La Tartane 
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.


Paul Helfrich

Gallery updated 2/6/2018