Kit Review: "HMS TERROR" - scale 1:75 from Occre

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HMS Terror

History

mentioned by Occre:

In 1845, under the command of Sir John A. Franklin, the ships Terror and Erebus set off on an expedition to navigate the famous Northwest Passage. They were the first ships to be fitted out with auxiliary steam engines and were also reinforced with iron plating, fore and aft, to increase their resistance to pack ice. They were stocked with sufficient supplies for 3 years at sea.
The last sighting of the two ships was off Greenland was as they entered Baffin Bay, gateway to the frozen Arctic labyrinth.

With the collaboration of an Inuit hunter from the Arctic hamlet of Gjoa Haven, on 26th September 2016 the wreck of H.M.S. Terror, 168 years after her disappearance, was finally discovered. The Terror was in excellent condition. Images have been obtained of her deck and interior, showing perfectly preserved objects and parts of the ship that remained intact.

The mystery of the Franklin’s tragic expedition continues to this day, although it is hoped that an archaeological study of the wreck will help shed some light on what happened.

** Model based on the plans of Matthew Betts.
Take a look at the very interesting page: http://buildingterror.blogspot.ca/


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and on Wikipedia:
HMS Terror
was a specialized warship and a newly developed Vesuvius-class bomb vessel constructed for the Royal Navy in 1813. She participated in several battles of the War of 1812, including the Battle of Baltimore with the bombardment of Fort McHenry. She was converted into a polar exploration ship two decades later, and participated in George Back's Arctic expedition of 1836–1837, the Ross expedition of 1839 to 1843, and Sir John Franklin's ill-fated attempt to force the Northwest Passage in 1845, during which she was lost with all hands along with HMS Erebus.

On 12 September 2016, the Arctic Research Foundation announced that the wreck of Terror had been found in Nunavut's Terror Bay, off the southwest coast of King William Island. The wreck was discovered 92 km (57 mi) south of the location where the ship was reported abandoned, and some 50 km (31 mi) from the wreck of HMS Erebus, discovered in 2014.


Arctic Ghost Ship | HMS Terror and Erebus | Franklin Expedition (Nova Ghost Documentary)


The finished model from Occre:
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The Model KIT from Occre:

Specifications:
  • Length: 676mm.
  • Height: 504mm.
  • Width: 195mm.
  • Scale: 1:75
  • Occre Ref: 12004
very often the model scale is mentioned with 1:65, which is a wrong scale information.
The correct scale of this model is 1:75

The kit is available directly from Occre for a very reasonable price of 119,95 Euro

The same model "out of the box" without colors or other paintings
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In order to get a overall impression, take also a look at the model shown in an Occre-video:

In the following posts we will show you the kit more in detail......
 

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The box and general information about the content:

I received the models of the HMS Terror and also of the Whaling ship Essex directly from Occre, every single kit secured packed in an outer box for safe transport

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Both boxes have a cutaway area to see the box / tray with the small fittings - nice idea to see the quality of these important parts
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So have a closer look to the HMS Terror
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The correct scale is in the meantime also mentioned on the side of the box
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Unboxing:
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we can see on the right the fitting tray, on the top the bundles with the timber strips, on the left the rigging material, the sails, bulkheads and the manuals.
Everything well packed, separated and organized - With this organization inside the box, the possibility of transport damages is limited to a minimum - well done Occre!
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the small fittings safely separated in a special box
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and here a complete overview of all construction parts (without manuals)
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and a similar photo from Occre
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Kit Content - TIMBER - Strips for planking etc

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The models hull has a double planking

For the first planking level the kit offers Ramin strips of 2mm * 5mm * 600mmIMG_4922.JPG

The second planking is Sapelli with dimension 0,6mm * 5mm * 600mm
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also the other timber strips and spar / dowels have very good quality and are straight
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The quality of the timber (all strips) is excellent with good, clean edges and no splintered wood, no wrong dimensions or defaults like knotholes etc.
Also the strips have overall the same color and have a good a relatively small grain - Very Good


Kit Content - TIMBER - Other wooden parts like Bulkheads etc.

The rest of the timber is packed and sealed separately in a plastic blister to avoid moisture
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all parts shown in an overview
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the bulkheads and some other parts - clean laser cut Plywood
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No warp - good quality plywood is used by Occre
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The false keel and the false deck are also made out of plywood - the same high quality - already ready to use, so no removing from a sheet necessary
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some other sheets - here plywood of a higher grade used for smaller components, such as the mast tops etc.
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a walnut-stained piece of plywood, that contains the parts for the keel and rudder
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final timber parts for the bulwarks, made from thinner plywood
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Overall good quality timber - Well done Occre
 

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Kit Content - SAILS

the sails are also packed in a separate bag to avoid moisture and protect them from humidity
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The overview showing all of the ten sewn sails - already slightly "weathered"
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Kit Content - Brass photo etched

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Kit Content - Rigging cord

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The quality of the cord is good - and I guess it is enough material to rig the ship completely


Kit Content - Sheet plating for the bow

HMS Terror was plated at the bow with iron to protect the ships hull against pack ice. This kit provides zinc plates which can be formed around the bow to represent the large plate sheathing
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and additional there are some small bags with some brass nails (also good quality)
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Kit Content - Fittings etc.

The fittings are separately boxed - clever idea, so you can open and close when ever you need one of these fittings
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The anchors
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all over good quality fittings - for this price level of kit - very good Occre
 

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Kit Content - Manuals and Drawings


I will show the manuals given in the kit in Thumbnail size, for a better overview
Two sets of paper manuals are encluded in the kit, printed on DIN A3 paper.
The black and white sheets contain the vessel history, parts inventory, deck layout for parts placement, and some masts and yard drawings.

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The color package shows the construction of model as a photographic experience, with simple and clear annotation.
Some Illustrations for masting and rigging are also available, plus the parts overview that you will need for marking the various laser-cut parts
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Important additional info: VIDEOS

Occre posted on their youtube channel a session of videos with the step-by-step building process of the model.
There are all together 111 videos, each 1 to 2 minutes long!
I guess that will be very helpful for beginners, but also interesting for everybody building this model.



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Overall this kit represents a very good cost / performance ratio - good quality material, well presented and with a good parts fitting - Highly recommended
I hope to see soon a building log of this model here on SOS......
 

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