Guillows Wooden Airplane Kits Now Available

No, these aren’t ship models. But, sometimes you want to take a break from your ship model project to build something different. So, we’re now stocking balsa airplane kits from the classic Guillows brand. We’ve got 19 different kits to choose from, from the simple to build, rubber band powered Cadet kit, to the big 1:28-scale Flying Fortress bomber with it’s 45″ wing span!

Most of the kits we carry are designed for free flight or U-Control using small engines or can be built rubber band powered. We also have a couple kits designed for display only, such as the Catalina PBY or the B-24D Liberator bomber.

But, of course, any of these kits can be built for display only. Also, they can be built as the completed aircraft or with their internal structure displayed. Build yours now!

Check them out at Ages of Sail

HMS Terror – New Kit from OcCre of Spain

We just received our first shipment of the newest kit coming out of the Spanish ship model kit maker OcCre, HMS Terror.

HMS Terror was a Royal Navy Arctic exploration ship which, together with HMS Erebus, set out in 1845 under the command of Sir John Franklin to find the Northwest Passage. This ships never returned, and for 168 years, nothing was known about the fate of the expedition. Then in 2016 the wreck of HMS Terror was finally discovered.

The Terror was the subject of a novel of the same name by author Dan Simmons and a currently running television series on AMC, with the first episode having aired in March 2018.

This authentically scaled model from OcCre is based on the work of the talented ship modeler Matthew Betts, who’s scratch built model of HMS Terror can be seen in detail on his blog site http://buildingterror.blogspot.ca.

But, you don’t have to delve into scratch building to make your own model of the Terror, as OcCre’s kit has all the parts and fittings to make a beautifully detailed replica of this famous ship.

OcCre’s HMS Terror is a 1/65-scale plank-on-bulkhead, wooden ship model kit that measures 26.6″ long and 19.8″ high when complete. Every detail has been accounted for, from the large number of shrouds used to support the masts, the protective reinforcement plating on the bow, the unique diagonal deck planking, and more. And, of course, there are the quality woods and fittings that go into every OcCre kit, plus their illustrated, step-by-step instruction booklet. All for only $149.

http://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/hms-terror-occre-oc12004.html

Our initial supply of this kit is limited, so hurry and get yours now! But, if you miss out, there’s no need to worry, we have more coming soon.

Still not sure? Check out these photos showing some of the details of this kit

 

Amati Swedish Gunboat Build – Final

Ship modeler Clare Hess posts his final build log entry on the Amati Swedish Gunboat kit. If you’re interested in building one of your own, check out the entry on our website here: http://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/am1550-amati-swedish-gunboat.html

The Ship Modeler

Yes, I CAN finish a non-Japanese boat model!

Today, I just put the finishing touches on the Swedish Gunboat that I built from an Amati kit. For those interested it’s also called Cannoniera Svedese, and is listed as AM1550. To recap, this is a very inexpensive small model kit that measures about 13.5″ long when complete. It lists for $109 at Ages of Sail, where this one came from. There have been some challenges, but they’ve all been small ones.

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Big Savings on New Golden Hind Deluxe Combo

We created a fully-equipped deluxe combo set based on the new Gold Hind kit from OcCre of Spain.

This is a very complete set that includes a wide selection of tools, paints, glues, and ship modeling book. This is a more than $370 value, specially prices to move at only $299 – Save over $70!

This pre-packaged set makes a perfect gift and includes all of the following:

  • OC12003 Golden Hind wooden ship model kit from OcCre
  • AM7205 Amati Electric Plank Bender
  • Ship Modeling Simplified book – The classic guide by Frank Mastini
  • PTK1015 15-piece Model Craft Tool Set
  • PFL6020 20mm sanding block
  • PPU8174G Pen Grip Pin Pusher w/pins
  • PSA35/050 Superfine Razor Saw
  • PKN4302/S Soft Grip Craft Knife no.1 size with blades
  • BSI101 1/2 oz. Thin Insta-Cure Super Glue
  • BSI106 1/2 oz. Gap Filling Insta-Cure Super Glue
  • 6 Jars of Historic Ships Acrylic Paints

Click Here to see the full listings and to purchase yours!

