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best h.m.s victory wooden kit to buy

jack tarr

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Hi everyone, as you can see I am a new member from New Zealand, from the U.K. originally, [ retired ex Merchant Navy] I am in the process of building my first double planked ship the ''Endeavour '' by C Mamoli  [italy] sad to say pretty disappointed in the assembly instructions the makers must assume that each person that buys the kit is already a model ship builder, anyway I have progressed and have now finished the first layer of planking, which most of it I have  had to work out myself, but I will finish this ship with a lot of trial and error, having plenty of patients in my previous hobbies, my question is if any other members would be grateful enough to advise me on which model makers  of the kit of H.M.S VICTORY I should purchase for my next project. as there are quite a few makes out there, which makes it difficult to choose.  having been aboard the ''VICTORY'' at the tender age of seven years old with Mum and Dad, I have always been fascinated with this famous ship, so any advise and help would be very grateful , many thank, AL.      

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Of those currently available, the Caldercraft/Jotika is probably the best around right now. There are plenty of build logs here for this version, but check out the log by Gil Middleton for a real treat. A new Amati version is on the horizon (see the thread on "Amati and Chris Wotton" for a preview). She will be much bigger at 1:64 scale (Caldercraft is 1:72), but there is no indication yet on when the Amati version will become available.

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I built the Corel version. I wouldn't recommend it unless you are very experienced.



Current Build: - OcCre Shackleton’s Endurance. 


Completed Ship Builds:

                                     Caldercraft - HM Bark Endeavour. (in Gallery)

                                    Caldercraft  - HMAV Bounty (in Gallery)

                                     Caldercraft - HM Brig Supply (In Gallery)

                                     Aeropiccola - Golden Hind

                                                        - Constitution

                                     Clipper Seawitch (maker unknown - too long ago to remember!)

                                     Corel - Victory

                                     Modeller's Shipyard - A Schooner of Port Jackson - In Gallery

                                                                      - Brig `Perseverance' - In Gallery

                                                                      - Cutter `Mermaid'- In Gallery

                                                                      - Sirius Longboat (bashed) - In Gallery

                                                                      - Sloop Norfolk - In Gallery

                                      Completed Cannon:   - French 18th Century Naval Cannon

                                                                      - Napoleonic 12 pound field piece

                                                                      - English 18th Century Carronade

                                       Non Ship Builds - Sopwith Camel - Artesania Latina

                                                                   - Fokker DR1 - Artesania Latina


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I recommend you read this thread that I started more than a year ago. I asked the exact same question as you. 




Answer: Caldercraft if you want it now and want 1/72. Amati if you don't mind waiting and don't mind a massive model (1/64)!

Regards, Keith


gallery_1526_572_501.jpg 2007 (completed): HMS Bounty - Artesania Latina  gallery_1526_579_484.jpg 2013 (completed): Viking Ship Drakkar - Amati  post-1526-0-02110200-1403452426.jpg 2014 (completed): HMS Bounty Launch - Model Shipways

post-1526-0-63099100-1404175751.jpg Current: HMS Royal William - Euromodel

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