Expanded Line of Kits from Constructo of Spain

Do you keep looking at the available kits and just having a hard time finding your next build (or maybe one of the many after that)? Constructo kits had become increasingly difficult for us to stock, so we decided to import them directly. Ages of Sail has just listed a number of kits from the popular ship model kit company.

Constructo’s lineup include classic plank-on-bulkhead wooden kits like the Cutty Sark, HMS Victory, and Bluenose II. But, Constructo also has a large number of kits with a wide range of skill requirements, assuring you’ll find something that’s a perfect fit for you.

For those just starting or looking for a fun and quick build, there are the kits from Constructo’s 8-hour Series. These kits feature pre-built and pre-painted polystyrene hulls. Just add the deck and details, add masts, rigging and sails. Check out the Virginia, Dominica and Swift from this series.

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Looking for something a bit more meaty? How about the U.S. Coast Guard training ship Eagle? Or the Gorch Fock? These kits also include pre-painted and pre-built plastic hulls, but details and rigging are a lot more involved.

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USCGS Eagle features pre-painted plastic hull, with the challenging rig of the 3-masted barque.

Or, if you prefer working in wood, but want something not too overwhelming, you might consider the Altair or the Carmen. These beautiful small ships feature plank-on-bulkhead construction, but have the simpler fore-and-aft rig of the classic two-masted schooner.

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The Altair features wooden hull construction with a simple schooner rig.

Whatever your skill level and interest, we think you’ll find something you like in the lineup from Constructo of Spain. Check them out now at Ages of Sail.

Ages of Sail at the NRG Conference

This October will mark the 4th time Ages of Sail has participated in the annual gathering of the Nautical Research Guild. This year, the conference takes place in San Diego. While it’s still a bit of a jaunt down to sunny Southern California, it kind of bring things back home for us – our first NRG conference was in San Francisco back in… 2011, maybe? Since then, we’ve been at the conference in St. Louis, Missouri, in 2014 and Mystic, Connecticut, in 2015, and now San Diego, California, in 2016.

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The Ages of Sail table at the NRG Conference in St. Louis in 2014

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The Model Showcase and Vendor Room at the NRG conference in Mystic in 2015.

This year, the event takes place October 6, 7, and 8, at the Doubletree Hotel, San Diego Downtown. We’re planning to bring a full staff this time around, expanding our coverage, and our ability to help out our ship modeling customers quickly. And, in addition to our Ages of Sail table, we’re also setting up a Model Craft Tools table. So, if you’re going to be in the area, consider attending the conference. And, if you’re attending the conference, be sure to stop by our table and say ‘hi’ and meet the staff!

For more information about the Nautical Research Guild and the NRG Conference, visit http://www.thenrg.org.

 

HMS Mercury in 1/96 Scale – The Next Paper Model Project

Ship modeler Clare Hess begins his next paper model project, Shipyard’s HMS Mercury.

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Having completed Shipyard’s HMS Alert kit, it just didn’t feel right to not have a paper model to work on. There’s something about the simplicity of paper that is just too darned cool!

Of course, I have plenty of wooden ship model projects, but it’s nice to have a paper model going in the background. As with other background projects I’ve had in the past, there is no rush to get it done. There’s also nothing that says I have to ever get it done. But, having completed the Alert, I can see taking on another kit and carrying it to completion.

Now, I have Shipyard’s Super Modellar Plans (that’s Shipyard’s spelling, by the way, not mine) for the Santa Leocadia, a Spanish 38-gun frigate in 1/72 scale. The “Super” part of that title means that the plans include the laser-cut frames and some other items to give you…

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Bay Area Ship Modelers’ Group Build – Amati’s Swedish Gunboat

Here’s a great way to get your ship model club members to actually work on ship models and generate some good discussion!

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It’s not enough that I belong to two long-standing Bay Area ship model clubs, the Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights and the South Bay Model Shipwrights, but a couple years back, I got together with a couple local people I met on the ship modeling forums and we started a quarterly get-together that mostly meets at the Naval and Historical Museum in Vallejo, California.

