Last year, Amati created a new line of easy to build wooden ship model kits called 1st Step. Ages of Sail recently received a new shipment from Amati, which includes the two newest kits in the line, bringing it to a total of 4.
The newest kits are the very popular subjects Santa Maria and HMS Bounty.
These are solid hull kits that come with the hull nicely pre-shaped in two halves, which sandwich the keel piece that includes the stem and the sternpost, so everything is perfectly in place. No planking skills are necessary.
There’s a nice little review on plasticmodelsworld that shows how easily the hull goes together and works to create a model that they claim is easier to build than a plastic kit, but gives you the satisfaction of having an attractive wooden model. This is a great for beginners, kids, or just someone who wants a fun little project that can be finished up in a matter of days.
Check out the full line at Ages of Sail.