Kolderstok’s Speel-Jaght Now on Sale

It wasn’t more than two weeks ago that we announced that we’d received a new shipment from Kolderstok, replenishing our supply of the Dutch kits, including the popular Duyfken ship model kit. Well, it seems that there must have been some ship modelers out their waiting for this kit to be back in stock again, and they all sold in a very short time.

Well, that’s the bad news. The good news is that we’ve just listed the most recent release from Kolderstok, the Speel-Jaght!

Kolderstok's Speel-Yaght wooden model ship kit

The new Kolderstok kit is a 1/50-scale model kit of a type of boat that began to appear in the early 1600s, as people began sailing, not just for commerce or fighting, but for the joy of sailing, and pleasure yachts began to appear.

This is the smallest and least expensive of the Kolderstok kits, unless you include the Bijboot, ship’s boat kit. The kit includes laser-cut frames and some parts, walnut planking, dowels for the masts and spars, rigging material, blocks, all necessary fittings, sail material, and photo-based instructions with text in Dutch, English, and German. Stand is also included.

According to Kolderstok, this kit is a difficult level of 1 on a scale of 1 to 4, with 1 being easiest.

Kolderstok's Speel-Yaght wooden model ship kit

Kolderstok's Speel-Yaght wooden model ship kit

Kolderstok's Speel-Yaght wooden model ship kit

Order your Kolderstok Speel-Jaght kit for only $129.99 at Ages of Sail here.

Check out the entire Kolderstok line of wooden model ship kits here.

Or check out one of the many other wooden ship model kits we carry at Ages of Sail!

Shipments Just In – November 6 Update

Those of you who have been wanting to buy one of OcCre’s popular HMS Terror or HMS Beagle kits will be glad to know that we just received a big shipment of these kits, which we’re hoping will last us through the holiday season.

Terror, as you may recall, is the British bomb vessel turned Arctic explorer and was part of the ill-fated Franklin expedition, which disappeared in the search for the Northwest Passage.

OcCre's HMS Terror

OcCre’s 1/75-scale HMS Terror wooden ship model kit

The deck of the Terror

The ship was also the subject of the first season of AMC’s anthology television series, The Terror, which told a fictional account of the disappearance of the Franklin expedition. This model kit is based on the same information used to create the sets for the TV series, so fans of the show will recognize many of the details, such as the deck lights, the heavy rigging, the companionways, etc. OcCre’s 1/75-scale model measures just over 26-1/2″ long and includes a full set of pre-sewn sails.

OcCre's HMS Terror

Terror’s stern showing the accommodations made to the ship for the propeller.

Buy HMS Terror here: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/occre/occre-ship-model-kits/hms-terror-occre-oc12004.html

But, of course, many people have been waiting for us to restock OcCre’s HMS Beagle kit. This kit is, in our opinion, the ship model kit that most closely recreates the ship that carried famed naturalist Charles Darwin on a voyage of exploration and discovery into the Pacific Ocean.

OcCre's HMS Beagle

OcCre’s HMS Beagle kit

OcCre's HMS Beagle

Beagle’s forecastle deck showing carronade

This 1/60-scale wooden ship model kit is another of our most popular kits, which is why we keep running out of them. This model measures just over 28″ when complete, and the kit that we sell includes a set of sixteen pre-sewn sails.

OcCre's HMS Beagle

Buy HMS Beagle here: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/occre/occre-ship-model-kits/hms-beagle-(occre-1:60).html

 

Schwarzer Rabe Customer Pics

Last week, we described sending out a Shipyard paper model kit to a ship modeler who was stuck in a place where he had no ship modeling projects available and no tools. We got these photos in today to show how much progress he made in a couple weeks time during his isolation.

Schwarzer Rabe paper model kit

Schwarzer Rabe paper model kit

Schwarzer Rabe paper model kit

The customer described the most difficult process so far was the fitting of the interior deck pieces. Apparently, these were a very tight fit, and some trimming was necessary in order to fit them in more easily.

Schwarzer Rabe paper model kit

Schwarzer Rabe paper model kit

Also, a couple mistakes were make in adding the hull lining layer, with a pair of pieces accidentally swapped between the right and left sides. Perhaps as a result of this, corresponding pieces on either side of the hull ended up too small somehow, so the builder cut new pieces from scrap paper. This apparently worked perfectly, and the build continues.

This kit, the Dutch Fluit Schwarzer Rabe is one of several paper model ship kits we carry from Shipyard of Poland. This particular kit is available as a stand-alone kit, or as one of two models included in the Battle of Oliwa “Opponents” series kit (the other being the Papegojan). Due to some over sight, the Battle of Oliwa set isn’t on our shop site. It is in stock however, so expect to see this corrected shortly. Ω

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

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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.

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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

Hope to see your models on the lake! Ω