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
2 thoughts on “Taking Another Look: HMS Bounty from Amati Model”
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Just spotted this article on Ages of Sail that takes a look at one of the long-time ship model kits on the market, Amati’s HMS Bounty kit.
The Bounty has been a subject that’s been turned into wooden kits by a number of manufactures over the years. Some of them include Constructo, Caldercraft, Billing Boats, Mamoli, Mantua, Artesania Latina, and OcCre. But, to me, the Amati kit has always had the most charm. Seeing the photos of the kit again just makes me feel that all the stronger.
With last year’s Amati product price drop at Ages of Sail (at least, I THINK it was last year), the kit is more affordable than ever.
It does my heart good, to see this lovely and such highly detailed model of my ancestors ship. A finer tribute to all the crew of HMAV Bounty could not be as accurate as portrayed in this model.
Vice Admiral of the Blue, William Bligh, R.N. F.R.S. would have been proud, as would my ancestor, Thomas Denman Ledward to have had such a model of this great ship on display in their homes if such a model would have been available to them in ‘their time.’
As an old man, I can appreciate such finesse in the skills of application and enjoyment one would receive in putting together this vessel. There would be much to ‘relive’ in the process, fulfilling the adventure of those men who sought after it originally by those of us today wanting to experience it.
Again, even the small model of the Bounty’s 23′ launch is detailed and portrays the accuracy of its design and the tight quarters that Bligh, Ledward & the 16 others who survived that horrendous 43 day voyage to Timor and lived to tell the tale of those who made it safely back to England.
In viewing this model as shown here, I can appreciate my days left, in viewing it here and when it may make its appearances elsewhere of those who build it.
We wish every success to those who help make the ‘Bounty & her launch’ live on.
Thomas Denman Ledward
Surgeon, HMAV Bounty.