Recently, a couple of us discussed the merits of having us all, or at least a group of us, working on the same kit, but each person with his own model. The idea was that we could better discuss techniques and problem solving if we were all dealing with the same issues at, more or less, the same time.

Being that physical location of the ship model store and distributor Ages of Sail is pretty local to all of us, we decided to go with…

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A Completed Paper Model

If you’ve never built a paper model before, here’s an example of one that was recently completed by one of our customers. This is the 1/96-scale model of the British Navy cutter HMS Alert, built from a kit by Shipyard of Poland.

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This model began as any other paper model kit. Everything is paper except the cannon barrels and the sails and spars. The sails are cloth, the cannon barrels are aftermarket brass cannons painted black, the masts and spars are wood. There are also some small improvised details, like wire handles for the windlass handles and a piece of window screen mesh used for the skylight frame.

The photos below show the laser-cut framework and the similarities between this company’s kits and wooden ship model kits.

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One of the biggest advantages of the Shipyard paper kits is that the line of Paper Model kits is very inexpensive in comparison to wooden ship model kits. These kits require a lot of cutting and gluing, but the visible parts are pre-printed in color. You just have to supply your own dowels for the masts and yards. And, if you choose to add sails, you will have to provide your own cloth, etc.

Meanwhile, the line of Laser Cardboard kits are boxed edition kits that contain everything you need to build them including pre-cut, pre-printed sails, dowels for masts and spars, turned brass cannons, and cast resin figurehead. The parts are all laser cut from plain white card stock. Paints and paint brush are also included.

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Try one out today! For younger builders, check out the lighthouse kits. They’re a lot simpler to build than a sailing ship, and make nice, fun projects.

Swords – Now at Ages of Sail

Here’s something new and different! We found an opportunity to carry these high quality swords made by Marto of Toledo, and couldn’t pass it up.

MARTO was founded to regain the testimony and the techniques of this sword master-craftsman tradition, being very proud to maintain today this “SECRET OF THE TEMPER”, that is the essential thing of the SWORDS MADE IN TOLEDO, giving prestige and continuity to the famous TOLEDO STEEL.

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Check out these and more at our shop in San Leandro, California, or online at Ages of Sail.

BlueJacket is Back at Ages of Sail

While we’ve carried BlueJacket kits, for a long time, we only had a small handful of kits in stock. The problem with this is that there are so few American ship modeling subjects offered by the many manufacturers we carry, which are almost all from Europe. There are a few American subjects here and there, but for the most part, they are very few and far between. Also with the demise of the Midwest model boat kits, that left us with a lack of small boat kits.

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The Muscongus Bay Lobster Smack. A big kit for display or RC.

So, we recently worked with BlueJacket to bring back the whole range of BlueJacket products. We’ve started listing them on Ages of Sail and we’re about half-way done.

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3-Masted Schooner, Atlantic.

This gives us access to BlueJackets fine line of solid-hull sailing ships and power vessels, their new plank-on-bulkhead releases like the C.S.S. Alabama and U.S.S. Kearsarge, two of the finest kits on the market, plus the old Laughing Whale line of small boat kits.

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U.S.S. Kearsarge

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C.S.S. Alabama

What’s more, we finally have an nice kit of an American Clipper Ship, which is such an important symbol of American maritime heritage. It’s great to be able to include The Red Jacket on our list of products!

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American Clipper Ship, Red Jacket, 1853.

Not to mention we now have what’s probably the most accurate kit of the frigate U.S.S. Constitution, in her War of 1812 configuration. This solid-hull kit is open from the gun duck up, allowing you to detail her interior – Another expert-level kit with over 2600 fittings!

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We don’t have everything up online yet, so if you don’t see what you’re looking for, just give us a call or send us an email. We should have the rest of the BlueJacket line of kits online in the next couple weeks. Stay tuned and check them out at Ages of Sail.

Introducing the Latest from Spain – Disar Model

Ages of Sail is proud to introduce a new product line from the Spanish company Disar Model. We’ve got 11 new kits that include some very unique subjects.

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Atrevida Lancha Cañonera, Spanish Gunboat, 1779

The kits feature quality wood and fittings in wood and metal. Each kit also includes a handy compartmentalized parts box with a snap-tight lid, keeping all the parts sorted and protected.

