Amati’s Big Bismark Kit – Coming Soon!

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Launched in 1939, the battleship Bismark was Germany’s latest weapon in its war against the Allies. The ship was armed with a main battery of eith 15-inch guns mounted in pairs in four turrets. Her secondary armament consisted of twelve 5.9-inch guns, sixteen 4.1-inch guns, sixteen 1.5-inch guns, and twelve 20mm anti-aircraft guns. The ship carried a crew of 2000 men, displaced over 50,000 tons fully loaded, and measured over 800 feet long, overall. Now, Amati is about to release the most ambitious model kit of this famous World War II fighting ship.

 

Specific details of this kit aren’t available at this time, but we do know that this is a BIG KIT. We expect its release VERY SOON and we should have them in stock in time for Christmas.

Amati Bismark

This kit is, by all appearances, the definitive model kit of the German battleship Bismark and it can soon be yours. Keep checking back here for further announcements. We will post updates as soon as we get more information, so stay tuned!

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Shipments Just In

I got word recently that we got the shipment in from our last order we placed with the Polish card and paper model kit maker Shipyard. This order brings two of Shipyard’s most popular kits back in stock, the laser-cut card model versions of the Royal Navy’s 28-gun sixth-rate frigate HMS Mercury, and naval cutter HMS Alert

HMS Alert - Shipyard Laser Cut Kit

We also just restocked some of our Caldercraft line of ship model kits. We’re still having trouble getting most of their RC kits, and some of their other kits as well, but we’re doing what we can. We’re till waiting on HMS Pickle and HMAV Bounty kits, which we’re out of stock on, and we’re down to our last Mortar Vessel Convulsion and Caldercraft HMS Victory kits, so if you’re thinking of getting one of these, better act quickly. 

HMS Cruiser - Caldercraft

Caldercraft’s HMS Cruiser

But, we’ll get these kits ordered again as soon as they are available again. In the meantime, we have most of the kits of their Heritage Series and Nelson’s Navy series in stock, so check the out. There’s a lot to like there. Ω

 

 

 

Shipyard’s Dutch Fluit Schwarzer Rabe – A Paper Model Saves the Day

When a ship modeler needed a lifeline, we sent him this paper model kit from Shipyard. We have a large range of these paper kits, including ships, lighthouses, and various accessories. If you really like paper ship models, you can get one of the special edition sets that include two or more paper model kits.

Check them all out here at https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/paper-kits.html

Ship Modeler

It’s a happy day when a paper model kit shows up to give me back a taste of ship modeling again. Last week, my Dutch fluit model kit showed up in the mail and it didn’t take me long to open it up and get started.

As I mentioned before, family health matters have me stuck in the house where I grew up, with no trace of ship modeling material except text and images on the Internet. In order to give me back a small part of my absent ship modeling self, I ordered the paper model kit from Ages of Sail. I wasn’t quite sure if I wanted to build the Dutch fluit Schwarzer Rabe (Black Raven) or the Dutch pinnace Papegojan. Both paper model kits are available and in 1/96-scale. I ended up buying the Schwazer Rabe for about $38. But, looking back, I realized that there is…

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On the Horizon: Royal Yacht for the Dutchess of Kingston from Vanguard Models

Something awesome to watch for in the next month or two.

Ship Modeler

Chris Watton’s own ship model kit production company, Vanguard Models, is rolling along with yet another kit coming out in just a matter of weeks! If you’re familiar with Amati’s Victory Model’s line of kits or Caldercraft’s Nelson’s Navy line, then you’re already familiar with Chris’s amazing work. He’s both talented AND prolific.

His latest release will be the sixth kit from Vanguard Models, and it looks like it’s going to be a real beauty – I hope you’ve saved a spot on your workbench to build this one.

The model is a 1/64-scale kit of an unnamed, 81-foot, three-masted yacht built for the Dutchess of Kingston, which was probably built in the 1770s. It closely resembles the royal yacht Caroline, which is a subject from Mantua/Panart that I’ve had my eye on for a long time. But, this model looks like it’s so nicely detailed that I would seriously…

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All BlueJacket Kits Now at Ages of Sail

Things are progressing at Ages of Sail, and we’re getting in more and more shipments in every week, restocking our inventory, and adding more new items and new suppliers.

