May, 2017: According to Time
magazine, pirate attacks in the waters off Somalia
in April and May increased 60% over the period last
April 2017: Norway plans to
beginning building the world's first ship tunnel in
2019 to help vessels avoid the stormy Stadhavet sea
. The passage will be 1.65 mile long, 162'
tall, and 118' wide.
No where else you can
find dedicated American craftsmen like at Model Ship
Master. If you are watching Elementary Season 5, pay
attention to a beautiful unfinished model tall ship.
In Feb. 2017, CBS contacted Model Ship Master for an
unusual request: to supply CBS a tall ship that
looked half completed, within 5 days. Acknowledging
this prop was an important element in the movie set,
our artisans worked hard and delivered the model in
time, with the help of an overnight delivery
service. You can count on Model Ship Master,
any time, any where!
Feb, 2017: DEADLY TORPEDO DESIGN:
When introduced 40 years ago, the Soviet Shkval
torpedo was hailed as an aircraft-carrier killer
because of its speed of more than 370kph was four
times that of American. The principle
that gave the speed is called Supercavitation.
Bubbles of vapor form
in water wherever there is low pressure, such as on
the trailing edges of propeller blades.
Shkval’s designers amplified the phenomenon to make
use of it. They gave their weapon a blunt nose
fitted with a flat disc that creates a circular
trailing edge as the torpedo moves forward.
They also gave it a rocket motor to accelerate it to
a speed fast enough for that edge to create a cavity
consisting of a single, giant bubble which envelopes
the entire torpedo except for the steering fins.
The result is that most of the torpedo experiences
no hydrodynamic drag. To take advantage of
this it is propelled by a hydrojet—a motor fuelled
by a magnesium that will burn in water.
However, problems with its design
meant Shkval turned out to be less threatening.
Shkval’s problems are
threefold. First, it has a short range—around 15km
compared with around 50km for America’s.
Second, the hydrojet is noisy, so opponents can hear
the weapon coming. Third, it cannot track its
target. Most torpedoes use sonar to home in on the
ship they are intended to sink. Because Shkval
travels inside a bubble, any sonar needs to be
mounted on the cavitation disc, which is too small
for the purpose. In addition, returning sonar pings
would be drowned out by the hydrojet’s noise. As a
consequence, Shkval’s only guidance is an autopilot
which steers it towards the place where its target
was located at the moment of launch, in the hope
that the target has not moved.
have not stopped Western countries trying to build
supercavitating torpedoes of their own.
German's Diehl announced a program for such a
weapon, Barracuda, in 2004. In 2006 General
Dynamics started to look into the matter and
eventually solved the sonar
problem by mounting it on the torpedo’s steering
fins. In the end, however, these efforts
ceased without clear reasons.
From Russia, in October 2016, plans
emerged for a new supercavitating torpedo,
Khishchnik (“Predator”). Few details have been
released. Combining a General Dynamics-style
sonar with a better motor could, however, result in
a formidable weapon. With the right fuel
(perhaps lithium, which packs more energy per
kilogram than magnesium) a new torpedo could have
ten times the range of Shkval. It would still
be noisy, but, added to its speed, such a
combination of range and tracking ability would make
it hard to evade.
Jan, 2017: Japan's new destroyer is
named Izumo (December 10). The original Izumo
was an armored cruiser that served the Japanese
navy's flagship in China in the 1930s and 1940s.
She saw battle in both the 1932 and 1937
Sino-Japanese wars, shelling Chinese positions from
the middle of the Huangpu river in Shanghai.
She also sank the last British gunboat and captured
the last American gunboat in Shanghai in 1941.
By giving the name, and naming the entire class of
ships the Izumo class, Japan is sending a clear
message to China.
December, 2016: The traditional way
submarine is with sonar. However, modern
submarines are very quiet. Thanks to the Debye
effect, it might be possible to hunt modern
submarines now. Here's how it works: seawater is
full of ions of sodium and chlorine which have
different masses. Any nudge—such as a passing
submarine—moves some ions farther than others. And
these movement produces a magnetic field. A good
Debye detector might be able to pick up a trail from
several nautical miles and follow it to find the
November, 2016: We are in the golden age for
This month, Lurssen launched 3 mega yachts:
the 123-meter Project Jupiter, the 111-meter
Project TIS and an unknown 130m+ superyacht.
Lurssen also has the 75-meter Thor, 85-meter Sasha,
112-meter Palo Alto and 139-meter Redwood under
construction. Dutch-based Oceanco have
recently launched a new 88.5-meter superyacht and
have completed a 106-meter sailing yacht which are
now moored together at their Alblasserdam facility.