If you already have all the tools and the book, you can purchase the kit by itself, of course, for only $149 here at Ages of Sail.

Amati Swedish Gunboat Build – Part 7

Ship modeler Clare Hess shows progress on the Amati Swedish Gunboat kit as his model nears completion. This is one of the lowest cost kits in the Amati lineup. If you’re interested in the kit, you can find it in our online shop here: http://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/amati-kits/historic/am1550-amati-swedish-gunboat.html

Check out Clare’s full build log for more first-hand information about it here: https://shipmodeler.wordpress.com/category/ship-model-build-logs/swedish-gunboat-group-build/

The Ship Modeler

The Swedish Gunboat project is the closest I have to completion now, and it’s very nearly done, so I decided to put most of my effort there now. My ideas about using it to practice new sail making techniques or other grand thoughts have been set aside. As I mentioned before, the model is mostly being built straight out of the box, but there are a few minor modifications.

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Fantastic Work of Japanese Ship Modelers – THE ROPE, Tokyo

THE ROPE, Toyko, is Japan’s largest ship model society, and they have some extremely talented ship modelers. Every Spring, they have a ship model exhibition, and photos of the exhibited models are posted on the group’s well-organized website.

With their next exhibition coming up in April, it seems a good time to take a look at works from their prior events.

Mr. Toshio Takahashi’s Viking Ship built from an Amati kit

The Rope has an excellent website with an english language section. They even have downloadable copies of their newsletter in english. The site is really worth checking out, but the best part is the gallery of models from past exhibitions.

Royal Caroline by Mr. Makoto Kato, built from a Panart kit (Mantua).

Most of the text in their photo gallery section is in Japanese, but much of the essential information is also given in english. Check out the models from last year’s event – Click Here.

The Japanese website for The Rope is here. The English language site is here. Ω

 

February Meeting and a Recommended Model Kit

The Flattie is a small kit from the classic ship model manufacturer Corel of Italy. It’s an often overlooked kit, as ship modelers tend to eye square-rigged warships, or other popular subjects. But, one local ship model club has recommended this kit as a decent beginner’s kit, and will be using it as an introductory kit for their new ship modeler members.

They will be building an example kit and posting photos and notes as they go. We’ll be sure to share them here, so stay tuned!

Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights

After dealing with some scheduling issues due to looming government shutdowns, the Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights managed a nice, normal meeting on February 17, the first meeting of the year. We had 8 members attending, which is pretty good for this group. We agreed that we need to bring in more ship modelers, as only about 3 attending members have been actively ship modeling in recent months.

Still, it was one of the most productive meetings we’ve had in some time. We also managed to replace the dehumidifier tubs in the big square-rigger model’s case. Being on the bay, we need to do this periodically to help keep these display models in good condition.

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San Francisco Bay Area – January 2018 Ship Model Meetings

Here is a report of a few local meetings of some very talented ship modelers, most of whom are customers of Ages of Sail.

Meetings are a great way to share information, socialize, and to get and to give others inspiration.

The Ship Modeler

With the Government shutdown over the weekend, and the closing of the National Parks, the Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights meeting had to be cancelled. It has now been rescheduled for the following Saturday, January 27th, at the usual 9:30am.

However, this didn’t affect two other groups that met this month. One of these is the South Bay Model Shipwrights, which normally meets on the third Friday of each month at 7pm at the Los Altos Public Library. This is a great and very social group, with several members meeting for a pre-meeting dinner at Chef Chu’s restaurant, just up the street from the library.

This is one of the early ship modeling groups and was started by Jean Eckert in 1982. While the group is much smaller than it was in its heyday, the members still keep it an interesting and active club.

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More Kits from Krick of Germany

Today, we just listed three more RC kits from the German manufacturer, Krick. This brings the total number of Krick kits we carry to 19. These three newly listed kits look like they’re ready to make waves on the water.

Krick Muritz

Krick Katja

 

Najade by Krick

Check out the new Krick items at: http://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/krick-models/new-items.html

Or view all Krick items at: http://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/krick-models.html