Saturday 18 May 2013

Revell 1:50 Viking Longship

Grabbed one of these off eBay for $25 and I must say it looks the goods.

I know 1:50/1:48 is "about" 28mm but since 28mm varies so much it was a bit of a gamble.

I'm not a fan of "modelling" but for the price the Revell longship is worth a look. The sails (not included in the shot) are hard white plastic, in a "billowing" shape.

GW's LOTR stuff is, ironically, pretty lifelike and one of the least "heroic" (i.e. ridiculously oversized) miniature lines - so I used it as my "frame of reference."

As you can see, the longship seems a little small - but not jarringly so.  The miniatures' base makes it appear proportionately larger.

If you look at the size of the Viking roundshields, however, the scale seems pretty spot-on.

The "rounded bottom" of the model ship means it is only really good for acting as a "beached" longship - but that is all I really intended it for anyway - as a scenario marker for a raid, as I cannot think of any Viking boarding actions I would need to re-enact.

I dislike multi-part models....  ...but after all this is a "model kit" designed for those strange masochists enthusiasts (who probably also enjoy meaningless frustration in activities like crosswords, Sudoku and puzzles) it is fairly restrained with a modest but not unreasonable amount of parts.  I'd say it looks like an "average" to "easy" kit - but I'll get back to you on that.

I also notice there is a HMS Beagle which might stand in well for a pirate ship, and a S-100 S-Boot which might be useful in WW2 scenarios. 

TL:DR  Not bad for $25 - seems to fit 28mm fine - I'll let you know how much I fill up my "swear jar" completing it.


  1. I've got one of these in it's box, I'm building up the courage to cut it off at the waterline. Looking forwards to your experience!

    1. Cutting it off at the waterline IS something I've considered.
      I've got a hot wire cutter - I wonder how well it would work.

  2. Awesome stuff! Thanks for posting!