The shipyard is also working on the 110-meter
Project Jubilee, which is scheduled to become the
largest yacht built in the Netherlands.
Turquoise Yachts is also working on a megayacht of
its own with a 77-meter as well as a 66-meter
already in construction. Bilgin has just
announced it had sold a second 80-meter superyacht
to a repeat client, having had already sold their
first 80-meter hull to a repeat client back in 2015.
Turkey-based, Dunya Yachts are also building 100m
Project Blade for the owner of Axioma.
Feadship, has recently delivered Steve Wynn's
92-meter Aquarius, a year after delivering 101-meter
Symphony to LVMH CEO, Bernard Arnault. Italy-based
Benetti is also working on a new flagship with a
107-meter megayacht currently under construction and
scheduled for delivery in 2019.
October, 2016: Stand 10' above the water, the Glider
Yachts SS18, which stands for Super Sport 18, is the
ultimate in high speed, futuristic design and pure
luxury. A proprietary Stability Control System
tunes the yacht to the sea conditions, allowing it
to “glide” over the waves at speeds of up to 56
knots (65 mph). The $1.3 million SS18 is made
from lightweight aluminum and can accommodate up to
eight passengers. Eight years were spent
on the design and development on this 26 foot long
yacht which is built by Burgess Marine. A
Hyper Sport edition, with 3.5 seconds 0-60
acceleration and a top speed of 96 knots will be
available soon. We'd love to build a model of this
beautiful yacht and looking forward to it.
Please contact us at
A 159-meter yacht Fulk
Al Salamah was delivered to the Omani Royal Family
this month from Mariotti shipyard in Italy.
The Fulk Al Salamah was built
as a replacement for the 136-meter Al Salamah which
had been put up for sale in 2012. She joined
the 155-meter Al Said as part of the Omani fleet.
We'd love to build a
model of this beautiful yacht and looking forward to
it. Please contact us at email@example.com
June, 2016: This summer, Boeing will sea test the
ECHO VOYAGER which is a monstrous 50-ton craft that
can stay at sea for six months at at time without
the need of refueling. The previous model--the
ECHO RANGER--could do that for only three days.
The ECHO VOYAGER can carry 20 tons of equipments and
dive to 11,000 feet. While on the
surface, it downloads route instruction from humans
via satellite. It runs on batteries
which are recharged by diesel engines every three
days during a four to eight day resurfacing.
The 1,000 gallon tank allows the robot to travel a
total of 6,500 nautical miles, enough to circle
Australia. A typical drone craft can only do
200 miles! The innovator is Lance Towers (age
52) who has 150 people working on the project since
We are sorry for the prolonged low stock on
ocean liner models and
cruise ship models due to
continued high demand
in our quality since 2014. Because of
the current high number of custom-made models, once
a model is sold out, it won't be back any time soon.
May: A Polish grandfather left New York on May 29 th
on his third solo trans-Atlantic crossing in a
kayak, aiming to arrive in Portugal in time to
celebrate his 70th birthday in Portugal's capital in
September 9th. The 3,700-mile
(6,000-kilometer) journey will cross through
storm zones in the frigid waters of the North
Atlantic. He will be paddling the kayak "Olo"
(designed partly by him and made by Arminski's
between eight and 12 hours each day!
May: The Energy Technologies Institute, British
public-private partnership that promotes low-carbon
uses is gathering operating data on whether rotor
sails are a worthwhile investment. Rotor sail
is the Flettner rotor which when placed on a ship
the giant rotating cylinders extract energy from the
wind by the Magnus effect--a force that deflects the
wind to one side, using the resulting forces to
propel the ship forward in a similar way to a sail.
But unlike conventional sails, the rotors can be
operated by one person on their own. This technology
is most suitable for ships that sail on trade routes
where wind blows sideways across the vessel. Fletter
rotor was invented by a German
mathematics teacher and self-taught engineer
in 1924 but proved to be rather a novel.
However, with the arrival of lightweight composite
materials that enable the rotors to spin at high
speeds, together with advanced computer control,
promises of a great return to sail. An average
of 10% fuel saving might be achieved.
Thursday April 7, a very special ship was christened.
And the Pentagon was about to realize its dream of
having a drone warship to hunt foreign stealth
submarines. Known as the Antisubmarine warfare
Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV), the
132-foot long warship was conceived in 2010 by DARPA,
the Pentagon's developmental wing responsible for
testing emerging military technologies.
It's designed to operate at sea for
months at a time, travel thousands of miles.
The ship boasts a virtual deck department to steer
the ship and stand lookout — with virtual junior
officers to stand officer of the deck to boot.
