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St. Gabriel, 1/72, Master Korabel, 2019

For some reason wooden kits keep attracting me more and more. This one is the third I’m building, all from the same Russian company called Master Korabel (Мастер Корабел).

St. Gabriel deck-boat

This was the main ship of the First Kamchatka Expedition lead by Danish explorer Vitus Bering for Russian Tsar Peter The Great in 1724-1730.

Model quality

Just as with previous kits from this company I had no issues, so far everything is just awesome.

Build notes

This kit is POB (planks on bulkheads), and it’s hull is designed to be extremely rigid and sturdy. Even by looking at the amount of bulkheads for stern and aft you can tell how thorough is the kit’s design.

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Once bulkheads were installed I proceeded with the first layer of planking: wip_02 wip_04

First planking layer is done, time for the second layer - beautiful colour this time.

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And finally planking is done!

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Then I glued in the deck and proceeded with detailing the hull, like making a rudder blade and all the hatches.

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Until finally the ship is ready for the mast!

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I decided to use the small boat I’ve made last year on the deck.

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And made all the components for a mast, bowsprit and sailyards. It took quite some time as I had to make rounded things from square pre-cut pieces of wood.

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To be continued..