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Revell/Zvezda "Hansa Cog" completed build photos

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Revell/Zvezda "Hansa Cog" completed build photos
Posted by EPinniger on Sunday, July 20, 2008 10:57 AM
This is my most recently completed sailing ship model (I built it a couple of months ago), the Revell (ex-Zvezda) Hansa Cog, in about 1/55 scale.

I haven't posted on here in a long while but thought you might like to see it - I haven't seen any built-up photos of the Cog kit on the web, and as one of the few "new" sailing ship kits it deserves a bit of publicity! This is the recent Revell Germany reissue of the "Hansa Cog" kit, and is identical to the original Zvezda kit other than the much more reasonable price - RRP is £29.99 and I got mine online for about £25 including postage.

For those who don't know about this kit, it is a representation of a 13th/14th century mediaeval merchant ship from the Baltic region. It is apparently based on the ship depicted on the civic seal of the German city of Elbing. The scale is described as 1/72 on the box, but is actually in the region of 1/55 scale - both in measurements and the size of the fittings, ladders, planks etc. This makes for quite a sizeable and impressive model with plenty of detail. The hull is a bit under a foot and a half long, and doesn't look very big in the box, but the completed model is quite sizeable.

I built my kit almost completely "out of the box" - including the moulded plastic sail; whilst this is a bit chunky in appearance, the model looks very bare without a sail, and I couldn't face making my own from fabric or paper! It doesn't look too bad IMHO with some drybrushing to give the appearance of wear + texture. I've placed a few barrels (cast resin model railway accessories) on the deck as cargo, and will add some bags + sacks to these later.
One thing the kit could really do with is a few crew figures, to add life and a sense of scale to the model. It's a great shame Zvezda didn't include any. The scale of 1/55 is close to the wargaming scale of 28mm, so it's possible I might be able to find some suitable crew figures from a wargames supplier?

I had very few problems with building the kit, my main issue is with the hull, which is split at the waterline to allow the model to be used either in a sea base/diorama or for wargaming. The fit of the lower hull to the upper is rather poor and required a lot of filler; even after this the join is rather rough, and concealed only by the tarred, weathered paint of the hull bottom! Some of the smaller parts are also rather fragile; especially the deadeyes and the "spokes" of the capstan. I also highly recommend replacing the plastic eyebolts with metal ones, as I did.

The model is painted mostly with Revell acrylic paints - Leather Brown for the hull, Dark Earth for the mast and some other components, Earth Brown drybrushed with Stone Grey for the deck, and Tar Black for the lower hull and metal fittings (anchors, cleats, etc.). The "castles" are painted with Carmine Red, Sea Green and Light Grey. I used a lot of drybrushing (with craft acrylic paint), highlighting and oil washes, both to represent weathering and to highlight the moulded wood grain + planking and give a general appearance of texture and realism.

Rigging is also according to the instructions - I don't know how accurate it is! - though I used my own thread rather than the rather fray-prone cotton included in the kit. This is only my second attempt at fully rigging a ship model, with all the blocks + deadeyes. Painting and drybrushing the blocks beforehand, then re-drilling the holes so that the thread would fit, took almost as long as rigging! The one mistake I made was to not connect the winch to the sails; I only discovered this after I'd fitted the winch in place and added the aft castle/poop deck, making the winch very hard to reach.

I'd highly recommend the Hansa Cog kit as a "first sailing ship kit" if the subject matter appeals. It's a relatively small and simple vessel, with minimal rigging, in a large and manageable scale, and the kit, though not perfect, is a recent production with good fit, minimal cleanup required and plenty of detail - and the kit is readily available in shops (at least in Europe) at a reasonable price!
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Posted by Michael D. on Sunday, July 20, 2008 11:14 AM

That looks nice!! should be proud, your efforts are well displayed, thanks for sharing.


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Posted by Grem56 on Sunday, July 20, 2008 12:00 PM

A very nice looking build ! I was rather curious how this model would be but judging by your build something very nice can built.




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Posted by vonBerlichingen on Sunday, July 20, 2008 3:33 PM
Nice build! I'll have to order one of these kits sometime in the next few months ...
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Posted by millard on Sunday, July 20, 2008 4:32 PM

 Very nice. I've got this kit these photos get me fired up to finish it.


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Posted by searat12 on Sunday, July 20, 2008 7:51 PM
Very nice build.... That said, and not to be a party pooper, but was it worth the price paid?
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Posted by RTimmer on Sunday, July 20, 2008 10:52 PM

Thanks for sharing - it is very nice build, and I really appreciate the detailed description of how you did the build.  Excellent!