The DARPA will test the drone ship in San Diego,
California and plan to transfer it to the Navy in
operating expense is extremely low--only $15,000 to
$20,000 a day.
March: U.S. river tour companies are
expanding. American Cruise Lines reduced
prices on some of its Pacific Northwest itineraries
to $1,975 per person for an eight-day sailing trip.
This is a great deal compared to the average of
$3,400. River cruising in the U.S. is
significantly pricier than the average weeklong
ocean cruise on the Royal Caribbean or the Carnival
and more expensive than river cruises in Europe
because of the Jones Act of 1920 which requires
travel between U.S. ports to be conducted on
U.S.-built ships owned by Americans, with American
The Asia Vision tanker made history when it left
Sabine Pass in Texas loaded with U.S.-produced LNG.
The historic sailing represents the first cargo of
liquefied U.S. shale gas, and the first
U.S.-produced non-Alaskan LNG cargo to be sold for
export since 1957. This vessel is beautiful
and we've decided to add it to our construction
Feb, 2016: According to the Reuters, the Pentagon's
next five-year budget proposal seeks over
$13 billion for a new submarine class. The
Navy's proposed fiscal 2017 budget will fund
procurement of materials for the new submarines that
take a long time to acquire, with funding for
construction of the first full new submarine to
follow in fiscal 2021. Over the next five
years, the Navy would spend over $4 billion on
research and development of the new submarines,
plus over $9 billion in procurement funding.
2016: Happy new year! Here's a photo we
captured on January 1st, 2016 at the annual Rose
Parade in Pasadena, Calif. (About 45 minute drive
Dec. 2015: Our craftsmen celebrated the season with
great joy. All of a dozen custom-made models
(many were model yachts) were delivered well on time
for the holiday gift purposes.
Nov. 27: A very special galleon was found
only 16 miles off Cartagena coast in Columbia.
The three-decked ship's cargo is estimated at more
than $10 billion--one of the largest amounts of
valuables ever to have been lost at sea.
The ship name was San
Josť . She was 150 feet
long and armed with 64 guns. In 1708,
while transporting gold, silver, gems collected in
the South American colonies (much of the bullion
came from mines in what is now Peru), she and the
other treasure ships fought with a British squadron.
around 7 p.m.. After an hour and a half of
fierce fighting and with only 60 meters between the
two ships, the San
Josť suddenly blew
up. There were only 11 survivors out of the
600 crew and passengers on board.
The wreck under 1,000ft of water falls
within the UN's definition of an underwater cultural
2015: We have just received a contract to
supply several models for NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE
and won't be able to start new cruise ships and
ocean liners until April 2016. But don't wait until then to let us know of your
interest, as new orders might keep coming. We only accept
your commitment deposit
when we are sure that your ship can be completed
within 3 months or earlier. As usual, 99% of
out-of-stock ship models are not built again until
all commissioned model ships are completed.
Since ordering an out-of-stock model will incur a
10% extra charge, get your ship now when it's still
also have a heavy backlog in tall ship construction,
with a dozen units for the
Museum of Science and Industry in
Ship Singapore. At this time we can't take any
more tall ship commission orders until May, 2016.
This month we also inked a contract with the Italian
yacht Benetti to build two models of their most
prestigious yacht. Big thanks to our
patrons for the recommendations.
Good news: One of our three shipping partners offers
a pleasantly surprised discount from October until
December 2nd, 2015 and we want to pass this saving
to you. If you are in Belgium, France,
Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, United
Kingdom, the shipping cost is 30% off. For
simplification, just go ahead pay the full shipping
cost when ordering and we'll refund you the 30%
discount within 24 hrs.
October 2015: China issued in May a military
white paper that formalized the addition of what it
called "open-seas protection." A strategy that
put local seas control first, ending the primacy
China gave to its land forces. Here's an
excerpt: "The traditional mentality that land
outweighs the sea must be abandoned, and great
importance has to be attached to managing the seas
and oceans and protecting maritime rights and
interests. It is necessary for China to
develop a modern maritime force structure
commensurate with its national security."
In response, some American strategists have called
for an increase of the US fleet from 273 to 350
ships. The next decade will see a naval
showdown between the US and China in the Pacific.
All three most advanced US destroyers (Zumwalt
class) have already stationed there.
YOU KNOW? After the decommission of the USS
Simpson, the USS Constitution remains the only
commissioned US Navy ship that sunk an enemy vessel.
USS Simpson ended her service after
30 years, well beyond its designed military use of
20 to 25 years.
In 1988, after a missed missile shot
from the Iranian gunboat Joshan, the Simpson
destroyed the Joshan with 4 missiles.
