Ages of Sail Now Taking Store Appointments

People have been asking for months and months about when we’re going to be open for walk-in customers again. Well, wonder no more, the time is now. Ages of Sail is now open for appointments!

To make an appointment to visit the shop, please email us at agesofsail@gmail.com or call us at 510-889-6000. Appointments are available Monday through Friday during normal business hours and must be made at least 24 hours in advance.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

On the Horizon: HMS Indefatigable from Vanguard Models

With the release of the cutter HMS Alert, the Brigs HMS Flirt and HMS Speedy, then the royal yacht Duchess of Kingson, and finally the frigate HMS Sphinx, the Royal Navy ships available from Chris Watton’s Vanguard Models continues growing in size and number.

The latest work in progress is now the 44-gun razee frigate, HMS Indefatigable, a ship with not only a very active history, but also one famous for its appearance in C.S. Forester’s Horation Hornblower series.

This 1/64-scale wooden ship model kit has been under development by Chris Watton for some time, and the prototype model is currently under construction by ship modeler James Hatch. You can read about the the build progress on the ModelShipWorld online forum here: https://modelshipworld.com/topic/30665-hms-indefatigable-1794-prototype-by-james-h-vanguard-models-164/

According to Chris, he’s hoping for a December release of the new kit. But, it will depend on when the prototype model is completed, at which time, he has to begin the process of laser-cutting the parts of the final version. Ages of Sail is expecting to order the new kits as soon as they are available.

In the meantime, the latest release from Vanguard Models was recently announced, and Ages of Sail is in the process of ordering these kits of the Barking Fish Carrier Ranger, 1864.

This latest kit from Vanguard Models is 1/64-scale and measures a little over 20″ long.

Watch for forthcoming details once we have the kit in stock.

In the meantime, check out the line of Vanguard Models kits at Ages of Sail. Ω

 

 

Building HMS Wolf – Shipyard’s 1/72 Scale Laser-Cut Card Kit – Part 6

Another installment of the building of Shipyard’s laser-cut card model of HMS Wolf in 1/72 scale. This is the sixth such installment and the model is looking truly amazing. It is surprising that we have not seen many other builds of this or other Shipyard laser-cut card models. We hope that others will be inspired to build them and post their progress on the various ship modeling forums.

We can’t wait to see how this model looks with some rigging. But, it seems like it will happen pretty soon.

Ship Modeler

Shipyard’s HMS Wolf laser-cut card kit is moving along, but progress seems slower. The details take time to add and they’re not as obvious from photo to photo. However, I’ve completed the rudder and just need to add it to the model. Also, if you look closely at the photo here, you can see the most obvious addition are all the timberheads at the forecastle rail as well as the posts for the swivel guns. Lastly, did you spot the channels at the sides of the hulls?

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An HMS Enterprise Paper Model Build in 1/64 Scale

We recently found this very interesting build of the English frigate HMS Enterprise. While this is a paper model and it’s based on Shipyard’s paper model kit, Shipyard’s kit is made at a scale of 1/96. This particular builder, who lives in Vietnam, after building a 1/96 scale paper model, decided he wanted to build something larger, so he bought the Shipard kit and made an enlarged copy, to create a model that’s 50% larger.

The model is complete, but you can follow his full build log on ModelShipWorld here: https://modelshipworld.com/topic/27494-hms-enterprize-by-dominichsteven-finished-shipyard-164-card/?_fromLogout=1

There’s some really interesting and useful information for those who are curious about what it’s like to build a model in paper. They’re a lot more detailed and realistic looking that you might think.

Again the model is based on Shipyard’s 1/96-scale paper model kit, which is very inexpensive.

And, if you’re happy to build the kit in 1/96 scale, in addition to the optional sail set, the blocks set, and the mast and spars set, there’s a new set of laser-cut detail parts designed specifically for this kit.

The set includes gun carriage parts, gratings, ship’s wheel, binnacle, railings, capstans, deck pumps, bitts, and timberheads. This will save hours of work, though I believe the parts will need to be painted. Now, we don’t have this detail set in stock yet, but we are in the process of getting them. Hopefully, we’ll have these in just a few weeks, along with similar detail sets for HMS Mercury and Santa Leocadia.

The Santa Leocadia, by the way, was temporarily out of production, but is back again with the release of the new detail sets. So, we should have the Santa Leocadia back in stock soon as well.

Of course, we’ll post announcements when these products are in stock, so keep watching our blog if you are interested.

In the meantime, if you haven’t done it yet, make sure to check out the big, 1/64-scale HMS Enterprise build and get some great inspiration, whether or not you are a paper model builder: https://modelshipworld.com/topic/27494-hms-enterprize-by-dominichsteven-finished-shipyard-164-card/?_fromLogout=1

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Building HMS Wolf – Shipyard’s 1/72 Scale Laser-Cut Card Kit – Part 5

The latest installment in this build of Shipyard’s 1/72 laser-cut kit HMS Wolf. The build and the kit continue to impress. It’s also amazing how quickly the model has progressed. How long ago was this started? About six weeks ago?

The detail is amazing, and it looks like it won’t be long before the deck furnishings start to go on.

You can find the kit in our online shop here: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/hms-wolf,-1754-1:72—shipyard-zl029-laser-cardboard-kit.html

But, if you’re interested in trying out a different subject, you can find the full line of laser-cut card model kits, including light house kits, all in 1/72 scale.

Ship Modeler

The Shipyard 1/72-scale laser-cut card HMS Wolf build continues with details and lots and lots of little parts and a couple issues trying to follow instructions. Apparent progress has slowed somewhat, since hull construction is complete and I entered a phase of hull detailing. Still things are really flying along in comparison to wooden model ship building, and I managed to add the stern gallery with it’s decorative columns and windows.

