Those of you looking for a new ship model project, maybe even a good first project, may want to take a look at the Polaris, the newest kit from OcCre Models of Spain.
This model kit represents an American pilot boat type schooner from around 1800. Also referred to as “Virginia pilot boats” or simply called “Virginia built,” these were very fast vessels that served not only as pilot boats, but were used as smugglers, and were often armed and put into service in wartime as privateers and blockade runners.
The model features the simple schooner rig, easy hull shape, and all the basic features common to wooden sailing ships, making an ideal entry-level wooden ship model kit. It is a 1:50 scale model that measures just under 23″ long and roughly 17.5″ high.
And the kit includes everything you see here, from wooden stock to fittings of brass, cast metal, and wood; major wooden parts are finely laser cut; and the kit even includes a full set of pre-sewn sails, all for one low price.
Also included is a set of easy to follow, step-by-step, photo instructions to guide you throughout the build. Text instructions are minimal, but you’ll find that the pictures give you far more information than a confusing array of written instruction ever could.
What’s more, OcCre has again gone above and beyond by providing a series of 84 short Youtube videos, showing you how it’s all done.
Get yours at Ages of Sail here: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/polaris-(occre-1:50).html