Cheers, Rick 

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Posted by enemeink on Monday, July 21, 2008 12:06 PM

Nice build. my only criticism would be the direction the flags are flying. but that's very minor compared to the quality of the build.

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Posted by warshipguy on Monday, July 21, 2008 1:52 PM

Very nice build! I agree with enemeink about the flags.  I am most impressed with your paint job.

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Posted by EPinniger on Tuesday, July 22, 2008 9:30 AM

 searat12 wrote:
Very nice build.... That said, and not to be a party pooper, but was it worth the price paid?

 Definitely  - if you read my original post, this is the recent Revell Germany reissue of the kit, which is little more than half the cost of the original Zvezda issue (which, IMHO, is seriously overpriced). It's still a bit on the pricey side (though I got mine for less than the RRP) but is a very nicely moulded and detailed model, and an interesting addition to a "collection" of historic sailing ship models, bridging the gap between Viking longships and 15th century caravels/carracks already available in plastic.

My one major complaint with the kit is the lack of crew figures. 1/55 (or thereabouts) mediaeval ship crew aren't the easiest figures to find, although as I mentioned, 28mm wargames suppliers might have something suitable.

Regarding the flags, they are rigged onto thread halyards (not just glued to the flagstaffs) but I've found it is very hard to get them to "fly" in the direction you want! I do know that with a ship in full sail the flags should point the other way. Part of the problem is that I'm more used to modelling sailing ships without their sails.

 Anyway, glad you like my model and I hope it inspires others to try building this kit!

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Posted by Brian la Zouche on Monday, December 27, 2010 11:54 AM

very nice looking kit, as its been already mentioned, i wont speak about direction of flags, the kit is advertised as 1/72 but looking at the ladder rungs  i think you are right to go for  maybe wargame figures, although most 28mm tend to lean towards 30mm  but there are some makes in 25mmalthoughi can not find any good ''period figures'' at the moment, as for price i have just purchased one ( 28th dec 2010 ) from ''modelzone'' these are across the uk, and in stock at £14.99

i was inspired by your model to buy one, so thanks for your work

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Posted by fox on Monday, December 27, 2010 7:15 PM

Very nice build. Weathering looks real good. Thanks for posting it.

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Posted by stevebagley on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 9:35 AM

I have built one of these , because it is of an era I know little about , and it would be a learning excercise . i did get it at a reduced price from a LHS and thoroughly enjoyed it . Regarding the scale , I took it as read from the box , but did think it was a bit big . I did purchase a set of whitemetal figures for it from a dealer at a German show , the packet specifically saying they were for the Revell Cog and they are what I would regard as 1/72 size. Couple of merchant looking figures , mariners pulling ropes , looking at far horizons,shoving barrels , about a dozen in all . Before you ask ,I discarded the packaging, and don't remember who makes them . I do know the dealer had more than variety on sale.

One thing did strike me, as someone with an aquaintance with the sea. How did the helm's man see to steer a straight course ? From where the tiller is under the sterncastle , the view is pretty well blocked on both sides and foreward by the rise of the bows and the forcastle structure. Reading the literature with the kit , there is a lot of archaeological evidence for the strucure of the vessel , so I'm sure it's not fanciful . I should think a compass was not available . Any ideas

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Posted by crackers on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 10:39 AM

Perhaps a second person leaned over the ship's side and shouted back in structions.

     Montani semper liberi !  Happy modeling to all and every one of you.

                                  Crackers                             Geeked

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Posted by Brian la Zouche on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 11:07 AM

if it is meant to be 1/72nd then those ladders, capstain etc are way  too big,

i  do think as was said maybe 28/ 25mm  figures would look the part, however as i have not yet completed mine, its unfair to really take a  line on this,

what i usually do is look at such things as ladders, doorways,  steps, handles, in fact  things that i can easy relate to a person having to use

ladders i find  are really a classic case  *(even  without taking into account average persons size thoughout the ages ) i find it hard to beleive anyone would make a ladder where the next rung would be at waist height, (or  even higher)

and yes i also wondered about the tiller

it would have been nice to have  half a dozen or so figures included, but i recall in my youth an old arfix artillery  kit, where the crew figures would have been  too big to even enter the  tractors doors,

all in all i really like this  kit, and i may end up never even  adding figures, although i do like the shot of  added stowage



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