This build was probably the hardest build I’ve undertaken to date, mainly due to my disability. Due to multiple spinal cord compressions, I have no strength or dexterity in my left arm and hand, which unfortunately, is a nightmare due to being left handed, so I knew this was going to be a serious challenge. This is the Occre 1/70 kit, and what a kit it is. She is a 3rd rate ship of the line of the Spanish Navy that took part in the battle of trafalgar in 1805. During the battle, she was demasted and captured by HMS Defence . She was then renamed HMS Ildefonso and stationed in Portsmouth, England. The Ildefonso’s massive ensign can still be seen at the Portsmouth Maritime Museum, and the one on this model is both accurate as well as to scale. The entire model took approx 5000 hours over the space of approx two and a half years. The paint is all by hand, and the rigging gives a sense of weight. The entire model is made from 99% of the materials supplied in the box, so what you see is what you get. Only ablut 1% of my own materials were added. My idea of trying to make a model ship appear as a real ship didn’t work perfectly, but I think I did a pretty good job of it, so all in all, I’m very happy with the final result, especially as things became so bad at one point that I had to take a year out from it and in all honesty, did think I’d be able to complete it, so for me personally, she’s special. I sincerely hope you like it as much as I did making it, and if interested in the entire build, you can see this on my Instagram @rjscaleships All the best Rob 😉👍👍

San Ildefonso 


Rob Toombs

Work Time 

About 5000 hours 






Static Modeling


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