Today, we just added the full range of kits from the classic American ship model manufacturer BlueJacket of Maine. We’ve carried their kits for a long time, but for some reason, we never listed all of their kits. That’s finally changed, and we’re finally carrying the full range.

BlueJacket is a specialist in classic American ship modeling subject from the early frigate USS Constitution and the even early Continental Navy Ship Alfred, to World War II ships, like the Fletcher class destroyer USS Kidd, to the modern day  AEGIS guided missile destroyer Arleigh Burke.

Most of their ship model kits feature solid wooden hull construction, but their small workboats and pleasure boats, like the classic Swampscott Dory, are plank on frame kits.

Take a look at their full line of wooden ship model kits and you’ll understand why BlueJacket has been around for so long, with a history dating back more than a century! Old product have been revived, while new ones are continually being developed, like their big whale ship Charles W. Morgan cross section kit.

See the full range of kits at Ages of Sail here: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/bluejacket.html

 

 

Taking Another Look: HMS Bounty from Amati Model

Probably the most beautiful wooden model kit of the famed HMS Bounty is the classic 1/60-scale kit from Amati Model. This kit has been around a long time, but it’s popularity has not waned. Here’s a look at the kit, showing why we think so highly of it.

Technically, this small three masted square-rigger is an armed transport, and was purchased by the Royal Navy to acquire breadfruit plants in the Pacific, to be transported to the West Indies. It was during the long uneventful stay in the tropical South Pacific that discipline problems developed, eventually resulting in the famous mutiny against her captain Lieutenant William Bligh.

Probably the most amazing part of the mutiny, however, was the arduous 3,500 nautical mile journey that Bligh and 18 loyal members of the crew made in the ship’s open launch to reach safety.

The ship was originally built as a collier, or coal transport, in 1784, and name the Bethia. The Royal Navy purchase her in 1787, and renamed her Bounty. She was a small ship, but was full-rigged with three square-rigged masts. For the South Pacific voyage, she was equipped with four 4-pdr cannons and ten swivel guns.

You can read more about the background of the ship, its mission, and the events of the mutiny in this Wikipedia entry: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Bounty

Amati’s kit features a framework of laser-cut parts, which is then double-planked, allowing the builder to create as smooth a hull shape as possible. The first layer is a softer, more flexible wood, which is then smoothed out before the layer of beautiful finishing planks are added.

Beautiful hardwoods are provided for the masts, yards, deck planking and various hull and deck details. Many parts are laser-cut, to aid in simplifying construction. Various other parts included are wood, cast metal, brass, and photo-etched brass. Multiple sizes of rigging cord, and blocks provide good scale accuracy, and the model’s appearance is rounded out by the cast metal figurehead and metal stern gallery details.

Of course, as with any full-rigged ship model kit, the rigging will be a challenge, but the kits plans and instruction will help you make a successful model that you will be proud of.

 

Not a kit for a beginner, as you can see from the fine details of the masts and rigging. But, when you’re ready for the challenge, this a kit that you’ll want to test your mettle on.

Note that the display stand and pedestals show here are not included. However, we carry a variety of ship model display options that will help you show off your model in the perfect fashion.

If we’ve interested you in this lovely museum quality wooden ship model kit, you can get your’s at Ages of Sail here: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/amati-hmsbounty-am1432.html

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More Krick Kits in Stock

Ages of Sail has expanded its lineup of ship and boat model kits from German manufacturer Krick. Many of these are designed for RC operation, so if you’re looking for something to build now, and something to operate on the water later, take a look at these great kits.

Comtesse is a beautiful, modern sailing yacht. The completed model is just under 1 meter in length and 1.5 meters tall.

Check this kit out at Ages of Sail here: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/new-items/comtesse-sailing-yacht-(krick).html

 

Duesseldorf Firefighting Boat is a 1:25 scale model that measures nearly 46″ long. This model kit has so many features that you may choose to make operable that it will no doubt be a big attraction on the water.

The optional working systems include fire monitors, crane, anchor winch, radar, searchlights, blue light, horn and siren, and also the sound of the diesel engines. However, this is the basic kit, it’s up to you to add the various possible features you want, but there’s plenty of room inside this big hull to fit it all.