Many of the kits offered by Disar represent smaller subjects in large scale. The Atrevida Lancha Cañonera is a Spanish Gunboat kit at a scale of 1:30, and the model measures just under 28″ long.

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Up close on the Atrevida Lancha Cañonera kit.

Disar also produces three different ship’s boats kit, including the launches of Nelson’s favorite, HMS Agamemnon, the French flagship, Bucentaure, and the Spanish Ship of the Line, Salvador del Mundo. All three kits are in the scale of 1:30 and range in length from about 19″ to 24″.

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Stern view of Le Bucentaure’s launch.

Here’s a new combat station kit with three decks of details in 1:32 scale. A beautifully display of the Spanish Navy’s 80-gun ship of the line, Rayo, from the mid-18th/early 19th century, this expert level kit details 5 gun stations at the mainmast.

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Combat station of the 80-gun Spanish Royal Navy ship of the line, Rayo.

Want to see more? Visit us a www.agesofsail.com and check out the new kits from Disar Model and find your next model project!

Ages of Sail and Model Craft Tool Shop Grand Opening, Saturday May 14, 2016!

If you’re anywhere near the Bay Area, you’re going to want to mark this on your calendar. Only two weeks away, Ages of Sail is officially opening it’s all new store!

 


Ages of Sail and Model Craft Tool Store

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Grand Opening!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

  • Free Refreshments
  • Door Prizes and Raffle
  • 10% Discount on all In-Store Purchases
Come Join Us! Bring a Friend!

Where: 676 Bockman Road, San Lorenzo, CA

 

Questions? Call us at 510-889-6000

or email us at

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Join us and local Bay Area ship modelers in celebration of the new Ages of Sail and Model Craft Tool Shop!

Check out aisle after aisle of wooden ship model kits and RC kits, multimedia kits, and paper kits, ships in bottles, cross-section models, ship modeling books, Amati ship model fittings, Billing Boats ship model fittings, craft tools, jeweler’s tools, specialty ship modeling tools, Proxxon power tools, glues and accessories.

Plus architectural kits, replica swords, and more!

And be sure to take advantage of our special, one day, Grand Opening In-Store Discount and take 10% off that ship model kit you’ve been waiting to get.

 

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Find the right tool for those tricky tasks, stock up on supplies, get those anchors you need to finish your model, pick out your next project…

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Find just the right kit for your next project or that kit that you read about online or in a magazine…

We carry kits from: Amati, Artesania Latina, Billing Boats, BlueJacket, Caldercraft, CCV Model, Constructo, Corel, Cottage Industry Models, Deans Marine, Domus Architectural Models, Dumas, Dusek, Euromodel, Flagship Models, Krick Models, Mantua/Sergal/Panart, Mount Fleet, Nordic Class Boats, Occre, Saito Manufacturing, Shipyard, Soclaine, and Turk Model.

We even have some hard to find, out of production kits from Mamoli and Yankee Model Works.

Don’t know what any of these product lines are? Come by and check them out. You may discover something you’ll really like.

Amati’s New Spanish Coca – A Closer Look

Amati’s latest release is the Coca or Spanish Carrack, a type of round hulled ship with large cargo capacity that was widely used to transport cargo in the 15th Century. The kit appears to be based on the famous Mataró ship model, a votive believe to have been presented to the Chapel of San Simón in Mataro, Spain. The model is now on display at the Maritime Museum Rotterdam.

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An image of the Mataró Ship appears on a 1996 issued Spanish 5 ECU silver coin

The new kit from Amati featured a double-planked hull on a new style of laser-cut MDF frames that includes slotted longitudinal frames to give the hull more rigidity and improved alignment. Together with its simple rig and planking, this appears to live up to Amati’s labeling of it as an “Easy to Build” model. While that may be true, it still appears to make a lovely model. At 1/60-scale, the completed model is just over 16″ long and 16.5″ tall.

In addition, the kit includes a nice 16-page fully color-illustrated instruction book. While the instructions are written in Italian, a separate pamphlet includes all the text in English.

Here’s a peek into the kit, which is a real value…

 

Get your’s today at Ages of Sail!