New Vasa kit Jul 7, 2018 13:31:26 GMT
Post by ken on Jul 7, 2018 13:31:26 GMT
I have just received pack 2 of a 12 pack set from Deagostini. The model looks very good, but the amount of figure paintwork looks challenging. Even with a magnifying lamp it still looks difficult. I love planking the hull. This will begin from pack 3 and continue to pack 4. I now have the basic carcass built. The model is considerable in length at present and will grow eventually to 1.09m when the bow sprit is eventually added.
I first saw the Vasa when I was a schoolboy on a trip to Stockholm in 1969 (or so). She looked magnificent even then. I remember the vast amount of water, or something similar, being sprayed upon her 24/7 to stop her from shrinking and drying out. I was on a cruise about a month ago and again saw the ship in her permanent exhibition in Stockholm. I decided I would have to build her and so order the part work. It will cost in the region of £1000 to buy over 12 months. A not insignificant sum. I have previous experience in building these kits. I have built the Victory in 1/84 scale, HMS Hood, The Bismarck and Printz Eigen in 1/2000 scale, the Akagi in 1/250 scale, The Danmark and the Beagle and U 96 in 1/48 scale. I have also built the Lancaster Bomber, The Fokker tridecker, The Tiger tank. As you can see I am no stranger to these kits.
In the old days it could take at least 3 years to get all the parts on a weekly basis. Now that I am older (64) I don't have the patience to wait that long. Truth to be told I would rather buy the Vasa in one instalment, but Deagostini only do 12 or 24 month options.
If it would be of interest I can post pictures of progress from month to month.