OcCre’s mind-blowing HMS Victory kit


OcCre’s majestic HMS Victory has been officially licensed and certified by the National Museum of the Royal Navy. The Director of the NMRN has invited the team at OcCre to visit the museum this coming January, following which a model built from the splendid new kit will be put on display there.

An new 1:87 scale kit for HMS Victory which takes things to a whole new level is now available from OcCre. Developed by expert craftsmen for over two years, and officially licensed by the National Museum of the Royal Navy, this limited edition kit (restricted to 999 units for distribution worldwide), which includes over 4,000 parts, builds to an astonishingly accurate portrayal of the world’s oldest commissioned warship and the current (nominal) flagship of the First Sea Lord.

Launched in 1765 and with 245 years of service as of 2023, Victory is, of course, best known for her role as Lord Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar on October 21, 1805. After a long and illustrious career, she was moved to a dry dock in Portsmouth in 1922, where she was preserved as a museum ship and indeed in recent years has been the subject of a £35m conservation project.

Cares Montero, passionate modeller and loyal OcCre customer for the past 15 years, enjoying a first up close and personal look at the exquisite new Victory.

OcCre’s beautifully crafted (as can be evidenced by viewing the manufacturer’s launch video on YouTube) and highly detailed kit includes solid oak frames, keel, interior longitudinal strips and stand, while solid mahogany has been used for the bow, sternpost, rudder blade, ornamentation, cannon carriages, wheels, stern gallery and quarter galleries. The cotton sails supplied have been meticulously hand-sewn, with bot ropes and dyed and braided threads. Brass fittings include various aspects of ornamentation, including to the stern gallery and quarter galleries, as well as cannons, supports, etc.

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Options open to the individual modeller are the construction of either a shipyard, arsenal or constructional portrayal of Victory.

To certify the authenticity of the kit’s limited edition status, the brass plaque for the ship’s stand comes engraved with its own unique serial number. This number is also hand-engraved on the luxury wooden box in which the kit is packed. As a further measure of just how special this kit is, every example comes with an exclusive collector’s coin celebrating the ‘Expert Level’ of skill the build requires.

Instructions come in the form of a perfect bound book that incorporates 759 step by step photos.

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On completion, the resulting model measures in at 1172 mm in the length, with a height of 785mm and a 406mm beam.

Naturally, all of this doesn’t come cheap, at €1,400! That said, the museum-quality end result is equally as breathtaking.

Orders are being taken here.

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