Vanguard’s Lady Eleanor – A First Time Build

It’s always a pleasure when customers send us photos of their completed models, so we were particularly happy to start off the new year when customer tomsimon of Chino Hills, CA, shared with us the final photos of the wooden ship model he just completed, the Lady Eleanor from Vanguard Models. He gave us permission to share these photos on our social media sites, so we’re happy to post them here for you.

Tomsimon tells us that this Lady Eleanor is his first ever wooden ship model, and we think he’s done a wonderful job!

Lady Eleanor is a 1/64 scale wooden model kit of a Scottish fishing boat type called a Fifie. It’s described as a type that was commonly seen off the east coast of Scotland from the 1850s through the 1950s, and was known as a workhorse in the fishing community.

Vanguard Models describes the kit as being designed with the beginner and intermediate modeler in mind, and an ideal introduction to the world of Plank-on-Bulkhead wooden ship modeling. The completed model here is just about 15″ long. It features beautiful pear wood hull planking and  deck furniture.

We particularly like the finish on tomsimon’s model, which he attributed to hard work and beginner’s luck and a final application of satin clear coat.

Tomsimon recommends the kit to other builders, and pointed out how clear and well written the instructions are. That’s something that many beginning modelers should consider when selecting a kit.

Check out more photos of tomsimon’s model on his Instagram page here.

If you’re interested in building your own Lady Eleanor, you can find the kit listing on our website at Ages of Sail – click here. Ω

One thought on “Vanguard’s Lady Eleanor – A First Time Build

  1. Reblogged this on Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights and commented:
    One of the newer kits available today comes from Vanguard Models, a ship model kit manufacturer run by Chris Watton of the UK. In fact, Vanguard Models has released several new kits over the past year or two, including this one, the Lady Eleanor.

    Ages of Sail just posted these photos of a build by one of their customers from So. Cal. This is a first time build. We really hope to see other people take on a first time build!


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