You can read more about this kit here on Ages of Sail: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/dusseldorf-fire-fighting-boat-(krick.html

 

Antje Fishing Cutter is a  1:20 scale model of a North Sea and Baltic Sea workboat. At 25″ long, this is a more compact model than the others described here, but it probably has as much, if not more character than anything you’ll find operating on your model boat pond. Still, the hull has ample space for a large battery, motor, and control system.

Check out the Antje Fisherboat at Ages of Sail here: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/new-items/antje-fisherboat-(krick-1:20.html

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Sail Sets for Vanguard Models Kits

Ages of Sail now carries Vanguard Models’ pre-made sail sets for their Fifie ‘Lady Eleanor’ kit and for their Zulu ‘Lady Isabella’ kit. Each sail set is beautifully detailed and complete with bolt ropes sewn into place.

Zulu sail set for the Lady Isabella kit.

Fifie sail set for the Lady Eleanor kit.

These are beautifully done sails, so if you want to add sails to your model, but don’t feel like trying the difficult task of sewing the seams so nice and straight, hemming the edges, and sewing on the bolt ropes, you can save yourself time and effort with these sets.

Check out the detail…

Click HERE to visit our updated Vanguard Models page on Ages of Sail.

New HMS Flirt from Vanguard Models

The two-masted brig HMS Flirt is a brand new release from Vanguard Models of the UK, and Ages of Sail has it in stock. Designer Chris Watton has outdone himself again with yet another fantastic 1/64-scale wooden ship model kit.

HMS Flirt was a 14-gun ship that was one of the new flush decked brig-sloops built in the latter part of the 18th century. She and HMS Speedy (another Vanguard Models kit) are of the same class. In terms of kits, the most obvious difference is the hull of the HMS Flirt kit is not copper sheathed.

This new kit from Vanguard models features internal structural parts laser-cut from sturdy MDF sheets and birch plywood. All the visible parts are laser-cut from beautiful pear wood sheets, including details such as ladders and gratings. Meanwhile, making construction perfect and simplified, the deck comes as a laser-scribed lime wood, complete with all planking and treenail detail.

Note that photo is from a limited Special Edition version of the kit. The only difference in materials that the Standard Edition kit that Ages of Sail sells is the wood type.

The hull of this kit is double-planked, using high quality lime wood for the first layer, and pear wood for the outer finish layer. For masts and yards, the kit includes walnut dowels. The 14 4-pdr cannon barrels and 1/2-pdr swivel guns are cast in black resin for maximum detail, and the kit includes black acrylic cannon balls. For the metalwork, 3 sheets of photo-etched brass parts are included.

If you are interest in seeing the instructions, you are free to download them from the Vanguard Models website here: Instruction Manual PDF

Click HERE to check out HMS FLIRT at Ages of Sail!

 

Constructo’s Gjøa Back in Stock

I just received word that we are now stocking Constructo’s Gjøa kit. If memory serves me correctly, this is a plank-on-bulkhead wooden ship model kit that has been around for decades, but hasn’t been see here at Ages of Sail for a while.

This classic kit of Roald Amundsen’s Arctic exploration ship has been updated and now includes a set of basic tools plus pre-sewn sails. This 1/64-scale kit is considered one for the Advanced Beginner. The completed model measures a little over 19″ long and 18″ high.

In the years 1903 through 1906, the Gjøa was the first ship to successfully navigate the Northwest Passage. Other ships that attempted and failed include HMS Terror of the 1845 Franklin Expedition, the subject of another very popular kit we carry from OcCre Models.

After Amundsen’s arrival in San Francisco following completion of the Northwest Passage, the Gjøa was on display at the west end of Golden Gate park until the early 1970s when it was returned to Norway and restored.

Check out Constructo’s Gjøa kit at Ages of Sail here:

https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/gjoa-research-vessel-(constructo,-1:640.html

Constructo of Spain has been a long-time manufacturer of wooden model kits and is a very popular brand. You can check out the many other interesting kits of their product line here:

https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/constructo.html

Note that we’ve been selling a lot of Constructo kits over the past few months and we’re currently out of stock on many, but shipments are coming in all the time and we’re expecting more soon. Ω