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Revell New 1/450 HMS Victory

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  • Member since
    May, 2010
  • From: Berwick, La.
Revell New 1/450 HMS Victory
Posted by Tnonk on Wednesday, March 08, 2017 7:48 PM

I just received my new Revell Germany 1/450 HMS Victory.

I stumbled across it on ebay a couple of days ago, and after a quick Google search to see what it was all about, decided to buy it.

Apparently this new mold slipped by me somehow, as I don't recall seeing it mentioned before.

From what I've read, I believe it was released in Nov. 2016.

The only review that I have been able to find is on kitsreviewonline.de in German - but it does have a translate button.  There are some good pictures of the kit on the site. I would put a hotlink in but I'm not quite sure how to do it.

The kit consists of 45 pieces molded in two colors and the hull is split at the waterline for those who prefer waterline kits.  I find some of the detail a little clunky, especially on the copper hull plating. But all in all I find it quite a nice little kit on my initial look.

The Instruction manual is a full size, 11 page color manual that is well done and attractive.  Also included is a decal sheet with 'Victory' for the display base in yellow, 'Victory' for the stern also in yellow.  For the bow, the decal sheet includes scrollwork in yellow and a multi-colored decal for the figurehead.. A flagsheet is also included.

If I can get my photo skills in gear later, I'll try to attach a couple photos.

For those of us who have been wanting new sailing ship kits, this is nice. I would have really liked a 74 or maybe a small scale Leda class frigate but I will definately take a new mold first rate. I do however, question why they chose 1/450 scale, it seems 1/350 would have been a better choice??

If you're interested in sailing ship kits, check out the review.  I think you may like what you see.

Thanks for looking in.

 

Adrian

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Thursday, March 09, 2017 8:53 AM

Gee, we have so many scales for those small scale sailing vessels.  Airfix and Heller used to do 1:600 scale- that seemed to be the most popular, but there were also some 1:500.  Now, 1:450.  We seem to be getting back to box scale era!

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    September, 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, March 09, 2017 11:13 AM

Seems awfully small to me.

i grabbed a couple of Heller 1/400 sailing ships Years back.

so small. Really bendy spars.

Interested to see this build.

  • Member since
    September, 2005
  • From: Groton, CT
Posted by warshipguy on Saturday, March 11, 2017 9:21 AM

We also return to the same issue concerning the manufacturers. Just how many models of the Victory do we need?  I wish Revell had manufactured HMS Queen Charlotte, HMS Vanguard, HMS Shannon, or any other famous sailing warship instead of yet another HMS Victory.

Let's see . . .

1. Heller 1/100 HMS Victory

2. Zvesda 1/180 HMS Victory

2. Airfix 1/180 HMS Victory

3. Revell 1/225 HMS Victory

4. AMC 1/225 HMS Victory

5. Airfix 1/600 HMS Victory

6. Heller 1/600 HMC Victory

7. Pyro approximately 1/600 HMS Victory

8. Lindberg appx. 1/600 HMS Victory

and now . . . Revell 1/450 HMS Victory

I wish the manufacturers would produce other ships.  It's hard to get excited about this new model.

Bill

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Saturday, March 11, 2017 9:53 AM

warshipguy

 

I wish the manufacturers would produce other ships.  It's hard to get excited about this new model.

Bill

 

Me too!  If you got your knowledge of sailing warships by looking at plastic models, you'd get the idea only Britain and France built major sailing warships.  Okay, the US might have built one, the Constitution.  There were several other European nations that built them!  I'd like to see some Spanish and Danish warships, and especially Dutch (theirs were the most unique looking, with their shallow draught).

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    December, 2006
  • From: Jerome, Idaho, U.S.A.
Posted by crackers on Saturday, March 11, 2017 9:56 AM

It is the same old preditable kits that makes some modelers want to construct scratch building. The kit manufacturers believe the public wants the MAYFLOWERS, CONSTITUTIONS and VICTORY style kits and not the diversified and unsung vessels of the past.

Happy modeling    Crackers    Sad

Anthony V. Santos

  • Member since
    September, 2005
  • From: Groton, CT
Posted by warshipguy on Saturday, March 11, 2017 11:34 AM

Crackers,

Toast I knew that you would respond! Unfortunately, you are quite correct. I remember discussing this issue with the Head of Product Development at Revell of Germany last year. He informed me then that they were developing a new sailing warship but refused to mention that it was yet another HMS Victory.  He next said to me that he prefers wood ship kits over plastic, and that is where sailing ship modelers should focus their efforts, and that there are few people actually interested in building sailing ships.  I referred him to the Model Ship World website, a site that has a membership of over 20,000 ship modelers, most of whom build sailing ships.  I cannot understand the fact that such membership is ignored by the manufacturers.

Bill

  • Member since
    September, 2005
  • From: Groton, CT
Posted by warshipguy on Saturday, March 11, 2017 11:35 AM

Rob,

I fully concur!

Bill

  • Member since
    December, 2016
Posted by Ghostphantom on Monday, March 20, 2017 10:32 PM

I'd like to see more Trafalgar ships aside from the Victory too  (Santissima Trinidad plus some 2 deckers) but I  picked this up Xmas time and it's quite a nice little kit. 

It's nice to have a Victory with injection plastic sails as I hate those vacform ones.  They never look right. 

 

  • Member since
    December, 2016
Posted by Ghostphantom on Monday, March 20, 2017 10:37 PM

warshipguy

Crackers,

Toast I knew that you would respond! Unfortunately, you are quite correct. I remember discussing this issue with the Head of Product Development at Revell of Germany last year. He informed me then that they were developing a new sailing warship but refused to mention that it was yet another HMS Victory.  He next said to me that he prefers wood ship kits over plastic, and that is where sailing ship modelers should focus their efforts, and that there are few people actually interested in building sailing ships.  I referred him to the Model Ship World website, a site that has a membership of over 20,000 ship modelers, most of whom build sailing ships.  I cannot understand the fact that such membership is ignored by the manufacturers.

Bill

 

 

Maybe sailing ships aren't as popular as some things (possibly as they're harder to build?) but I bet there's more people who want new sailing ships out there than they think. 

These new smaller kits like this Victory and the ones from Zvezda like the Revenge and San Martin could be a good thing as they look really nice when finished but are much easier to build. 

 

 

 

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