of veneer (included) into pieces of length and width re-quired. Insert the steps into corresponding grooves on the ladder side pieces, as shown on the picture. Free shipping Payment - paypal, Skrill Price - 12USD User guide Albatros en.pdf
  13. Supplement kits. It is the first time that we have started to make supplements (after-market) for wooden ship models. And we start it with supplements for OcCre models. The purpose of these kits is to replace those parts of the model which look not to scale or are of poor quality. Generally all supplements are made of pear by means of СNC machine. [OC13601-OS] Supplement for OcCre SAN MARTIN model Package contents Name plate “San Martin” - 1 pc. Doors - 4 pcs. Aft and side windows in wooden frames with lattice imitation - 12 pcs. St. Martin figure on horseback - 1 pc. All these parts are made of pear on СNC machine and replace parts of model which are standard casted and therefore look quite coarse. Accurate open-work parts of this kit add elegance to the ready ALBATROS model. Assembly The name plate, doors and aft decoration figure do not require assembly. After finishing treatment place them into corresponding positions instead of the parts offered by the kit. Prior to assembling the windows work the glass panes with fine sandpaper(#240 and finer)to make them frosted. Use the black permanent marker to draw the grid notches on the face of window panes. As soon as the marker ink has dried work the face with the sandpa-per again to remove the excess ink, so that it remains only in the notches of the grid Fine finish window frames. Make a notch across the center of the face of double frames to imitate two neighboring frames. Insert window panes into the window frames from the back. If needed, round the corners a little and sand off the panes’ edges so that they fit flat into the cor-responding groove on the frame. Free shipping Payment - paypal, Skrill Price - 19USD User Guide San Martin en.pdf
  14. Forum Members, I've added a poll topic regarding what kits you may have in your "closet" - trying to figure out a few things with respect to a possible program. I'm not sure if the poll is available so bear with me while I try to leverage Chuck's new set of tools! If it's not working, reply to this post and let me know: How many kits do you have in the closet? (1? 5? A whole buncha kits?) What types / brands are in the closet? (Amati ship kits? Occre Trams? Dumas planes?) What do you think you're going to do with these kits? (Build them! Give 'em away! Sell 'em! Not sure?) Regards, Eric
  15. i dont think i have come acros a build log of this model even on the old site i picked this up on ebay and am awaiting its delivery