S XV Maori War Canoe

S XV Maori War Canoe

 

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Number S XV
Name Maori War Canoe
First year published 1955
Publisher Micromodels
Number of cards 6 plus a base strip wrapped around the cards
Size of cards 9 x 13 cm
Scale 1 : 125
Description First and only printing was in 1955 at 3/-d.
No reprint was ever catalogued.
Limited stocks passed down to the Watford Model Supply Co. in 1971.

It was intended that there would be a three model Maori set, with marketing timed to coincide with the interest generated by a Royal visit to New Zealand. A single sheet leaflet, slightly less than A4 size, was produced by Micromodels. It illustrated amongst other items, the Maori set as it would have looked when assembled.

At the site there was built a new Wharenui (Meeting House) and a Waka Taua (War Canoe) for the occasion.
In the event, the only model actually issued was the Maori Ceremonial War Canoe. The Maori Assembly House and the Maori Village were never issued by Micromodels.

Autocraft and MicromodelsUSA both have published the Maori War Canoe. Micromodels London has designed a wrapper, and has the intention to publish the model in the near future.
MicromodelsUSA has also issued the Maori Meeting House (Maori Assembly House) and the Maori Village.