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Ages of Sail at IPMS Show – Saturday, September 10, 2022

Those of you who are within reach of a drive to San Jose, CA, make room in your schedules to visit our table at the IPMS event, Silicon Valley 2022 Classic, which takes place on Saturday, September 10th, 2022. That’s only about a week from the time of this post.

The event, which was canceled last year and the year before, is back! And, Ages of Sail, is proud to be participating. This is billed as Norther California’s largest plastic model show, but models at the show are not limited to plastic, and they welcome entries of all kinds of materials.

As in the past, the event takes place at Napredak Hall, in San Jose, with doors opening at 9am and awards being given out at 3:30pm. We’ll have a table at the event, which will be next to our usual neighbor, the South Bay Model Shipwrights club.

The South Bay Model Shipwrights’ table at a previous show.


What: Silicon Valley 2022 Classic

Where: Napredak Hall, 770 Montague Expressway, San Jose, CA 95131

When: Saturday, September 10, 2022; 9:00am – 5pm

Cost: Free to the Public, only cost is for those entering models for competition



For more information about the event, the IPMS, or the Silicon Valley Scale Modelers, visit their website here: https://www.svsm.org/contest/svsm-2022-classic/

For more information about the South Bay Model Shipwrights club, visit their website here: https://sbmodelships.com

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Building HMS Wolf – Shipyard’s 1/72 Scale Laser-Cut Card Kit – Part 4

As we continue following this build of Shipyard’s 1/72 laser-cut kit HMS Wolf, we see the kit go from some laser-cut pieces to develop into a serious ship model.

Find the kit here: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/hms-wolf,-1754-1:72—shipyard-zl029-laser-cardboard-kit.html

Ship Modeler

This HMS Wolf kit is moving along so quickly that I’ve hardly had a chance to stop and get caught up with the build log. I’m so far beyond what you’re seeing here, so I’m going to minimize my writing and try to close the gap between build log and current model a bit.

The third layer of the hull is pretty much actual, individual hull planks. There are two sheets of thin, laser-cut card stock, one for each side of the hull.

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Disar Galleon Santiago de Compostela Build

Customer Glenn Stanfield chose Disar Model’s Santiago de Compostela Spanish galleon kit to be his first wooden sailing ship model, and he began his build with a kit he purchased from us back in August of 2021. Here it is, August 2022, and we just discovered that he’s been keeping a very nice build log on the ship model forum Ships of Scale.

Photos of Glenn Stanfield’s Santiago de Compostella build, posted here with his permission.

Glenn began his model back in September of 2021. It is his first wooden model ship build, and we think he’s doing an awesome job with it.

As a first time wooden ship modeler he’s faced some new challenges, but he’s done a great job overcoming them. Particularly impressive is how well he made the unusually shaped upper gun ports. That must have taken a lot of careful filing.

The finish of the deck is quite nice, and the planking shows some nice planning while using slightly different colored deck planks. Not sure if this is a feature of the kit – you’ll have to read his build log to find out more.

 

Read the full content of his build log and following along with his progress here: https://shipsofscale.com/sosforums/threads/santiago-de-compostela-disar-model-1-72.8166/

If you’re inspired to build your own Santiago de Compostella model, we have them in stock and ready to ship at Ages of Sail here: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/santiago-de-compostela-(disar,-1-72).html

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Vanguard Models’ HMS Speedy and Copper Sheathing

If you haven’t heard the news, there’s apparently a worldwide shortage of copper that is affecting the ability for some companies to source thin copper sheets. As a result, Vanguard Models has altered their HMS Speedy kit, which included photo-etched copper plates for the hull. Their new HMS Speedy kit, dubbed version 3.5, now includes a supply of adhesive backed copper tape instead.

Fortunately, for those who really want the kit with the copper plates. We still have two of the original HMS Speedy kits in stock, with the photo-etched copper plates included.  But, after these two are sold, all future HMS Speedy kits will be the 3.5 version with the copper tape.

We’ll make sure our product listings make this change very clear when it does happen.

Click here to purchase HMS Speedy

For those not familiar with this kit or the product line. The kit is one of 10 kits produced by accomplished kit designer Chris Watton’s company Vanguard Models. All kits in this product line are extremely well engineered, features lots of laser-cut and laser engraved details, include only the finest materials, and are provided in 1/64 scale. All detailed instructions are in English, and while pricier than some kits, are some of the finest wooden ship model kits in the industry.

Click here to see our full line of ship model kits from Vanguard Models

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Wowed by Shipyard’s Laser-Cut Card Models

We’re following this build of Shipyard’s 1/72-scale Laser Cut Kit of the British snow-rigged sloop-of-war HMS Wolf. Here’s a rather enthusiastic update and commentary on this and other kits from Shipyard’s line of Laser Cut Kits.

These are the kits that come with nearly all the paper parts laser-cut, that include turned brass cannon and swivel gun barrels, cast resin figurehead, pre-cut and marked sails, wooden dowels for the masts and yards, and even paints and paint brushes.

You can find them all here: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/paper-kits/laser-cardboard-kits.html

Ship Modeler

At this point in my build of Shipyard’s 1/72-scale laser-cut card model of the 10-gun snow-rigged sloop of war HMS Wolf, I’m behind on keeping my build log up to date. But, I can’t let that get in the way here. Here’s the thing, I am so in awe of how incredible this kit is, that I have to state, categorically, that I’m absolutely building not only the Papegojan kit I have, but the HMS Alert kit, and the Le Coureur kit, and that I’m absolutely going to find the money to buy and build the HMS Mercury kit.

Shipyard’s 1/72-scale HMS Mercury, laser-cut kit.

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