by Paul Helfrich
1/150 La Tartane (Heller)
This is an old Heller 1/150 kit of a 17th century Mediterranean trader/warship. Heller issued it under two names: "La Tartane" (my kit) and "Corsair."
I built it straight out of the box: I did not replace any of the styrene masts or spars, and I used the vac-form sails that came with the kit. I used some shading and weathering techniques to try and simulate a natural wood hull and deck.
As always, I enjoy the unique challenges of older kits, with particular interest in the many unusual subjects offered by Heller. They build up into very nice bookshelf models.