It was the only ship-versus-ship
missile duel in U.S. Navy history.
you don't stop, I'm going to sink you," and the
Iranian ship fired a Harpoon--
a deadly U.S.-made Harpoon missile
could travel at 600-plus mph with a 500-pound
warhead and sink the Simpson easily...
Sept, 14: The Navy agreed to
limits its use of sonar and other training that
inadvertently harms whales, dolphins, and other
mammals off Hawaii and California. The
agreement includes limits or bans on explosives and
mid-frequency sonar (which can disrupt feeding and
communication of mammals, and can cause deafness) in
some areas. An estimate of over 150
whales, dolphins, and mammals in these restricted
areas have been killed in the past five years, and
2,000 in total. The total casualty estimate
for the East Coast is 11,000. According
to Matt Knight, a US Pacific Fleet spokesman, the
Navy now "face the real possibility that the court
could stop critically important training and
July: Divers discovered the
wreck of a Russian submarine that sank during WWI
off the coast of Sweden. The sub collided with
a Swedish ship in 1916 and sank with all 18 crew
July 17: Transpac is
an biennial offshore sailing race from Point Fermin
in Los Angeles to Diamond Head, just east of
Honolulu. This 2225-mile race attracts some of
the world’s fastest sailing yachts and its most
talented offshore racing sailors. Point
Fermin is only 30 miles from ModelShipMaster.
There's one more this Saturday at 1pm so if you are
in Southern California, don't miss this exciting
June, 2015: Uber has launched
a permanent version of its UberBoat service in
Istanbul that shuttles you between Asia and Europe
in a speed boat. Each craft also carries up to
8 people. UberBOAT service has also been
available in cities including, Boston, San Francisco
and Sydney, Australia.
June, 2015: A new era of
commercial shipping? From The Wall Street
"General Electric Co. on Tuesday outlined its plans
for the ship-finance business, diversifying its $48
billion aircraft leasing unit to support sales to
the oil and gas sector.
GE launched a marine business in January, bundling
its engines and services for the offshore energy
industry, and plans to use its GE Capital Aviation
Services, or Gecas, aircraft unit to finance vessels
that have a high level of GE components..."
you know that the US Navy has developed a 5-foot,
100 lbs, robotic spy fish that looks and swims like
a bluefin tuna? Researchers specifically chose the
tuna fish for the project because the fish is one of
the few aquatic animals that uses just half its body
to propel itself forward. The drone could be
fully operational as early as 2015.
replica of the warship that carried Marquis de
Lafayette to help American colonists in their war of
independence set sail for the United States on
Saturday April 18th. It headed for Yorktown,
Virginia, where Lafayette and his forces played a
critical part in a decisive battle against the
British. The frigate is due to arrive in Yorktown on
June 5 for a two-month tour of key locations in the
American Revolution. The construction of the
new Hermione was started in 1997 and incurred a cost
Two weeks after the
trucker's strike was over (April 27-March 12),
ships still were in a long queue waiting to enter
the Los Angels port. Photo taken from
Huntington Beach by ModelShipMaster.
2015: The US Navy and Congress are poised to ramp up
ship construction activity for at least several
years. The defense budget for 2016 will
include nearly $18 billion for a variety of new
ships plus Marine helicopters. That is nearly
$2 billion more of the current fiscal year.
Feb. 2015: Royal rendezvous:
Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth ocean liners met.
More information is
Starting this month, divers have been working to
bring up the 10-gun ironclad CSS Georgia from nearly 40 feet down
in the Savannah River in Georgia. The job is
expected completed in Oct. 2015 and cost about $15
million. Conservation of artifacts and parts
of the CSS Georgia will span two years at Texas A&M
Dec. 2014: Great news for both consumers and
Paypal will extend the claim window
from 45 days to 180 days starting in January, 2015.
Seller protection is available for eligible payments
from buyers in any country..."
November 2014: Due to a surge in custom orders in
the past several months, we temporarily cease to
receive custom ship model orders, both RC and
static, starting Dec 1st, 2014. Once current
projects are about to clear, perhaps in March, 2014,
our operation will be open to take custom orders
again. This does not apply to commercial ship
builders, ship designers, and the navy who have
trade shows or ceremonies coming up, as we can work
overtime for those important time-sensitive
All in-stock models once sold out won't be built
again until the majority of custom orders are
Foundation Louis Vuitton
October 27, 2014.
building was one of the
greatest technological challenges of the 21st century.
twisting glass sail-like panels stand up to high wind,
the Foundation demonstrates esthetic audacity like that
of a real sailing ship.