Build your own ship!

lord nelson hms victory

I’ve always been fascinated by these things. It’s a newly launched magazine that comes with a full model of the HMS Victory! It appeals to the inner man inside, the urge to build something coherent from pieces. I think it might be an evolutionary step, right after we got through the hunter-gatherer phase.

Build Lord Nelson’s HMS Victory features a section in the magazine dedicated to the history behind this ship, particularly with its regards to history. If you’re a history buff, you’ll know very well about the Battle of Trafalgar and this is one of the ships built during that late 18th Century period.

The HMS Victory is Britain’s most famous warship and it’s also the oldest commission warship in the world!

The basics of marine modeling is also explained in the magazine, which included a guide for beginners. It’s a very serious hobby in some circles and authenticity and attention to detail is highly sought after.

These model kits usually costs in the thousands but this magazine allows you to have one (albeit in stages) for a fraction of the price.


Issue 1 comes with a DVD that explains the process of modeling very well. There’s a bonus in every issue in addition to the remaining parts of the ship you need to complete HMS Victory – the first issue has a complete cannon kit!

The cannon is made of metal and it’s modeled right after the original Victory’s 12-pounder guns. The attention to detail is incredible – there’s the barrel, vent, thimble, trunnion, carriage, quoin and even trunks to make it movable!

You’ll need some tools and materials and to start off with, Issue 1 provides you with a small bottle of PVA glue.


You can subscribe and get a FREE model tool kit, which is quite comprehensive and suits the needs of this project and also a magnifying glass (told you it was for serious modelers, a toy, this is not).

The best part about this is the incredible detail of HMS Victory supplied with the magazine – it’s faithfully modeled on the original ship and when done it’ll be a 1:84 scale which comes up to 1.25 meters in length!

hms victory

There’s also a removable cutaway section in the finished model which allows you to see the action below decks. It comes alive with the addition of the ships crew in the heat of naval combat. It’s be the ultimate model!

The magazine cum modeling kit is called Build Lord Nelson’s HMS Victory and it retails for just RM 9.90 for Issue 1. Get more details at Build the Victory. It’s out in stores now – you can find it at your nearest newsstand or book store. The issues will be released weekly so there’s something for you to do every weekend to make your very own HMS Victory! 🙂

Ship collision, Lanang wharf

lanang jetty sc

I was asked to go to the Lanang wharf (not the public access one,
the one for trade) today to take some photos of a ship collision which
resulted in a cascading effect, damaging a berth of ships. I presume
these are meant for insurance and other purposes, so I will not be
talking about it. It was fun to walk along planks, climbing up and down
ships by holding onto a ledge and jumping (er…so that’s how they go
from ship to ship) and see what those oil refilling ships looks like.
Basically, these are the fleet of ships that goes out to sea to refill
the larger ones who can’t dock closer to shore.

dent sc
You’re invading my personal space!

oil leak sc
Oil leak on one of the ships.

damaged side sc
Damage to the side (below the mosaic).

It’s a good thing none of the boats involved in the collision are
the inflatable plastic ones like these rafts retailing at around RM
3,500 – RM 4,500 I saw at Wisma Sanyan earlier.

inflatable raft sanyan

I don’t think it would have been pretty. 😉

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